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Love Me (Starstruck #2)

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

Amanda is heartbroken. She's tried, but she can't get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn't the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry's got one too.

Margo has to pinch herself: there'
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press
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Lauren Morrill
Jun 17, 2013 Lauren Morrill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy smokes I love this series. It's Gossip Girl set in 1930s Hollywood, yet classier and with more sass. Totally un-put-downable!
Richard Kramer
Mar 08, 2014 Richard Kramer rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I AM Rachel Shukert, but when I'm not, I read this book, the second in her STARSTRUCK series, and I mean this without
a trace of facetiousness when I say this is to STARSTRUCK what THE GODFATHER 2 was to the GODFATHER, in that the artist (Ms. Shukert) is so secure in the mythology she built in the first work that she can spring from it in the second into something richer, darker, unexpected, which is just what she's done here. This is an original installment in an original series
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VictoriaSong
Please, please, please Rachel Shukert, please write more books in this series. Thank you :D
Sincerely,
Your newest Starstruck fan !_!
Larissa
Jan 31, 2014 Larissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This will review will sadly have to be a mini one, as I was so underwhelmed and left with a feeling of indifference by 'Love Me' that I can't write a full length review.

the good-

- Like the previous in the series Rachel continues to capture Hollywood’s Golden Age quite well. The overwhelming control the studios had over their talent is evident and the book portrays this well. It digs deep into the darker side and doesn't just focus on the glitz and glam. When I was reading this book I truly felt
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Juhina
Mar 02, 2014 Juhina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Me picks up right after Starstruck ended and I was so excited to dive back into this Hollywood 1930s setting. I couldn't wait to see where things would go for Margo and especially with her and Dane as well as the two girls that completed this trilogy's multiple POV structure. I have to say, I picked up Love Me mainly for Margo but I couldn't help but get invested in Gabby's wellbeing. I did have a few issues with this book and that is mainly how I somehow became very nervous whenever ...more
Lauren
Oct 03, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
"Love Me", indeed! Shukert's newest starts where "Starstruck" left off, following three young women caught up in the movie industry in the late '30's. The second (and hopefully not last!) book in this addictive series showcases not only the glitter and glamour of the golden age of Hollywood, but the sordid underbelly as well. No one did excess as stylishly as the movie stars of yore, and Shukert lovingly describes each indulgence, down to the last gold spangle and designer bugle bead. But it's ...more
CiderandRedRot
The book where all those characters you rooted for in the first novel slowly become kinda assholes? Still readable as hell and with a delightfully assured sense of place & period (albeit in a Gossip Girl style, which in this instance is no bad thing), but feels more like one of a series instead of a contained narrative. That said, it was nice to see a bit of the New York method school creeping in around the edges of the Hollywood dream factory. More more more!
Jess
Jul 14, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it
Jumping straight into the world made this one so much better to read for me.

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Cait
This book just dragged me in so fast, I'd look up and be another 20% through the book. It's just so well researched, and I really love how all the stories are starting to intertwine.
Celeste_pewter
Oct 25, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars, for a serious amount of old Hollywood glamour and awesome. I started the ARC at 11:30 PM, and finished at 1:30 AM. Completely worth it.

Review to come closer to release date.
Celeste_pewter
Mar 18, 2014 Celeste_pewter rated it it was amazing
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Becky
Mar 02, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
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Love Me is the sequel to Rachel Shukert's Starstruck. I enjoyed Starstruck. I am not sure if I enjoyed Love Me as much. On the one hand, I could not put it down. I kept cheating. I would go to the end of the book, read a bit, and then go back to where I was. I don't ever really do that. So it did keep my interest, which, I suppose, is a good thing, right?! My favorite character is NOT a main character.

On the other hand, I found myself yelling at the characters from start to finish. I also found
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Estelle
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

What struck me the most in Love Me is just how much Margo, Gabby, and Amanda were willing to sacrifice for what they wanted. Margo wants to be well-known in the industry — a leading lady, while Gabby wants to be seen as a woman with needs and true talent, and Amanda just wants to be in love with her man and be taken care of.

Margo allows her relationship with Dane gradually dwindle because of her ambition (but she still remains so sweet) and she l
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Nikki
Feb 19, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

This book started right off from where Starstruck left off. Margo is living the dream where she is a famous movie star about to be nominated for an Oscar. Her boyfriend is one of the hottest and most famous men in America. All her dreams have come true. That is, if her secret with Dane doesn't get out to the public. If it does, her whole career will be ruined.

Gabby wants more than what show biz has to offer. She wants people to love her for her, not for being fa
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Elle!
Apr 25, 2014 Elle! rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Flappers Series
Recommended to Elle! by: Myself;)
Sigh.

Pacing: Imagine you see someone tiptoeing toward you from ten miles away in a desert. You see them coming but you now they are taking their time. Seven hours later, they arrive in front of you. They raise their hand and WHAP! You get slapped in the face and the weirdo just trudges away. The pacing is like that. Slow with an explosive ending that’s rather strange and oddly ironic.

First Sentence: Movie people were used to being up to the crack of dawn.

Plot: Love Me started off with a bang. O
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Marina Silva
Sep 27, 2016 Marina Silva rated it really liked it
I honestly think that the beginning was dry, but as you get to the end things start to happen
Emma
Feb 03, 2014 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Love Me by Rachel Shukert
Grade: C+
Release date: February 11, 2014
I received this e-galley from NetGalley and Delacorte BFYR in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Amanda is heartbroken. She's tried, but she can't get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn't the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry's got one too.

