Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Novel: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle | GoodreadsRelease Date: October 23, 2014Publisher: PoppyFormat: PaperbackSource: Publisher
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.
The chemistry in this one - oh my. The romance was absolutely addictive, and I loved it, and it made my heart ache a little bit. I really liked Paige and I connected to her really well. On top of that, I really liked both the guys she was involved with for different reasons and the way the relationships were executed. Oh, and I loved the portrayal of working on a movie set. Oh, and the writing. EVERYTHING.A lot of the books I've enjoyed recently have been existential magical-realism so I wasn't expecting to really enjoy a book at the whole other side of the spectrum. I have this assumption with a lot of insta-fame books that they'll all be the same. Granted, many of their plots follow similar lines. I enjoy them, but I also don't go out of my way for them. I wish I had read this one earlier. It has a lot of that decadent, bubbly drama that I absolutely adore, but it's really authentic too. It's the ultimate beach read.Paige was an actress. Pure and simple. She was the youngest of a large family, so she was used to keeping it a secret because her family - although they didn't mean to be - came off as slightly condescending whenever she talked about her aspirations. She enjoyed her time with her two friends, but always yearned for something more.When she actually got the role - THE role, the one that everybody's been talking about - her life is legitimately flipped upside down. She's suddenly on set in Hawaii, with five a.m. wake-up calls and all the pressure to somehow portray the character perfectly. She's suddenly dealing with people knowing who she is and a director yelling at her that she's thinking too much, that she's holding them up.On that note, I appreciated how well Rebecca Serle portrayed her acting career. I have no idea what it's truly like to work on something of that scale - or be in that particular predicament - so I have no basis of comparison other than surely warped media portrayals. Serle didn't take the usual route and paint it like a dream come true. It was, but there was so much work and pressure that it also took a massive strain on Paige. Early mornings, hyper-awareness of both her image and the overwhelming need to perform, strain on her friends back home, etc,. I'm grateful that Serle took the #GirlBoss route and showed how hard that is, and how few people can actually take on a responsibility like that. I had an enormous amount of respect for Paige by the end of the book.Paige was a sweet, sassy girl who struck me as genuine. She wasn't outwardly wry, but she was funny in her side-comments. She loved what she did (amen) but still had her own issues. I really enjoyed a few of her quirks. She missed her friends back home but was also so amazed to be surrounded by such big names and such incredible new friends. I liked her family life in particular - the relationship as the littlest sibling and her distance from her family. While that could have been a little more fleshed out, I felt connected and would happily read books about her, even without the fame gimmick.Throughout all of this, there was a stunning romance slowly growing between the three main characters of the movie. Raines, the boy immediately cast as the love interest, was effusive and likable. He was the boy-next-door type; he treated Paige as a friend and as something more. While he had his own problems to work through, he was still somebody I admired and would easily hope to be friends with in reality.He was also older, which honestly was something I'd expected to be addressed. Paige was only seventeen and he was twenty-two. I know it's not as big of a deal when you get older, but as a teen, I'm relatively certain that a lot of people would point it out as Paige and Raines started dating.Jordan was introduced further into the book than a lot of love interests are. Despite his later entry, he was dark and magnetic, but didn't fall into the stereotype I'd been expecting. I don't think Paige connected with him quite as well just because there was less time but I still adored the complexity of their relationship as well as his rivalry with Raines. There were a few acting-related aspects that I enjoyed about the way he was portrayed.Minor characters were well-done too: Cassandra, Jake, the assistants and directors and all of them.(The romance was a tad-bit instalove-y but I don't always mind that. In this case, I still thought it felt right with the book and it didn't detract from my enjoyment.)The setting was phenomenal. I loved that it was a movie set on location, because most YA fame books just stick the protagonist in L.A. and call it a day. The atmosphere contributed to a few things that I really connected to: Paige's morning swims and emotional breakdowns, the interaction of small town/big role, dealing with the elements as part of her struggle to work well in her new job.Aside from that, the aspect that perhaps I most adored about the novel was the writing style. At some points - particularly when Paige was feeling overwhelmed or emotional, which happened often considering how her life was flipped so completely upside down - Rebecca Serle took a stream-of-consciousness perspective. It helped speed up the pacing and not get bogged down in technical details. The sentence fragments and expertly-curated details contributed to a lot of my attraction to the book. At some points, it did feel like something I'd read before, but I was so thrilled by it that I didn't mind. It takes a relatively normal YA plot and amps it up.While it might not be for everyone (particularly those who detest the love triangle), I adored it. I thought it would make the perfect beach read or late night eat-em-up contemp. I'm definitely going to recommend this to a lot of girls who ask me for book recommendations, particularly reluctant readers. I LOVED it and am definitely going to read the sequel.Recommended for anybody who loves: Open Road Summer; The Heartbreakers; Even in Paradise; The Summer I Turned Pretty; etc,.