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Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle Book Review

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.
Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…
When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.
In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches. 


I've only read one of Rebecca Serle's books previously and I enjoyed it pretty well. But this one I think I enjoyed more because of the setting and theme of the book. It was so easy to slip into Paige's world. I constantly was reading this book and wondering if similiar situations had happened to Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth or the cast of any other book to movie adaption where there's a love triangle. It really makes you think a lot about the behind the scenes of these movies and even in the actors' lives. The bits of how movies are made and how hectic the actors' schedules are was also incredibly interesting. I don't know if I'm the only one that finds the process intriguing but I think that the author made it even more so with the characters.

I found the writing style very easy and flowing. It draws you in slowly, and then, you're close to the end of the book and you're reading speed has picked up and you didn't even notice. The characters were nice, I liked all of the crew characters, like their director and hair stylist, etc. I liked Paige a lot and I think her story is something that a lot of people dream about. A once in a lifetime chance that ends up giving her a very big role in a major movie, one that will jumpstart her career. Pulling her out of her mundane life and bringing her dreams of acting to a much larger scale then school plays.  As for the two love interests, they both seemed quite sweet. I admit that I grew to like Jordan best, mostly because while Rainer was very very sweet, I felt like Jordan was deeper and more solid. He understood the world better and had a better characters when it came to the life he was living. 

The romance between Paige and these boys made me frown a little, because yes being put in her position I might very well do the same thing, but at the same time she doesn't really seem to realize how deep she's getting, so quickly. She grows and begins to see how all of her choices now need to be sure ones and I think that's one of the most beautiful things about the book. You get see how she grows through the experiences. Even in her acting, being less confident in herself towards the beginning of the book. So while at times both boys seemed to be a little bad for her, I think Rebecca Serle did a great job. Isn't that how we see people sometimes? Like an adventure that we're willing to get a little hurt over... Anyway, I thought the romance was nice and sweet, it really didn't bother me that much. There were just little things. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. I really enjoyed the movie making, the acting, the whole behind the scenes look at the lives of actors...and some of the complications of their love lives as well. The romance was nice, but what I really enjoyed was seeing the way Paige grew and how she managed her relationships with the crew onset, her friends, her family, and her costars. If you like contemporaries that are a bit more on the realistic fiction side of the genre, I'd recommend this book. I'm giving Famous In Love 4 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.

8 comments:

  1. I have read one of her other books and while I didn't love it, I did like her writing style.
    Glad you enjoyed this! Happy Friday!

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    1. I didn't particularly love the first book of hers that I read either, but I found this one much better :)

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  2. Oh God. If there's a trope I dislike it's love triangle. I gave this one a pass as soon as I read the synopsis. I would think it's a different situation with JLaw/Hutcherson/Hemsworth considering how buddy-buddy they really are. Very few people I know enjoys love triangles, so well done, you!

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    1. I would agree, I think that you can tell from their press conferences and interviews that they all share a great friendship. Haha, I don't blame you. I typically don't enjoy love triangles unless they're done well enough and this one I liked alright in the end :)

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  3. I have never read anything by this author, but probably I won't read this one. I mean love triangles aren't really my thing. Still great review :)

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    1. Yeah, if love triangles aren't your thing I'd probably pass on this one, considering it's such a big part of the story :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  4. I like the idea of reading about a book to movie adaptation within a novel - I'm not sure the romance would interest me as much though.

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    1. The whole movie/book/acting parts were great, the romance was...so-so. If you do try it I hope that you enjoy it!

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