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Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle - Review

Sunday, February 14, 2016



Where did I get it? It was recommended to me because my own MA novel is about the entertainment industry and so is this, although it's about the movie industry and not music. I bought it myself, although I don't actually remember where from! I discovered it when Lee and I sorted out my books recently and decided to read it. 
What's it about? Paige Townsen is in her final year of high school but harbours desires to be an actress, so she auditions for the part of August in Locked, which is the latest YA hit to be made into a film. She goes to Hawaii to film, opposite the handsome Rainer Devon who's playing Noah. In the film, August has to choose between Noah and Ed, who is going to be played by Jordan Wilder. Jordan and Rainer are arch enemies, but Paige begins to fall for Rainer and also for Jordan. Meanwhile, her friends back in Portland feel a very long way away, and she's growing out apart from them. Her family doesn't really understand her, either.
It took me an absolute age to read this because I just found it so dull. Nothing really happens in the entire novel. It isn't badly written, but I wanted so much more to happen - I wanted to see more of Paige's family life and more of each boy actually doing things. I felt like the ending was really rushed. I know there's more in the series but I probably won't bother with them. 
What age range is it for? 13+, it's very tame. I would have liked Paige to do more than just kiss each boy. 

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? Nope. 

Are any main characters non-white? No, which when you're filming on Hawaii is stupid - a couple of native Hawaiians could have been minor characters. 
Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? No
Is there any sex stuff? Very little - I wanted more!
Are drugs mentioned or used? No

Is there any talk of death? Yes, Paige nearly drowns at one point. 

Are there swear words? No
Would I recommend the book? Not really, no. 

How many stars? 2 out of 10. 

Where is the book going now?
 Charity shop!

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