Monday, July 21, 2014

Celebrity Status: Now & Forever

Now & Forever by Susane Colasanti
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pages: 272
Keywords: romance, celebrities, music
Format Read: ARC via publisher in exchange for honest review
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What if your boyfriend was the world's biggest rockstar?
Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she's ever met, but he's an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he's believed he has what it takes to be a star.
When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he's thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she's attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan's monumental sold-out concerts.
It's a dream come true...but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when "forever" comes to an end?
This was my first book by the author (even though she's got a ton of cute-looking contemporaries out), and I was not disappointed.

Each chapter begins with the number of Ethan's followers, which I loved. It was such an interesting way of measuring time and how much has happened since the last chapter, and it really brought a whole different look to how I read the sections.

What stood out the most out of this book was the characters. They were detailed and real and had personalities I really came to understand and know. Though I didn't love every aspect (the MC emailed authors to tell them about typos in their books. That would make me feel TERRIBLE as an author, and yes, I do notice typos everywhere, but I would never tell an author about a typo in their book), I really loved that they were real and emotional and flawed. I also loved Sterling's best friend Georgia (though she made some stupid mistakes too), and her love of plants and wildlife was adorable.

There were a couple things that kept me from loving this book more than I did, including the ever present instalove. There were some things that happened, and I thought the beginning of the book was timed very well, but all of the sudden it felt like things were way more advanced than they were (you'll know what I mean if you've read it).

There were also a couple of ramblings that didn't really seem to fit well where they were in the book. Some of the paragraphs just didn't flow to the next, and I felt like there was a lot of info-dumping, especially in the very beginning.

Read When: This was a quick one, and it's good for when you don't really want to think about anything and get away for a few hours with some fun characters and some fun reading.

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