Sunday, March 13, 2016

Review: Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series: Flirting with Fame #1
Pages: 352
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley

Release Date: February 23, 2016
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.

After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.

It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?

My Review:

Well I don't really know what I was expecting from this book, but I can definitely say I had fun with it. This is one of those books that is cute and fun, but yet I can say that Samantha Joyce added in a bit of a serious undertone, with how insecure Elise is about herself. Elise has had a very difficult time after her accident leaves her scarred, in more ways than one, but she spends her time writing, and has secretly published her own book series. Now she runs into a huge problem, she is expected to appear on the set of the television series they are making based on her books, but no one actually knows what she looks like, since she gave in a fake picture.

What I really loved about this book was how Samantha Joyce wrote a character that is very strong, but she still needs to learn that herself because she is insecure and feels like people see her differently. I really loved how Elise wants to do everything she can to stay under the radar and just be a normal college student, and yet at the same time she has gotten herself into a situation that makes her reconsider why she has hidden so much, and is she finally ready to admit to the world who she is.

There were times where I really didn't like how Elise handled situations, but at the same time being someone who has had my own insecurity issues, I can also somewhat understand. She wants to be noticed but at the same time she wants to fly under the radar and not be seen as the girl with all these scars. I have to say I loved the interactions that Elise had with the stars of the television show, I really think that Samantha Joyce gives readers a different view on actors and it was actually sweet. This book also couldn't be what it is without the secondary characters, they bring a breath of fresh air to the story, and are an amazing counter to Elise.

This was definitely a really adorable book that I flew through because I just wanted to see Elise get everything that she deserved. This is a great book for readers who have felt unsure about themselves and have just wanted to stay hidden behind others. Very cute book with some great humour, and some very amazing boys... Clint the cowboy (I would take him anyday!) 

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