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Starlet's Run
     

Starlet's Run

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by Carla J. Hanna
 
From the award-winning author of the Starlet Series, comes Starlet's Run, a story about teen actress Liana Marie, a girl torn between two cultures. Discover why the Starlet Series took Gold and Silver medals in the Readers' Favorite 2014 International Book Awards.

Love. Intentions. Acting. Life is more complicated than a Hollywood story. A novel by award-winning

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From the award-winning author of the Starlet Series, comes Starlet's Run, a story about teen actress Liana Marie, a girl torn between two cultures. Discover why the Starlet Series took Gold and Silver medals in the Readers' Favorite 2014 International Book Awards.

Love. Intentions. Acting. Life is more complicated than a Hollywood story. A novel by award-winning author Carla Hanna of the Starlet Series, perfect for young adult or new adult readers who enjoyed Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, Gayle Forman's If I Stay, or John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

Fictional actress Liana Marie Michael writes her second memoir, Starlet's Run, as she suffers through the Five Stages of Grief. But when Lia's scripts speak for her and drama becomes her life, can she find the strength to run her own lines and shape her new role?
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I'm actress Liana Marie Michael. Hollywood's obsession with beauty made my actress-mother stay competitive. Athletes use steroids. Actors use plastic surgery and anti-aging drugs. So now I'm a physical mess inside, dealing with it, and starring in another major motion picture.

Of course I can't quit. I have brain surgery, feel alive at Grandma's Montana ranch, go back to Hollywood and act. My boyfriend, Manuel, and I want to get married. Everyone has an opinion. I ignore the millions of naysayers until consequences turn dire.

I believe that dwelling on pain is a waste of time. Indecision is exhausting. I want to write my own future. But I'm only eighteen years old and caught in a web of lies.

In a world where an actress is a product and everyone is a critic, can our young love survive? Should it?
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Genres: young adult contemporary romance, new adult college fiction, coming of age fiction, Christian romance, cultural fiction. Contains sex and mild swearing.

BLUEINK REVIEW: "YA fans will absolutely want to check out this series, where they'll find a new heroine to root for in the flawed but sympathetic Liana."

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BlueInk Reviews
Starlet's Run is the enjoyable second novel in a trilogy about teen actress Liana Marie Michael, a smart, successful young woman with a tumultuous personal life.

Though Starlet's Run is the second in a series, newcomers will have no problem diving into this book and understanding the nuances and complexities of Liana's life. Author Carla J. Hanna does a wonderful job of ensuring that readers can follow the story regardless of whether they've read the previous book.

The writing in Starlet's Run is confident and flows nicely, drawing readers into the plot, which, while slightly overdramatic, is nonetheless compelling. YA fans will absolutely want to check out this series, where they'll find a new heroine to root for in the flawed but sympathetic Liana.

Independent Professional Review - Blueink Review
Starlet’s Run is the enjoyable second novel in a trilogy about teen actress Liana Marie Michael, a smart, successful young woman with a tumultuous personal life.

The writing in Starlet’s Run is confident and flows nicely, drawing readers into the plot, which, while slightly overdramatic, is nonetheless compelling. YA fans will absolutely want to check out this series, where they’ll find a new heroine to root for in the flawed but sympathetic Liana.
Amazon - Martha Cargill
***** I wish I had read this book when I was a much younger adult! Ms. Hanna writes without preaching, teaches without telling, and offers a wonderful accessible message in a page turning format. - Film industry veteran
Amazon - Life is Good
***** A Triumph! "Starlet’s Run is the best coming-of-age novel of the year. Ms. Hanna masterfully weaves the Five Stages of Grief into a heartfelt tale of personal growth, acceptance, and understanding.

The actress, Lia Marie, has a tumor removed and goes to Montana with Manuel and her dad to recover. Then she’s back in Hollywood filming a major motion picture. She’s the typical teen, deeply in love, with transitions and challenges threatening her at every step.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480263147
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/10/2012
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Carla J. Hanna is the author of award-winning young adult romance and coming of age fiction novels for new adult & college readers. A former housewife of Santa Monica, California, she shares an insider's perspective on Hollywood and celebrity influence in her multicultural novels.

