Move over Twilight fans, Hilary Duff’s new book Elixir just hit the shelves. The newlywed actress and recording star who began her career with Lizzie McGuire is now a young adult author. She penned a 336 page book with Elise Allen about the daughter of a renown heart surgeon and prominent U.S. politician, who must discover the secrets as to her father’s disappearance during a humanitarian mission to discover an elixir of life. Clea Raymond, the protagonist, who enjoys hanging out in glam clubs and parties with her friend Rayna, is a photojournalist. She is intrigued by a a strange and beautiful dark-haired man in one of her photographs (with an uncanny resemblance in real life to Mike Comrie, her husband who plays forward for the Penguins in the National Hockey League). This strange and elusive figure much in the tradition of Edward Cullen of Twilight calls upon her in her dreams and she feels an overwhelming powerful connection. She sees him everywhere and Ben, her confidant and body guard points out that he even appears in her baby pictures. Fate brings Clea and the mysterious man, Sage, together when her father goes missing in Brazil. They discover the link behind their bond, but now Clea is trapped in a love triangle so reminiscent of Twilight. She must choose between Ben, Clea’s faithful admirer and Sage.
Hilary Duff’s personal humanitarian efforts are likely the inspiration for her book. She has served on The President’s Council and was named Youth Ambassador to Colombia and advocates for Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides quality nourishment for children.
“This idea just kept coming to me and building in my head. I thought ‘What am I gonna do with this? Am I gonna write a script or pitch the idea? Have someone else write it?’ And then I thought ‘I’m open for a new challenge. I’m going to try to write a book,” said Hilary Duff at the press conference for the unveiling of her book.
How will the challenge hold up with the critics?
Other than the glowing review from MTV.com and the five star reviews from her fans, the book has garnered little positive attention from bonafide book critics on the web.
Kirkus Book Reviews calls it a “ludicrous wish-fulfillment trappings surround immortality, gore and passion.”
Stacked Books identified the main problem with the characterization of the young protagonist. Clea is too trusting of the world surrounding her:
“Let’s be honest: who meets a random man in South America, brings him back home to their house under a pseudonym, then hops a jet for a quick trip to a Tokyo hotel without once rousing the suspicions of their mother? And what made her so sure he knew what was going on with her father? There were too many threads and not enough knots here to pull through.”
Well, be prepared to read more since Simon and Schuster, her book publisher, is planning a whole series since this book ends in a cliff hanger.