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October 13, 2015

Review: Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle

Truly, Madly, Famously (Famous in Love, #2)

Title: Truly Madly Famously (Famous in Love, #2)
Author: Rebecca Serle
Publisher: HBG USA
Publication date: August 4, 2015 
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 352
Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.
I loved Famous in Love because its plotline is one of my favourite contemporary plotlessness: average teen turned into a hollywood star overnight and the book revolves around their adjustment to this new life as well as the struggle to stay true to themselves. Of course who can forget the usual cute romances that occur with a fellow celebrity counterpart? Rebecca Serle's first book had that as well as being set on Maui, a Hawaiian island, for their movie shooting; talk about beautiful scenery descriptions! 
I honestly did not know there was going to be a sequel to Famous in Love, and when I found out, I was equal parts ecstatic yet worried. I liked how the first book ended and worried about the direction the author will be taking with the second book. Unfortunately my worry materialised into writing and the author actually went into the direction I most feared. This doesn't mean the book was badly written or boring, it just meant that I disagreed with the author's direction and personally, I wished it went another way. That is why my rating of this book is mostly subjective and to do with my own preference. Other than that, I really liked how real the characters were, the new friendships Paige made, and how we didn't have a mean girl in the book. They were all characters that were either misunderstood by others, or just really had a crap load of their own personal issues to deal with. 
I do have to say that the love triangle conflict just took too much from the book. The first book had more pages about the movie shooting as well as Paige's new life, but this book felt that it was always about the love triangle. All in all, I think people who enjoyed Famous in Love will also enjoy this sequel, and knowing that there will also be a third book? that gives me hope on the direction of the story and maybe we can get a realistic ending, possibly one that doesn't fit the usual mold of a typically happily ever after YA novel?

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry that you weren't able to enjoy this one as much as you'd hoped Juhina, I had a couple of issues with the first book hence the reason I was a little weary about picking this one up. But I hope the next book works out a bit more for you. Great review! :)