FOLLOW THE SUN
Penguin Random House Canada
June 6, 2023
This is a book that takes place in the 1960s. It is touted in a blurb that it is for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six. Sadly, it does not live up to this claim. Far from it.
In the beginning, it was like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, in a cringe-worthy way. The setting is a posh resort in Mexico…….there are many celebrities mentioned, names from that era. Many songs from the time are mentioned too.
From the Mexican resort, we move to a ski resort in Gstaad, Switzerland. Again, the celebrities are there, along with lots of partying, booze, LSD laced punch.
The main character is a poor little rich girl. She is trying to find herself. Her mother has nothing positive to say to her. Her father committed suicide. She wants to become a singer/songwriter. This is possibly the only resemblance to Daisy Jones. She falls in love with a Life magazine photographer from Texas, whom she aptly nicknames Tex.
It does slightly improve in the second half of the book, but that is a long way to go for a story that just does not appeal to me. Caroline seems to find herself and find her path in life.
Unfortunately, I cannot find a lot of positive points to bring out in this review. I did enjoy the descriptions of the settings, especially the resort in Mexico. And it was fun to hear the names of the celebrities of the ear brought up. But, if it wasn’t for the fact that I received an Advance Readers Copy, I would not have plodded my way through it. I do see some positive reviews for it, but this is just not the book for me.