Packed with the cringe-worthy and laugh out loud moments that we’ve come to expect from this fabulous series, this is a perfect holiday read for teen girls.
Elecktra James is finally back and life hasn’t got any easier. She’s still not sure where she stands with the boy of her dreams. She’s wrapped her first feature film but the industry gossip is almost all negative and she’s terrified as the days to the film’s release count down. Her co-star has developed an obsession with her best friend and her GCSEs are looming. And, if that wasn’t enough, she’s expected to create a perfect social media persona to promote the forthcoming film. It’s hardly surprising she doesn’t know where to start.
A huge fan of the Waiting for Callback series, I was delighted to settle down to read the final instalment. It’s been over a year since the second book, Take Two, was released and I was keen to again spend time with Elektra James and her family. As with the previous books, Elektra’s authentic teen voice is instantly appealing although I did miss my favourite character – Elektra’s long-suffering, slightly neurotic, mum – who has a much smaller role in this book. Fortunately, this gap is more than made up by an entertaining sub-plot with Elektra’s arrogant co-star, Carlo.
It’s a Wrap is packed with the cringe-worthy and laugh out loud moments that we’ve come to expect from this fabulous teen series. Indeed, this book exceeded my expectations on this front: it has one of the funniest scenes I have perhaps ever read in a book. Elektra is filming a banquet scene in a costume drama and things go slightly and unexpectedly wrong when part of her ‘costume’ escapes, splattering gravy then cranberry sauce in every direction. I had tears streaming down my face and my shoulders were shaking uncontrollably as I read the scene. (Which is really not ideal when you’re travelling on packed public transport. I will leave you to imagine the strange looks from those around me. However, it did give me the opportunity to hold up the cover to show what I was reading so, hopefully, a few might be inspired to find out for themselves what was quite so funny.)
While the story remains essentially a light-hearted holiday read for teen girls, this third and final book in the series also has a hidden message about the potentially damaging impact of social media on modern life. Elektra’s attempts to live up to her publicist’s expectations clearly highlights the divorce between reality and a social media image. (Although, in keeping with the uplifting tone, Elektra does ultimately take back control and I just loved her response when social media turns nasty, creating her own hashtag #ElektraWosActuallyHere).
Overall, my only negative is that this is the last in the series. If I want to spend more time with Elektra and co., I’m going to have to go back and read the previous two books: Casting Queen and, my personal favourite, Take Two.
Date: May 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author’s Website: Honor and Perdita Cargill