Sunday, May 12, 2013


Starstruck by Rachel Shukert
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 352
Keywords: drama, mystery, romance
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)
Get It: Book Depository
Every week they arrive in Los Angeles — beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It's all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted — and when she's discovered by a powerful agent, she can hardly believe her luck. She's more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative Pasadena family for a chance to light up the silver screen. The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret — now Margo — is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-bix veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all — ambition, glamour... and dirty secrets. Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana's boyfriend — Margo's new co-star — may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.
I was immediately pulled in to this book. I felt like I was in Margaret's world in the beginning, sitting in a soda shop yearning to know anything and everything she could about the world of Hollywood and who all the people were. The writing style was descriptive, but not so cumbersome that made it irritating to read. It was the perfect amount of imagery to get me a set up of the world, and then I still got to picture some of it the way I wanted.

The story also jumped every once in a while between narrators, switching between Margo, Amanda, and Gabby. Margo was definitely the main character, and there were only a few chapters headed up by the other two, but it wasn't abrupt the way the transitions happened. Again, Shukert did an excellent job of weaving everything together so the reader doesn't really notice those things.

But at the same time, I actually wanted there to be a little bit more from the side two girls. Their story lines seemed pretty important throughout the course of the book, but as Margo's started to wrap up, theirs just kind of dropped off and stopped. My questions weren't really answered, and I was frustrated because the plot was so interesting thus far, and I really began to like them as characters. I just wanted to know what would become of them since we didn't really get much of an ending. I also had questions about Margo's story (in particular that whole thing with Olive and why she was so interested and how Margo's pin got to her), but for the most part, I felt pretty satisfied with how everything wrapped up.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, but a good one at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.

Read When: You want a blast from the past with a historical fiction, but still totally rad and swoony, romance. Oh, and a lot of celebrities and stars. Award show season is a good time to read.

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