Book Review: Johnny Be Good


If your boss was the hottest rock star on the planet, would you mix business with pleasure?

I’m Meg Stiles. This is my leaving party. And that song we’re making a mockery of? That’s written by one of the biggest rock stars in the world. And I’m moving in with him tomorrow.

Seriously! I am not even joking. Well, maybe I’m misleading you a little bit. You see, I haven’t actually met him yet…

No, I’m not a stalker. I’m his new PA. His Personal Assistant. And I am off to La-La Land. Los Angeles. The City of Angels—whatever you want to call it—and I can’t bloody believe it!

Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg’s glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend’s biography, helps keep Meg’s feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny’s piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she’s swept right off them again?

Review originally written in December 2018:

‘Normal girl’ becomes PA to a ‘Wild Bad Boy’ type celebrity. 

The main character, Meg is portrayed as naive when it comes to Johnny the wild-boy. It seems quite stereotypical. I mean, how can you fall for someone, and have sex with them multiple times when you see them basically doing it raw with a bunch of easy groupies and actually let them inside you again whilst they are doing this with them ?

Yet I am still inclined to see what happens despite these characters because parts of their characteristics are relatable. 

We usually have that one person you aren’t supposed to fall for but do because you are so attracted to them and they have a way of always drawing you in despite how many times you tell yourself no. If you know what you are getting yourself into and have your line where you do not cross that is at least the more mature action to take.

However if you are in a position where you actually see the guy always doing those actions, why would one who respects themselves put themselves through that? 

I very much disagreed with Meg’s POV that she is the one to change him. A lot of silly girls go for these guys solely due to believing they are ‘the one’ to change them. What sort of message is this to send? This indicates the novel is not maturely written as you can never think you can change anyone; at most influence. The fact Paige is trying to get across the message ‘you can be the one reason, the one person to change someone’ is not an adequate message to send out to readers. Especially the younger audiences. 

One of Johnny’s characteristics that was very annoying: making Meg believe she is very special to him, yet he is torturing her at the same time as he snogs and has sex with girls right in-front of her, then has sex with Meg again and it becomes a cycle. 

On a positive note, I really enjoyed Christian’s character. Johnny’s best friend from England who actually made the story more fun and interesting. I was sad each time he left LA ‘Please, Christian, stay so this book is actually fun!’. 

I did manage to read this book therefore it has gained 3 stars from me as I am keen to find out how their story evolves in Baby Be Mine.


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