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She was America's sweetheart until the love affair ended with a bang
Pop Tart - Kira Coplin
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Pop Tart - Kira Coplin
Advantages: A rollercoaster story
Disadvantages: Didn't warm to main character, unbelieveable story and events, disappointing ending
Jackie Reilly is a young and struggling make-up artist trying to make it big in Hollywood. When she is asked to do a one-off job for Brooke Parker, a young confident singer who's set to be the next big thing, Brooke takes a shine to her and she somehow ends up becoming her full-time make-up artist as well as her best friend.
But touring the world and facing the paparazzi and screaming fans begins to take it's toll on the sweet and innocent 16 year old Brooke, who soon begins to do what everyone does in Hollywood - drink, party, take drugs and hook up with boys. Her antics soon begin affecting those around her and when Brooke's world eventually collapses, she's taking Jackie down with her.
~ My opinion ~
I thought this book was going to be a great read as the blurb sounded interesting and the picture on the front cover of a young girl sucking on a lollipop made it look quite exciting too. To my disappointment though it wasn't really either interesting or exciting.
The book started off well with Jackie rushing to the hospital where Brooke was being transported to. We don't know why Brooke is being rushed to hospital so we can only think the worse for a young girl who has been thrown into the Hollywood spotlight and it makes you desperate to know what will happen at the end.
The whole story is about fame with the majority of it being set in Hollywood. I thought a lot of it was quite unrealistic such as the way some people spoke or acted and I just couldn't see Hollywood and celebrities being like that personally.
Throughout the book, Brooke's antics gradually get worse from boys, parties, alcohol and drugs and Jackie seems intent on joining her in her destruction. One part I did find strange though was that Jackie and Brooke were accused of 'getting a reputation for themselves' at a point in the book where they hadn't actually done anything yet and I'm not sure where this came from. It felt like I'd skipped a whole chapter in the book and a big part of their destructive behaviour had been missed out. To be quite honest, their behaviour could have been a lot worse. They only took drugs a couple of times and partying and drinking is the norm for young celebrities so I can't really blame them for that.
The exciting part that I was waiting for at the end of the book, Brooke's reason for being rushed to hospital, ended up being something completely stupid and not at all serious which just made the ending fall flat and I felt kind of cheated for waiting for so long for nothing to eventually happen.
The book is written from Jackie's perspective but I just couldn't really connect with her character. She wasn't a horrible person, she was perfectly nice in fact and didn't let the fact that she was America's sweetheart's best friend go to her head, but for some reason I just didn't warm to her throughout the whole book, which may be the reason why I didn't love it. Brooke, on the other hand, was a very sweet and likeable character because she's just a small town girl from Florida who knows nothing about fame and she never basks in the attention of being famous. I may have enjoyed it more if the book was written from Brooke's perspective rather than Jackie's as it would have given more of an insight into her feelings and reasons for her behaviour.
Despite all the negative things I've mentioned, the book was still quite enjoyable to read and it's bound to have been a rollercoaster of a story being all about fame and fortune. It's not the worst book I've ever read but I can't say that I would really recommend it to anyone else though.
Summary: I feel guilty writing a bad review as this was a present from hubby but this wasn't great!