I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Map to the Stars by Jen Malone
Published by HarperCollins/HarperImpulse on July 14th 2015
Genres: 21st Century, Romance, Young Adult
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…
Map to the Stars, according to the Thesaurus of Aimee, is synonymous to the word no. There was just nothing in this book that stood out or made any sort of impact on me–except that it made me want to throw this book across the wall. Let’s put it this way:
1.) We have a butt-annoying heroine whose mouth I wanted to staple shut. Her “sass” just didn’t cut it for me. Said “sass” made her sound like a little kid who has no knowledge about the world of mature teenagers. She was also incredibly ignorant and (mostly) judgmental.
2.) There was this where-the-heck-did-that-come-from insta-attraction. What I mean is, the two main characters already felt “tingles” when they touched, “shyly” stared at each other and went on a lunch date during their SECOND meeting. Oh, and did I mention that they spent their FIRST meeting screaming at each other?
3.) I was rolling my eyes because of all the exaggerated “romantic” feelings. I’m okay with your regular, ohmigod he thinks I’m cute sort of thing because that totally happens to us all in real life, but ANNIE. She creeped me out with statements like:
“I blushed from head to foot.”
Please, elaborate for me. I want to learn about how this is possible.
“Okay, so I might be about to die, but I was going to do so holding hands with Graham Cabot.”
WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES, GIRL?
4.) Annie and Graham were both INCREDIBLY hot-and-cold (and basically inconsistent) characters. One minute they’re making out, and the very next Annie’s going, “Graham’s behavior was total bullshit.” I just… really could not with these people.
5.) Who the heck nicknames the girl they like as PICKLES? It’s not cute. It’s definitely not sexy. And it honestly doesn’t even make sense because Graham is the one who doesn’t like pickles.
Despite all those things, I really salute Jen Malone and her attempt to write a light contemporary. All the developments didn’t happen until the last 10% of the book, but I appreciated it nonetheless.
While this book was definitely not for me, I’d still recommend it to readers who are looking for a quick contemporary read, reminiscent of teen romance films, and are okay with the nickname “Pickles.”