Friday, October 31, 2014

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle
Release Date - October 21, 2014
Publisher Website - Poppy/Little Brown
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 336 pages
My Rating - 5/5
**received in exchange for an honest review**

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
"A must-read for anyone curious about life and love behind the scenes."--Bella Thorne, actor and author of Autumn Falls

When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star 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 bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar 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 begins to resemble her character's.

In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is--and who she wants--as the whole world watches.
Being plucked from obscurity and thrust into fame has been a daydream of many people growing up. Who wouldn't want to be the star of their favourite TV show, or movie, right? Rebecca Serle takes that daydream to creates something real, honest, and heartfelt. Perfect for those who love Hollywood gossip, CW TV shows, and endearing characters, Famous In Love looks at falling in love while under a spotlight.

The element that stands out the most while reading is how authentic this novel feels. You'll feel like you've been given behind the scenes access to the hottest set in Hollywood and all the secrets that come with it. Rebecca Serle's love of Hollywood shines through each page, and her attention to detail creates a vivid picture of life on a movie set. It's unsurprising that she did a lot of research to capture this intimate feeling.

There will be plenty of discussion about Team Jordan vs Team Rainer, but I predict many won't finish this novel without being Team Paige. She is immediately endearing and captivating. She's the Joey Potter of this story, and you will love her. Her story also tethers this novel into reality. It's not just a romance novel, but rather a story of Paige's experiences. We get to see the rocky road of fame, and how she adapts to it. Her family relationships, friendships, and romances all spiral and change because of her new life. It's deeper, and more heartfelt than one may assume at first, and readers will easily become attached to all the characters.

Paige's fears, and insecurities are recognizable and understandable. It's easy to relate to her feelings of not fitting in, and her desire to do her best. She's not immediately perfect, and getting swept up into this new lifestyle is not natural to her. She stumbles, and learns as she goes along. It allows the reader to follow her journey without feeling disconnected.

Love triangles may feel overused, and like a cheap way to delay the inevitable. The triangle in this novel, however, truly works. The reason it works so well is the relationship between Rainer and Jordan. It's complicated, and an element to the story in it's own right. Their relationship to each other is not defined by their relationship with Paige, and that makes it more interesting. There is more at stake here, and friendships to be taken into consideration. I find when triangles work it is usually because of the interactions and connections outside of the triangle, and Rebecca proves why this is the case.

This is also one of those triangles where neither guy is the wrong choice. They both seem to be valid choices for Paige, and ultimately, that makes it feel believable. Who Paige is, and what she needs will ultimately determine who she decides to be with. Each of the guys is so different, and offers Paige something different, so it's not a question of who the "best guy" is but rather who is right for Paige.

A story about a girl who is finding herself, and falling in love under the bright lights of Hollywood. Those looking for a well done love triangle, and a character driven story will love this look into what it would mean to be the newest 'it girl' in Hollywood.

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