Nicole Richie: Priceless
Priceless tells the
story of Charlotte Williams, a pampered girl whose priorities in life include
shopping for designer clothes and partying at posh nightclubs. Her supermodel
mother passed away in a tragic accident when she was seven and her father
believes that money is the answer to all life’s problems, catering to
Charlotte’s every whim. But when her father is arrested for fraud, Charlotte is
forced to face the world on her own without daddy’s money.
As her father’s material possessions
disappear, so do her so-called friends. Everything in life seems to be ganging
up on her. She finds herself surrounded by angry fraud victims and an even
angrier press, so she flees
to New Orleans to live with her beloved former nanny Millie, the closest thing
she has had to a mother-daughter relationship. Millie’s son Jackson
isn’t very fond of Charlotte for the snob that she used to be.
all the fuss her dad left in his wake, Charlotte starts over. She meets hotshot
fashionista Kat Karaby, who quickly becomes her best friend and encourages her
to develop her singing talent. Charlotte soon joins Jackson’s band and their
relationship takes on a romantic twist.
But then the
pace of the story abruptly changes when a stalker pops up out of nowhere, follows
her around and threatens to kill her.
of your run-of-the-mill wealthy girl who learns about selflessness and
giving back. Although the novel has a clichéd storyline used
before in many novels and films, the author manages to keep the reader
engaged. You know where the novel is going, but you can’t stop reading
fact that Richie is now an author took us by surprise, her second novel Priceless
exceeded all of our expectations. Richie
has significantly improved as an author and the development in her prose is
tangible. Her writing is witty and light. The fact that the story can easily
have been inspired by the author’s life as a Hollywood celebrity and socialite
is not lost on the reader.
captures the turmoil of emotions that Charlotte goes through. However, Charlotte
develops too quickly in the novel. Although the author struggles with the
suspenseful parts of the novel, the romance and humour make up for it.