Limelight by Amy Poeppel


In a smart and funny new novel by the author of Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor as their lives merge with the captivating world of Broadway.Allison Brinkley—wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist—discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initiall...

Details Limelight

Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAtria/Emily Bestler Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews Limelight

  • Cindy Burnett
    Limelight is a joy to read from start to finish. Poeppel’s writing is smart and fresh, and as a supreme fan of all things Broadway related, I love the subject matter. As the story opens, Allison Brinkley is grappling with moving from Dallas to New York City with a husband and three children and struggling to find her place in her family and the world at large. She stumbles into a new job serving as the personal assistant for a spoiled young pop...
  • Kristy
    Allison and her family move to New York City from Dallas for her husband, Michael's, job. At first, Allison is excited--ready for the glitz and glamour of the city. Instead, she finds herself and her family (including her three children) living in a cramped small apartment within a high-rise building. She has no friends and no one to confide in and shortly after moving, she loses her job. Things go from bad to worse when she hits an empty parked ...
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to the author for this review copy!Motherhood + New York City + Broadway + celebrity drama = so much fun! I adored Poeppel's previous book SMALL ADMISSIONS, and this title was just as good or better. As a teacher and mother myself, I am drawn to her spot on portrayals of the education world and mothering, and in LIMELIGHT, we get all of that PLUS a celebrity diva and an insider's look at a splashy new musical production. Highly recommended...
  • kayla
    AH. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. JJAFAHFAJFAKFKAKFJKA AHHHHHHOkay. I need to calm down. But "ahhhhh *hitting the keyboard* ahhh" sums up how I feel. This book is my child. There I said it. I love it with all my heart. I adored the characters. So. Freaking. Much. Carter? What a little shit. But what a little shit who underwent character development and became less of a little shit. Allison? My C H I L D. I mean she's probably like 12-15 years older than...
  • Andrea
    I loved loved loved this book. Repeat, I loved this book! This is a sheer joy to read. In Allison, Poeppel perfectly captures a modern mom dealing with kids, especially teens. As Allison mothers Carter, the rockstar made Broadway actor, we see such unbelievable character development. The voice and tone in this novel are stellar.And Amy Poeppel loves Kevin Kline as I do so I loved that part the book as well.Rush to read this one!I received an adva...
  • Crystal King
    I loved Amy Poeppel's first novel, SMALL ADMISSIONS, but I really loved this gem of a book about a Texas mother newly moved to Manhattan, who ends up unwittingly becoming a secondary mother of a sort to a crazy famous, self-absorbed pop star. It's a charming, fun and hilariously funny story that had me staying up late to find out how Allison manages the ridiculous antics of Carter Reid, who stars opposite Kevin Kline in a Broadway play. LIMELIGHT...
  • Linda Zagon
    My Review of “Limelight” by Amy Poeppel“Limelight” by Amy Poeppel is such an enjoyable, amusing, delightful and entertaining novel!! I had such fun reading this and had difficulty putting the book down. The genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction.Can you imagine uprooting your family from Dallas Texas to New York City? If that isn’t a shock, how about accidentally bumping your car into a BMW that you find out belongs to ...
  • Melissa
    Limelight was recommended to me by Andrea Peskind Katz from Great Thoughts. She really knows what I'll enjoy reading because she totally nailed it with this book! It has become one of my 2018 favorites. I could definitely relate to Allison, as I moved from the Midwest to the east coast about 11 years ago. The experience was overwhelming at first and it took a lot of adjusting. While my family and I didn't move to NYC, we lived pretty close for a ...
  • Tammy
    Amy Poeppel has written a delightful, humorous book! I would love to read a second book and find out what happens in Allison’s life and career!
  • Donna Davis
    “Welcome to Gotham, babe.”Amy Poeppel is a star, and since I loved her debut novel, Small Admissions in 2016, requesting the galley of her second novel was a no-brainer for me. Thank you, thank you Net Galley and Atria Books. This book will be available to the public May 1, 2018. Allison Brinkley is excited when her husband receives a promotion that takes them from suburban Dallas, Texas to New York City. The excitement! The opportunities! Sh...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    I planned on savoring LIMELIGHT, but once I started reading, I was enjoying it so much I had to finish it, and I did, in a single day. Allison is a mom of three and a recent transplant to NYC from Dallas. Her teaching job falls through and a bit at a loss, she falls into a job as a personal assistant to a bratty pop star who is about to make his Broadway debut. The book is current and funny and a delightful escape. The Broadway-insider feel is fu...
  • Abby Fabiaschi
    LIMELIGHT accomplishes that hard-to-achieve, magical dance of balancing hilarity with a compelling story. I laughed. I related. I cared about the characters. A great read.
  • Narci Drossos
    A delightful, funny, clever modern day fairytale! I adored the witty wife’s repartee with her husband, cool moms, and everyone else. The snark is real, but so well done. I’d like to hang out with everyone in this novel!
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    As a lifelong New Yorker, there is something about Broadway and this city that will always have a special place in my heart. Those factors may be what drew me to Limelight in the first place but the heart and spirit found in the pages is what kept me eagerly devouring every page. When Allison transplants herself and her family to New York from Texas for her husband's job, she doesn't expect to find that she is the one struggling the most of all, ...
  • Carol Boyer
