"Fran won an essay contest, and it landed her in hell: assigned as a reporter to a celebrity charity mission. But when their plane crashes, Fran is stranded on an island with the crazy celebrities, including a teen heartthrob, diva party-girl, and aging actor hoping for a comeback. The celebrities battle their demons while Fran narrates the disaster in her uniquely witty way... Reality TVobsessed teens, though, will thoroughly enjoy this." - Booklist
"This clever comedy strands a starstruck girl on a deserted island with major celebrities...The scenario makes for some marvelous dry humor, enhanced by Tanen's ability to turn an original phrase: "OMG she was the size of a lima bean." Yes, the characters learn some important and dramatic lessons and maturity happens, but the thrust of this book is comedy, and it scores. A witty winner aimed straight at reality-TV fans. (Comedy adventure. 12 & up)" - Kirkus
"Fulfilling a fantasy you may not even have known you had Are You Going To Kiss Me Now? (available May 1) maroons a normal American teenager with five celebrities off the coast of Madagascar. Sloane Tanen keeps it breezy and fun while having her way with the cult of fame." - Campus Circle
"With tons of hilarious celeb mockery and characters that seem like they were ripped off the pages of US Weekly, this is a phenomenal read that will make you think twice about picking up a tabloid and admiring (or worshipping) those who inhabit its glossy pages. If you read only one book this year, make sure it's this one." - Chicklit Club
"In the end, Francesca learns a little from the atrociously-behaved celebs, and they learn a little from her. But in fact, it's you and I who are the real winners, because we get to read this funny, frothy, zingy novel." - Pink Me
"I loved the voice of this novel. The writing is fresh and hilarious...Fran gets a rude awaking to how celebrity and reality worlds in fact collide which is shown in satiric wit throughout... I laughed out loud more than once throughout this story. It was a refreshing break from all the recent dark, paranormals out there." - YABooksCentral
"I really enjoyed this book and couldn't help but laugh at different times throughout the book. It was nice to see that a girl who is funny and awkward try to make the best of a worst situation and the gradually seems to fit in and become one of the crowd who ends up becoming friends with them." - Cindy's Love Of Books
"...is a hilarious and fun adventure...I don't want to ruin too much of the plot but if you love to laugh and love (or secretly love) to be immersed in the lives of the rich and famous you will definitely enjoy this book!" - I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read
"Tanen is hilarious! She doesn't hold back in her acerbic ribs! ...This is side-splitting funny! Even though these are merely fictional celebrities, you feel as if you're getting to see what it would be like stranded with real celebrities. This would make a hysterical movie!" - Teacher Librarian
"If you've been looking for the perfect, adorable, funny, smart YA beach read, I've found it for you. It's fun, fast-paced, and rife with wit, and I just know you'll love it! With epic sass and brilliant voice, ARE YOU GOING TO KISS ME NOW? is a sure hit for romcom fans. It's like LORD OF THE FLIES meets GEORGIA NICOLSON meets US Weekly. How could this not be a fun read?" - The Hate-Mongering Tart
"I picked up the book and I couldn't put it down at first. Sloane's voice is real and addictive. It's like talking to your best friend. I couldn't help but think about one of my favorite authors that achieves the same sort of feeling, Meg Cabot." - Yay Reads
Gr 7–10—Francesca thinks of herself as anything but gorgeous, with her red curls and freckles, but she knows that she can write. She wins a Seventeen magazine essay contest for a trip to Africa with several celebrities to perform charity work. This is a dream come true because she is wholly absorbed in the lives of pop-culture icons, memorizing details about them from the magazines she buys every week. Also, with her parents' recent divorce, her father having a baby with his girlfriend, and her mother and sister acting strangely, Francesca could really use an escape. She is awestruck by the faces she sees on the plane and excited about the new adventure. Then the plane crashes, leaving her marooned on an island with a bunch of celebrity strangers. Through the days-long ordeal, Francesca learns that her idols have problems and insecurities of their own. She keeps an account of all the events on the island (through text messages "sent" to her best friend on her nonworking cell phone), and after their rescue, Seventeen hires her as its youngest staff writer ever. This story will appeal to girls who dream of meeting and falling in love with their favorite celebrities, but the novel's overabundance of pop-culture references will quickly date it. The plot is decent (albeit extremely far-fetched), in that Francesca learns to stop coveting famous people's lives and starts having self-confidence. Standard chick-lit that will appeal where titles like this are popular.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, East Columbus, NJ
This clever comedy strands a starstruck girl on a deserted island with major celebrities.
Francesca, an aspiring writer who devours tabloid journalism by the ream, enters an essay contest and wins a trip to Africa to promote literacy. She quickly learns that, far from being a dream come true, her experience won't be entirely pleasant. The party comprises two rival young actresses, both already fading from fame; the hottest, yet not-so-very-bright teen heartthrob of the day; a fatherly, also-fading actor who pilots the plane; the Christian rocker illegitimate son of the fatherly actor-pilot; a TMZ-like gay blogger; and Francesca, with her exploding red hair and freckles. The protagonist's six egomaniacal companions prove mostly useless, starting with the fatherly actor who crashes their plane, neglects to send a distress message and lets their signal fire go out. With the only actual adult sunk in depression, the rest act out their jealousies on each other. Francesca copes by writing and stockpiling text messages to her best friend. The scenario makes for some marvelous dry humor, enhanced by Tanen's ability to turn an original phrase: "OMG she was the size of a lima bean." Yes, the characters learn some important and dramatic lessons and maturity happens, but the thrust of this book is comedy, and it scores.
A witty winner aimed straight at reality-TV fans. (Comedy adventure. 12 & up)