“Time with Norma Jean” by Elyse Douglas

Itty-Bitty ReviewTime with Norma Jean

I thought the story might show a new playful insightfulness into Marilyn Monroe told with the twist of being written as a time-travel novel.  I really tried, but still found the book to be sophomoric and not enjoyable. The story has two timelines that do not meet. The 16-year-old narrator is a girl named, Darla.  In 1998, the author has her goes back in time to the early 1950s.   She hangs out and goes on a road trip with her favorite old movie star—the legendary blonde.  I did appreciate the connection between Darla, and Dorothy, from Oz, learning the life lesson of “there is no place like home,” but that is about as magical as this tale reads.  Maybe, I am being too harsh. Maybe, this book is YA. After all, the author spends time on Darla’s first crush, which I think I would have enjoyed when I was a teenage girl.  I know it is supposed to be a light read, but it wasn’t for me.

I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher through Book Sirens at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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