This was a delight to read! I think the reason for that is it didn’t take itself too seriously. There were serious issues, to be sure. The heroine, Lisbeth, had to hide in a closet to avoid epic battles between her mother and her sister. But even when she’s explaining what is happening and why, she has a sweet spirit about her.
Things get started when she is given the chance to try on the little black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her friend Jess works at a museum where the dress is on loan for an exhibit. She is an ardent Hepburn fan who feels that every situation can be dealt with by a Hepburn film.
As though trying on the dress is not enough excitement, she appears at a gala being given in the museum that very night posing as her version of Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. After a wild night that includes meeting the most popular rock star around under rather bizarre circumstances, she becomes increasingly involved in people’s lives, all who just happen to be amazingly rich.
While all of this is going on, Lisbeth is a waitress at a diner nicknamed “The Hole”. One of the other waitresses is her friend Jess from the museum. The wait staff also includes Jake, who dreams of becoming a rock star with his band and keeps asking Lisbeth to come to his gigs.
This book was one of those I-can’t-put-it-down kind of things. Near the end, things got very serious, and that’s where the story started bogging down. But not for long because the end matched the beginning with the same sense of humor and light touch.
I have seen only a few Hepburn films, so I know I missed a lot of references to them. It didn’t matter, though, because things were always explained.
always used appropriately.