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I love the way the author gets the period details right and how she shows that not everything that glitters is gold.

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I'm excited to see that there is a sequel to this book as the last chapter had a HUGE reveal. Excellent young adult historical fiction! Mar 10, Melody Grace rated it it was amazing. I love, love, loved this book! I was totally swept away in the glamor and excitement of s Hollywood, and all the thrilling insider rivalries and relationships. You really get to go behind the scenes of the movie industry in this fascinating period, and Shukert does a wonderful job balancing the historical details of the era with all the relatable drama of Margo, Gabby, and Amanda's journeys and ambition.

All the main characters were so well-drawn and interesting, and their dynamics were refr I love, love, loved this book! All the main characters were so well-drawn and interesting, and their dynamics were refreshing: this is definitely a book about female friendship and ambition, and although there are fun romantic entanglements, the girls are front and center, which I loved.


I can't wait for the sequel! Jul 03, Lauren rated it it was amazing. I've read Shukert's adult essay collections and, although the topic of her debut novel is vastly different, I could still recognize her sly humor and eye for detail. I'm really hoping this is going to be a series, I'm not done with these characters and their world yet! View all 4 comments. Sep 19, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: library-book. I can't wait to read the second book. Apr 05, Rain rated it liked it. Looking forward to the next two. Mar 12, Lauren Morrill rated it it was amazing.

I couldn't put Starstruck down! So soapy, so fun. I can't wait for the next one! Mar 20, sarah rated it liked it. Mar 05, Samantha rated it it was amazing. Mar 24, Loren rated it really liked it Shelves: guilty-pleasures. I really enjoyed the first half of this book.

I was definitely rooting for Margaret to get what she wanted and felt for her as she tried to navigate though a Hollywood that was completely different from what she'd imagined. Honestly, in many ways, it's a heartbreaking story. I found the storyline with the main love interest to be somewhat lacking.

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I wasn't really rooting for them to be together, so I got a bit bored toward the end, but I'd say it picked up enough to hold my interest. As for the o I really enjoyed the first half of this book. As for the other main characters, Amanda Farraday and Gabby Preston, I'd say that each of them had stories that were equally compelling and heartbreaking. The author did a good job fleshing them all out so that I felt and rooted for each of the characters, even as the omnipotent narrator perspective in which the story was told made sure I knew of the complications even before the characters did.

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Really ramped up the heartbreaking aspect of the story. There were some questions left unanswered, which initially annoyed me until I realized there was another book, so I'll withhold judgment there until I read the second book. Starstruck was fascinating peak behind the curtain of Hollywood during the Gilded Age. The writing, story, characters were all well done and made this a really enjoyable read.

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I would definitely recommend this books to people who like reading books about Hollywood. Final Rating: 3.

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Set in 's Old Hollywood and centered around three girls, at first, the writing was reminiscent of Anna Godbersen's Bright Young Things trilogy about the 's -- which I really enjoyed. Although I didn't particularly love any of the characters, the time period was fun to read about, with the pharmacy, soda fountain, and debutante balls. In fact, I think I preferred the Pasadena setting over the Hollywood one. Eventually I will conti Set in 's Old Hollywood and centered around three girls, at first, the writing was reminiscent of Anna Godbersen's Bright Young Things trilogy about the 's -- which I really enjoyed.

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Eventually I will continue the series to see if a prediction of mine is right. Apr 08, Aurora rated it really liked it. 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.

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. Characters: This is a story primarily from three girls' points of views; that of Gabby, Margo and Amanda. Probably 95 percent of the story focused on Margo and her rise to fame, while perhaps the rest of it focused on Amanda, Gabby and a few other minor characters.

I also hoped that the chapters would kind of alternate with points of views, but that didn't happen, although there was a good space for when points of views were switched. Margo was the center stage, and I kind of found myself resenting her a little bit. I would have liked to know and learn more about Amanda and Gabby.

Theme: Being a movie star is not as glamorous as it seems Plot: The whole story itself read almost like a movie, from the time Margo was discovered to the ending, but I also would have liked a few more in-between chapters between Chapter 29 and 30, for it was abrupt and certain things haven't things been answered, although the mystery and so forth have been well answered.

What I liked with the whole glamor and movie feel is how she includes the less savory aspects into this type of story through Amanda's background, and through Gabby's ambitions and struggles. I was surprised to learn that Hollywood controls actresses and actors this way, that everything is preplanned and not left up to chance. Author Information: from goodreads.

Opinion: When I got the book, I expected to read something sickeningly-sweet. I thought it would be too happy ending and it would remind me of things I would roll my eyes at. I was honestly surprised that I liked it a lot. This is very cleverly written, and despite the glitz and glamour and eye rolling that I thought the cover and story would induce in me, I was impressed by her research and story as well as fascinating facts. Some I knew due to a course I took in college, Holocaust in Media Representation, ironically and others I didn't know, such as the made up biographies of the stars, or the whole made up romances between the stars.

I was never fascinated by Hollywood nor do I really care for the actors and actresses and the stars. The book itself could be a fascinating movie of Hollywood in the s for the modern audience. The author also includes the less glam expects of Hollywood, such as pills, weight obsession didn't know it was a big deal even in s! I was a little shocked by the appearance of scotch and whisky and cigarettes in a book I don't recall that these things made their presence during books when I was a child, and few things I disliked was that a girl with my hair color was the villain, and I think I would have liked to see some Jewish women in the book.

Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book. Jun 08, Belle rated it it was amazing. On my birthday last year, my friend gifted me a ton of brand new beautiful books. This was one of them. Looking at the cover, I thought this book was going to be absolute garbage.

I was absolutely wrong. This novel is amazing. I have read it 3 times, and I am currently reading it again. The second book in the series is beautiful as well. Jun 16, Abbie rated it really liked it.