I was given the opportunity to review Famous In Love, a YA book about the behind-the-scenes romance between the stars of a major YA Franchise. At first, I had no idea what I had gotten into. This book is wayyy different from any other YA book I have ever read, but it turned out to be a good read. Check out my interview with the author of Famous In Love, Rebecca Serle:
What inspired you to write about behind the scenes of YA Franchises?
Rebecca Serle: Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson fell in love on Dawson’s Creek (way before Joey and Pacey ever got together—and changed my life). I think from that point forward I was fascinated by the intersection of fiction and reality, and what it would feel like to live out two fantasies simultaneously. Obviously Twilight took the model and shot it straight into the stratosphere. So there’s something with that, too.
If you could star in any YA Franchise, which part would you want to play and why?
RS: Gah! This is so hard! Probably Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries. Sweet, smart, sassy and I’m pretty sure is going to get to make out with Paul Wesley? #TeamSteroline
Were the characters in your book inspired by a particular fandom?
RS: The simple answer is no, but I think if you read you’ll see it’s a bit more nuanced than that…
Why do you think Fandoms are important?
RS: Oh man, how much time do you have? I’ve been a fangirl since I can remember. I can’t tell you how many bottles of Tabasco sauce I sent into the WB to try and save Roswell. In high school, loving something that much and communicating with other people who did too made me feel less alone. I was a really shy teenager and television was an area where I felt really passionate, but maybe didn’t have the confidence to express that passion to the people around me.
Now, I am so proud of what I love. I am so proud to be a small part of fandoms. I am so proud of this book because I think it’s going to provide joy to people who love what I do. At the end of the day fandoms are really about connection, right? We all need a little more of that.
Tell us in 4 words why fans should read Famous in Love?
RS: I wrote it for you.
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Score: 8 out of 10
What we loved: This book was a fun fast read. As I read it, I couldn’t help but feel all the nervousness and excitement Paige went through when she landed the role of August. I love that you never really know who Paige will pick, Rainer or Jordan, until the end of the book. Everything Paige goes through feels so real too. It makes me wonder if this is how things really go down for superstars in real life.
What we didn’t: The one thing that was a little annoying was the fact that Paige kept professing her love…in an internal dialogue. I feel like so much more could have been accomplished if she just said it out loud.
Characters you’ll be glad you met: I absolutely adore Jordan. He’s not what you expect and you’ll be glad to know him. I also love Jake. He’s OCD about the earth and he kind of reminds me of myself. Rainer also captured my heart.. If he was a real movie star, I would definitely fangirl over him.
Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try: If your a fan of the Hunger Games franchise, or Divergent, or Twilight, or some other franchise, then I’m sure you have tried to ship your two favorite characters together in real life…a.k.a, Joshifer, Sheo, Robsten. This book is a great read and will totally remind you of your shipping days, and hey, you maybe even want to ship Paige and Rainer or Paige and Jordan.
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