TITLE: Fame, Fate and the First Kiss

AUTHOR: Kasie West

Rating: ★★★☆☆

PAGES: 384

PUBLISHER: HarperTeen

TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult

GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance

The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West - The Contented ReaderLacey 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.

Review

Ever since reading my first Kasie West book last year, I’ve made it a mission to read all of her books. Before reading this one, I’ve read three of her books. Unfortunately, this one is not a favourite of mine.

Fame, Fate and the First Kiss is the second of three companion novels. Each book is a standalone, but characters from the books cross over in each story. This one follows Lacey, who is following her dream to be an actress. She’s working on the set of a movie with a super famous co-star. The story follows her navigating her new role, friendships, family and romance.

I’ll first say that I did enjoy the book. While it’s not my favourite, I didn’t think of stopping reading. Kasie West has a natural talent for writing. It’s super fluffy and cute and constantly leaves you reaching for the next page. With book blogging, it can sometimes become tiring to read so many books. Kasie West provides a wonderful reprieve from complex fantasies, and this book is no different.

But the story for me in this one was just kind of, blah. I didn’t really feel like much happened. I wasn’t overly connected to the characters either. They just kind of fell flat to me. However, I did enjoy the inclusion of Abby from the first companion book, Love, Life and the List. I also just found the romance to be a little bit dull. I’m used to feeling more from West’s stories.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable story. If you’re looking for something easy and light to read, it’s perfect for that. And if you’re a fan of Kasie West, certainly try it out. But it just doesn’t feel like a typical Kasie West book to me. It’s not one that will stick with me as a favourite.

People need to hear hard things sometimes to push them to be better.

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About The Author

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Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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