“Vivian Divine is Dead” by Lauren Sabel

Quick Statistics

  • “Vivian Divine is Dead” by Lauren Sabel
  • Young Adult Mystery
  • Read as an ebook
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished May 30, 2015

Official Synopsis

Filled with surprising twists and poignant moments, Lauren Sabel brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction with Vivian Divine Is Dead. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic.

When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted—what could he be hiding?

Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set…

Lauren Sabel’s Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.

My Thoughts/Summary

This book wasn’t much, it’s easily forgettable and not something I’ll go out of my way to recommend, and the synopsis was super misleading.

This was much more “privileged white girl goes and experiences Mexican culture because someone might want to kill her” than a thriller with twists and turns. I never really felt like her life was in danger, and I was never really concerned that she would make it out alive. I figured out the majority of the “twists” ahead of time, but I really thought this was going to be a way more suspenseful book. It wasn’t that witty either as the synopsis says, it just was kind of blah all over.

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