What if… Your picture was taped inside teenage boys’ lockers across America, your closets were bursting with never-worn designer clothing, and the tabloids constantly asked whether you were losing your “good girl” status?
It’s a glamorous life, but sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Burke, costar of one of the hottest shows on TV, is exhausted from the pressures of fame. Then she hits on an outrageously daring solution, one that has to remain top secret or it will jeopardize everything she’s ever worked for.
This is a quick, entertaining summer read that provides a lot of insight into what it would be like to be a teenage actress. It’s not all just bright lights and the thrill you get from being famous. Kaitlin Burke, one of the handful of lucky teenagers who are privileged with the life of fame, wants another life as well. A one where she gets to be an ordinary girl. For a while, she has a lot of fun having that double life, but she’s weighed down by the doubt she feels about whether her friends would like her as Kaitlin, or if they just like Rachel, the girl she’s pretending to be.
As rumors start to swirl in the tabloids and as her double life is threatened by exposure, Kaitlin will have to learn what’s really important in life–true friends, whether they know her as Kaitlin or Rachel; the belief in herself as an actress; and the blessing and curse that is the media.
Kaitlin is a very likable character, though I can see how she could be annoying to some people, and I liked the way Jen Calonita put her voice in as the narration. She seemed true and her situations realistic to the world. It was really fun to read about her and the way she grows as a character in this story. I didn’t like some of the other characters as much, but I think my favorite character was really Kaitlin’s best friend, Liz. Liz provides a real voice of a best friend for Kaitlin and for the reader, which was both funny and made me smile at times. I thought Liz was pretty cool. I didn’t enjoy Kaitlin’s romantic spectrum as much though, it seemed a little just…I dunno. Unrealistic. Rushed. On and off. So I think that could have been a little bit better.
The ending of the book was satisfying, but I missed that kind of cliffhanger than leaves you wondering and excited for the next book. I didn’t even know this was a series until I googled it. (Thank you, Google). I’m not sure if I want to read the rest, I was pretty happy with the ending of this book, but we’ll see. Prospects of me reading it are pretty good right now. A great summer read. Three stars.
pg count for the paperback: 256
Series: Secrets of My Hollywood Life