Famous In Love
By: Rebecca Serle
Available Sept 2014
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Paige is the girl next door. She seems to have the perfect life with a great high school experience, great friends, and even a good relationship with her family. Her life is what most people would call perfect. No enemies, no big drama, life is good. But what she really wants is to be an actress. When she auditions for a major movie and somehow gets a lead part she can’t believe it. She expects that at any time they’ll realize they made a mistake and she’ll lose the job.
Instead she keeps the job. She gets yelled at by the director all the time. She’s being mentioned in tabloids. Her friendships with her best friends back home are falling apart. Things aren’t easy as she does not feel like a big time actress.
She’s trying to take her acting career seriously but Rainer isn’t making it easy for her. As much as she wants to lay low and not cause headlines Rainer doesn’t seem to care. He is used to the attention and likes it. When they find out the third main member of their cast is Jordan, someone Rainer has history with. Paige can’t get a good read on Jordan but something draws her even while his attitude pushes her away. Rainer does everything he can to put his claim on Paige even though she isn’t ready for that.
So in this we have a love triangle of course. But it’s one between two guys who used to be friends before one believed betrayal. It’s also one where she hasn’t made a choice yet and still has time to.
I liked the book because I liked Paige and her friends. I didn’t really see the draw for either of the guys though. I got glimpses of their character and what made them tick, but not enough to really want one or the other for her. I liked Rainer’s way of helping her relax and have fun. But I also liked Jordan’s depth. And in the end sometimes we make choices based on other people rather than ourselves.
This is a book where even though I’d have loved to find out more about what could happen or change after the big announcement on who she chose, I also felt that there was no better place to go after that. Once you make a choice you can’t always go back and change it. And like she says about the character she plays. Sometimes you make the wrong one.
I liked the things that came out at the end of the book, but I didn’t like the way they influenced Paige’s decision. It was disappointing. I want to have the girl pick the guy and know it was right, not feel that they’re making a sacrifice for someone who doesn’t see what happened.
So while the whole world watches to see who is chosen, we rarely know what’s going on in another’s heart unless they choose to share it with us. And fame can be the biggest life changer, turning you from an open book who tells all into someone who barely shares anything.