The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz

Publication Info: Expected publication date, August 6th 2019 by Dutton. Kindle pre-pub edition courtesy of Eidelweiss Above the Treeline.

Summary: Ellie de Florent-Stinson is throwing herself a fortieth birthday party. This is no ordinary party with just family and a few friends. This is a blow-out impressive, expensive, over-the-top party in Palm Springs, CA. It’s also going to be in the multi-million dollar house she just bought specifically for this party.

Ellie grew up dirt poor in a trailer park. She is determined to have a much better birthday than she did when she turned sixteen. That birthday was a disaster. She is determined that her fortieth will be perfect.

But Ellie is about to be reminded again that nothing is perfect. Someone from her past is about to upset her carefully constructed present life.

Comments: I picked up The Birthday Girl because of the Palm Springs setting. I’ve been there many times and am quite fond of that town. The author did a good job of describing the area, as well as some of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But I found the book incredibly shallow up until the very end, where it was redeemed somewhat. I couldn’t relate to or sympathize with Ellie, but in all honesty, I wouldn’t like this type of person in real life either.

If you are looking for a beach or vacation in Palm Springs “put brain in neutral” story, this might be for you. It just wasn’t my kind of book.

My Goodreads rating : 2 Stars