Imagine being plucked from obscurity, and cast in the hottest book adaptation. Imagine being cast alongside two of Hollywood’s hottest young male actors. Imagine filming in Hawaii. Imagine falling for both guys. Can you picture it? Because that’s what happens to Paige, the main character and narrator in Rebecca Serle’s new novel, Famous in Love.
Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…
When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.
In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.
Serle brilliantly captures the essence of Hollywood today, and all the gossip that goes along with the latest and greatest YA book to movie adaptations. Echoing of entertainment headlines we’ve seen over the last several years, Serle examines the story from an insider’s perspective. Through Paige, the reader is able to put themselves in her shoes — because despite the character’s unique situation, she starts out in a very common place in the world, that readers can relate to easily.
As Paige moves from small-town nobody to Hollywood’s hottest new It Girl, readers can follow in her footsteps and imagine what they would do in her situation. That makes the reading experience all the more enticing. And speaking of enticing, let’s talk about Paige’s costars — Rainer and Jordan, who add a lot of spice and tension to Paige’s precarious journey.
What Serle does so brilliantly with Famous in Love is focus on MORE than the love story; more than the love triangle. The book is a love story, so those elements are important — but a good deal of the book also examines Paige’s experience, going from small town life to a Hollywood movie set. We see how this affects her friendships and her family and her plans for the future. We see her struggle to learn the ropes of a movie set, and stretch her acting skills.
It’s because Serle balances the romance and the romantic tension with these other key elements that Famous in Love is so successful. It’s a balanced, well-rounded story that is deep — and goes beyond the surface of the tabloid stories that may have inspired it. Readers will feel for Paige and ache for the tough choices she is forced to make. I, for one, can’t wait to see where the story goes next. (Yes, there is a sequel in the works!)
Famous in Love is an epic love story meets coming of age, all wrapped up in a glamorous Hollywood package. Look for it in stores October 21st.