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Star Crossed

(Stargazer #1)

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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,449 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Wendy Mann loves her job rescuing celebrities from public relations scrapes. She grew up with nothing, and now she’s drawn to glitz, glamour, and a lighthearted lifestyle. She speaks her mind, so she’s just the tough cookie to tell stars the truth about how other people see them, even when they don’t want to hear it. But after six years at the top of her game, Wendy crosse ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Pocket Books
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Katy
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I used to be a huge Jennifer Echols fan, but the last few books have been disappointing. While I'm happy to report Echols regained some of her witty humor and memorable one-liners that made me smile, the story itself was a little too over the top.

I was immediately annoyed by how a star, Zane, reminded Wendy of her ex-boyfriend. I remember thinking, it was really random. And then later, it was Colton. But as I mentioned, Echols jam-packed way too many elements into one book: (view spoiler)
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Estelle
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog.

Jennifer Echols is like an old reliable friend when it comes to toe-curling chemistry and addicting storylines. (Cases in point: Such a Rush + Going Too Far.) And in her adult debut, Star Crossed, she has the opportunity to take all of that whoa-action and nearly heart-stopping tension and take it a step farther. In fact, a few delicious leaps farther.

Despite a slow start (involving confusing placement of NYC landmarks), Star Crossed featured a
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Emma
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This woman can do no wrong - love her writing and characters SWOONALICIOUS

You already know I adore Jennifer Echols so it will come as no surprise that I love Starcrossed. Focusing around a high profile public relations agency Stargazer, where it’s Wendy’s job to manage the public image of stars that have been a little rebellious to say the least. Throw in Daniel Blackstone, the hot competition and their undeniable chemistry and you have the basis of one hell of a story. however, Jennifer Echols
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I find myself saying/thinking, 'I expected more from Jennifer Echols' a lot lately. I've said it so many times, in fact, that I no longer have any idea why I expect more from her. This is the eighth Echols book I've read, and I just realized that I only really liked two of those eight.

Star Crossed falls somewhere in between on the Love It or Hate It scale. There were aspects I enjoyed. There was some classic Echols snark, and the pacing was pretty good. I think my biggest issue was that I d
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Nic
Rating 2.5 stars

Well that was disappointing. Started off alright. Thought it was going to be fun especially since I liked the main characters Wendy and Daniel (especially Daniel) but then I got bored. It never really held my interest apart from in the beginning.
Sarah
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Originally reviewed on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.

Jennifer Echols is one of my go-to writers for quality character development, sharp dialogue and memorable stories. Needless to say, her foray into fiction for adults with Star Crossed was one of my most anticipated novels of the year.

While I adore Jennifer's dramatic novels like Such a Rush and Going Too Far, I have a soft spot for her more light-hearted books, particularly Major Crush. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy to b
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Jess
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

After a high profile client fires Wendy and her firm and moves over to their competitor, Wendy is fired. She talks her way into one last chance and it all rides on her ability to spin some positive PR for a Hollywood starlet who’s making news with her very public, very nasty break up with a young Hollywood actor. Wendy is hired to keep Lorelei on track, that she does nothing to derail her music career and to make sure her performance at an a
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Nomes
I was so looking forward to Echols' first adult rom-com-style offering.

The beginning was slow, but I didn't mind reading through all the set-up for the sake of building the premise. Around the halfway mark I had finally seen some flashes of the Echols I love: the promise of slow burn, the smidges of chemistry, the snappy/witty dialogue. But then the book went ... nowhere.

Too much faffing about with the (highly ridiculous and cliched) PR storyline (revolving around two spoiled stars). Two much t
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Yarna
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
This started off as Surprisingly Good With Lots Of Potential, then hit Just Good Enough To Keep Me Interested around the middle. Unfortunately, despite the strong beginning, by the end it was very much Welcome To Skim Town.

Such a shame, because I enjoyed the set up and introduction to the characters. It just got real choppy and unfocused the further it went, and ultimately stopped making any kind of sense. 2.5 stars, rounded down.
Melissa
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
This may be one of those cases where familiarity with previous novels written by an author actually ends up hurting my enjoyment of a novel. Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols is a good enough story, but Jennifer Echols does not generally write "good enough" stories. I have always enjoyed her young adult books, praising them for having grit and realism along with awesome romance. Her characters are strong and intelligent and layered in a way that always draws me into her books. Star Crossed is Echo ...more
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Wendy Mann loves her job, but she’s losing it. After her bosses tell her she’s fired, she begs for another chance and they give it to her: rehabilitate teenage rocker Lorelei Vogel before she loses her recording contract. It’s an impossible job, but Wendy is determined to do it. It just becomes more difficult when she realizes Lorelei’s ex is being repped by Daniel Blackstone, her college rival, and they will all be in Vegas together
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Anna
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I've always been a huge fan of Jennifer Echols. I love her Young Adult books and will pretty much read anything she writes. So you can only imagine how happy I was to find out she was writing a adult romance series.

