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Review: Map to the Stars by Jen Malone



Book Blurb

Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style.

The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.

Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined.

Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.

But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Annie and her mom left Georgia after what happened with her father. Joe, a friend of her mom’s, convinced them to move to Hollywood. Her mom has now been hired by American’s favorite boy Heartthrob so Annie and her mom will be traveling this summer as Graham Cabot does his press tour for his movie, Triton. However, Annie’s first meeting with THE Graham Cabot is a complete disaster and so is her introduction to the world of Hollywood. She doesn’t have high hopes for this tour.

As Annie travels with Graham, they become friends and even flirt a bit with each other. She sees a side of Graham that no one else does. Annie starts falling for him. However for whatever reason he starts giving her mixed messages and even ignores her. She doesn’t know what to think. She is hurt and angry. He finally explains why when he reveals that according to his manager and publicist, he isn’t supposed to have a girlfriend because it might hurt his fans. However he decides that he likes Annie too much and is willing to keep their dating a secret.

Annie falls hard for Graham as does Graham for her. However their secret gets out and everything gets blown out of proportion. Everything completely falls apart, leaving Annie with a horrible view of Hollywood.

I liked this book. It gave a glimpse into the world of a famous actor who has everyone telling him what to do as he navigates through his stardom. It is a very lonely world at the top. Annie was a breath of fresh air. She was not star struck at all with Graham. In fact she really wasn’t comfortable with Heartthrob Graham. She preferred real and ordinary Graham.

The issue she did have was speaking her mind. Graham also had this same problem. He didn’t want to let anyone down. Annie was the first to gain the courage and her life changed because of it. Some changes were good and some not so much.

The reader feels sorry for both characters. They have a lot to deal with at their age. A lot of pressures for Graham affect his decision making. Annie has trust issues because of her father’s betrayal. Nothing is as it seems in Hollywood. I give this book a 4 out of 5.







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