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Starstruck Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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"Starstruck" is completely entrancing for readers of any age. It's glamorous, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and always completely engrossed. Even though I was lucky enough to get a freebie, I bought a copy for a friend too. Apparently there'll be at least two more books in the series and I can't wait to read them!
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.Read more ›
Thrown into Hollywood without a clue, Margaret becomes Margo and learns that everything is not how it seems. Those starlets are not actually all madly in love with the leading men they’re seen out and about with. People would do anything to get ahead including becoming all new people. Margaret must figure her way through the politics, the romances (real and set up), the friends (real and not — mostly not).
She’ll see and hear things she never saw or heard in Pasadena. But she’ll also realize that in Pasadena or Hollywood, everyone is mostly the same.
She’ll even meet her idol, just not under the circumstances she’d expected.
Starstruck is a fast fun romp through old Hollywood. The real stars take their places as bit background players. Margaret, Diana, Gabby, and Amanda are the stars here. If you like old movies, you’ll probably love some of the name dropping of real celebs mixed in with our girls (and guys but mostly girls).
If I have one complaint with this book it is that the two girls who seem like they are meant to be as important as Margaret don’t actually get to be developed as well as they could be. Still, I’ll gladly continue on with the series.
Shukert does a great job of evoking the days of the great Hollywood studios, when plump young starlets were put on amphetamines to slim down and then sleeping pills to let them sleep, gay men had to be completely in the closet to protect their image, and studio chiefs were in charge of everything to do with the stars' lives, down to who they would date and even marry. Margo soon learns that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. Her idol, actress Diana Chesterfield, has disappeared, and Margo is cast in her place in a historical drama. But what has really happened to Diana?Read more ›
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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... Read more
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 morePublished on March 14, 2014 by Maggie
I was interested in real stories...clearly i didn't read the fine print. I read a few pages and put it down.Published on October 5, 2013 by Michelle Adams
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 morePublished on September 17, 2013 by JLB
How did you nail this so well? It's masterfully written, tasteful and compelling. You rip hollywood open for all that it is. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Ryan Booth
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 morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books
but not a great book. Good for beach reading or on the plane. Nice details of historical Hollywood but some glaring anachronisms.Published on May 25, 2013 by Lilandorth
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 morePublished on May 24, 2013 by greenstar
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 morePublished on May 13, 2013 by MJS