Holding out for a Hero

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Holding out for a Hero

Holding out for a Hero Their love survived the s She wished she hadn t A funny bitter sweet romantic dramedy set to an s soundtrack proving first love never truly dies Libby London fell in love in with the s came

  • Title: Holding out for a Hero
  • Author: Victoria Van Tiem
  • ISBN: 9781447269748
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Their love survived the 80s She wished she hadn t.A funny, bitter sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80 s soundtrack, proving first love never truly dies Libby London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now, in the 21st Century, she s completely falling apart Her New York City fashion sensibility is vintage tragedy than retro babe and miTheir love survived the 80s She wished she hadn t.A funny, bitter sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80 s soundtrack, proving first love never truly dies Libby London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now, in the 21st Century, she s completely falling apart Her New York City fashion sensibility is vintage tragedy than retro babe and might just be what s holding her back in all matters of life and loveAt least that s what her well meaning friends think They ve staged a 80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up to date But how do you move forward when the one you love holds you in the past Between her dreaded birthday party, friend s madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her Pretty In Pink thrift shop, Libby s nearing the end of the rope If her therapist isn t quick, it could be a literal one.Read what people are saying about Victoria Van Tiem s new dramedy, Holding out for a Hero The book is one of the most uplifting, soul searching and delicately written books I ve ever read Depression, guilt and grief mixed with leg warmers, a parrot and one big gesture, set to an 80 s soundtrack could you ask for Chicks That Read a superb addictive story Rachel s Random Reads I didn t want to put this novel down, I just wanted to know what happened next On My Bookshelf quick, entertaining and fun read s also very emotional and deep, which I really loved Sky s Book Corner

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    1. Jill on said:

      Libby London, heading towards her 33rd birthday, is stuck in the 80s with her neon clothes and big hair. Her excuse? She owns a vintage retail store selling clothes, music and collectables from the 80s, so naturally she should look the part. But with her birthday looming, her friends decide an intervention is necessary to drag her (kicking and screaming, if necessary) into the 21st century. Libby reluctantly agrees to the Eighties Intervention, which includes a makeover and a series of dates.Ahh [...]

    2. Saly on said:

      3.5-4 starsSo, I am still ambivalent about this book because based on my experience of this author's last book I expected something light and frothy which this book certainly isn't. Instead this book was a poignant read and maybe a lesson that no matter how much you refuse to let go of the past, there comes a time when you just have to. If I write more then the entire book will become spoilery but I did enjoy the lesson of the book even if I couldn't make much sense of the book at certain moment [...]

    3. Agi on said:

      Holding Out for a Hero by Victoria van Tiem dropped very unexpectedly through my letterbox (as a belated Christmas present, ha!) I planned on requesting a review copy anyway so just imagine my surprise and joy when I opened the envelope and saw that this is THIS BOOK. Holding Out for a Hero is, just like Victoria's debut novel Love Like the Movies, full of mentions of the cult - films and music from the eighties, and even though I was more likely to enjoy them few years later, I was stupidly exc [...]

    4. Obsidian on said:

      Deep cleansing sigh. I am seriously taking a break from books for the rest of the day. I don't want to hit a reading slump. And I can feel myself getting there because before I picked this one up this morning, I started and stopped two other books that were not holding my interest at all. Told in the first person, we follow main character, Libby London who is all about the 80s. She quotes movies and songs from the 80s. She only wears clothes from the 80s. And she even decorates her apartment in [...]

    5. Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦ on said:

      :: 4.5 Pretty Little Stars :: I love the 80’s – and this book! This book is funny, emotional, and extremely unique. The characters are written in a flawless manner and I felt and instant connection to Libby. She’s got quite an interesting and classic soul but she is also struggling with something really deep. She is as close to real as characters can get, and the author definitely hit the nail on the head with her. I also found myself falling in love with the secondary characters. Dora (Li [...]

    6. Leah on said:

      Holding Out For A Hero has one of the best covers I've ever seen (it's so simplistic, but so gorgeous) and also one of the most misleading book covers I've ever seen. I genuinely thought this would be a fun, light read. Nuh-uh. This is a hard read, because it is genuinely hard to read about the struggles Libby is going through, to read about her nights and what happens, and she's so anxious, and worries so much, you can't help but worry with her and be anxious with her and it turns you into a bi [...]

    7. Michelle (Much Loved Books) on said:

      Holding out for a Hero was a book that caught my attention pretty quickly, not only for the cover, but also the title. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this one.Right now, I need a hero. Seriously: where's my white knight upon a fiery steed? He doesn't need to be strong, fast, or fresh from the fight, he just needs to be larger than life and capable of saving mine.Libby is living in the 80's, clothes, hairstyle, and job too. Her friends have decided it's time for her to join t [...]

