Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part.
But Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture perfect as she imagined. She’s having trouble bonding with her costars, her father has hired the definition of a choir boy, Donavan Lake, to tutor her, and somewhere along the way she’s lost her acting mojo. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her.
As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.
With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.
Title: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss (Love, Life, and the List, #2)
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: February 5, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I wasn’t blown away by this book, but I didn’t hate it either. It had some cute, some funny, and some uninteresting parts. I have lots of mixed feelings about this book so let’s dive into them.
It started off kinda boring. The pacing was fine to me. I was just bored by the storyline. There didn’t seem to be much happening outside of a new actress trying to find her bearings in the world of Hollywood. Things didn’t really pick up until about halfway through.
I had mixed feelings about the main character, Lacy. She was very confident, which I liked, but she was also committed to her acting and did some odd things throughout the book (“for the sake of acting”) without really explaining why. It took me a while to get used to her quirks and to start liking her as a character.
The romance was great, but there was no real conflict in the relationship. Like, once they were together, they were together. That was it…I had hoped for more, but at least Lacey and Donovan had some cute moments together.
Overall, this is not my favorite West book, but there were still some enjoyable moments to it.
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I'm All Booked Up YA says
Not our fave Kasie West book, but we enjoyed this one!
The Book View says
Exactly. That was my overall feeling about this book. Not my fav, but enjoyable.