When aspiring actress Paige Townsen gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, she goes from virtually unknown to famous seemingly overnight. She moves from her quiet home life to the exciting world of film sets in Maui, where she meets her sexy co-star, Rainer Devon. Paige is smitten with Rainer from the start, so when Rainer begins to show more of an interest in pursuing a relationship with her, she is exhilarated. Long days on set together lead to private moments on their own, where Paige begins to fall for Rainer. But things get thrown in upheaval when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the third part of the film’s famous love triangle. With bad blood between Jordan and Rainer, Paige must navigate the muddy waters of a real life love triangle.
This book is pure fun! I loved the story-within-a-story aspect with Paige, Rainer, and Jordan’s lives mirroring art as they film a movie adaptation of a very famous set of blockbuster books. It is an extremely clever setup and is executed beautifully.
I’m normally not a huge fan of love triangles in YA literature, but this one is really fun and seemed to me to be on a whole other level than most. There was a real tension in Paige’s decision to trust Jordan and the way they slowly get to know each other very much mirrors real life. It is easy to see how she might be conflicted when Rainer goes away and Jordan steps in as the knight in shining armor to save her life. I think that because Paige is so out of her natural element and trying so hard to be perfect, that we are able to believe that she would fall so hard so fast for Rainer and then get conflicted by Jordan’s attentions. The triangle never felt forced or unnatural. It was just a lot of delicious tension and a wonderful resolution.
This book is a fun look at the life of a teen film star, as Paige gets a sort of baptism by fire. She’s thrust into a world so unfamiliar to her, and we get to experience all of these exciting firsts along with her. She fumbles a bit along the way, but it is endearing. I loved the behind the scenes glimpses into a film set as the movie is being shot. Overall, the novel is just a whole lot of fun. It is lighthearted and easy to read.
If you’re looking for an escape into a more glamorous life, with a little romance on the side- pick up Famous in Love.