    8. Vlora (Reviews and Cake) on said:

      I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Pan Macmillan!I had less luck with previous ARCs, so I'm lucky to say that I LOVED this book. Let's get the superficial out of the way first: how beautiful is that cover? I'm pretty sure 60% of the reason I requested this was that the cover design is relevant to my interests. Now to the contentLibby London is stuck in the 80s. She dresses like an 80s girl, owns an 80s store and is still hung up on her first love, who she me [...]

    9. Rachel Gilbey on said:

      4.5 Stars Libby London lives and breathes the 80's. Everything about her is stuck in that decade, and she is generally opposed to change. But yet in the two weeks before her 33rd birthday, her friends decide enough is enough, and they stage an #80sIntervention. Her friends challenge her to a makeover, and also a series of dates that they chose based on the stereotypical characters in the Breakfast Club. And to top off Libby's pain, her 80s shop Pretty in Pink could be on the verge of closure. Ho [...]

    10. Simona on said:

      *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*When this book landed on my doorstep I got really excited. I loved Victoria’s first novel Love Like The Movies and really liked the sound of this one. The story follows Libby London, Libby is totally stuck in the eighties, on several aspects. She wears eighties clothes, owns an eighties boutique, listens to eighties music and seems to be stuck there in her thoughts and with her feelings as well. Her birthday is coming up and her [...]

    11. ItaPixie on said:

      I adored this story even if it wasn't at all what I've anticipated.I could easily identify with our heroine,Libby,she is stuck in the 80s the best decade of her life.Fortunately her amazing,funny and lovely friends decide to help her and finally bringing her in the new millennium with an infallible plan making her deal with all her trouble.This book is beautifully written by Victoria Van Tiem,there are a lot of hilarious situations and also some moving moments.I highly recommend it,this is one o [...]

    12. Ann on said:

      I just couldn't quite get into this book. Nothing wrong with it, I just didn't really connect with it after a few chapters. But, I did enjoy Victoria Van Tiem's "Love Like The Movies" :)

    13. Jo-The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog on said:

      Having read the free prequel to "Holding out for a Hero" on Wattpad, I couldn't wait to continue with the story. I had instantly fallen in love with Libby's character. She was so lively and fun and I just loved her passion for music, so as you can imagine, I was excited to see how things had turned out for her. However life was not quite as I had imagined for the star of the show."One minute I'm Libby London driving along,singing to my favourite jams, and the next, I'm Libby lost?" This book was [...]

    14. Ingstje on said:

      As we get older, every relationship is tainted by the ones before. You enter sceptical, wanting to be proved wrong. But with your first love, you aren't experienced enough to know any better. Your heart is wide open and unblemished. That's why it stays with you. Why Ollie's stayed with meWhat a wonderful story! Holding Out for a Hero is all about the eighties, like it or leave it. Libby is seriously stuck in the ‘80s and her friends call for an intervention. She needs a make-over badly as f [...]

    15. Alba on said:

      Originally posted on: albainbookland/2016/01 In 2014 I had the pleasure of reading Victoria Van Tiem's debut, Love Like the Movies, and I fell completely in love with her fresh and fun style. So when she announced last year that her second book was to be released in early 2016, I was over the moon, I couldn't wait to see what she would come up with next. So to say that I started reading Holding Out for a Hero with high expectations is quite the understatement. But I'm happy to say that just afte [...]

    16. Farwa on said:

      Brilliant just Brilliant. This story was just brilliant. Loved it. The author has done a fabulous job. It was written intelligently and other than the qualities mentioned abt it, it has a suspense factor too though I, like many or all readers may be, have guessed that way before yet it wasn't 100% clear till end. It feels like after ages I have read something good.So, Libby London is the woman who was a teenager in 80's and she is still stuck in 80's. From her head to her toe she not only looks [...]

    17. Meg - A Bookish Affair on said:

      3.5 stars. Libby London is a vintage clothes store owner who is happy living life stuck in the eighties. She has the clothes and gigantic hair to show it! After her latest relationship fails and her store is in danger of being no more, her friends decide that Libby can't hide in the past any longer and they stage an intervention, which involves changing everything from clothes to Libby's general life outlook. It's a heavy task but someone has to do it!I had really enjoyed Van Tiem's previous rel [...]

    18. Ibukun (1-800 Books) on said:

      3.5 stars*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.The eighties have long gone, but Libby is still living in it: neon wigs, leg warmers, shoulder pads, and more. She even owns an eighties store, and is still hung up on her crush from the eighties. When her lifestyle becomes too much for her friends to bear, they decide to take matters into their own hands and stage an intervention.Libby is a character I’m not crazy about, maybe because I can’t relate to most of what sh [...]

