ARC Review: FAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca Serle

Posted on 09/16/2014 in Book Review / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: FAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca SerleFAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca Serle
Series: Famous In Love #1
Published by Poppy on 10/21/2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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 by Rebecca Serle is so fracking adorbs!  If you love contemporary YA romance, this is for you! Paige Townsen is your typical American girl: she goes to school in a suburb of Portland (at least I think it was Portland), she works at a little shop part-time for spending money and she gets good grades. She’s also had the same best friends since she was in grade school.  But Paige has acting ambitions, and when she gets cast in the biggest teen blockbuster of the year, her life starts spinning out of control. Enter Rainer and Jordan, the sexy leading men of LOCKED (the movie they are filming).  Rainer is warm and friendly and Paige has this connection to him that makes her feel secure and less like an island.  However in all her scenes with him, she struggles as an actress.  With Jordan, her connection is hot and sizzling, not even the cool rain on the beach in Hawaii can put it out.  And she manages to nail every scene with him. (Yep, we have ourselves a love triangle and I don’t mind.  I know who I’m rooting for.  I’m putting it on record now that I am Team Jordan!) Anyway, her interaction with both boys was done well.  It was really easy to see why she fit with each of them and why she had a hard time making decisions about them, and let’s face it, they didn’t make things easy on her.  Yes, there is a bit of insta-love.  But it’s explained and I totally get it.  Paige is in a place she’s never been before, and one of them reminds her of home.  She is of course going to latch on to that and look at things through rose-colored glasses.  Where she lacks chemistry with Rainer, she makes up for it in spades with Jordan.  Everything between them is spicy and delicious. Friendships also struggle in FAMOUS IN LOVE. Which makes sense, right?  Paige is ripped from her middle-class America environment and all that entails, to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.  Not physically Hollywood but proverbially.  All of a sudden, she is on the cusp of being famous; she is being recognized around town in Hawaii, several people have asked for her autograph, and magazines have named her the next big thing.  It’s everything she thought she wanted.  But it is coming at the expense of some important things in her life.  Like her friendships.  I enjoyed seeing the reality of what the industry can do to someone like her. I do wish Serle had explored more of Paige’s struggles with her friends and family.  They get some paige time (hahahaha – I crack myself up) but not enough to really get to the meat and bones of the issue. That ending? Damn.  Can’t wait for book two.

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Jennifer is a bona fide book nerd. She thinks "bookworm" sounds gross and secretly gains pleasure at the pained looks her husband often shoots at her personal library. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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