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Starstruck [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Shukert
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . . 

“Wit, pluck, darkness, pitch perfect period details, juicy twists, and big heart. This book is one to savor.”--Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe and Bright Young Things series

Every week they arrive in Los Angeles--beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It's all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she's discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She's more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative Pasadena family for a chance to light up the silver screen.

The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret—now Margo—is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-biz veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all--ambition, glamour . . . and dirty secrets. Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana's boyfriend—Margo's new co-star—may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.   

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

“Valley of the Dolls for a new generation.”—a TeenVogue.com  ‘Read During Spring Break’ selection

“If you're into T.V. dramas like Smash, or love the over-the-top fashion of The Great Gatsby, Starstruck will have you hooked!”—a Seventeen.com  ‘What to Read This Summer’ selection


 


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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-The Golden Age of Hollywood-and its gritty underside-is captured with real flair in this novel. Going from being a Pasadena debutante to a Hollywood star is an eye-opening experience for Margaret Frobisher. When she arrives at Olympus Studios, everyone is wondering what happened to Diana Chesterfield, the missing star and Margaret's idol. There are plenty of other hopefuls for Margaret to meet, like Gabby Preston, the plump songstress who is desperate for success, and Amanda Farraday, the slinky bombshell with a secret she's desperate to keep hidden. Margaret soon finds herself falling for Dane Forrest, the dashing matinee idol of her dreams. She is renamed Margo Sterling and made over in Diana's image, but there's one way in which Margo can't take the star's place: in Dane's heart, on orders of the studio. Margo's lost in a world she doesn't fully understand, and it could get even more dangerous for her unless she learns the truth behind Diana's disappearance. Clearly a setup for a series, this novel evokes late-1930s Hollywood with panache. Characters are well drawn, representing common archetypes but with a twist. Bound to appeal to fans of Anna Godbersen and Judy Blundell.-Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, MDα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

One minute Margo Sterling is in the fan line at a Hollywood premier; the next, she is being discovered at Schwab’s drugstore; and the next, she has snagged the lead role in a movie—substituting for a star she resembles who has gone missing. That’s the good news. On the downside, her prissy Pasadena parents disown her, and she flounders in this world of 1930s moviemaking where the studio runs everything, including her romances. Two subplots feature other starlets, Gabby, obviously based on Judy Garland, and Amanda—who was also known as Ginger when she was in the escort business. This is part Valley of the Dolls, part Modern Screen magazine, and lots of fun. The tropes are hoary—the evils of Hollywood, the bad girl trying to hide her past for the love of a good man—but they’ll be new to many teenage readers. A surprise ending (a real surprise) is over the top in the best possible way. The Veronica Lake look-alike on the cover will draw readers—even though 99 percent of them will never have heard of Veronica Lake. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper

Product Details

  • File Size: 1699 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009KT7WYO
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (March 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009C70BZQ
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Reading for Everyone March 28, 2013
By mharold
Format:Hardcover
Starstruck is a brilliantly written, fast-paced, and compelling book about many things -- Hollywood and the movie industry in its mythical years, the intersecting lives of three very different but very ambitious people, but mostly the universal themes of the pursuit of dreams and aspirations. By respecting the intelligence of young adult readers, the author has written a book for everyone, including this far-from-young adult. While the book is a real page-turner that kept me reading far into the night, the quality and economy of its writing, character development, and wonderful descriptions of a period in time also reward a much closer, slower reading. Young adult readers will find characters and a story that can feed their own dreams. Parents of young adult readers will find the kind of book that their children should read -- literate, evocative, and human. And adults of any age will find storytelling and style at its best. Starstruck demonstrates that great writing speaks to readers of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Starstruck had me at "Hello" March 27, 2013
By LMN
Format:Hardcover
"Starstruck" is a hit TV show waiting to be made. Seriously. Watch out Gossip Girl. Fantastic characters immersed in a glamorous setting, overflowing with wit. And there is intrigue, secrets, and suspense aplenty. What more would you ask for?

The three leading characters of "Starstruck" are all starlets on the rise--young women, each challenged by where they are coming from, and what they are becoming. There is a Pasadena beauty, a would-be debutante, who leaves an icy, conservative family, who promises to disown any child who takes up such an undignified profession (a wounded, young Veronica Lake). There is a vaudeville cherub, plagued with an overbearing stage mom, a child star who desperately wants to break out into a romantic lead (think of a pubescent combination of Shirley Temple and Clara Bow). Then there is the striking redhead (shades of Rita Hayworth) who flees the abuse of her stepfather, and though her temptress good looks are outside of her control, she always remains a subject of gossip and mistrust by those around her.

I was born in Hollywood, and raised in LA, and I watched plenty of old movies. It's clear to me this author is no amateur with the period she is discussing. She nails the dialogue and the setting so well, scenes from some of my favorite movies would overtake me while I was reading like: "The Thin Man," "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" "Now Voyager" "My Man Godfrey," "Adam's Rib," and on and on. The fictional characters of "Starstruck" easily cohabitate with the real Katherine Hepburn and Myrna Loy, Errol Flynn and Clark Gable.

