I Say Tomato by Katie Wall

The first thing I want to say about this review is that I received a copy of this book for free as part of the Goodreads First Reads programme.

When I first read the blurb of I Say Tomato, I immediately thought of Sophie Lee’s book, Alice in La La Land. I found that book truly awful- depressing and boring. I hoped that I Say Tomato wouldn’t follow the same fate.

Sunny is an Australian actress trying to make it big in LA. Soon after landing, she finds herself a sweet place to live, some other Aussie actors to hang out with and a promising audition for a pilot. Soon she is transported to the Sundance Film Festival and movie premieres, all while pining for her lost love Toby. Will she give up her dream for love?

Light and fluffy, this book name drops a lot of places in LA and skims the surface of a lot of issues- for example, the depths of her relationship with Toby (one minute she’s sad, the next she’s networking like no tomorrow) and the despair of not being able to find a job isn’t really explored in depth. It’s like licking the top layer of a multi layer cake- there could be a lot underneath or nothing but the same.

Apparently Katie Wall is an Australian actress, but I don’t watch a lot of TV (and very little Australian drama) so I can’t comment on her acting or experiences related to this book.

This was light and sweet reading- I read this in under 24 hours, despite being at work for a significant chunk of time. I would have been annoyed to pay bookstore pricing for this, but as it was free I can’t really complain too much. A good holiday or library read- just don’t expect too much- it’s Cadbury, not Lindt.

6.5 out of 10

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