It’s the ultimate chick-lit romp when a teen movie star finds herself cast with two of the hottest young actors around.
Emma has been having serious bad luck with cheating boyfriends, with all the drama publicized in the celebrity media. She despairs of ever finding true romance. The problem: She’s had a long-distance crush on famous actor Brett for years, but she’s instantly attracted to Jake, a male model whom her best friend back home in Arkansas, Rachel, has been crushing on. Now Emma, Brett and Jake will work together on a new TV series that promises plenty of on-screen romance. In real life, Jake turns out to be down-to-earth and quite nice. Though she’s lost interest in Brett, the paparazzi manage to keep catching them in seemingly romantic encounters. While the world thinks she’s in love with Brett, her relationship with Jake steams up behind the scenes. And when Rachel visits, expecting Emma to set her up with Jake, the pot really starts to boil. Finnegan divides the chapters between Emma and Jake, keeping the plot moving at a good clip. Emma and Jake come across as attractive not just in looks, but in personality too, and the rest of the cast provides spice.
Readers who’ve logged plenty of Disney Channel hours should enjoy this inside look at celebrity life. (Chick-lit romance. 12-16)