Friday, 17 October 2014

Starlet's Man

Written by: Carla J. Hanna
Format: Kindle
Pages: 256
Purchase From: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Lights, Cameras, and Lies. 
High school student athlete, Manny Biro, is caught between the boy he should be and the man he wants to become.

Everyone around him accepts the Hollywood life. He doesn't. Manny wants no part of acting. On the surface, his childhood best friends seem to have it all: money, power, success. Between the lines, they are all confused. Alan is a messed up want-to-be director focused on pushing scenes to their sexy potential. Beth is an athlete driven to escape from a dark past. Janet is Manny's kid sister caught up in fashion and trends. And Marie is a lonely actress exhausted by the culture that makes everyone's favorite stories.

What is the price of fame for all the characters? Conflicts and truths will unfold in this thought-provoking installment of Carla Hanna's young adult Starlet Series, Starlet's Man.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Starlet's Man is the newest book in the award winning Starlet Series by Carla J. Hanna. It is the fourth installment in the series but is set before the series begins, making it a prequel novel, it gives a clearer understanding of the characters within the series. The thing that drew me in about this book was the idea of a how fame and fortune was woven into the story, because it sounded intriguing and something that I personally have never read before. So all in all I was completely excited to see how this book would turn out and whether or not it would be something I completely adore. 
"The focus on coupling is just social insecurity. I want love. I'm patient. I am a diamond and won't be costume jewelry to any guy."
Going into the book it became clear that there was another hidden message that makes the book stand out and that is the influence of Christianity and how it affects the actions of the main character. Manny looks to his religion when he feels insecure or when he is confused on how to act. Again this idea is something which I personally have never read before so I found it a compelling and refreshing idea that really helped me connect with Manny, as I felt that he was a little more realistic and developed. Having said this I personally do not follow Christianity so in some points I felt a little lost as too where the story was going. Not to mention it could sometimes feel a little overdramatic or childish when it came to the characters that didn't follow Christianity because it felt like all their actions were mean and disrespectful. But I don't know whether that was due to there being a big contrast in characters or just me not really understanding what was going on. 
The kiss brought a wave of energy carrying love and triumph. It meant nothing and everything.
While some aspects of the book was lost to me, I really enjoyed the writing, the character development and loved how easy it was to get lost in the book. The writing is very descriptive with not a lot of dialogue, but I liked that because it was something new for me to get stuck into. I really understood how confused and lost Manny was when it came to girls. He seemed to love everyone but didn't feel he deserved any of them also. When I thought it was the other way around, the girls he loved didn't deserve him. I really loved that because it made Manny a lot more relate-able and lovable as a character. You just wanted to help him and love him because he was just so sweet and his values and beliefs were so morally right, yet he couldn't really catch a break. Having said this, there were times when I was slightly confused by Manny and his intentions. Sometimes I wasn't so sure as too what he was thinking, even though we are reading from his perspective.
Manny sighed. He leaned foward. The man he wanted to be and the boy he was being were disconnected. 
All in all, I felt that Starlet's Man was a really compelling and interesting read. Some ideas were lost on me because I felt that while in some cases the character's shined in other cases they seem really childish and immature which was due to the influence of Christianity and the overdramatisation of certain aspects. Having said this I loved how different this book was to the books I normally read and I really connected with Manny and how vulnerable and lost he seemed in the beginning of the book but how sure of himself at the end. Overall this book is a really good introduction to the series and really encourages you to delve into the world of the Starlet. It was a really interesting read and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast read that can inspire you with good values and beliefs on Love and how to treat people you love.

Starlet's Man (The Starlet, #0.5)