Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Macmillian Children’s Books
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon
I requested this book on NetGalley because I thought it would be like ‘Hidden Gem’ by India Lee, as it was about a girl that became a movie star, (except Gemma became a popstar.) I kind of YA ‘Hannah Montana’.
This book definitely delivered on the promised ‘love’ of the title. The main character, Paige, gets to co-star with two guys, Rainer and Jordan, both of whom she falls in love with (although at different times.) We all know how hard it was for Bella to pick between two equally hot guys (and my guess is that Jordan is Edward in this scenario – the forbidden love) so as you can imagine, it was equally hard for Paige.
Can anyone imagine having two guys after them? The only time I’ve had two guys even talking to me was when I represented North Korea at a Model UN conference, and that was just to give me war threats. Paige doesn’t know how well she has it.
I did enjoy the book, in a cheesy ‘this is sweet’ kind of way, when it was easy to guess the outcome and the inevitable turmoil the protagonist would feel. However, this book really lacked in actual plot line. Apart from the romance, not much else went on, and if something fun was introduced in the plot (like a good ol’ book signing) it was skipped over in favour of a long car journey to the beach.
I felt that some of the things that happened to Paige, for example about half way through the book she nearly gets killed by a huge wave whilst swimming in the ocean, seemed out of place. Sure, it caught my attention, but I wasn’t expecting to have to contemplate death in the middle of a sappy romance book.
Neither of the love interests really appealed to me as much as they did for Paige. Secretly, I think they had very similar personalities, expect one was distinctly more moody than the other. Keeping with the Twilight parallels, we can all guess that the moody one was Jordan.
I was just glad neither boy was called Jake. It’s such a classic hot-guy name.
‘Famous in Love’ really didn’t take me long to finish and left me with a unsatisfying ending. Paige ended up with the guy I didn’t want her to end up with. The romance was for his sake, not hers and that seemed completely wrong. I don’t know if this book is going to be turned into a series or not but if so, I think I’d be very interested to see how the love triangle (ugh) unfolds.
Overall, I’d give ‘Famous in Love’ 3.5 stars as it didn’t do anything to wow me, but I still enjoyed the story enough to plough through it in under a week. Now, back to Shakespeare plays for me.