I've read some reviews where people were saying that reading this book, it didn't feel like they were reading a Jennifer Echols book and I have to agree. The tone of the book is definitely different from her other books as it should be since this is a different genre. And I
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Kayla
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Star Crossed was my first Jennifer Echols book. I must admit, I liked her writing style a lot. I was hoping that the book would be more about the celebrities interaction with the publicist. It wasn’t. It was mostly about Wendy, the publicist from Stargazer and her arch rival Daniel, the publicist from Blackstone. Then again, it’s to be expected from a romance novel. The book started off slow. It took about eighty pages for me to get into it. However, once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I ...more
Mari
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh wow Jennifer Echols you've done it again! I love her young adult books which were so well written and now with this first glimpse into the adult genre is a sure success. The transition was smooth and the writing still good.

I enjoyed reading this, it was fun all the way through. It felt like watching a romantic comedy on screen with a cool cast, fun scenarios, witty dialogue, a bit of suspense and of course the cute. I like how Wendy and Daniel are competitors in the PR business but they also
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ExLibris_Kate
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who spends time on this blog knows about my love for all things written by Jennifer Echols. I was so excited when she announced that she was writing some adult romances! Star Crossed was fun, sexy, funny, and pretty much everything I love in a romance. The no apologies heroine, who came from humble circumstances, was such a joy to read. She works very hard and sets high expectations for herself and others. Just as driven is our hero, Daniel, whose long standing rivalry with Wendy set up t ...more
Nadia Said
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Just to let you guys know, Jennifer Echols is solidly on my auto-buy list. Going Too Far is one of the best books I've ever read, yet SO underrated. Anyways for those of you who haven't yet discovered the awesomeness that is Jennifer Echols, I'll do you a favor. Start with Going Too Far and from there work your way down her list.

That being said, I didn't like this adult novel as much as I LOVE her young adults. And honestly, it's not that it was bad, it just wasn't amazing when you compare it to
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Dys
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
The first Jennifer Echols books that I haven't all out adored. Not sure if it was because its the first I've read by her that not in first person pov, if it's because it's her first adult novel...maybe it's the story? I guess some combination of the three has left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. The mystery/stalker aspect of the story was real easy to figure out- thankfully its was more of a side story to the rest of the action. The characters, while well written and likable, lacked the usual oh w ...more
Anna
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Maybe the fact that I'll be in Vegas for a week this month for work played a part in this -- VEGAS!!! -- but I loved the setting, loved the romance and just completely enjoyed every bit of this story. I'm just a bit sad I've read it already because it would be PERFECT reading material on the plane ride there. Drat. Poor planning, Anna.

Definitely an easy and fun read.
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Alyssa
Like in Love Story, there were some very oddly jointed sentences, hilariously unfunny jokes, and boring chemistry between two unremarkable characters. I was expecting much more and unfortunately, I am once again debating whether or not to just drop this author altogether.
Liliana Saquicela
Jul 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013
YAY!!!! It comes out on my birthday!!!! Yeah baby!!!
Purple
Feb 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Seems hard to believe that J. Echols wrote this novel... But hey - strange things never cease to happen! I barely finished it, but my mind was far away and in denial : (
almostlost11
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't really love it, but don't really hate it either. Though the story was cool it would have been great to see some more development between the characters happening through out the book. ...more
Shawna
I lover her YA books. I can't wait to read this book. It's her first book in the Adult Genre!!! ...more
Terrible Tea
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm a trashcan for easy reading books when my life gets on shambles. So here I go again. Being a piece of shit. Reading books like this and when *ahem ahem* scenes come up I throw my phone away and go 'I'M GONNA GO AND READ SOME JANE AUSTEN HUHUHU'

All rants aside, the only thing great about this book was when Wendy's hair was mysteriously getting chopped off. And it was then revealed that her ex-boyfriend was chopping off mounds of her hair to make a strap for his camera bag. Only interesting th
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Arelli
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na-chicklit, 2017
Ahhhh i would think this book could work as a movie. I liked it.
Victoria
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
6/10
Maybe 5/10 for saying tokens came out of a slot machine.
Leah
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Review originally posted at GReads!

You know that moment when you're inching your way to the last few pages of a book and you're so anxious to find out how it all ends, but so sad because it means the story WILL end?! Well, I have definitely gone through those emotions with this novel. Jennifer Echols is in my top list of favorite authors. Her writing has always captured my interest, and has even inspired me to write my own stories. I adore all her young adult fiction novels, so when I found out
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Amy
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are accustomed to reading Jennifer Echols’ young adult novels, let’s just say that this one might be a bit of a shock. In fact, if you are a young adult, you might want to save this until you’re eighteen. Or twenty-one.

The first of a series, Star Crossed tells the story of Wendy Mann, a publicist who specializes in turning around troubled stars. If you’ve robbed a liquor store or passed out on your neighbor’s lawn and you have box office receipts to protect, then you call Wendy.

When we me
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Vi (like the letter)
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2-stars
It’s sad to say that I really wanted to like Star Crossed, but it just didn’t do it for me. I felt like there was just too much fluff, not enough going on, and the romance was meek, at best. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters, the plot ebbed and flowed, and it was really too long of a book considering how much of it was actually enjoyable or relevant to the story. I definitely thought there was way too much “telling” and not enough “showing” in this book, also, a bit too tangential for ...more
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more

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