Though this book is transportative--whisking its readers to a bygone era--it's much more honest than the classic movies made at the time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just not for me. I didn't finish it. May 8, 2014
Format:Hardcover
Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide

Completed: Marked as DNF April 1, 2013
Publishing Info: March 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Sent to me by Random House for review & promotion of Screen Free Week

Despite my frustrations with picking up a book and deciding not to finish, I actually really like writing DNF reviews for a very specific reason — There’s always a different reason I’ve chosen not to finish. In the case of STARSTRUCK, it really wasn’t that I felt like the book was awful or unbearable. I made it about 100 pages into the book and just didn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters or the setting.

STARSTRUCK is set in the golden age of Hollywood (think Singin’ in the Rain — after the transition from silent films to “the talkies”, where movies stars are THE legends). I really thought this was going to be such an interesting time period to read about and I was really hoping to get swept away with all of the glamor of Hollywood, but I just never made that connection. Instead of really getting into it, I had a hard time placing myself in that time period.

The characters didn’t come together for me either. Margaret was a perfectly nice girl — and the character I really got to know the best throughout the first 100 pages — but I never got interested in her story and didn’t find myself behind her or rooting for her to have all of her dreams fulfilled. If I can’t get behind the main character, it just makes it really hard for me to continue with a book and not struggle with it the rest of the way.

Another thing I knew would be the final nail in the coffin was the mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read May 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
but not a great book. Good for beach reading or on the plane. Nice details of historical Hollywood but some glaring anachronisms.
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By Momo
Format:Hardcover
So I was given this book for my birthday and I must admit, I just binge read it. Literally.

I started it yesterday afternoon and finished it this AM. To be perfectly honest, I didn't even want to go to bed last night and put the book down but well, that seemed like a bad decision so I did manage to get some sleep. It's so pretty. The girls are pretty, the dresses are pretty, the cars are good, the names are great and just remember "just think of your underwear and you can do anything".

It's a great read. It's SO FUN to read. I wish - in part - that we were still living in the 1930s and sipping champagne in our gowns. Instead today we get Miley Cyrus showing us side boob. Ugh. I want the next one to come out so I can go back to THAT world again!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Compelling YA
This is a difficult review for me to write because I by and large mostly just review young adult books here and, even though this is a young adult book, for the most part I didn’t... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Hollywood glamour and drama both.
Growing up in Pasadena means you’re close enough to be discovered. Hollywood. The glitz. The glamour. Margaret was fascinated by it all. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DelusionalAngel
4.0 out of 5 stars Starstruck
Teenagers are fascinated by fame and the lure of Hollywood. This phenomenon, of course, is nothing new, and in this historical novel set in the 1930's, author Rachel Shukert... Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Tanenbaum
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was a non fiction book
I was interested in real stories...clearly i didn't read the fine print. I read a few pages and put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Michelle Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Make You Wish It Was The 1930's
This book was randomly given to me and I finished it in 3 days I liked it so much. The story of the three girls just pulls you in as if you were there with them. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JLB
5.0 out of 5 stars good gosh Shukert
How did you nail this so well? It's masterfully written, tasteful and compelling. You rip hollywood open for all that it is. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ryan Booth
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and fluffy historical fic!
What I Liked: 1) I don't know how I didn't pick up on this from the summary, but I didn't realize it was historical fiction until I started reading. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely engrossing, can't wait for more!
Reading this story, I paused more than once to do some research online to try to determine just how much of the plot is inspired by true Hollywood history. Read more
Published 19 months ago by greenstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Gossip Girl meets Valley of the Dolls!
What a tasty YA debut from Rachel Shukert! Having read her hilariously perverse memoirs (which I recommend for not-so-young adults), I was delighted by the period elegance,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by MJS
1.0 out of 5 stars I just.... Why so many 5 star reviews
I'm sorry but the 5 star reviews are VERY misleading this book was SUPER boring with dull characters and did I mention it was boring I couldn't even get through it I got to page 75... Read more
Published 20 months ago by GABY
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More About the Author

Rachel Shukert is the author the the critically acclaimed memoirs Everything Is Going To Be Great and Have You No Shame? Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Salon, McSweeney's, Slate, Gawker, the Daily Beast, Heeb, and Nerve, and been featured on National Public RAdio. She has also contributed to a variety of anthologies, including Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and Best American Erotic Poetry: 1800 to the Present.

Rachel's plays include Bloody Mary (NYIT nominee), Johnny Applef*&ker, Everything's Coming Up Moses, The Sporting Life and The Nosemaker's Apprentice (both with Nick Jones) and The Three Gabor Sisters, and have been produced and developed by Ars Nova, Soho Think Tank, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Ontological/Hysteric, as well as extensively throughout the Netherlands. With Julie Klausner, Rachel co-created, co-wrote, and co-starred in Wasp Cove, New York's favorite live prime-time 1980's soap opera. She is currently developing her first feature with Yarn Films in Los Angeles.

Rachel is also a contributing editor at Tablet Magazine, and an alumnus of the Ars Nova Play Group. She received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, and now lives in New York City with her husband Ben and her bipolar cat, Anjelica Huston.

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