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The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story. But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she's not a survivor. Or maybe she'll have the last laugh Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again. Laurel Osterkamp's award winning novels have been hailed as funny, intelligent, snarky and poignant. She is the author of four novels and two novellas, including the November Surprise series, which, like The Holdout, features the Bricker family. Laurel was recently on a federal jury, and she loves watching Survivor.

Goodreads Summary

Many Americans dream of being on a reality television show and "the holdout" lays out an all too familiar scenario that we have heard about time and time again. Grand deception to win the prize. The unfortunate case for Robin though, is that she was the victim from an attractive male that she fell for on the show. Although this sounds like a typical plot, there was more to the story than "devastated and duped girl."

When Robin returns from the show she is forced to relive the agony all over again hen it airs on national television. I would not want to have to relive the horror knowing that the whole world is watching my foolish self and laughing. The author does a great job at delivering a believable character in Robin as you watch her learn from her mistakes pick up the pieces and move on in life. The jury duty scenario that comes later in the story is a great way that the author shows Robin start to get it right. The deliberation with the fellow jury members over the trial mimics the hardships that Robin faced in the show, and we get to see her "second chance."

This is an interesting read for all you realty show lovers out there and would also be great for people who have had no exposure to this staple of modern TV.      

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*
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  1. Candace said...:

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for giving this one a try!

  1. Susan T. said...:

    I hate reality TV! It intrigues me why people want to be on those shows!