Thursday, February 3, 2011
Book Review: Stars Collide by Janice Thompson/4.5 Stars
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.
I have to admit that I had a little bit of trepidation before diving into this book. I've had one other experience with a Christian/Hollywood-type story, and while it was good, it wasn't a book that I would recommend on a regular basis. Well.....the same will not be said about Stars Collide! Wowza (as Kat would say)!! This was the most fun I've had with a book in ages!
While the main story really was about Kat and Scott, the two stars on the set of Stars Collide, the character that stole my heart from the beginning was Grandma Lenora. What a hoot she was!! The underlying story of the ongoing debacle with the maps was hilarious, especially the IHOP scene. I could not stop laughing after I read that! :o) And her love of all those beautiful dresses was so sweet. She appreciated what the past from Hollywood had to offer--from clothes, to friendships, to movies, and everything in between.
This book had a dash of old Hollywood glamour, some new Hollywood romance, and a whole lot of laughs to go along with 'em. Janice's style of writing was so enjoyable, and I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a book! I've read a couple of her older novels (mostly by Heartsong), but this was my first experience with one of her full-length novels. I have no doubt that I will be back for more!
**Many thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.