The Beautiful Idols saga continues as the competitive Hollywood teens deal with the consequences of Madison’s murder.
It turns out that Hollywood it girl Madison is not actually dead, but the LAPD remains convinced that Aster murdered her—after all, Aster was found with a dress soaked in Madison’s blood. Aster is, of course, innocent of the crime, so when she’s released on bail, she decides to investigate the murder with her friend Layla, compromising herself with a series of break-ins. Meanwhile, the romances among all the other young people continue, with frequent but always completely sincere partner switches. Mateo needs to make money to take care of his cancer-stricken little sister, so he instantly becomes a successful model. Tommy attracts the attention of music promoters and gets a good start on his career, moving into a high-end apartment before he makes any actual money. Journalist Trena follows the murder story and starts to receive threatening anonymous messages with pages from Madison’s diary, which reveals that Madison lied about her past. As in series opener Unrivaled (2016), all characters have supermodel looks and personalities that fit the trendy, uber-competitive setting, occasional references to brown skin and ethnic names doing little to supply a real sense of diversity. Noël emphasizes romance and emotional turmoil perhaps more than her mystery but ends with another cliffhanger; clearly, yet another overlong tome awaits.
Chick lit to the max for those who want it. (Chick lit. 14-18)