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Star Island (Skink #6)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  11,929 ratings  ·  1,756 reviews
Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (née Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteen—and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.

Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her “undercover stunt double,” Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too “indisposed”—meaning wasted—to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2010)
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Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

I dunno. Carl Hiaasen used to be one of my favorites, but his recent novels seem awfully light. Carl's schtick is to infuse specificity and detail into an almost endless series of wacky incidents, some plot-related, some thrown in just for fun, like this: "Jack Bogsworth was decapitated in mid-sentence while arguing with a former spouse on an iPhone in the driver's seat of his 2009 convertible Corvette while driving on Interstate 95 by a flying miniature dachshund which
Tracy Lee
Just getting a little burned out on the Hiassen forumla. Woman in Trouble: she's intelligent, good looking, smarter than people give her credit for, and someone has wronged her, she's fighting the system somehow that wants to keep her down. The Bad Guy(s): bumbling fools that you loathe, creeps, and that are probably somehow polluting the Florida environment (but not always). They are out to take advantage of the Woman in Trouble somehow - steal her money, blackmail her, force her to do a job fo ...more
Rachel Reynolds
I've never met a Carl Hiassen book that I didn't like. Star Island was no exception. His books are funny, quirky, and chock full of pop culture references. Some criticisms of his books cite the "sameness" found from one story to the next but I see them as lively variations on a theme. Each Hiaasen book has the same elements: the strong and witty heroine, the overweight slimeball, the fraudulent property developer, a colorful mix of supporting characters, and (of course) "the governor" himself. I ...more
Abigail Allen
This is the first Carl Hiaasen book I've read, and I didn't really enjoy it. I could tell that it was meant to be a biting satire of the celebrity world and our society's obsession with it, but I just found all the characters and situations so ridiculously over the top that it did not appeal to me at all. Even the names were over the top: Cherry Pye, Ann DeLucia, Chemo, that country singer Presley Aaron, who I guess was a nod to Elvis.

I enjoy a story that has interesting characters that I can i
James Thane
This is another very engaging book from Carl Hiaasen. On the surface, it's hilariously funny, but as is usually the case with Hiaasen's books, lurking just below the surface is a serious dose of moral outrage. As usual, Hiaasen's targets include the real estate schemers, financiers and others who are laying waste to Florida in the name of "progress," but in Star Island, the author also skewers the superficial celbrity culture of the day.

Jailbait Records recording star Cherry Pye (who was born Ch
Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite writers and while Star Islands fits Hiaasen's normal formula, wacky characters in ridiculous circumstances somewhere in the wilds of South Florida, this story lacked heart.

Characters from previous books are brought back and save the story. Chemo, last seen in Skinny Dip and if you haven't read it, read it before Star Island or Chemo's place in this story and his unusual appendage don't make sense and Skinny Dip, it's Hiaasen at his absolute best.

Skink, the fo
I can always count on Hiassen to make me laugh out loud with his zippy lines and totally inane characters. The author hardly disguises his snarky view on modern day pop music and Hollywood culture. And rightfully so.

It perhaps goes on about 50 pages too long, but that's about my only complaint.

After a week reading about adulterous, homicidal husbands, child serial killers, vengeful KGB agents, sociopathic scientists and a mind invading, amorphous alien at the bottom of the ocean, this one provid
Derek Dowell
Lauded for the past two decades as the quintessential Florida writer, Carl Hiaasen didn't have any competition for a long, long time. There were a few other locals toiling on the edges of obscurity. Some guy in Tampa named Tim Dorsey trying to gain traction with a sociopathic serial killer named Serge Storms as a main character. A little farther south, near Sanibel, a gent by the name of Randy Wayne White was beginning to flex his literary muscles with a character, Doc Ford, who must have been t ...more
Okay, the reason many people, myself and my wife included, read Hiaasen's mysteries is because he creates interesting, often unique, characters, his writing is seriously funny, and he often addresses human stupidity, crassness, scams, and ecological issues. His writing is also light and fast to read. The stories vary in their complexity, but that is not usually the overriding point in selecting to read a Hiaasen mystery.

That said, Star Island, has all of the good points noted above. Fun characte
If you've never read Hiaasen before, then you need to understand: this is exactly what he does. he does not hold back, he ramps up the zany to just short of implausible, he takes no prisoners, and he runs the filth all the way up to 11.

