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If You Come to California

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Josie Foley, home-schooled loser, finds solace in one thing in her miserable life: music. When U.S.A Talent auditions hit the East Coast her geeky, only-friend urges her to leave their small hometown and attend the forbidden event.

Josie is suddenly hurled into L.A.'s underbelly, an unfamiliar world of drugs, parties and crime introduced to her by the bewitching and mysteri...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Createspace
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REALLY liked this! Maybe because I reside in L.A. This is every person's story....like everyone who moves out here and is obsessed with being famous. I've known many fucked up people like Mickey Solomon and SNL, etc. The Vanessa character made me wanna hurl--what a c-word.

I like how this incorporated drugs, sex, and rock n roll but the story also follows her struggle on that reality show and you're wondering if she's going to win throughout the book.
Wow! This book was such a joy to read. It had humor and sadness intertwined so well. The story follows Josie a naive sheltered small town girl who loves music and dreams of getting away from her father's religious fanaticism. She tries out for a talent show much like American Idol and actually manages to make it on the show. During the audition she meets a beautiful girl named Vanessa who makes her feel special and promises to help her out if she comes to California. She manages to make it out a...more
I read this book while making dinner and dragged it with me into the bathtub because I couldn't put it down.

Nichole Naumann transported me to different worlds, spellbinding me with details of rural hick towns, seedy strip clubs, glittering stage performances, and opulent shorelines of LA. I traveled with the main character across America and shared in her journey.

Josie, the main character, is lovable. She's a sheltered girl with a good head on her shoulders, and as the book unfolded, I bit my na...more
Wendy Pierce
I live a little over an hour outside of LA, although I have never seen the mean streets of LA like Josie did I have definitely seen the drama and lifestyle that being in that area can bring. Josie had her fair share of ups and downs in “Tinseltown”, but she found out more about herself during her struggle on U.S.A. Talent, than she had in the first eighteen years of her life back in Jersey. There were parts of the book I was screaming at her and there were parts that I was cheering her on. I fou...more
3.5 stars....

This book reads like a teenage soap. It's predictable at times, but you can't stop reading it.

I hated every single character, but the story itself was what kept me reading it.They're a bunch of self-absorbed, racist, xenophobic attention seeking, privileged white kids. They hate Mexicans, but love Mexican culture apparently.
SNL and Noah were tolerable. I really liked them.

Enough about the characters, the plot itself was fantastic. I was hooked from the first page. There were twists...more
I was a firstreads winner of this book, and boy am I glad I had the chance to read it! Josie is from a small backwoods town but she dreams of fame. A talent show hosts auditions and she makes it on the show. This book takes you through Josie's new life in California. You see how desperate some are for fame and fortune. Amazing story line that continues to pull you in, excellent characters, some you hate and some you love that grow and develop with the story. I felt like I was with Josie seeing e...more
I read this book in about two days. Once you start reading you won't be able to put it down. The author is an excellent story teller who weaves a climatic tale surrounding the marvels and dangers of LA, of betrayal, falling in love and growing up. In the style of Kevin Brook's Candy, she draws you into the characters world, stringing you along as the story surmounts to its dramatic and fateful end. You will identify with this book if you have ever felt trapped in a mundane life, dreamed of movin...more
Nicci Hartland

I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book. A naive smalltown girl tries to pursue her dream on the countries biggest talent show and get embroiled in the darker side of LA drugs, parties and crime.

This book kept my attention throughout with a good solid storyline. There were times I wanted to smack Josie for being so naive and Van for being such a b1tch. Even the bad guy Mickey did have a heart of gold in his tattooed body.

Well worth a read.
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This book lies out the down side to moving to LA to make it big.

Josie - the naive Jersey girl who wants to make it on the show "USA Talent"
Vanessa - the blood sucking b*tch who would sell her grandmother if it could help her advance her "career" on USA Talent - also see back staber, and crazy.
Mickey - the drug dealer/thug/illegal marriage broker who has a soft spot for Josie
Christian - Josie's first love and first heartbreak - aka 80's hair God - also a contestant on USA Talent.
Dante - Coked up...more
Jocie Stoudt
I LOVE THIS BOOK. I finished it about a week ago now, and I haven't stopped thinking about it since then. Something about it is so enticing and extremely hard to put down. I'm definitely going to read it again, and I recommend it to everyone. Truly brilliant!
This was a very interesting book. It kept me coming back even when I should have been doing other things :)! It was easy to read. Easy to connect with the characters! Like making friends, and enemies! Good Read!
Jacqueline Anzalone
Where to begin, truth, lies, hollywood, twists and turns, dreams and reality, laughing and crying, it's all here. Nichole Naumann is a talented writer with a mind like no other! Can't wait to read the next creation!
Kim DeSalvo
OK, I admit it. I watch American Idol occasionally. I mean, who doesn’t love a ‘rags to riches’ story, especially when someone with real talent overcomes the odds and makes it to the big time? It’s kind of a squeaky clean show, but we all know that there’s a dark side too; a yin to the yang, so to speak. LA isn’t a squeaky clean place, and more than a handful of people flock there with high hopes only to find themselves tangled in the web of its alter-ego. “If You Come to California” is that kin...more
Abby Lutz
I usually am not big on writing reviews, but If You Come To California was a fantastic book. You seem to think you know what is going to happen: a typical teen angst story, but no. I was hooked from the beginning and the ending has such a surprising spin! Anyone from a small town can definitely relate to the main character Josie and the troubles in her life. Should be on everyone's to read list!
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Brandon T.
I couldn't put it down. The writing isn't great and it is sometimes predictable but I couldn't stop reading it. Very good story.
Totally enjoyed it...def kept my interest throughout.
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Nichole Naumann lives in a tiny, run-down apartment by the beach in Los Angeles, California with her cat and her much-older boyfriend. She won third place in Seventeen Magazine's annual fiction contest (2005) with a story she proudly called "A Curse In South Nestor." She's currently writing a pilot for a television show and working on her second book.

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