Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style.
The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.
Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined.
Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.
But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…
I will precede my review by saying that Notting Hill is one of my all time favorite movies.
Map to the Stars was sort of like a YA version of that movie. And I was absolutely in love with it.
I loved that it was such a short and quick read because it was exactly what I needed at the moment. I needed a cute, fluffy, contemporary romance, and that’s exactly what I got.
Map to the Stars will be annoying to some people because it’ll come off as having some… instalove. Honestly for me it didn’t feel like that at all; it felt like sort of a “partners in crime” sort of thing because they’re the only two people their age in the whole environment and such.
I liked their relationship because it was sweet and juvenile. It wasn’t a “I complete you and you complete me” thing, it was just two people who had made a genuine connection. I really loved that about the story.
Reaching the climax there was a bit of angst and conflict, which made me dislike the main character a bit, but thankfully it was resolved in a honest and believable way.
Overall this is the kind of book you need to be in the mood for. If you’re looking for a super sweet, super fluffy, quick contemporary romance, this is the book for you.