Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ARC Review Map To The Stars by Jen Malone

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23008726Map To The Stars
by Jen Malone 
Release date: 7/14/15
Format: eARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style. 
The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.
Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined. 
Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.
But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:

Map To The Stars follows Annie I-can't-remember-her-last-name, as she and her mom embark on a new journey, moving to LA and landing a job as Graham Cabot's makeup artist and assistant makeup artist. Where they go on a press tour with him. "love" ensues.

Were this a teen rom-com made-for-TV movie, hell had it been a movie I paid $13.50 to see in theaters, I would've loved it. But it was book. A book that just didn't stand out in any way shape or form. One word I can honestly say I use too much in reviews, and won't be using to describe this book, is unique.

Not be rude or completely disregard this book. It was fun. It was a nice, fun, kiss filled book. But there was no substance, no anything really. I did have fun reading it, at first. Then I got bored with the characters and the DRAMA.

Map To The Stars was predictable and not in a good way. I can honestly say I could pick out three or four books/movies that are exactly like this one except have a better main character. This main character, Annie, is as cliched as they come and her personality is about as thin as a piece of paper. Annie started out as a great character. Right off the bat you know this book is predictable and cliche but Annie seemed different. She was soft spoken, hated confrontation, and loved architecture. Unfortunately, a few chapters in she transforms into a standard female character. Meaning, she has no real personality, just the standard one of not a girly-girl, not into fandom, not into movie stars, is just "different" than "normal" girls. The kind that are kind of a trope at this point in YA.

The only thing I really loved about this one was Graham. He was a really good, but cliched, love interest. He's so sweet and lovable you can't not root for the boy. However, he is cliche. With "gold flecks in his eyes" and "too perfect to be true", and is Graham the only name that can be used for a movie star in a book? Cause, I'm sure I've heard it at least two other times. In fact, one of them is in a book very very similar to this one called This Is What Happy Looks Like that has a movie star/normal girl romance with the movie stars name as Graham... How does that happen? That shouldn't happen!

You know me, I'm all for the fluff, but I at least need unique characters I can root for. Not all too perfect guys and no personality girls, along with a plot that was copied from a Disney channel original movie. literally the whole plot was normal falls for movie star and they can't be together because...plot.

And don't even let me get started on the insta-love. It's so instantaneous that I think it needs a new name, is there something faster than instantaneous? If there is, that's what this is. They meet one time, scream at each other, and then are suddenly stealing sideways glances and having lunch and then, of course, he's hot and cold, she's just plain crazy and doesn't seem to understand anything about Hollywood. Like the girl didn't stop for two seconds to try and think things through, it went straight from "I hope he kisses me" to "he's a jerk" and he didn't even really do anything! And this goes on over and over again, seriously they aren't very smart.

Overall, this was a book that felt like the author had a formula of what needs to be in this kind of book and very carefully checked off every box with no personality and no voice. I thought I was going to recommend this and I do, if you want a really short fun read,  but honestly? I suggest This Is What Happy Looks Like over Map To The Stars any day.

Would I Recommend This? Kind of. A little? Maybe?
Who To? People...?
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably not.


  1. I've seen this one around and I've honestly had no desire to read it. Glad I followed my instincts on this, but sorry that you had to suffer through this. I probably would have to DNF it.

    1. I considered DNF-ing myself but with hoe much of a rip off it was, I wanted to see how it ended. Yeah, if had no desire to read it then I definitely would suggest staying away from it.

  2. Wow, my gut feeling on books this past week or so has been on point. Which is unusual for me. First, I knew Anne and Henry was NOT my jam, and it is not anyone's from the sounds of it. THEN I knew this book and I would not get along because it sounded like eye-rolling fluff, and BOOM, right again. Scary how this happens! I am pretty sure I would not have even been able to finish this one, so thanks for taking one for the team here ;)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. My gut feeling has been off apparently! It is eye rolling fluff and I love fluff! Yeah I'm not sure how I managed to finish it besides wanting to see if it could possibly get any worse. =)