October 30, 2014

Review: Famous in Love

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Grade: C
This ARC was provided by On the Same Page ARC tours in exchange for an honest review. (I also won an ARC on Twitter from Little, Brown's YA publicity team. Thank you!)
Summary: When seventeen-year-old Paige Townsen gets plucked from 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 movie 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 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.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: As love triangles for the sake of love triangles go, this one is a bit of a doozy. Paige Townsen is definitely drawn to both Rainer and Jordan. However, while her relationship with Rainer is a bit of a slow-burn, things happened way too fast with Jordan for my taste. My other primary problem with Famous in Love was that there wasn't much plotline beyond the romance. I like a good romance as much as the next blogger, but I prefer a little more to my books than just that. Also, there were some weird time jumps that made me reread sections a few times, just to make sure I understood what was going on. However, I did like the glimpses we got of the Hollywood scene through a newbie's eyes. And I really did enjoy Rainer and Paige's romance. There was some immediate attraction, but watching it develop was nice, and I look forward to what's in store for them in the sequel. (I think there's a sequel. I heard there was a sequel.)
Romance stayed fairly clean, maybe upper PG, lower PG-13. Language had its foul moments. The movie director was a bit fond of the f-word and a couple characters dropped the s-word.

The Verdict: As long as love triangles don't drive you batty, then this is a fun fluffy romance.

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