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Starstruck (Starstruck #1)

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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
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ebook, 352 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Delacorte Press
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Mitch
Mar 18, 2013 Mitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-favorites
It was one of those nights in Hollywood, the kind that made gossip columnists and newspapermen and the announcers on newsreels say, "It was one of those nights in Hollywood."

The glamour and magic of old Hollywood may be gone, but Rachel Shukert's captured the spirit of the era so perfectly, it's almost as if the Golden Age of film lives on in the pages of Starstruck. My favorite historical fictions are those that feel like magic even though the plot of course calls for no real magic, simply beca
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Katherine
Just when you thought Old Hollywood was the big cheese, this book will have you totally rethinking what it meant to be a glamorous movie star back in the day. A darkly comedic but haunting look on how far people were willing to go to be a star.

Review coming soon!!!
Natalie
3.5 stars
Was this book on the verge of trashy? Yes. Did I enjoy every minute of it? Yes.

Starstruck follows three young starlets trying to make it in the Golden Age of Hollywood--the innocent Margo Sterling, who's always dreamed of being in the movies and can't wait to make it out of Pasadena; Gabby Preston, who's a veteran of the vaudeville circuit at sixteen and caught between the studio and her mother; and Amanda Farraday, whose stunning looks hide a dark past that she hopes to erase forever.
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Ms. Yingling
Margaret going to a finishing school in Pasadena in the 1930s and is obsessed with the Hollywood stars. Hanging out at Schwab's, she comes to the attention of a person at Olympus Pictures, and he invites her to come for a screen test. This doesn't go over well with her family, and when she is offered a contract, they tell her to never darken their door again. Since the glamorous Diana Chesterfield has gone missing, Olympus needs a new starlet for their historical epic, and Margaret is it. She is ...more
Katie
Aug 23, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this. Definitely more the kind of Hollywood book I've been looking for. And a 30's one! FUN!!!

I liked that it didn't shy away from the negative aspects of Hollywood, especially the ones in the 30's, though I kind of wanted a little more idealism, too. Which might've been solved if there were a more conclusive ending. I can't tell if the loose ends are left for a potential sequel or if I'm just demanding too much. I mean, I don't need everything resolved, but I needed more than thi
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Celeste_pewter
Feb 12, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chelsey
For those attracted to the glamour and lights of Hollywood, this will be a perfect read for you. We first meet Margaret, who becomes Margo later on, as she sits in a diner near the flashy streets of Hollywood. We soon learn that she is about to be discovered by one of Hollywood’s biggest names, Larry Julius. Margaret’s story turns into a story about three girls who are all trying to make names for themselves while pushing and shoving their way through the Hollywood lights, camera, and definitely ...more
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
I absolutely enjoyed reading Rachel Shukert's debut YA novel Starstruck! Set in the 1930s, Rachel Shukert sweeps you away into the glamorous world of Old Hollywood, where dazzling lights flash and future film stars are born seemingly overnight. I hadn't heard too much about Starstruck beforehand, but once I read the plot description, I was immediately captivated and just had to know more.

The lives of Margaret Frobisher, Gabby Preston, and Amanda Farraday are about to intertwine as they chase the
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Richard Kramer
Apr 03, 2013 Richard Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
INSIDE RACHEL CLOVER ... I use that headline because for me Rachel Shukert's novel (the first of a trilogy, which is very good news) compares to one of my favorite books of all time, which is: INSIDE DAISY CLOVER, by Gavin Lambert. Ms. Shukert tells the story of three very different girls
in Hollywood in the 30's, all of them starstruck not only by Hollywood itself but by a fantasized dream of themselves. Shukert knows
her way around the tangled freeways of the show business novel (and her sense o
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Sherrie
I'm a big fan of historical fiction and Starstruck fit the bill perfectly. Starstruck tells the story of three young women who have been raised in extremely different ways but who all have the same goal, to be a star. Margo Sterling comes from a wealthy, conservative Pasadena family who doesn't support her dreams of being on the big screen. Gabby Preston is the daughter of uber stage mom,Viola who pushes her daughter to the extreme while Amanda Farraday grew up in the dust bowl and moved to Cali ...more
Kim McGee
Mar 20, 2013 Kim McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect combination of historical fiction and young adult drama. Set in the glamorous Hollywood of the 30's when every little girl's dream was to be a young starlet up on the huge movie screen, Starstruck tells the story of three young hopefuls. Margo, Gabby and Amanda come from different backgrounds and each has to give up something for the price of being a movie star. If you liked the Flapper series, Bright Young Things, or the Luxe series you will enjoy Starstruck. Each girl has t ...more
Melody Grace
Mar 10, 2013 Melody Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, love, loved this book! I was totally swept away in the glamor and excitement of 1930s Hollywood, and all the thrilling insider rivalries and relationships. You really get to go behind the scenes of the movie industry in this fascinating period, and Shukert does a wonderful job balancing the historical details of the era with all the relatable drama of Margo, Gabby, and Amanda's journeys and ambition.

