on October 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.
Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…
When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.
In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.
Famous in Love was a different read for sure.
Paige is a young girl who loves film and always wanted to be an actress. She’s done community plays and practiced her favorites scenes to herself just for fun. So when her best friend Cassandra tells her about an upcoming audition for the role of August she jumps at the chance to try even knowing that there is slim to no chance of getting the part.
Well she gets it guys.
Before she flies to Hawaii where the shooting takes place, the book introduces her relationships with friends and family. I really enjoyed how she had a strong female friendship from the get-go and another with Jake (a boy whom she crushes on, but they don’t go further for the sake of their friendship). I love the parent descriptions and conversations along with the sibling treatment between one another (be it good or bad) because it makes a case for more realism in the story.
The first half of the book was very realistic in terms of shooting movies. Paige has to start off in frozen water as she figures out that being a movie star is not what it seems. The fact that movies:
– Don’t start in chronological order
– Lots of people are watching during the scenes
– Shooting schedules are complicated
– The director isn’t going to sugar-coat everything when you’re sucking
– Has to have a certain climate
– Hundreds of takes for 1-2 scenes = Exhaustion
– Body doubles (Paige is underage so her contract stipulations are different)
It’s all harder than it looks and Paige struggles through these issues:
“I’m worried about getting August wrong and disappointing tens of millions of people […] August is a character beloved by the world, and it’s my job to bring her to life. She’ll have my face and voice, and hair. She’ll be me. And what if I’m wrong?”
And I love the little spurts of life quotes this book sticks out at you every now and then:
“That’s the thing about success. It changes a lot, but not everything. You still have bad hair days. Friendships that have fallen apart won’t miraculously be fixed. And people who didn’t love you before still won’t. Because the on thing success never changes, no matter what level you reach, is what has already happened”
This whole beginning was really interesting to read for me as I’m really interested in film, so it was a nice perspective to see that I really haven’t seen much of in YA.
Now for the irks because I know that’s the real reason you’re here:
– The stupid love triangle…I know, I should have known from reading the blurb that this was happening. I thought that I would be reading a new take on it. FOR ONCE, I seriously thought the female MC was going to choose neither. In fact it had my hopes up for that. I thought that MAYBE this book would be original and have her choose her freaking self, but alas I was wrong. She does choose one. It’s still not what you expect (a lot of people actually hated this ending) but I think it really depends on the reader. It will be a choice you either love or hate and it won’t be based on which male interest you’re into. Keep that in mind!
– There’s not instalove, but there’s love that I don’t understand. However, I use the term love loosely because she never says the word love until maybe 30ish pages before the book is over (which I think is great). However, she goes on and on between the two for what feels like forever.
– She loves them both. Don’t understand why they’re interested in her–seems like another case of loving someone for no reason what-so-ever (she may not have insta-love, but those boys do for sure. That or they’re really trying hard to get into her pants).
– I’m gonna call it out and just say the love freaking stinks in this one. It’d be better if she was strictly an actress doing kissing scenes with them and leaving all the drama and only being friends in the real world. Honestly, I would have liked it so much better without all that crap.
You have no idea how much I wanted to curse in those few paragraphs above, but I promised Tabitha I wouldn’t, so insert all sorts of profanity up there because it really pissed me off toward the end.
I think I really enjoyed it in the beginning, but slowly that joy turned into annoyance and then ultimately lowered the rating for me overall. If anything pick this book up for the first half and see if it even goes downhill for you. It’s worth a once over especially when you’re in the mood for a realistic contemporary. It’s a very easy writing style and you’ll fly through the pages real quick. I read it in a day.
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