And it's almost always a heck of a lot of fun.

This time out he's got his vicious pen focused right at celebrity culture, paparazzi, the excess of the manufactured and useless people and he loads up on all of them with unrelenting glee. You get all of the horrible
I hate to say it, but I am finally getting tired of Carl Hiaason. I was wildly in love with his writing when he first began, but sadly, his writing has fallen into the trap of so many "continued" sagas.

Even though this particular book featured two of my all-time favorite characters, Skink, the former governor of Florida (for about 15 minutes) who lives in his camp, and uses roadkill for food. And my favorite villain, the 6'9" tall pizza faced Chemo.

But it's Hiaason's use of Chemo that showed me
Carl Hiaasen creates memorable characters, weaves a farcicial plot, and continues to share his love for Florida's vanishing wetlands and wild places. Cherry Pye is a teenage talentless celebrity who's gone off the rails with drugs and alcohol. Her parents have hired Anna DeLuisa, a body double and actress, to take Cherry's place at publicity events when Cherry is too trashed to make an appearance. Claude Abbott is a paparazzo trying to get the money-maker shot. Enter Chemo, Cherry's new body gua ...more
What can I say? When it comes to Carl Hiaasen, things go better with Skink. Star Island is no exception. The somewhat deranged ex-governor is one of the few characters with which, as a reader, I can feel an affinity or any empathy. Although I can’t imagine submerging myself in an alligator-infested swamp to avoid State Troopers or living in a campsite structured around the rusting hulk of a NASCAR automobile, I am attracted to the idea that this marvelous character abdicated his role in society ...more
Lance Charnes
May 30, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of South Florida crime insanity
Carl Hiaasen returns to form by switching up. Star Island gives the author's despoliation-of-Florida theme a rest by providing him with another target for his considerable store of outrage: pop celebrity.

The chief offender is Cheryl "Cherry Pye" Bunterman, a teenage Britney manque with a singing voice "like a sack of starving kittens" and a dysfunctional entourage that enables (and covers up) her many assaults on common sense. Her perfect foil is overweight, self-deluded paparazzo Bing Abbott. T
It's been a very long time since I first read Tourist Season, but Hiaasen's viciousness towards the venal and corrupt stupid infesting his beloved Florida has not abated one bit. Now his ire is focused on wild celebrities and the people who prey on them. No, it's not really Hiaasen at his best, but it's a polished, scabrous romp through a particularly repulsive underbelly.

We have a corpulent, sweaty paparazzi; a spoiled, out-of-control, barely talented pop star; her put-upon stand-in whose exist
OK Carl does not disappoint with this romp through the shallow world of South Beach show biz types and the paparazzi. It's fast and funny and drops so many real names of film and music people that Carl must be on very good terms with most of them or else he has very good lawyers! It's a quick read that had me laughing out loud which all too rare these days. Highly recommended, but I'd suggest reading earlier works so that you enjoy some of the reprised characters more.
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Brilliantly crafted satirical tour of pop celebrity that's dead on and laugh out loud funny. Hiaasen's slashing wit, uniquely insane characters and tightly drawn prose enrich my life!
Ughh- Can I say that I HATED this book? HATED. Which is not a word I use for books often. I should have quit reading it, but for some odd reason I just didn't. The book is full of disgusting characters with disgusting habits (drugs, alcohol, weird sex fetishes) and very few characters have even a shred of decency.
Star Island tells the story of zero-talent, blond, pop princess Cherry Pye, her entourage, which includes a huge handful of repulsing individuals, a dirty photographer and Cherry's sta
Gail Cooke
You know what they say confession is good here I go: I'm a huge fan of Carl Hiaasen, hence this probably will not be an unbiased review. He always makes me smile, and I'm constantly amazed by his imagination, his productivity. After all, this is an author who not only pens bestsellers, but popular children's books, and writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald. If he has a vitamin regime – hope he'll share it.

