Starstruck by Lauren Conrad (The Fame Game #2)

November 24, 2012



Title : Starstruck
Author : Lauren Conrad
Series : The Fame Game #2
First Published : November 2012
Publisher : HarperCollins
Pages : 293
Genre : teen, romance, fiction
Extras : none
Price : US$12 (IDR 125k
Rating : 9/10

Are the stars of The Fame Game ready for their close-ups? Madison Parker has discovered that not all publicity is good publicity. After turning herself in for stealing some bling, the reality star is stuck doing community service while her Fame Game castmates soak up all the screen time. Not that newcomer Kate Hayes needs more attention—ever since her breakout song became an overnight sensation she's suddenly acting like she's Katy Perry. Aspiring actress Carmen Curtis is finally making a name for herself, but she's finding it harder than ever to get out from behind her famous mother's shadow. And in Hollywood, leading men are a dime a dozen, but a good man is hard to find. So when two of the girls have their eye on the same guy, that can mean only one thing: on-camera drama.

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I'm in love! First, because of the cover. Remember when I said that The Fame Game trilogy has so much better cover design than L.A Candy's? Well, indeed it is, and judging from all three covers, I would say that Starstruck has the best cover; I love how the pink stars formed into one big star, fab! Second, I can say that LC's writing has gotten better and better; she manages to create some depths in this book, as well as promising character development. Though branded-saying and too-much flirtations have gone too cocky and cheesy (like "Oh, it's Cartier!", "No one will kiss me?"), but I love how 'bitchy' LC writes and she adds thrills into that! I love surprises and LC manages to give some, though some of them are a little bit 'pushy'.

The romances are delicious. You mention it, Carmen-Luke "looooveeerr" faketionship (a.k.a fake relationship), Drew-Kate crush, Gaby and her douche bag boyfriend Jay, and the most surprising one is Madison (with who? can't spoil). I never like Madison from the first place (since L.A Candy to be sure), but LC drastically creates 'the new madison' in this book and I begin to love her; it's intriguing to finally see Madison's soft side and she's sweet! I love her now. As for the other three, well, they're more like sprinkles to Madison's cupcake. They got their own drama of course, but theirs weren't memorable as Madison's.

This book, unlike the previous one, The Fame Game, really presents the reality of fame itself; it's a bitch. I sense LC's intention to (somehow) quip the reality of reality show and the real world behind Hollywood's glitz and glamorous. She keeps the plot steady, thrilling, with little surprises and birdie flirtations. And of course, it's typical LC to present big question mark at the very shocking end.

Starstruck is a serious page turner. I enjoyed every events presented in the book. I love the characters, I love the drama, I love the cockyness, all works so well, LC's style. Bottom line, this probably the best piece LC's ever made and I do recommend you to grab the copy, NOW. 

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