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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  603 ratings  ·  120 reviews
A new series set in the golden age of glam . . . Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Ms. Yingling
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oda Renate
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, swell historical book set in pre ww2 hollywood.
it is not overwhelmingly unpredictable, but at the same time not cheesy nor very predictable. the characters are interesting, the setting great, and some plot twist you do not see coming. At least I did not.
Higly recomended.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is more of a 2.5/5 for me. I was entertained in some parts of this book, but I found most of the story boring. It would make a great movie though.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Chelsey Wolford
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Richard Kramer
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kim McGee
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Melody Grace
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Lauren Morrill
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Read my review on Forever Young Adult:
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Looking forward to the next two.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Un-putdownable. I can't wait to read the second book.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, LOVED this book!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. I was definitely rooting for Margaret to get what she wanted and felt for her as she tried to navigate though a Hollywood that was completely different from what she'd imagined. Honestly, in many ways, it's a heartbreaking story. I found the storyline with the main love interest to be somewhat lacking. I wasn't really rooting for them to be together, so I got a bit bored toward the end, but I'd say it picked up enough to hold my interest.

As for the o
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book needed to be longer. (SPOILERS AHEAD.)

The story itself was interesting enough, but once the mystery of Diana Chesterfield was solved, everything was quickly wrapped up, and there were way to many loose ends. I know there is a sequel that dives into this more, (I was relieved when I found out about the sequel; this book's ending would really suck without it.) but the last chapter with Amanda's point of view ended with her breaking up with Harry in a catastrophic way. Gabby's last chapte
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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


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
May 16, 2017 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
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On my birthday last year, my friend gifted me a ton of brand new beautiful books. This was one of them. Looking at the cover, I thought this book was going to be absolute garbage. I was absolutely wrong. This novel is amazing. I have read it 3 times, and I am currently reading it again. The second book in the series is beautiful as well. 10/10
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the first 3/4 of the book. The setting of old Hollywood was so much fun to read. The plot twist at the end was surprising but I didn’t like it or how it carries on the the second book.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya, 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
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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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