Changes Family Portrait#1 by Gillian Felix

fp-changes-pt1I received Changes Family Portrait#1 by Gillian Felix as a review copy from Bookr3vi3ws and would like to thank Debdatta for the book. This first book of Family Portrait Trilogy follows the life of the Banovics of three generations but is more about the youngest generation, three siblings, Kevin, Zax and Adriana.

Book Blurb:

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this young adult novel, you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance. You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

The characters:

The Banovics: Viktor Banovic and Kelly Price marry as soon as they are out of college and have three children, Robin, Adrian and Roxanne. Viktor woks hard and starts wine business, House of Banovic, with small amount of money. Robin is the oldest and wants to open a gym but his father wants him to join the family business. He leaves home, marries Jayne, and has three children and now, is on the verge of bankruptcy. Roxanne is an Olympic medalist and Adrian, a brilliant neurosurgeon. Victor dies and leaves him the Banovic Manor. He wants to sell it but the children the children love the Manor. Adrian is missing and the manor cannot be sold without his signatures.

The DaCostas: Stefan owns a chain of hotels. L’Wren is his daughter from his first wife, who died in child-birth and Savi, Savannah, is his second wife, and Leighann, their daughter. Savi is now separated from him and manages Leighann’s career and L’Wren stays with her father. The sisters are very close.

The story:

The book starts with fifteen year old Adrianna, the youngest of the three siblings, upset about the fact that she is not a part of the serial, in which she had put in eight years, because the show has taken a leap. She hates going to Westwood Academy but now she has no option but to go there. There, she meets Leighann DaCosta, a singer who is tired of the business and decides to lead a normal life and comes to her half sister, L’Wren, who sends her to the Westwood Academy. Adrianna is not interested in being friends with her and wants to work. On one such audition, she sees Haze Lyndon, and feels drawn to him. Haze Christopher Lyndon had come to California, leaving his old life in Wisconsin behind, to finish college, model and make money.

My take:

The language is simple and the book is fast paced. The story has many characters which come in contact with each other at some or other time in the book making the reader feel that they are all a part of the story but actually there are many parallel stories going on which cross each other at some point or other like railway lines. The book reminded me of Beverly Hills 90210, a series I would watch in college. I actually made a list of characters in which I would add each new character as it came along and where it was fitting into the story of the Banovics.

A quickread, can be completed in two hours or maybe less.

Book Source: BookR3vi3ws

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