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October 23, 2014

Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous in Love (Famous in Love, #1)

Title: Famous in Love
Author: Rebecca Serle
 HBG Canada
Publication date: October 21, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 336
When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star 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 bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar 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 begins to resemble her character's.
In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is--and who she wants--as the whole world watches.
Famous in Love was a definite roller coaster. Overall I really enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with the ending. I NEED a sequel. Backtracking a bit, I initially picked up Famous in Love for its premise.. an average girl gets picked to be the next Jennifer Lawrence (The main lead in a huge book trilogy turned into movie chain). Paige was very down to earth and also very awestruck by the life she currently leads. Most of the book is set during her filming the first movie with Rainer and late comer, Jordan. Yes, there is a love triangle, but it is very different from what I usually expect of YA books.
I loved the setup in the book. Hawaii. Ah, I would love to travel there. The scenery is beautiful, the way it is described.. the beach, the ocean, the trees, and the mountains (volcanic?). Some scenes were so serene.. especially in the early hours of the morning when Paige would go swimming. However, Paige's life is so hectic, she's insecure in her acting, especially compared to Rainer (think the lovely Dylan O'Brien now). I loved Paige and Rainer's friendship initially and its slow progression to something more. However all the problems start with Jordan's arrival. Jordan is a typical bad boy and I really didn't like him. I felt that Paige fell into inta-lust with him, and not the good kind. The whole time I was like "RAINER! RAINEEEEER IS RIGHT HERE! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?". 
While I wasn't a huge fan of the romance conflict, I still liked everything else about the book, including Paige and her struggles with the acting and just everything else that has drastically changed in her life. The ending though? it was a killer. I totally didn't expect it. Famous in Love is one of the few contemporary books that I read and can't seem to read fast enough to know what happens next. I truly was flipping the pages frantically wanting to know the end result and wow, Serle really pulled one on us. I need a sequel. Please Serle and Poppy, make it happen. Sincerely, a desperate fan. 


  1. It looks like there's so much going on in that book. :) (in a good way, of course)

  2. That sounds really interesting! Great review as always:)
    -Lynley, The Book Site

  3. I grabbed this one at BEA because I loved the cover, but I still haven't gotten around to reading it. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it and that it isn't a different love triangle from other YA contemps. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  4. This book has been receiving extreme reviews. I'm glad to see you really liked this one. Gives me hope. Thanks for the review, Juhina!

  5. Romance conflict? Ugh. Not for me, lol :D But it do sound kind of cute. <3 Maybe ;p I'm glad you enjoyed it so much sweetie :D Not for me, but maybe one day. Thank you for sharing about it. <3