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March 01, 2014

Love Me by Rachel Shukert - Hollywood in the 1930s: Gossip & Scandals

Love Me (Starstruck, #2)Title: Love Me (Starstruck, #2)
Author: Rachel Shukert 
Publisher:
 Random House Canada
Publication date: February 11, 2013

Genre(s): Young Adult (Historical/Romance)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 336
Amanda is heartbroken. She's tried, but she can't get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn't the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry's got one too.

Margo has to pinch herself: there's talk of her getting an Oscar nom for her first film role, and she's living with the Dane Forrest, the gorgeous movie star millions—including herself—swoon over. But if the public finds out about their domestic arrangement, her career will be over. The studio has a plan to fix it all . . . but is Margo prepared to pay the price?

Gabby's drinking is out of control, but who cares? She's bored and depressed. She needs someone who will treat her like the woman she is beneath the silly stage costumes and pigtails. And she's sure unpredictable musician Eddie Sharp is The One. But playing with bad boys like Eddie isn't for little girls. . . .
Love Me picks up right after Starstruck ended and I was so excited to dive back into this Hollywood 1930s setting. I couldn't wait to see where things would go for Margo and especially with her and Dane as well as the two girls that completed this trilogy's multiple POV structure. I have to say, I picked up Love Me mainly for Margo but I couldn't help but get invested in Gabby's wellbeing. I did have a few issues with this book and that is mainly how I somehow became very nervous whenever Margo's POV appeared. I'm a sucker for happy endings and I just didn't like the way Margo's story was going. Also, a plot twist was revealed in the last book and I assumed it would be a main theme in this one but unfortunately we only catch a whiff of it. This got me wondering if there is a third book in this trilogy and I am crossing my fingers for one. (Edit: yes! there is a third book, the author just told me! *happy dance ensues*)  
I honestly can't say anything without writing any spoilers. I love the setting, it is very different from what I usually read and I also really enjoyed that Gabby grew out of her childish jealous stage and had some real issues that I could sympathize with. As for Amanda… I have to say her story went a bit cuckoo.. by the end of it I was a bit confused at what the author was writing but I was able to get on board with it. This book is 330 pages and I honestly breezed through them. If you are looking for a historical fiction YA novel with a bit of hollywood drama, I would seriously suggest picking up this trilogy. I can't wait for the third book in this series and for more of the secrets and scandals to unravel and for our main protagonists to finally achieve their goals and dreams that they initially aspired for when they entered Hollywood.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard much about this series but it's great that you enjoyed the sequel so much, I love the sound of the setting, too!

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