Second, there is another admission: I'm about to become a fan of Stephen Ho
Carl Hiaasen is at his gleefully twisted, cheerfully maniacal best in Star Island, which was released in paperback earlier this year. He has once again unleashed his clear-eyed vision of people and their foibles, this time in the fertile fields of no-discernible-talent celebrities and the parasites surrounding them.
Cherry Pye is a character everyone will recognize - she could be any number of hard-partying girls in Hollywood who seem to be famous for nothing more than drinking, drugging, rehab,
A spoiled, talentless, young celebrity needs a scary, killer bodyguard, two dismal excuses for parents, a couple of surgically enhanced twins for publicists, and still can't be kept from self-destructing. So one of the most important tools is her stand-in, her double who shows up for the media when Cherry Pye herself is having yet another bout of “gastric distress.”

Mr. Hiaasen again uses Florida as his literary playground and again has a complete cast of bizarre, deranged characters, some of the
Rob Kitchin
Star Island is the latest comic crime caper novel from Hiassen. Like the books preceding it, the story is populated by larger than life characters acting out a slightly surreal satire on modern society. Star Island takes a swipe at today’s manufactured celebrity culture and the role of the media and paparazzi. With the exception of the governor and Chemo (the bodyguard), unfortunately Hiassen’s characters seem entirely plausible as does the twisted storyline. Indeed, Hiassen does a relatively go ...more
Carl does it again! One of the best comedic novelists out there. I laughed out loud a bunch of times while reading this. It makes a mockery out of celebrity status and those who can't handle it and go off the deep end (a la Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan). In this case it's a young female musical artist who has marginal singing talent but has propelled herself to stardom by other means. It also satirizes the papparazzi who follow them around relentlessly in pursuit of the "money shot" that wil ...more
Hiaasen, Carl. STAR ISLAND. (2010). ***. I am usually a big Hiaasen fan, and have followed his writings from his first book on. This novel, along with a few of his last ones, contributes little more to his appeal. He has become formulaic, which is OK, but disappointing to his fans. The story here is about “stars” and the paparazzi who follow them about, hoping for candid shots that they can sell to the star magazines and newspapers. Our star in this novel is Cherry Pye, nee Cheryl Bunterman, a p ...more
I love Carl Hiaasen, and would recommend him to most people who want a laugh, or a lot of laughs in Hiaasen's case. This book, however, was not enjoyable to me. I think it may be the subject. I've never had the slightest interest in celebrity matters. It was good enough that I wanted to read it to the end, but I really didn't like it compared to the others I've read by this author.

Cherry Pye was a thoroughly unattractive character, as intended. Ann, her body double, was much more interesting, bu
Diana Hockley

It took a page or two to understand that I was reading a send up of celebrities and the paparazzo who make a living from their antics!

Cherry Pie, a young singer of loose morals and a tendency to hoover up anything remotely druggy, is supposed to be commencing a tour which will refresh her flagging lip-syncing career. Ann DeLusia is an actress double who is hired by Cherry's parents to take their daughter's place as and when required - mainly when Cherry has a drug misfortune. Only the parents an
Iowa City Public Library
Carl Hiaasen‘s latest largely abandons his usual environmental themes for a look at the culture of celebrity. If you like Hiaasen, all I need say is that both Skink and Chemo appear. Skink, former governor of Florida, is now a one-eyed hermit, who lives on road kill. Chemo’s a 6′ 9″, pockmarked ex-con with a short fuse and a weed whacker attached to the stump of one arm. Two of my favorite killers.

Mix in a talentless, out-of-control singer of the Britney ilk, and the actress who serves as her bo
Al Young
I loved this book from the second I picked it up, which occurred slightly after defFrog recommended it.

I know I need to work some more n the Hiaasen bibliography, but this one sounded too good- the story of a Lindsay/Britney/Paris partying teen queen and some misadventures that include some unforgettable characters. Anyone could have done good work with this premise, but Hiaasen is the master. the plot twists and turns and even the supporting roles are unforgettable. It is hilarious, smart, sar
There isn’t much of a point to a parody of something already known to be ridiculous.

Few will be shocked or surprised by imaginative depictions which mirror the reality of American infatuation with the vapid world of show biz celebrities and their retinues. But given that the parodist is Carl Hiaasen one can be guaranteed the experience will have its laugh-out-loud moments.

The novel comes with Hiaasen’s usual assortment of odd-ball, memorable characters and a fast-paced plot with plenty of intere
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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