Release Day Review: Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle

Posted on 10/13/2015 in Book Review / 1 Comment

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.

Release Day Review: Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca SerleTruly, Madly, Famously (Famous in Love, #2) by Rebecca Serle
Published by Poppy on October 13th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.\r\nLights, camera, love!\r\nAfter being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.\r\nRebecca Serle's sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen.\r\n

Warning:  Major spoiler from the first book. I liked Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle even more than its predecessor, Famous In Love.  And I never like second books more! This is the age of celebrity, whether it’s 15 minutes of fame, or fans clamoring for glimpses of your daily life and every move.  Paige Townsen belongs to the second group, having rocketed to stardom in her first movie, Locked, a movie about August, Ed, and Noah whose plane crashes on a small island, thus throwing together the two love interests that shouldn’t be.  

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In this case, life imitates art, and our real-life August (Paige) has chosen her Ed (Rainer) and is internally struggling with her strong emotions for Noah (Jordan).
Still with me?  LOL. What I liked about Paige’s transition into Truly, Madly, Famously was that her celebrity didn’t go to her head.  She wasn’t all “I have all this money now and I’m famous” and actually abhorred the idea that her privacy was a thing of the past.  She truly was in it for the love of the craft, and not because she wanted to be the center of attention.  Her struggles with fame and the paparazzi felt honest and actually, she reminded me very much of another actress from a popular series of movies who was always said to have needed to smile more, and who also jealously guarded her personal life.  It didn’t end well for that particular celebrity, but in Paige’s case, she grows a lot from the photos and tabloid stories, and she truly does learn the value of her real friends. Rainer was just an okay character for me.  I didn’t feel like we got much of a chance to really love him or connect with him, despite the revelations made about his father. Was I sympathetic? Yes, of course.  Did I care if he never really graced the pages of Truly, Madly, Famously again?  Nope.  I also felt that the revelation of why he and Paige began dating was kind of forced and unnecessary. Jordan, on the other hand, was fairly fascinating to me, despite that nothing all that big is revealed about him, except for his own struggles with his celebrity and fame.  His relationship with Paige was real and I got the feeling that he needed someone that could ground him.  I just liked him and he was hunky, so leave me alone, ‘kay?! In Truly, Madly, Famously we get to meet new characters, some whom are celebrities in their own right.  My favorite was Alexis.  I had suspicions about her from the beginning, and I was right, but it was fun seeing how it all came to light.  She’s a strong personality, and initially, I was wary of trusting her because of how she enters the story, but Serle writes her so well, that you as the reader can’t help but fall in love with her.  Can we puh-lease get a spin-off about her?!  She’s so fun and honest! Speaking of Alex, the whole situation involving her (that I won’t spoil) really sheds a light on how Hollywood can actually be.  None of it is all that surprising, but the lengths to which agents will go to secure top stories in tabloids is kind of outrageous, as is the manipulation by the stars themselves to get mentions, either positively or negatively. There’s a kind of bohemian vibe in Truly, Madly, Famously.  Stars switch homes on a whim, everyone’s got the keys to your beach house and off days are spent lounging on beaches.  There is an air of casualness among all the fakery, as if some celebrities just can’t be bothered with manners or social norms.  In Hollywood, plastic is as real as the skin it replaces. There are a lot of themes in Truly, Madly, Famously.  Love, friendship, betrayal, trust.  Paige has to navigate all of these while she decides if she should listen to what her heart wants.  Who can and should she trust?  Family? Friends?  I enjoyed finding out in this rather addicting tale. This love-triangle has a great ending, and I think (or hope) most readers will be thrilled with where it ends.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. 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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One response to “Release Day Review: Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle

  1. Sierra

    I’m excited to read this one. I really liked Famous in Love and have been looking forward to the sequel. Glad to know you enjoyed parts of it. Nice review! 🙂

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