- File Size: 886 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (June 12, 2012)
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- ASIN: B0061QB074
- Genre: Fiction
“Pop culture aficionados will see plenty of parallels to Britney Spears’ meteoric rise and downward spiral in Kelsey’s story, and they’ll enjoy McLaughlin and Kraus’ unflinching look at the price of fame.”–Booklist
Logan Wade hasn’t seen her cousin Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids. In the intervening years Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed as Logan discovers that the secrets that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business. As Kelsey tries desperately to grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another. When Kelsey unravels in the most public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected and saving herself.
Join Logan on the roller coaster. Come backstage at a sold-out concert with tens of thousands of people waiting with bated breath. Race through the streets of Rome at midnight with a movie star. Take on the Vegas clubs like you’ve got nothing left to prove. Hold the millions captive with your gaze and dance like it’s the end of the world.
The storyline immediately drew me in to the inside story of what happens behind the scenes of a child star. While Kelsey is not a child, she began as a child star was managed by her parents. As a celebrity magazine junkie, who also happens to follow Perez Hilton (who is mentioned in the book), I felt I was reading the life of Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Miley Cyrus, and other child stars who start out in the industry wanting to make a mark but are soon placed inside a fish bowl for the world to see them basically grow up in the public eye.
Kelsey has driven parents and is really seen as a paycheck for those who work for her. Wanting more, but not quite knowing how to get that, Logan (her cousin) brings a little bit of home and self-acceptance in a way that she hasn’t had in quite awhile. Both authors, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, bring to life what happens to a person who is never out of the spotlight and who wants some normalcy in her life. Comparing indirectly the lives of two cousins, Logan and Kelsey, and bringing them together, was an interesting way to see how two children growing up together can take completely different paths in their lives and the choices made truly impact everything and everyone in their circle.
In my opinion, it was a very realistic portrayal of how quickly a childhood dream can become an adult nightmare, and how important it is to have those who truly care for you to keep you grounded and be in your inner circle. It is a story that also sheds light into the way parents good intentions can quickly become consumed with material riches and how it is easy to lose sight of what is most important: the happiness and health of their child. While shedding lights on the negatives, both authors also bring to light the privileges and benefits to hard work and talent.
It is a great read and one I would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys reading about pop culture, likes a good story without a fairy tale ending, and enjoys a great light read.
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