    Having read Amy Poeppel's book Small Admissions, I could hardly wait to read her newest one! It was a fabulous story about Manhattan, Broadway, and Allison Brinkley who happens to fall into being a personal assistant for Carter Reid a young self-absorbed, hungover, and oppositional pop star who is supposed to be acting in this musical Limelight. Allison has her work cut out for her, and having been a teacher takes this responsibility very serious...
  • Ellen
    Part love letter to life in New York, part tribute to Broadway, Poeppel’s latest is a humorous journey with crisp dialogue and likable characters. Allison moves to NYC with her husband and three kids, all adjusting to life in the big city in different ways. Allison loses her job, and becomes personal manager to an undisciplined, spoiled teen heartthrob. If you need a break from the angst of today’s news, read this enjoyable romp.
  • Aida Alberto
    I received an advanced review copy. What an awesome, funny and feel good book this was. Looking for a good book that will make you happy and have you laughing too? Preorder this book. Go ahead. Do it. Amy Poeppel is a new to me author and I love discovering new authors all the time. She's fabulous. The plot is great. You become easily invested in the characters. Even Carter who I wasn't sure if I wanted to wrap him up in a huge hug and mother him...
  • Betsybmaxwell
    This was just what I needed after reading one too many thrillers. Limelight is the story of an unlikely friendship. Told with humor, lots of pop culture references and tons of heart, this was a fantastic read. The author did a great job making Manhattan into its own storyline. I loved the city vs suburbs debate. And I really loved the females in this book. To have such strong female characters throughout the whole book really made me love this bo...
  • David
    I was happy to get an early copy. It's fun and fast and clever.
  • Susie Williams
    (I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)This is such a fun book and exactly what I needed after during my recent travel time! Allison is an an incredibly likable main character and you'll likely find yourself cheering for her throughout the novel. Also? The book is smart... Though it felt lighthearted and fun, it wasn't too "chick lit-y," simple, or predictable. Allison and her family move from Dallas to NYC fo...
  • Michelegg
    Oh my gosh! How does a story about a Mom and a horrible bratty teenaged boy leave me a blubbery mess at the end of it?This book -by far the best book I’ve read this year- is just quite simply fabulous. From the first moments in Allison’s new apartment in New York, to the days she spends helping Carter navigate the play Limelight, to the tender conclusion, I was deeply invested in these characters and this story. Allison was so perfectly real ...
  • Sue
    Allison decides that her husband should accept a job promotion because it would be wonderful for her family (two teenage daughters and a son) to move to NYC - the most wonderful place in the world to live. She soon finds out that living in NYC is full of problems - her daughters had to leave friends and boyfriends and blame her for the move, she doesn't have any friends and can't find a job, her apartment is so much smaller than her house that sh...
  • Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    This is a fun light-hearted book about NYC and Broadway. It was an interesting inside look at the life of a celebrity and the workings of a Broadway musical. I found Allison's relationship with Carter to be one I could relate to as a mom. She became invested in him as a human and helped him when he had no one. Carter's language is very crash and one that I would usually not tolerate in a book but I understand why the author used it in this instan...
  • Susan Peterson
    This book was an absolute, unexpected delight! It’s an engaging, funny, warm-hearted story about family and unconditional love...and what happens when those things are lacking in someone’s life. Limelight gives the reader an honest, contemporary, behind-the-scenes look at the life of a talented young man caught up in a world of success, fame, money, bad press and bad behavior....and the woman and her family who show him what he’s truly wort...
  • Jenni Walsh
    Oh how I adored this book and oh how I adore Amy Poeppel's writing. After thoroughly enjoying the hilarity of her debut Small Admissions, I was eager to read Limelight. Poeppel has an uncanny ability to craft interesting, engaging stories with the perfect amount of and timing of comedic relief. In this story, Allison is a character who you can really get behind. She's likable. She's funny. She's got a heart of gold. She's tough. She's vulnerable....
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    Thank you to for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.I was a little nervous to read “Limelight” – I could not get through the first chapter of “Small Admissions” but I was obviously worried for absolutely nothing. What I loved: The Brinkley kids were real kids (as real fictional characters can be) – Jack being obsessed with “lady parts”; Megan trying to find ...
  • Lisa
    I can’t remember the last time I laughed this much. Limelight is a hilarious, super fun read and I highly recommend it! Allison could be described as a modern-day June Cleaver with a sexy and zany twist. She has an incredible ability to nurture those around her and give them a big kick in the butt when they need it. Allison convinced her husband that a change would be great for her whole family, so she and Michael uproot their family leaving Da...
  • Leanna Mattea
    I loved Amy Poeppel’s debut novel Small Admissions and loved this one also. Her writing is joyful and made me smile, a lot. It’s the story of Allison Brinkley, a teacher, who is married to Michael, and her three children. They move from Dallas to New York, when her husband is transferred there.Unable to find a permanent teaching position, she unwittingly becomes acquainted with a obnoxious pop star, who is in NY, to costar in a musical of Old...
  • Suzanne
    Limelight is the first of Amy Poeppel's books I have read, and I'm headed to the book store to pick up her debut (Small Admissions) later today.Limelight is the story of Allison, a Dallasite, who moves to the Big City with her family. In a series of crazy events, she meets teen pop sensation - gone wild - Carter Reid and becomes his PA. The story takes us on the adventures of Carter, who is contractually obligated to start in Limelight, a Broadwa...