Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Another audiobook! I feel like I’m on a roll with audiobooks this year and I’m glad I checked this out in this format.


38251237._SY475_Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

My Thoughts

3/5 stars

Another Kasie West book, go figure! This book had a cute premise and I really enjoyed the narration, but I didn’t feel as connected to the plot and characters as I wish I had.

I liked the idea of a teen actress who is still grounded and has to deal with relatable problems like new friendships, family drama, and boy issues. Lacey’s mature side shone through when it came to her understanding her father’s feelings and pursuing her career, and her more teen side came through with her internal conflicts and the way she dealt with external conflicts. I really liked how each side of her balanced the other out.

This was a great book to listen to. The narrator and the tone of the book really complemented each other and, despite the occasional cringeworthy British accents, listening to the book was fun.

Although I liked Lacey’s balanced character, I didn’t really connect with her. Or any of the characters, for that matter. Especially Donovan. I liked the idea of the characters but I would have really felt more connected to them if they had been more developed.

More developed characters would have also helped the conflicts feel more realistic and important. I think the major conflict “twist” would have been more surprising and heavy-hitting if it didn’t seem so obvious. Aside from the major plot, we get some interesting subplots. I particularly enjoyed the parts about Lacey’s relationship with her father and he way she navigates new friendships on set.

All things considered, this was a cute read. It wasn’t serious so it was a nice listen to during my commute to and from work. Not my favorite Kasie West book but not my least favorite either.