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Starlet's Run 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite Starlet's Run (The Starlet Series, #2) by Carla J. Hanna is the story of a Hollywood actress, Liana, and I will disclose that this book really won't make as much sense unless you read the first book. It does take some time to understand what's going on. Carla J. Hanna has a different writing style and that, too, took some getting used to. That said, the story is interesting, although slow-paced at times. I gave the book four stars, not because I didn't read the first book, therefore, it took longer to grasp this book, but because there were parts where the story seemed to drag along. What I did like about the book is that Ms. Hanna does relate the story of young, complicated love in a realistic way. Although it may be a bit advanced for the "young" Young Adult audience, the plot does play out well. Again, there are parts of the story that drag out but the plot is good. It does contain language and scenes that aren't suitable for 17 and under readers.  The story focuses on Liana and Manuel, who is her love interest. Manuel is sometimes too perfect, yet, he's the stereotype of what most girls that age are dreaming of and looking for. Liana faces some adult decisions and Ms. Hanna does handle them nicely. I recommend this book, but I would suggest reading the first book so that it's easier to connect to the story and the characters. Overall, this book is different, but enjoyable.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Danielle Pinzon for Readers' Favorite Starlet's Run is the second book of Carla J. Hanna's Starlet Series and picks up right where Starlet's Web left off. Struggling with the aftermath of her Mom's misguided choices, Marie faces surgery to remove a tumor in her pituitary gland. Going from an Academy Award Winning actress to an 18-year-old cancer survivor, she needs all the help she can get. Manuel, her best friend and now boyfriend, has become her rock, but together they face even more problems. Being in a relationship has never been easy and having one when all the world is watching is even more troublesome. Starlet's Run talks about Marie's inner struggles and questions about who she is, and what she wants, not just with her career, but with her life. This second book also deals with building friendships, and losing some, and finding strength in family. Carla J. Hanna does it again with the sequel to Starlet's Web, and Starlet's Run is even more engaging than the first. This book is filled with touching poignant moments, and asks a lot of important questions about how you deal with changes in your life, and how you accept the changes in others around you. The love between Manuel and Marie is something I particularly enjoyed; it's mature for a teenage relationship, and I appreciate the practical questions and problems thrown at them from the adults' perspective. The rest of the characters are interesting as well, particularly Six, or Pierre, Marie's email buddy who becomes her support group surviving the ordeal from the x-nib fiasco. I can't wait to read the next installment to see what happens next!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Starlet's Run by Carla Hanna is book 2 in the Starlet series, depicting the life of a teenage Hollywood star and the challenges that come with that life. We first met Liana in book 1, Starlet's Web, and now she continues with her journey of survival in Hollywood. She has undergone brain surgery to remove a tumor that was the result of taking an anti-aging drug, and now she is ready embrace her new life. She is an Oscar-winning actress and a cancer survivor who is still battling the various challenges of Hollywood life. From blackmail, betrayals, and all the inevitable drama that accompanies that life, she is determined to survive and come out on top. Her biggest challenge, however, will be how to balance her personal and professional life so she can have a successful career without losing the love of her life, Manuel.    Starlet's Run is a heart-warming story portraying another side of the life of Hollywood teenage stars, one that is unlike the stereotypes we are used to. The novel shows these stars may be super rich, but they are also human and face the same life challenges we all do, if not even more. Carla Hanna crafted the main character to show a very beautiful, very successful, and very down to earth star, with a heart of gold to match. I could not help but fall in love with the girl who has overcome so much, learnt her lessons, and is now ready to take on the new challenges of living with a terminal illness without abandoning her career or her love life. I cannot wait to start on book 3 so I can follow this inspirational story of a girl determined to live the Hollywood life on her terms.