Flirting with FameSeries: Flirting with Fame #1
by Samantha Joyce
Published by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star on February 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.
After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.
It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?
I wouldn’t normally have noticed this book except that a publisher introduced it in an email. I read the synopsis and thought, “This sounds so adorable and perfect for a winter pick me up!” As I devoured this in about one sitting, I completely forgot that this was Samantha Joyce’s debut. Take that however you’d like 😉
I think why I connected with this story was how it opened. Elise is at the local book store and it’s jammed packed. Her and her best friend, Jin, are there to buy the third book in the hugely popular Viking Moon series on the day it’s coming out and the store is heavily promoting it. It was so easy for me to picture this scene and feel the excitement right there with Elise because I’ve been there, too. I’ve been to movies on opening day and to book signings and there’s just a great vibe when you know everyone there has the same excitement you do. I easily felt Elise and Jin’s excitement in Ms. Joyce’s words.
Things get a little too exciting for Elise in this story, though, when the author shows up unexpectedly at the bookstore and starts signing autographs. Because Elise is actually the author; she writes the series under a pen name.
Even though at times I didn’t agree with all of Elise’s decisions and actions, I could easily step back and tell myself that she’s not me and she’s also only 19 years old. The story was unique, fun, and entertaining enough for me that I didn’t find myself dwelling on character analysis. Honestly, this isn’t that type of story.
This is a plot driven, “how in the heck is she getting out of this mess?”, kind of story. Surprisingly, there is some intriguing history to a couple of the characters but honestly, it only served as a way for the characters to bond. No real angst here!!
Really, what I loved about this story was the “dream come true” moments, the silly drama, and the fact that the heroine is a successful author. I really just enjoyed reading about the entire writing and publishing world! Because doesn’t every book blogger want to be an author? ∗insert laugh track here∗