Review by Rachel
by Rebecca Serle
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Famous in Love (Book 2)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Poppy (October 13, 2015)
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Lights, camera, love!
After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest It Girl, Paige Townsen, has a blockbuster film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price. No matter where Paige goes, someone is always watching. Soon she finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and weathering tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.
As she navigates her new L.A. life in this exciting sequel to Famous in Love, Paige finds that she doesn't know who to trust: Old friends could be betraying her secrets, and new friends are keeping secrets of their own.
Stories of glitz and glam and celebrities have always fascinated me. Any book that looks on the "inside" of Hollywood life can hold my attention. Truly Madly Famously started off well, but went downhill fast.
I can tell that Serle is really in her element with this series. Her pop culture-savvy novel puts a fun spin to the overused element of a love triangle. It's pretty funny and ironic to see the love triangle from the highly popular book series Locked which, made into a blockbuster movie, has a love triangle among the three actors in real life too.
I hated how the romance became the plot in the second book. It's highly dramatized, and I find it kind of sad that everyone kept playing it up, even the guys... I though Paige grew a lot in this novel as she learned how to be independent and deal with all the drama and troubles of being a celebrity. This book is more about her coping with being an A-list celebrity. Once again I felt like everything was too drawn out. Paige is looking way too deeply into all of this. She's young, and I'm glad she realizes at the end of the book that sometimes love is not forever. You can only think of now. Thinking you've found the love of your life at such a young age and that no one else is for you is unrealistic...
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. We're introduced to some awesome new characters, mainly the actress Alexis, Paige's sister in the Locked movie. I love her carefree nature and how she really breaks from stereotypes.
What I really loved about the first book, Famous in Love, is the setting. Who wouldn't want to read a book that takes place in Hawaii?? A majority of the book also was about filming Locked. It was interesting learning what it takes to create a movie. Truly Madly Famously was much different. There's less about actual movie-making, it's more about adjusting to the celebrity lifestyle, and it was boring....
Overall Truly Madly Famously was highly dramatized yet impossible to tear your eyes away from.