Saturday, February 5, 2011

Escape to Hollywood!

From the Publisher
Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy don’t just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom–they are also head over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when Kat’s grandmother, an aging Hollywood starlet with a penchant for wearing elaborate evening gowns from Golden Age movies, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of their control. Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids tomorrow? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed in-laws?
From the sound stage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes readers on a roller-coaster tour of Tinseltown, packing both comedic punch and tender emotion.

My Take 
Normally, Janice Thompson is one of my favorite authors but I was a little disappointed in Stars Collide. The story sounded like a nice, delightful read but I really had a hard time getting into it for some reason. The characters didn’t really have much depth to them in my opinion. Yes, we know they are “believers” and are morally good people, but you really don’t get inside their heads.
All of a sudden the two main characters realize they are attracted to each other—maybe even in love. Then within weeks, they are discussing the rest of their lives and marriage. I know the premise of the story is that their characters are getting married but it seems to come out of the blue very quickly for the actual characters.
I did, however, like the grandmother character. My own mom is mild-to-moderate Alzheimers and is quite forgetful but I’ve only had one experience where she thought we were sisters. Patience is a learned virtue when it comes to dementia and I understand Kat’s handling of her grandmother. As a matter of fact, there was one line in the book that hit home---“When did it become the job of the kids to protect the parents & grandparents?” That is what I think all the time!
Stars Collide is a cute read with chapter titles that include names of sitcoms---Who’s the Boss?, Whose Line is it Anyway?, and Step by Step. A nice touch of Hollywood and trivia is intertwined in the book and it gives a small peek into “behind the scenes” of making a television show. And there’s humorous moments that made me have a quiet chuckle but it didn’t seem to be one of Ms Thompson’s best efforts (sorry!! I really enjoy her other books!).

“Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher (thanks Donna) in exchange for an honest review.

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