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite Liana Marie Michael is a starlet in love. She is also a cancer survivor, having been given a drug by those in authority over her, that was intended to keep her young but that in fact caused her illness. In Starlet's Run, Lia is confronted with how to handle her medical problems while also seeking to solidify her relationship with Manuel. Carla J. Hanna has presented a realistic picture of young love, if not a sobering one from time to time. Lia and Manuel are confronted with the difficulties presented by parents and family who want them to wait beyond their 18 years to be married, and by friends — or former friends more like — who seek to benefit by providing secret information to the press. While wanting to begin a life together that may be cut short if Lia’s disease progresses, Lia and Manuel also recognize the significance of the meaning of “forever” that would come with marriage. Lia is purported to be quite mature, and I suspect in many ways she is, but witnessing the dark side of life or sitting on a fortune is not the same as acquiring the maturity to handle the issues life presents. In this regard, Starlet's Run offered some fairly traditional teenage angst and lack of wisdom. Lia and Manuel are faced with differences in the things they love and love to do, the things they believe and religions they practice, and perhaps most significantly, the pain and almost debilitating jealousy they each experience with the knowledge of those love interests who have come before them. While the jealously and continuous “feelings of love” seemed at times a bit overdone, the relationship seemed believable in light of the young lovers' inexperience in life. I quite liked Manuel and his desire to earn his own way and be his own man, though he could have merely sat back and expected to live on Lia’s millions. I also appreciated that after voicing his demands, Manuel discovered that while he might not like Lia’s continuing her career, his relationship with her would depend on his coming to terms with that truth. Starlet’s Run, which examines young love in the context of a rich young starlet, is sure to be enjoyed and followed by the young and young at heart who would like a peek into the world of the rich and famous.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite In Starlet's Run (The Starlet Series, #2) by Carla J. Hanna, we join starlet Liana Marie Michael as she is suffering through the stages of grief. Liana admits that she is a mess, a physical mess inside, and dealing with it while also starring in a major motion picture. Which she points out also seems to be just the way that Hollywood operates today. So what do you do when you are eighteen and want to write your own future in Hollywood? Carla J. Hanna has written another masterful Young Adult read. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Starlet's Web, and Starlet’s Run was another 'can’t put down' exceptional read. From cover to cover, you are once again drawn into the world of fads and beauty that is Hollywood. The writing is really well done and evokes a feeling of the different layers of Liana - she is not the “typical” star you find in Hollywood and this book follows her through a struggle. To me, watching Liana struggle and handle medical problems, and just the overall issues of how destructive Hollywood can be rings so true in how society is becoming today and how many forget that the famous are people, too. Sometimes they get trapped in the fame, just as much as we get trapped in the expectations the media puts on everyday people to be more glamorous. This story is very human and is a search for truth. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a well written story with an amazing message at its core.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
disappointed **** received a free copy from the author I did not like this or enjoy book. I couldn't connect with the characters. I wasn't drawn into the book. There was a lot of repetition and unnecessary details. The dialogue and arrangement could have been better. It all seemed too disjointed. There were some good parts though. Especially towards the end I would recommend Things I Know About Love by Kate le Vann
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly, this second book of the Starlet's series was better written than the first. Liana Marie Michaels is truly discovering who she is and Manuel is likewise finding who he is. The question is; Will this discovery allow them to stay together or direct them into going separate ways? Marie Michaels makes a major decision for her future. That decision leads us to the next book of the series in an effective way. There was not the obsession with excessive hormones in his book but I would still not encourage this for YA. Although there is nothing within the pages they do not face each day, the "world" does not need to be encouraged by inviting it into our homes and our youth's individual lives. The language is still crude and the content is still quite sexual. There is little adventure but mostly drama in this story. Setting aside my personal biases, my review of this book is a solid Four Star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
worderful story. it my favorite. and it's so hard. to be my favorite. nothing as beat out my favorite book. radiance by alyson noel. so diffent. but yet both are amazing books. in love with the characters. just read it, please i dont need to sell the book. because it amazing.