Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job.
Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, Abi feels like a different person. Tilly Watson, to be exact. And when Tilly’s gorgeous boyfriend, Jon, mistakes Abi for the real star, Abi’s completely smitten. In fact, she’s so in love with her new life, it isn’t long before she doesn’t have time for her old one.
But when the cameras are turned off, will she discover running with the Hollywood A-list isn’t quite the glamorous existence she thought it was?
Let’s start with the things I didn’t like. I really didn’t like what Abi turned into once the people on set started giving her attention and compliments. It felt like everything she knew and believed in went out the window and left was a diva who thought she was above everyone else. She started ignoring her bestfriends and when they actually confronted her about it, all Abi said was “It’s not my fault we were running late on set” or “Why don’t you understand”. What is it you want them to understand Abi? That you think you’re better than them? She thinks she’s above her friends but beneath the people she’s working with. In a point in the book Jon, another actor, said she was easy and sweet and the first thought that hit her is that she could change. Change so she could please him. No, no and NO!
But on the other hand I think we all have an Abi inside us. A part of all of us has sometime in their life envied the fabulous life of a moviestar. The money, the opportunities in life, not the mention the experience. I could go on but you get my point. I guess I understand that it was overwhelming for her to go from a normal girl who has been kickboxing the greater part of her life to a stunt double who works with celebrities. But that is no excuse for lying to everyone who has been nothing but supportive the whole time. But I think the author did did a great job in showing her character. She was naïve, innocent, and ok, stupid. She never had a different life aside from kickboxing. Although I like how Abi’s character grew and changed (in a good way) in the story, I would’ve definitley liked it more if her love life was given a bit more attention too. I was disappointed to see the lovers get together on the last pages of the book but I think the author wanted to put more weight on how if you don’t get to explore new things you might end up not knowing who you really are and what you want in life.
What you who haven’t read the book don’t know is Abi has always been stuttering. It’s something she’s struggled with her whole life. To make it worse, the people she meets in the show buisness make fun of her because of that. And Abi doesn’t do anything about it. I’m just completly baffled that she’s this confident girl who talks back to her BESTFRIENDS when she disagrees but when famous people make fun of her and laugh in her face it’s suddenly like she forgets how to speak. I was just there like please, girl, please grow a backbone.
What I loved was that it’s a book that revolves around kickboxing! How cool is that? As someone who is athletically incompetent (don’t judge me, I’m a reader not a fighter) I really enjoyed reading from a kickboxers POV. It was really interesting.
To wrap it up Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? was a light, fluffy read that was easy to relax with. I finished it in less than three hours. The friendships were crafted well, the emotions were believable and it did have some originality. It was an enjoyable read that was quick, short and easy to engage with.
I give this book 3.5 plantes.