Title: The Girl With The Gold Bikini
Author: Lisa Walker
Publication Date: 01 February 2020
Synopsis: Whenever I see a girl with a gold bikini, I think of Princess Leia. Here on the Gold Coast, gold bikinis are common, so I think of Princess Leia a lot.
Eighteen-year-old Olivia Grace has deferred her law degree and ducked out of her friends’ gap-year tour of Asia. Instead, she’s fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a private investigator, following in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars – who taught her everything she knows, including a solid line in quick-quipping repartee, the importance of a handbag full of disguises, and a way of mixing business with inconvenient chemistry.
Playing Watson to the Sherlock of her childhood friend, detective agency owner Rosco (once the Han Solo to her Princess Leia), Olivia pursues a routine cheating husband case from the glitzy Gold Coast to Insta-perfect Byron Bay, where she faces yoga wars, dirty whale activism, and a guru who’s kind of a creep.
Olivia Grace is a teenage screwball heroine for the #metoo era, and The Girl with the Gold Bikini is a body-positive detective romp, rich with pop-culture pleasures.
Format: Paperback courtesy of the publisher, Wakefield Press
Disclaimer: I received an e-Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher (Wakefield Press) in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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Representation: Olivia (main character) is often referenced as to being chubby.
Content warnings: Light sexism, light fat shaming/body shaming, references to sexual assault (non descriptive)
First of all, I want to give a massive thank you to Wakefield Press for providing me with a copy of this book.
I adored Lisa’s first book, Paris Syndrome, and found that there were some similarities of what I loved from that book in this one.
Lisa’s writing style is so easy to read and enjoy, and the chapters were short, which made this book feel like such a fast read. The plot also helped with that, too.
So our main character, Olivia Grace, is a Private Investigator – well, she works for one, and she also wants to be one like Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars (which is absolutely perfect to me, because I loved Veronica Mars a lot).
The situations that Olivia somehow managed to get herself in to – from working as a yoga instructor, despite not really having any yoga skills, to trying to surf, to speed dating under cover – were all so incredibly fun to read about.
Just when I thought that something else couldn’t possibly go wrong, or things couldn’t get more ridiculously awesome, Olivia happily proved me wrong.
This book was such a fun read. I felt like I was right there with Olivia, wondering what was going to happen next, and just what was up with this Ajay guy – and the reveal was so worth it.
If you liked Nancy Drew or Veronica Mars, or just like hilariously awesome 18 year old girls trying to make it as a Private Detective on the Gold Coast, then this book is absolutely for you.
Part of this story were so laugh-out-loud funny that I got odd-looks (used to it) but I can’t recommend this book enough.