Holding Out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem
Publication Date: January 2016
Their love survived the 80s. She wished she hadn’t.
A funny, bitter-sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80’s soundtrack, proving first love never truly dies…
Libby London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now, in the 21st Century, she’s completely falling apart… Her New York City fashion sensibility is more ‘vintage tragedy’ than ‘retro babe’ and might just be what’s holding her back in all matters of life and love…
At least that’s what her well-meaning friends think. They’ve staged a #80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up-to-date. But how do you move forward when the one you love holds you in the past? Between her dreaded birthday party, friend’s madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her Pretty In Pink thrift shop, Libby’s nearing the end of the rope… If her therapist isn’t quick, it could be a literal one.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The eighties have long gone, but Libby is still living in it: neon wigs, leg warmers, shoulder pads, and more. She even owns an eighties store, and is still hung up on her crush from the eighties. When her lifestyle becomes too much for her friends to bear, they decide to take matters into their own hands and stage an intervention.
Libby is a character I’m not crazy about, maybe because I can’t relate to most of what she’s going through, but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying her story. There is more to her than meets the eye and the fact that the story is written from her perspective made it easier for me to understand why she is the way she is. I like the fact that Libby is no invalid: she’s intelligent, capable, quite independent, and with all the imperfections of a human.
Holding Out for a Hero starts out light and seemingly superficial, but into the story, it’s clear that the eighties intervention is just a front for something deeper and more meaningful. I like the fact that the romance is more dessert than main course in the story, with Libby’s journey to healing being the focal point.
In a nutshell, Holding Out for a Hero is a surprisingly deep story about finding oneself. Mark my words, you will enjoy it (even if you were born long after the eighties).