All the main characters were so well-drawn and interesting, and their dynamics were refr
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Lauren
Jul 03, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read Shukert's adult essay collections and, although the topic of her debut novel is vastly different, I could still recognize her sly humor and eye for detail. "Starstruck" is an amazing book, whether you read YA lit or not - full of all the glitter, glamour, and darkness of old Hollywood! I'm really hoping this is going to be a series, I'm not done with these characters and their world yet!
Jessica
Sep 19, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Un-putdownable. I can't wait to read the second book.
Rain
Apr 05, 2013 Rain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to the next two.
Lauren Morrill
Mar 12, 2013 Lauren Morrill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put Starstruck down! I loved the period details, the saucy characters, and the DRAMZ! So soapy, so fun. I can't wait for the next one!
sarah
Mar 20, 2013 sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read my review on Forever Young Adult:

http://foreveryoungadult.com/2013/03/...
Samantha
Mar 05, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, LOVED this book!
Kelsie
May 16, 2017 Kelsie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in 1930's Old Hollywood and centered around three girls, at first, the writing was reminiscent of Anna Godbersen's Bright Young Things trilogy about the 1920's -- which I really enjoyed. However, it seemed to lose its pacing around the 65% mark. Although I didn't particularly love any of the characters, the time period was fun to read about, with the pharmacy, soda fountain, and debutante balls. In fact, I think I preferred the Pasadena setting over the Hollywood one. Eventually I will conti ...more
Aurora
Apr 08, 2013 Aurora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-g-series
Name of Book: Starstruck

Author: Rachel Shukert

ISBN: 978-0-385-74108-8

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Type of book: 1938, Hollywood, glamor, glitz, dark side, hidden secrets, past, mystery, star, survival

Year it was published: 2013

Summary:

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
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Abbie
Jun 16, 2017 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I didn't have high hopes for this book. It's been sitting on my shelf for years, but I didn't expect much from it so it continued to sit. I'm glad I finally picked it up though, because it was a fun Hollywood read full of glamor, intrigue, drama, and even social commentary.
LJ
Oct 05, 2013 LJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Maggie
Mar 18, 2013 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ebook, library-book, 2014
This is a difficult review for me to write because I by and large mostly just review young adult books here and, even though this is a young adult book, for the most part I didn’t think it read like a young adult book at all. There were YA themes like figuring out who you want to be, removing your rose-colored glasses, and finding your first love, but all of it was set against the very mature world of 1930′s Hollywood that I thought it read more like an adult novel than a YA novel. All of which ...more
Samantha Morefield
4.5 stars
Elle!
Apr 08, 2013 Elle! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ten Cents a Dance, Bright Young Things Readers
Recommended to Elle! by: Barnes and Nobles.
She came a fan girl. She left a star....


In Hollywood, everything is a production. Even your life.

Your life is yours no longer. You belong to Olympus. You heart belongs to Olympus. So does your mind, your body and your soul. You are part of a machine for a company, you sell dreams but hide nightmares.

Every once in a while when I am wowed by a book. I abandon my format and just free type. so on to my review.

The magic of Hollywood begins.... Boom!!! You are Gabby Preston the girl with the stage mot
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Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Did not finish 4/1/13
Source: Sent to me by Random House for review & promotion of Screen Free Week

The book wasn't bad, don't get me wrong - It just was not clicking with me at all. I couldn't get into the story, I wasn't fitting in with time period, and I wasn't connecting with the characters. I think it's a great idea but it just wasn't the book for me!

Despite my frustrations with picking up a book and deciding not to finish, I actually really like writing DNF reviews for a very specific r
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Emma
Jun 28, 2013 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Starstruck by Rachel Shukert
Grade: C+
Summary: 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 Hollywo
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Rachel
Apr 04, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
As a big fan of historical fiction books and old movies, Starstruck seemed like the perfect book for me. When I read the summary for the first time, I'm pretty sure I squealed with delight. It sounded so wonderful and glamorous, and I couldn't wait to dive in. I realized early on that Starstruck was going to be just as amazing as I thought it would be.

The story alternates from the perspectives of three different girls, and each one of them is so wildly different from the others. They all have to
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Estelle
Apr 16, 2013 Estelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

One minute, Margaret is making her way through a crowd at a Hollywood premiere, trying to see her favorite movie stars. And the next she is having her very own screen test at Olympus Studios. As Margaret, she has a poster of Dane Forrest in her bedroom, and as Margo Sterling, she is acting right beside him.

All the reading Margo does in the gossip rags back home in no way prepares her for what Hollywood is really like. Everyone may loo
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Rachel Shukert is the author the the critically acclaimed memoirs Everything Is Going To Be Great and Have You No Shame? Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Salon, McSweeney's, Slate, Gawker, the Daily Beast, Heeb, and Nerve, and been featured on National Public RAdio. She has also contributed to a variety of anthologies, including Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and ...more
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