Happy Thursday, Reading Nook readers!
Today, I'm reviewing Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle.
It's the first book in a trilogy about a small-town girl named Paige who suddenly makes it to the big time, when she's cast as the female lead for a major book to film adaptation.
Between learning lines and dealing with newfound fame, Paige quickly learns what it means to get caught in the middle of a love triangle…
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Poppy (first published October 6th 2014)
Format read: E-ARC via publisher
Serle offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the celebrity life, and how one newcomer to the industry navigates two very different love interests.
In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is--and who she wants--as the whole world watches.
Serle introduces us to Paige, a starry-eyed Portland native who dreams of pursuing acting. However, she also worries that she may end up like her family - average and assuming. So when she's given the opportunity to audition for an upcoming film adaptation, she does.
To her surprise, Paige gets the role and is cast alongside two very famous boys with two very different agendas. And that's when life starts to get interesting…
While I expected a nice story and a great romance, what I didn't expect was the thoughtfulness of Paige's journey as she's thrust into the Hollywood limelight. Serle's beautiful writing and expert plotting shows what an adjustment Paige's new life can be, and just how bizarre it can feel for Paige to try and keep her level-headedness as her fame only increases.
Serle does an especially good job of showing just how Paige's newfound fame can have unforeseen ramifications - e.g. when she reunites with Cassandra and Jake, her two lifelong best friends.
There's a definite disconnect between the three of them that is only accentuated when Paige learns about the changes in their lives. Readers will undoubtedly relate to Paige's feeling of loss and recognition that they are on different paths, especially as readers will likely embark on similar changes themselves.
One of the cornerstones of Paige's journey undoubtedly involves her relationships with Rainer and Jordan. Serle shows just why these two radically different boys are able to work their way into Paige's life so quickly, and how the tension and drama of these respective relationships are able to drive the story forward.
While Serle concludes Paige's journey to a point, I can't wait to see where she takes Paige, Rainer and Jordan's interactions next.
Paige's journey is a beautiful and introspective one, and I think that readers will love watching her transform from a small-town aspiring actress, to a more worldly young woman who still has the same questions about love and relationships, and is caught in the middle of some extraordinary circumstance.s
I highly recommend this book for past fans of Rebecca's books, but also for readers who are looking for a YA romance that extend far beyond the boy-meets-girl tale. I also recommend this book for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick and Gayle Forman.