Margo has to pinch herself: there's talk
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Chelsey
Feb 27, 2014 Chelsey rated it really liked it
I am so pleased with the second book in this series! The first one was amazing and this one was not better than the first, but kept me just as entertained and intrigued as the first one did for sure! The time period is to die for; any book set in the 1920’s-1930’s is sure to be at the top of my To-Be-Read list. The drama and the action that Margo, Gabby, and Amanda land themselves in is always enough to keep me entranced and usually mad at one of them for the decisions they make! I mean what ...more
Missie
Sep 23, 2014 Missie rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive both Starstruck and Love Me in a giveaway and I read them pretty much back to back, so I stayed familiar and involved with the story. Love Me continues right where Starstruck left off.

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I really liked where the story continued, the development of Margo, Gabby and Amanda in the first book continued in the book and we really got to see all sides to their lives and personalities.
This book felt a bit like Gossip Girl in the 1930s. I loved the movie tabloids that are
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Diane Ferbrache
It’s 1939. In Hollywood, the studios still control the stars, but the stars are getting restless. Amanda is keeping a terrible secret, and her would-be boyfriend is avoiding her. Gabby is trying a little too hard to get out from under the restrictions the studio and her mother have put on her by spending time with jazz musicians. Plus, her drug use is getting out of hand. Margo misses out on the Oscar nomination, but hits the jackpot when the studio plans a wedding for her.
The back of the cove
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Cmrice
Feb 12, 2015 Cmrice rated it liked it
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Love Me mixes soap opera-style drama and intrigue with Old Hollywood, which makes for a very gossipy, yet somewhat dark read. Although everyone looks perfect and proper to the adoring public, behind the scenes the rampant drug and alcohol abuse, romantic relationships and breakups, family drama, and scheming to get to the top of the industry are taking their toll on everyone.

The author does a great job of setting the scene by filling her story with mentions of actors who were actually famous du
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Bethany Huang
Feb 28, 2014 Bethany Huang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally when I pick up books that include the words "Hollywood" and "drama" in them, I automatically dismiss them as fictional tabloids disguised as literature, like Gossip Girl or The A-List. But then I read this book and it astounded me. I am the pickiest of all readers, but this broke my book ratings scale. The plot was perfectly orchestrated- it tugged at every possible heartstring with each earnest sentence, made me love and sympathize with the characters, and then shocked me so deeply I ...more
Ramie
When I finished this book, I was torn as to wether or not it was better than/ worse than/ or the same as Starstruck. In the end I decided it is in some ways superior, in some ways not quite as good, but overall still a 5 (or maybe more like 4.5).

The first book was more focussed on Margo. This, I think was meant be to Amanda heavy, but it was a bit more balanced than Starstruck in the time it gave the different girls.

It is basically Mean Girls or Gossip Girl set in the golden age of Hollywood. T
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Love Me
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Gabby is a sixteen year old Hollywood actress in the 1930's or is she? She is not really sure her age, her Mom hid her original birth certificate a few years ago.

Gabby like many other former stars is discovering who she is, and what it is to be loved for who she really is. She wants people to love her for her, and not because she is a star. The way she feels her Mother does.

Her Friend Margo is soon to be married, and Gabby is falling in love with herself, with
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Kelly Hager
Jan 21, 2014 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I love the characters and the concept. I feel like most of us love movies, right? And what could be more glamorous than being a movie star? Except, probably, for being a movie star in the 1930s?

This book is just as juicy and fun as Starstruck. The first book wasn't exactly cheerful (it showed how Hollywood isn't maybe as fun and perfect as one might imagine) but this book shows just how quickly things fall apart.

This book also seemed to focus
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Natalie
Slightly trashy, surprisingly smart fun, this second book in the Starstruck series follows Margo, Gabby, and Amanda through the treacherous world of 1930's Hollywood. This series is packed with historic detail, conveying both the glamour and the darker side of Golden Age Hollywood, and Shukert writes in a style that both captures the atmosphere of the period and keeps the reader hooked as the book leaps from scandalous event to scandalous event. However, this book felt a little like a ...more
Natasha
This novel is like reading the script for an old black and white movie but with the stories of the actors added in.

Rachel Shukert writes the era like she has lived it - as one of the beautiful people she writes about so well.

This book is a wonderful 'escape' book - where none of the problems in our lives have gone away but where it makes them easier to deal with knowing that there are others who we consider to be more fortunate then ourselves who are dealing with so much worse.

The best phrase I
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Sherrie
Love Me the second book in the Starstruck Series had more drama and plot twists than its predecessor. In this book the three young women from the first book Margo, Gabby and Amanda are slowly turning into unlikable Hollywood Divas. Gone are the wide eyed young women dreaming of having their chance of the big screen and supporting each other as they fight their way to the top. In this latest installment it's every woman for herself. Even though I didn't have much sympathy for the characters in ...more
Kristen McDermott
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and the second is a perfectly pleasant read, but it does suffer a bit from sophomore slump. Our three heroines are churning their wheels a bit, with dramas and dilemmas that seem a little over-engineered. As characters, Amanda, Margo, and Gabby were more interesting when they were clawing their way to stardom. Faced with the inertia of the studio system and the limited availability of love interests in their small world, their choices seem ...more
Written&Read
May 26, 2014 Written&Read rated it really liked it
I know I'm a little late in the game reading this, but I suppose I would say it was worth the wait. This was one of those books that I read that felt like nothing really happened--more like it just meandered along and gave the readers insight into the characters' lives. I guess this, in a way, made it superbly realistic. There was nothing too dramatic or cliche to be found; it was more a portrayal of the day-to-day live for three 1930s hollywood starlets. And if you like that kind of thing, then ...more
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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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