Review: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Review: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West is a book all about acting with a side of mystery. I enjoyed the creative premise and the passionate main character. I would definitely recommend this one as a cute and quick read for the summer.

Review: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie WestTitle: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
Author: Kasie West
Also by this author: P.S. I Like You
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part.

But Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture perfect as she imagined. She’s having trouble bonding with her costars, her father has hired the definition of a choir boy, Donavan Lake, to tutor her, and somewhere along the way she’s lost her acting mojo. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her.

As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.

With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.

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Review: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

This book follows Lacey, an actress who has just landed her first lead role in a movie. However, there isn’t much chemistry between her and her co-star, and mishaps are constantly occurring on set. On top of this, Lacey is falling behind with her homework, and her dad takes it upon himself to hire a tutor. I love any book that features acting/movie sets, so I knew I was going to love this one. I found that the sabotage adds some intrigue, albeit it is a bit predictable. I appreciate the efforts made to spice up the novel, but it feels borderline Scooby Doo. This was really my only complaint about the book, however, as it is such an entertaining read with a fresh movie set setting.

❀ Realistic Main Character

I really enjoyed Lacey’s character and how realistic her actions are. She is an actress, but she definitely isn’t perfect. She doesn’t keep up with school, and she lets the opinions of the public get to her. I liked how Lacey is always trying to improve herself, both in her career and as a person. When there is a problem, such as the lack of chemistry on set, she tries her best to resolve it and learn from it. As well, she has a voice that is appropriate for her age, and this makes her more believable as a character.

❀ Fresh and Fast-Paced

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West is a fresh and fast-paced novel about acting. I enjoyed the movie set setting as well as the dedicated and realistic main character. As far as Kasie West books go, this one does not disappoint, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

About Kasie West

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I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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18 thoughts on “Review: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    Sounds cute and sweet, and actorish! Her covers are always instantly recognizable as hers, and they are always cute. CUTENESS ABOUNDS

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