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Seventeen.com, March 29, 2013:
"Why we're buzzing about it: Rachel Shukert's Starstruck is not a typical Hollywood tale. This novel is filled with glamour and ambition, but it has tons of drama and mystery, too."
The Huffington Post, March 6, 2013:
"As a blogger, playwright, and the author of two memoirs, Rachel Shukert has already proven herself to be one of the most hilarious and talented writers ever, forever. But Starstruck is epic and expert in a new way...The result is witty, breathtaking, and a priceless addition to both the young adult and historical genre."
HelloGiggles.com, March 9, 2013:
"I completely fell in love with it. If you’re a fan of old Hollywood, glamour, drama or just good writing, chances are you’ll love it, too... Starstruck is an insanely compelling read, and not just because it’s fun and exciting and glamorous (although it is all of those things). I’m not a huge old Hollywood buff, but Rachel Shukert includes so many details about the culture and time period that it’s impossible not to get sucked in."
The Atlantic Wire, January 3, 2013:
"Old Hollywood plus Y.A.,like a Laura Lamont for the teen-reader set."
Publishers Weekly, March 25, 2013:
"Set during the 1930s, this scintillating series opener shines the spotlight on three very different Hollywood hopefuls...Readers will gladly immerse themselves in the almost mythological setting of Hollywood's Golden Age."
Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013:
"Shukert's foray into the teen market is well-plotted and carefully nuanced; historical details are crisp and vivid without being too obtuse; the narrative is tight and masterful, mixing just the right amount of cattiness and salaciousness with secrets that reveal themselves one after another. The result is a compulsively readable piece sure to appeal to fans of Anna Godbersen and Judy Blundell...Historical fiction that's both smart and sassy."
Booklist, April 15, 2013:
"This is part Valley of the Dolls, part Modern Screen magazine, and lots of fun. The tropes are hoary—the evils of Hollywood, the bad girl trying to hide her past for the love of a good man—but they’ll be new to many teenage readers. A surprise ending (a real surprise) is over the top in the best possible way."
School Library Journal, May 2013:
"The Golden Age of Hollywood–and its gritty underside–is captured with real flair in this novel...this novel evokes late-1930s Hollywood with panache. Characters are well drawn, representing common archetypes but with a twist. Bound to appeal to fans of Anna Godbersen and Judy Blundell."
DuJour.com, March 12, 2013:
"Starstruck reads like a smarter, more real Valley of the Dolls...As with all satisfying novels, the worst part of Starstruck is that it comes to an end."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 2013:
"Shukert has enough historical and contextual knowledge to give satisfying depth to the froth in this cinematic sudser...Readers who adore the black and white selections in their Netflix queue will eat this up like popcorn."
“Wit, pluck, darkness, pitch-perfect period details, juicy twists, and big heart. This book is one to savor."—Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe and Bright Young Things series
"Thrilling, superb, and dizzyingly glamorous . . . I was completely 'starstruck!'"—Jillian Larkin, author of The Flappers
Posted December 10, 2013
Starstruck took my by complete surprise. I didn't know I was going to enjoy it as much as I did… but I did. I am not a huge fan of fiction set in the 1930s.. especially ones that are centered around Hollywood because I feel there is too much unnecessary drama that will come out of it.. so I was a bit wary. Initially, it took me some time to get used to the book because a) it is told from multiple POVs that switch without warning, b) There was a bit too many characters and I had to keep on flipping back and forth c) The book itself had a slow start. However once I got everything straightened out and we finally get to be in the middle of hollywood.. boy did I love it. What I appreciated the most is the lack of backstabbing going on in the book. Yes, there is one pesky character that was like that, but the rest were all fighting their own problems and demons to care much about the others. I liked the mystery around the novel, especially how it was incorporated, not too all consuming, but also thought out. I found myself loving the setting of the 1930s and the way they speak, as well as the overall atmosphere of the book. I would read at any chance I got because I wanted to know what happens next. Anywhere you stop the book, you can pick it right up, that was how engaging it was. The main protagonist, Margo, was such an endearing character and I really felt for her when she went through a couple of rough patches with her parents, as well as one of her supposed friends. The end was a bit shocking, and I wanted to pick up Love Me, the sequel, immediately. There was a big hint on what the main plot of the next book will be and I kind of wish the author was a bit more subtle since it was too predictable but that won't deter me from picking up Love Me as soon as I can. I definitely recommend it to YA contemporary/historical fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
Posted March 31, 2013
Ever since the ‘Flappers’ series, it has been such a thrill to see the YA world turn to the past and unearth the extremely ‘cool’ eras. And in this new - completely amazing - book, readers get to take a peek into the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood…a time that was literally filled with true stars.
Beginning where any Hollywood story should, readers are delivered to the red carpet. It is 1938 and Diana Chesterfield - the star of all stars - is celebrating the opening night of her latest Olympus Studios picture that the world has been waiting for. Unfortunately, even though many big stars arrive, Diana doesn’t, leading the gossip mill to begin buzzing about where, exactly, she could have gone.
At the premiere, watching the flashbulbs and trying not to drool over Dane Forrest - the most handsome actor in the world who is said to be Diana’s true love - is Margaret Frobisher. She is one of those girls with a longing to leave her debutante, boring life behind and shine onscreen, where she will become everyone’s next beloved star.
Oddly enough, unlike most of the girls who fantasize about this particular life, Margaret’s dream comes true. As she sits in Schwab’s, which is the unofficial canteen of the Hollywood colony, the Director of Publicity for Olympus Studios suddenly appears and offers her a screen test; a screen test that, with the help of the amazing Dane Forrest, is a smash hit. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Margaret looks a great deal like the missing superstar, and Olympus Studios is desperate to find someone who can take Diana Chesterfield’s spot ASAP.
Soon, Margaret sees behind the scenes and secrets are revealed about the Hollywood life that she hadn’t even imagined. She is beyond tantalized by the glamour and captivated by Dane’s smile; however, the pall of mystery still hangs over her head, wondering what on earth happened to Diana Chesterfield. Is the studio harboring a secret, or is Dane Forrest a man who has made an evil mistake? Whatever the case may be, Margaret finds herself knee-deep in a world that looked a heck of a lot more fun on the pages of Variety magazine.
This is beyond exhilarating. The reader will feel as if they are standing right on that red carpet as old Hollywood is revealed to one and all. The secrets, the lies, the back-door deals, the young stars living on drugs in order for them to keep up with what the studio and American people want from them - every page is an absolute rush!
Quill Says: This is one you do not want to miss, and it will have you dreaming of what Hollywood was like before the class and charm disappeared.
Posted March 17, 2013
I LOVED this book. Juicy, glamorous, full of period details that made me feel like I was really there. And a bit deeper than your typical YA read too. The characters feel like real, complicated people with real lives. This is a great read for anyone who loves Hollywood, historical fiction or YA.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2013
You might be surprised with just how much of the Golden Age of Hollywood you will learn about. Starstruck is packed with history and its main characters are based upon the lives of real stars. However, the balance between storyline and historical scaffolding is very uneven. At times a simple scene is stretched far beyond its worth in order to cram in historical background. The ending leaves room for a sequel. Overall, not a bad read, but not the best YA historical fiction out there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.