Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle (& GIVEAWAY)
Novel: Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle | GoodreadsRelease Date: October 13, 2015Publisher: Poppy (Hachette)Format: HardcoverSource: Publisher
In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.Lights, camera, love!After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.Rebecca Serle's sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen.
It should really really tell you something about this book that I got it in the mail two hours ago and I'm already done. Y'all all know I'm not great at doing the whole fangirl thing but WOW. This is an ALL-CAPS, NOT VERY GRACE-LIKE REVIEW.Plus, it's going to be a TV show - we'll see what my thoughts are on that later, but let it be known that I'm on the bandwagon.When I read the first book on a bit of a whim, I wasn't expecting it to have such a magnetic pull on me. Sometimes, I click entirely with a book or character and for Famous in Love, that happened for me with so many differing aspects of the story. I wish I could somehow put into words how drawn I am to the characters and how vividly I feel everything that happened in it.This is the type of book I want to GUSH about and force everyone to read - not in the Team Rainer or Team Jordan sense, although the complex romance is handled so brilliantly with both boys - and talk about forever. It's strange for me that a book with a plot like this stirs me up so much because normally I read fame books as quick little beach reads. Not fluff, but not something I would regularly prioritize. Needless to say, Truly Madly Famously was a priority of mine this afternoon.I love Paige. I think she's a fantastic narrator and person - although granted, she doesn't always make the right choices. Instead of focusing on these in a way that condemns her, Serle shapes the narrative to both show her good intentions and her growth, as well as lets the reader understand the ramifications of each of her actions. There's a ripple effect in her precarious position within Hollywood, and thus it's never as simple as one role for another - or one boy for the other. Pasts and presents and futures collide in a way that consistently reminds each of the characters that their position is never set in stone and their careers are largely transient.With that in mind, it also focuses on a lot of the thrilling parts of being in a position like Paige's. There are the award shows and the champagne and the clothes and all of those little things. She struggles with her public image and how her roles sometimes bleed into her personal life. She has trouble finding time to call home. Small details and interactions just make everything pop in a way that feels both larger-than-life and relatable. Plus, I loved the chemistry between everything and everyone - romantic and not, all at once.UGH. I LOVED IT. Just everything about it. If anything, it steps up the tension and exhilaration of the first book, but many of the aspects that I loved were continuations from Famous in Love that I covered in my previous review. Thank you so much to Rebecca Serle for interweaving a reflective and authentic voice with eat-em-up portrayals of such glittery events and people. It's the perfect balance of a lot, but still keeps me yearning for the next book because I completely want more.Please tell me there's a third book. (It's a trilogy, right?!)
U.S./Canada only (no P.O. boxes!) There will be five winners - thank you to Hachette for offering to host.a Rafflecopter giveaway