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Generations: Wilder Times [Kindle Edition]

Lori Folkman
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Book Description

Ben Wilder never really dreamt about becoming a rockstar. It was more of a given—his throne to inherit.

But the more he walks in his famous father’s footsteps, the more Ben sinks into the murky past that left his dad dead.

Katrina Hayes never dreamt about becoming a rockstar either. However, she does spend plenty of time dreaming about
one particular rockstar. But when she finally has the chance to meet Ben Wilder, it comes at a cost.
The price? Sacrificing a friendship that’s been in place since birth. And that’s just the finder’s fee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Springhill Publishing; 4 edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VWX4AQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katrina is your average teenage girl who dances and has been best friends with Jackson since birth. Like any average teenage girl, she has a big crush on a superstar. In this particular instance, it is on teenage rockstar Ben Wilder.

Katrina's best friend Jackson entered a contest at school, and the winner gets to take part in directing a music video, something that Jackson is passionate about. Katrina is frustrated with Jackson because he has been so busy working on his contest entry, he hasn't had any time for her.

When Jackson wins the contest, Katrina is elated to find out Ben Wilder will be coming to town, her idol! Jackson is super excited about working on a music video with Ben and agrees to let Katrina meet him. But when they meet, something sparks between Ben and Katrina and now it is Jackson who is jealous.

After the three of them hang out, Ben offers Katrina a role in the video - the lead. She does a phenomenal job and acquires fifteen minutes of fame. But at what cost?

Ben's father used to be famous too, in fact, he left his secrets on how he succeeded to Ben, before he overdosed and died. Ben doesn't want to walk in his father's footsteps. Ben is a hard character to like. Katrina and Jackson, on the other hand, are believable characters and their interaction is compelling and entertaining.

This is the first book in the Wilder series, and you'll definitely want the second book after reading this one!! Great young adult reading with a triangle, superstardom and highschool life. There are some secrets to be revealed and I can't wait to see where Lori Folkman takes these characters next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it July 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Generations: Wilder Times was a sweet story. It was a nice take on your classic 'normal girl' meets teen star story. I enjoyed the book, although I did have a few issues with it.

Katrina is a high school student whose hobby is dancing. She is a member of a local ballroom dancing team and performs with her troupe. She also has a huge crush/obsession with Ben Wilder, a mega-popular teen rock star. Katrina has pictures of Ben posted all over her bedroom and fantasizes about one day meeting him. Her best friend Jackson, a budding director, wins a contest to help participate in a music video. Guess whose video it is? Ben Wilder---and Jackson brings Katrina on set to meet her idol. The story really gets going once Ben and Katrina meet.

I liked Katrina. She was a sweet, unaffected girl who kept her head in situations that would have made most teen girls insensible. I also liked Jackson, who had the best friend role down to a tee. I did not really like Ben, however. He was pretty self-centered and immature at times.

My first complaint about Generations: Wilder Times was that the book ended just when things were really getting interesting. I did not realize that there would be a sequel until I finished the book, so the abruptness of the ending made some since once I realized there would be at least one follow-up book. I think that book two will be even better because there are some good plot points left to develop. My second complaint is that the dream sequences included at the beginning of some chapters were never explained. We don't know whose dreams they were or why they were included. Maybe we'll find out more in book two, but that felt like a lot to leave open.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and would read more from Lori Folkman in the future. Fans of contemporary YA will really like this one!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking April 20, 2012
Generations has a cute premise. We have all dreamed of somehow having the opportunity to meet our celebrity crush and then somehow magically getting them to fall in love with us and date us. For Kat, this dream becomes a reality and she sees just how difficult dating a celebrity can be. However, while I like the idea, the execution falls flat.

There are many problems that turn this book from prevent this novel from being a decent teen romance, the biggest of which is the completely unnatural reactions and dialogue of the characters. For example, take when Ben meets Kat for the first time:

"Hi, I'm Cat."

As in meow? Was this some sort of pick-up line? Was he the mouse?

I don't know anyone who would actually think this. Kat is a common enough name that I don't see why Ben would be confused by it.

The second biggest problem is how fast conflicts resolve. There is a huge relationship conflict between Ben and Kat introduced about three-quarters of the way through the book that magically disappears. Not only did this leave me unsatisfied, since I expected more of a climax, but it also made me doubt how true Ben and Kat's relationship is (which is especially bad since it's the main focus of the novel). All we really see about their "love" for each other is how they pine away when the other isn't near. Not my idea of a decent relationship. They act more like twelve-year-olds than teenagers on the brink of adulthood.

Other things that bothered me were the pacing, lack of setting detail, and general plot development. However, it wasn't all bad. There were some parts that were truly funny and enjoyable, but overall, I just couldn't get past all problems to enjoy the good parts.
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Lori Folkman has been creating stories since her childhood, back when she would play hooky from school to continue the drama that was unfolding in Barbieland (aka Lori's bedroom). Her Donny Osmond Doll typically played the romantic lead. Besides playing with her imaginary friends, Lori also enjoys reading, watching movies, exploring Montana's back roads, and spending summers at the lake. She lives in Northwest Montana with her husband and five children.

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