Review : Famous in love, Rebecca Serle

I first heard of this book by the fantastic author Lauren Oliver. She left a comment on Goodreads talking about it, and I was intrigued. Who doesn’t dream of seeing what the celebrities world looks like from inside? I certainly do, and this story seemed like a great way to do so.

“The unspoken motto of our house: If you stay closer to the ground, you have less distance to fall.”

First of all, let me talk about the plot: Paige has been acting since she was little. Small school plays, little commercials and some auditions, one even in the Big Apple, no less. So, when the opportunity presents itself to get a big role in a huge movie adapted from a book, she thinks, why not. And she goes to the audition, and, oh, she’s the chosen one. During that moment in the plot, I kind of felt like things were moving fast, too fast. Actually, from the beginning of the book, I felt this way: I barely had time to get accustomed to the characters, that already the main one of them was thrown on a plane, away from everything she’s ever known, and into the great unknown. This frustrated me: I’ll admit it. But I also found it very accurate to the situation. Being thrown into the spotlight in the blink of an eye must be a little confusing. Things have to be moving fast, like everything in this world. So, as confused as I felt, it also felt very right.

“But it doesn’t matter now. It’s like an umbrella in the middle of a rainstorm after you’re already wet. It’s exactly what you need, what you want, but it’s come too late.”

The main character in this book, Paige, is endearing, but not as much as I would have liked her to be. I felt like I was just getting to know her on the surface, and glimpses of her personal life before –relationship with her parents, her sister, her friends- were really interesting, but not enough developed, at first. I had a hard time feeling connected to her, and that’s important to me in a book. But our lives are very different, so I guess there’s a little bit of that, too.  Despite that, I really enjoyed when her friends came on set: we got to get a closer look at their relationship as a trio, and how everything changed when she went away. I really enjoyed this moment. And as we got towards the end, I felt like I could grasp her personality more and more. I’m guessing, since this book is the first in a series, we’ll probably get to know way more about her, and all of the other characters, soon. And I can’t wait.

I really enjoyed Jordan’s character, as weird as it might seem at first. I thought I would hate him, his pretended attitude, and everything. But I’ve grown fond of him: unlike Rainer, we get to see all of his depth and layers. His troubled past and tainted by rumors, his confused attitude. I loved figuring him out thorough the entire story. Rainer, on the other hand seemed a little too…shallow? I don’t know, as swoony as he’s being, in the end, he started to piss me off: aren’t characters sometimes supposed to be more than all swoony-like? But (yes, there’s a but!) I liked how things ended. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I enjoyed the way it ended : leaving place for possibilities of more dramas, and everything I loved in this book.

“See, that’s the thing I didn’t understand. The thing no one tells you. That just because you find love doesn’t mean it’s yours to keep. Love never belongs to you. It belongs to the universe.”

The love-triangle in this story was a bit cliché: the good against the bad boy? It was predictable, though, reading the synopsis. And, this one, I kind of enjoyed it. I would have read this book almost in a sitting, if I could have: it was catchy, I devoured every word. Honestly, it was very, very distracting.
What I loved the most is how we get a peek behind the curtains. We get to see a little bit, what it’s like: to enter into the spotlight, to shoot a movie. It’s not made in the right order, it’s cut and pasted, it’s a hundred re-takes, and the director isn’t putting gloves on. We’re inside a world I’ve always been fascinated about. It was pretty awesome to read about that, and we don’t find it too often.

Famous in love is a great read, if you’re looking for something light and fast-paced, with a great insight of the celebrity’s world. I’m definitely going to check out the second book, I’m so curious of what becomes of those characters. Moreover, this book is becoming a TV show! I kind of freaked when I heard that. Wait, what? I’m definitely going to watch that!

Rebecca Serle, Famous in love, published by Macmillan Children’s books, October 23rd, 2014.

 

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.

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