Starstruck – Rachel Shukert

Synopsis

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . .

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 barely 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-biz 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.

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

Review

I love the Golden Age of Hollywood. I love looking on the inside, underneath the facade of grandeur and greatness. This book took those ideas and spun a convincing tale.

I also liked the attention to DETAIL in this story. There were so many aspects of the era that were woven into the story seamlessly, as just another part of culture at the time. From the swell use of slang; to a look into the mindsets of the debutante upper-society in Pasadena, the poor and desperate, the Europeans who ruled Hollywood; the prevalence of drugs and manipulation; politics and tension in Europe, along with the subsequent effects on America; the sacrifices people had to take for their ambitions; and much more, it’s obvious that thorough research was taken into account. Historically, this book was flawless.

However, I disliked how some of the conflicts were built up. A lot of it was caused by miscommunication and stubbornness. People would constantly jump to conclusions, then ignore anything others would have to say. Later on, those same people would get frustrated when others wouldn’t listen to them. Perhaps this observation is true in the world, but it was to absolutely frustrating extents.

Nevertheless, I am eagerly anticipating the sequel — although I wished the series continued with Gabby rather than Amanda.

Related Reading

  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (I love this era!)
  • Anything about fame and Hollywood
  • Anything about upper-society (think Gossip Girl)

Rating: 4/5

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