21 January, 2017

#BookReview :: Starlet's Web (The Starlet #1) by Carla J. Hanna

I'm actress Liana Marie Michael. I won an Oscar at 17 but whatever. Celebrity is what it is: marketing a product. I'm part of a tight-knit group. I keep to myself and don't complain about my life. I've been happy until lately.

Evan dumping me leveled me. Matthew shocked me. I knew he couldn't hurt me with my bodyguard so near, but his eyes...so I have trust issues. Dating super-hot Byron didn't help clear the confusion either. I'm torn between going to church on Sunday and making a living from pop culture.

But experience builds perspective. My days of shutting up needed to end. First, I told Manuel. Then I told my mom. It turned out awesome until I learned the truth.

Now I'm screwed. Totally. Let's face it: Hollywood's web entangles everyone.

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Liana Marie Michael is an actress who has won an Oscar by the age of seventeen. One would think that she is living the dream life of so many youngsters with fame and money dogging her steps. But up closer, her life is a nightmare where every action is for show or for publicity. Even her break up with her Hollywood boyfriend is a publicity stunt. No matter how much she wishes and tries to lead a normal life, things always go the other way for her. The only people who care about her truly seems to be her father, step mother and Manuel. Will she be able to break free of the golden shackles that she so desperately wants?

Liana had my sympathy from the very beginning. It is very clear that all she wants is a normal teenage life while she is being pushed to the limelight for every little thing. Not only is she being treated like a ‘product’ that needs to be marketed just right, but also there are very few people around her whom she can trust to have her best interests at heart. Her situation invites sympathy instantly but it is her character and personality that invites the readers to really feel for her. One thing I must admit though, is that I totally was lost on the romance angle. There were so many exes and prospects that it confused me for a while about who was who. And while I love the friendship turning into love trope, the chemistry between Liana and Manuel just didn’t convince me.

There are secrets (especially the one Liana’s mom has been keeping) and drama unfolding through the pages of this book. It is quite entertaining with the way the author has narrated Liana’s story to us. It is simple and easy to get into.

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