    19. Lisa Bentley on said:

      I’m going to say it straight. Holding Out for a Hero left me feeling conflicted. There are lots of things that I liked about this book but there are a handful of things that I didn’t like.Firstly, the concept of the novel: I loved it. I loved the link to the 80s movies and the music and the love of all things kitsch. As a child of the 80s it was a nice time-tunnel. I liked the use of The Breakfast Club as the basis of Libby’s life changing mission.However, I don’t think I really liked th [...]

    20. Grass monster on said:

      We follow 80s lover Libby London as we discover this is the decade she fell in love and its holding her back from life and love or so her friends think. With Libby's 33rd birthday approaching they decide to stage an #80sintervention to get Libby up to date in life. Her friend truly care about her and want her happy. Libby owns a Vintage shop selling all kinds of memorabilia from music to clothes, which she also likes to wear. The idea of the intervention is to give Libby a makeover and get her t [...]

    21. Amy McKinley on said:

      Libby encompasses the 80s—the clothes, hair, and definitely the music. When her friends decide to drag her into the present with an #80sIntervention she’s faced with more than one dilemma. Through a journey wrought with moments of distress and hilarity, Libby finds her way into our hearts in this poignant novel about friendship, healing, love, and so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed Victoria’s book and am looking forward to her next one.

    22. Emily Albright on said:

      I had the pleasure to read this book when it was in it's earliest stage. It's seriously amazing! Victoria deals with the issue of depression in a sensitive manner, yet still manages to make the overall story feel light. I absolutely loved this book. It's got a lot of heart, and Libby is a fantastic character. One you root for. Definitely pick it up or add it to your TBR list, 'cause it's one you definitely don't want to miss.

    23. Maria Gryzlo on said:

      I'm extremely excited to have won this book's giveaway and taking the time to read it once it arrives. I'd love to write another review on my thoughts after I've finished reading the book once it gets to me.

    24. Lucy on said:

      Originally I gave this book 2 stars, but after mulling it over for a while I had to down-grade it to just 1 star. After reading the blurb I was so excited to read Holding Out for a Hero, it seemed like it would be a fun, quirky contemporary romance. Well it was certainly quirky and contemporary not not exactly fun or a romance. The main character Libby is mentally stuck in the eighties: she wears eighties clothes, she listens to the music, watches the films, lives the cultures, owns/runs a vinta [...]

    25. Teresa Whitehead on said:

      Libby London is stuck in the 80’s when she was dealing with her first love. She wears 80s clothes, has 80s hair, and owns a shop called “Pretty in Pink” which carries clothes from the 80s. Libby’s friends believe that Libby needs to get out of the 80s and into the 21st Century. How can she even think about moving on in her life when everything is in turmoil. At least she has Ollie. Ollie is her first love and the person she turns to whenever she has a problem. The problem is that Ollie h [...]

    26. Mara on said:

      You can also read the full review on my blog here.---I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Wow, did this book give me more than what I thought it would.I didn’t think I would come to love Holding Out For A Hero as much as I do right now. It’s quite hard to explain why without giving out spoilers, but I’ll try as best as I can!The #80sInterventionI was a bit hesitant while reading this book because I knew I wouldn’t understand most of the 80s references th [...]

    27. Laura on said:

      Holding Out For A Hero dropped through my letter box just after Christmas and what a gorgeous, belated, unsolicited kind of Christmas present it was! I am guilty as charged and even though I own Victoria’s previous novel Love Like The Movies I am still yet to read it *slaps wrist*. The cover of Holding Out For A Hero had me wanting to dive into the book straight away and so that is what I did! Libby is stuck well and truly in the eighties. She wears eighties style clothes, owns a retro boutiqu [...]

    28. Booknista on said:

      You had me at the title. So 80's!!! Huge Footloose fan right here. Like the title suggests, this book has an 80's theme. I was ready to cut loose, Footloose. I wasn’t sure what to expect, beyond the decade, with this book. Victoria Van Tiem is a new author for me. I was very pleasantly surprised!This is a sweet, funny, light romance with a heartbreaking twist. Crank up Simple Minds and read on.The story is about Libby. She is turning thirty-three and is stuck in the 80's. She’s single and pi [...]

    29. Jeannie Zelos on said:

      Holding out for a Hero,  Victoria Van TiemReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre:  Romance, women’s fictionI loved Victoria’s last book Love like the Movies, and was hoping I’d feel the same about this one. It wasn’t to be though :-( It’s still a great read but darker in feel, a more serious story though there are moments of humour sprinkled throughout it just didn’t feel quite right to me.  Libby, she was stuck in the 80’s – I know how that feels, sometimes I feel I’m [...]

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