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Publisher Comments:

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . . 

“Wit, pluck, darkness, pitch perfect period details, juicy twists, and big heart. This book is one to savor.”--Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe and Bright Young Things series

Every week they arrive in Los Angeles--beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It's all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she's discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She's more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative Pasadena family for a chance to light up the silver screen.

The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret—now Margo—is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-biz veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all--ambition, glamour . . . and dirty secrets. Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana's boyfriend—Margo's new co-star—may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.   

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

“Valley of the Dolls for a new generation.”—a TeenVogue.com  ‘Read During Spring Break’ selection

“If you're into T.V. dramas like Smash, or love the over-the-top fashion of The Great Gatsby, Starstruck will have you hooked!”—a Seventeen.com  ‘What to Read This Summer’ selection

 

Review:

"Set during the 1930s, this scintillating series opener shines the spotlight on three very different Hollywood hopefuls. Pasadena debutante Margaret Frobisher is discovered at a lunch counter and transforms into Olympus Studios' newest star, Margo Sterling; Gabby Preston spent her childhood performing vaudeville and now takes dangerous drugs to lose weight in her quest for a leading role; and redheaded bombshell Amanda Farraday hopes to hide her not-so-distant past as a paid escort. Through alternating chapters, the protagonists struggle with a controlling studio that dictates their wardrobe, diet, and romantic interests as they pursue the elusive dream of celebrity. Adult author Shukert, in her first book for teens, embeds a mystery at the heart of it all: where did glamorous Diana Chesterfield, the studio's biggest star, disappear to the night of her movie premiere? The characters are types, and Shukert doesn't shy from melodramatic writing ('They melted into each other's arms.... She couldn't tell where she ended and he began'), but this all fits well with the book's film backdrop. Readers will gladly immerse themselves in the almost mythological setting of Hollywood's Golden Age. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Rebecca Friedman, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“Wit, pluck, darkness, pitch perfect period details, juicy twists, and big heart. This book is one to savor.”--Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe and Bright Young Things series

A golden age of glam . . . 

Every week they arrive in Los Angeles--beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It's all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she's discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She's more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative Pasadena family for a chance to light up the silver screen.

The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret—now Margo—is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-biz veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all--ambition, glamour . . . and dirty secrets. Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana's boyfriend—Margo's new co-star—may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.   

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

 

About the Author

RACHEL SHUKERT is the author of Everything Is Going to Be Great, Have You No Shame?, and the Starstruck novels. She has been fascinated by the Golden Age of Hollywood since she was a girl, when she used to stay up all night watching old movies and fall asleep the next day at school. Rachel grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from New York University. She lives in New York City with her husband. Visit her at rachelshukert.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385741088
Author:
Shukert, Rachel
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Historical - General
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.52 x 6.19 x 1.22 in 1.01 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set during the 1930s, this scintillating series opener shines the spotlight on three very different Hollywood hopefuls. Pasadena debutante Margaret Frobisher is discovered at a lunch counter and transforms into Olympus Studios' newest star, Margo Sterling; Gabby Preston spent her childhood performing vaudeville and now takes dangerous drugs to lose weight in her quest for a leading role; and redheaded bombshell Amanda Farraday hopes to hide her not-so-distant past as a paid escort. Through alternating chapters, the protagonists struggle with a controlling studio that dictates their wardrobe, diet, and romantic interests as they pursue the elusive dream of celebrity. Adult author Shukert, in her first book for teens, embeds a mystery at the heart of it all: where did glamorous Diana Chesterfield, the studio's biggest star, disappear to the night of her movie premiere? The characters are types, and Shukert doesn't shy from melodramatic writing ('They melted into each other's arms.... She couldn't tell where she ended and he began'), but this all fits well with the book's film backdrop. Readers will gladly immerse themselves in the almost mythological setting of Hollywood's Golden Age. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Rebecca Friedman, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “Wit, pluck, darkness, pitch perfect period details, juicy twists, and big heart. This book is one to savor.”--Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe and Bright Young Things series

A golden age of glam . . . 

Every week they arrive in Los Angeles--beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It's all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she's discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She's more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative Pasadena family for a chance to light up the silver screen.

The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret—now Margo—is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-biz veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all--ambition, glamour . . . and dirty secrets. Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana's boyfriend—Margo's new co-star—may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.   

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

 

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