Star Attraction, Vanessa Stubbs
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
This book took me by surprise, I was expecting something light and fluffy, an easy fun read, but what I got was so much more! A pleasure to read 🙂
Madison usually is a political/serious journalist, but recently has been struggling to get her copy in the top sections, then she gets told to interview Jamie Hall. He’s the current medai sensation – the person everyone wants a piece of, and she’s already upset that he’s in top pages, while her piece about a young and promising tennis player who’s become a double amputee, and is struggling day to day has been cut to its minimum and lost in back sections…That’s what so often annoys me about news media – top stories go to footballers who’ve made record transfer fees, Royals who’ve split with boyfriend/girlfriend, “stars” who’ve been admitted to addiction clinics, caught out drunk and abusive – stuff like that while real news, murders, elections, starving people – get relegated to inside pages if at all. Recently we’ve seen 230 kidnapped 3rd world schoolgirls, the organisation that has them says they’ll be sold as slaves, and yet “fluff” stories still feature well ahead of something like this. So I feel for Madison, and her anti celebrity stance, and as we learn more about her I understand her problems but can also see her friends POV…
The interview with Jamie doesn’t do well and her employers are furious…then things happen, she gets to see a different side of him by accident, and he’s pleased to find someone honest, who isn’t swayed by the media hype. For a very brief time they seem to have a connection and are very close, then things go wrong – very wrong, for both of them.
I felt for them both, carried along by hype, pressured by others, and losing sight of what they really want. Its a great insight into what makes people tick under the surface, what problems lie behind the façades we present. I really enjoyed it as both a beautiful romance and an interesting and well thought out look at the problems surrounding both of them.
Stars: Four – a great read and one to savour not to rush.
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