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Famous in Love

(Famous in Love #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,826 ratings  ·  697 reviews
The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practi
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Poppy
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Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make.

I don’t know who anyone is.

By which I mean, famous people. I don’t know anyone. It’s why I depend entirely on my awesome readers for Fancasting.

My friend Rebecca Serle, on the other hand, knows who everyone is. She’s kind of amazing that way, and that genuine love of pop-culture has never been clearer than in her new book Famous in Love; the beginning of a new series.

Famous in love tells the story of Paige Townsen, a young actress who gets plucked out of obscurity
Trina (Between Chapters)
This is trope heavy YA romance, and although there's not much to it, I kind of devoured this story. It's about a girl who lands the lead role in the movie adaptation of a popular YA book series, so it was full of a fandom vibe. It definitely took me back to the Twilight or Hunger Games adaptation days when everyone was waiting on bated breath to see how the actors would portray their favorite characters. It was complete fluff but it also felt self aware at moments where the main character would ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Being from a small town in the middle of nowhere, Canada, where we hardly get anything exciting happen more than concerts from washed up artists, stardom is really something like another world for me. I'm fascinated by their lifestyle and by how… wildly different living that kind of life must be. So while this book may not be the next Great American Novel, it's a whole lotta entertainment in a guilty pleasure sort of way.

Paige is just your regular high school girl with big dreams, until one day
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Fame, acting, love, friendship, change.

I'm a little torn about this book. On one hand it was quite fun and enjoyable, but on the other it was a bit lacklustre and felt a little overdone.

Paige was a little annoying at times, and sometimes quite shallow. But then all of a sudden she'd be this amazing, deep character who I loved to read. It was a little frustrating. Why couldn't she be awesome all the time? Instead of just for a few sentences here and there?

And it's safe to say that I wasn
Cora Tea Party Princess

5 Words: Love, fame, family, friendship, sacrifice.


And I kind of can't help but love it.

If you had me list out things I hate in books, this book would tick off a good 75% of them.

Instalove ✓
Poor little rich kids ✓
Love triangle ✓
Forced chemistry ✓
Overly wordy descriptions ✓
Romance, romance, romance ✓

But you know what? I'm starting to lose count of the amount of times I've read this book. It's perfect for rainy days and escaping from the world.

And I
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Well, Bekka put this in Sadie Hawkins hoping for a snarky review and oh ho is she going to get what she wanted. My intuition told me that Rebecca Serle’s writing would probably make me gag, but I thought I should give her books a chance and see for myself. This impulse was an incorrect one. If you’re a reader who ships romances where the characters have any sort of real connection, this is not the book for you. If you’re a reader
Jen Ryland
A-ha -- there's a sequel. Because I was like "what kind of an ending was that?"

So ... mixed feelings. I loved the setting (Hawaii!) and I really liked the idea of the whole story-within-a-story -within-a-story aspect of Paige making a movie based on a series of YA books that feature a love triangle while also having a relationship with one (or more!) of her real-life co-stars. Got that? Good.

Unfortunately, the romance in this was all over the place. Instalove, and the kind of "OMG I'm so ordina
3.5 stars
I regret reading it after seeing the TV series. Because it disappointed me from all points of view. I mean... Oh Jordan... I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Jordan was a perfect character.
Paige... well 95% of the book she was boring. But the last 5% made the difference.
And Rain. I have no words. He is too kind for his own good.
Fav quote:
“And see, that’s the thing I didn’t understand. The thing no one tells you. That just because you find love doesn’t mean it’s yours to keep. Lov
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book not long after it was published last October, and remember really enjoying it. I thought I would reread it before the publication of Truly, Madly, Famously, and enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

In Famous in Love, the main character, Paige, has always dreamed of one day become a proper actress. When she lands the role as the female lead in the film adaptation of a best selling series, it's as if all of her dreams have come true. She is now a recognised name ac
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice and fun read . It was pretty exciting to find out who exactly was Paige going to choose. Unfortunately it was kinda of a cliffhanger.

But I enjoyed it !! Can't wit to read the next book
Imagine finally getting your chance to shine, after little bit parts, getting that massive role which will thrust you in the limelight. This is what happens to Paige, she ends up auditioning for one of the roles for a book to movie adaption and ends up getting the part. She’s whisked off immediately to Hawaii to start filming, leaving behind her family and best friends and gets to work on set with heart throb actor Rainer. Rainer has been an actor from a young age, so he knows what’s it like, ho ...more
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
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I'm a sucker for Hollywood movies. I love the glitz and the glam. I love showbiz. I love the cameras and the set up and the prep and the filming. I love it all! I got so into this book that I made popcorn (on multiple occasions) so it seemed like I was watching them film the movie as I read it. Yikes did I really just admit that?

The writing was simplistic and clear. The writing and plot lacked a complexity that I would have liked, but then again th
Nasty Lady MJ
Aug 30, 2014 marked it as dnf
To see full DNF round up click here.

I actually didn’t check this one out at the library I received a sample from Amazon because I was unsure whether or not I wanted to purchase it.

Thank God for samples.

I think my expectations did not meet this one. I wanted a book that was a bit of a satire on YA in the movies. This wasn’t remotely satire. The first five chapters were full of insta love and cliches. Which I guess is typical for these sorts of books, but makes it less than enjoyable.

What DNF’d it
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I didn't realize that the book that was mentioned in the blurb was a real book until i started this. If i had known, i probably wouldn't have read this as the book in question wasn't a very good read.
Due to the fact that i wasn't a fan of it, the first 10% of this one really annoyed me, as it was mainly just saying how amazing the book was.

The rest of the book wasn't that great either, unfortunately.

Paige wasn't a character
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I just wanted so much more from this book than I got. I wanted more character development and I feel like I only got that sparingly for some of the characters. The story was adorable and of course the love triangle worked well, but I just wasn’t interested like I though I would be.

Longer review to come soon!
Liza Wiemer
I swooned. AND . . . .

SURPRISE: What makes this novel incredibly clever is that Rebecca Serle wrote LOCKED, which is the "hit" novel—novella in this case—that FAMOUS IN LOVE was based on, and it was released under a pen name: Parker Witter. See my review here: When you read the novella first, it really has a HUGE impact on your perspective of FAMOUS IN LOVE. Can you read FAMOUS IN LOVE without it? Sure you can. But, if you want the full impact and to del
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Famous in Love was a definite roller coaster. Overall I really enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with the ending. I NEED a sequel. Backtracking a bit, I initially picked up Famous in Love for its premise.. an average girl gets picked to be the next Jennifer Lawrence (The main lead in a huge book trilogy turned into movie chain). Paige was very down to earth and also very awestruck by the life she currently leads. Most of the book is set during her filming the first movie with Rainer and late co ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just a really entertaining story and it was so fun and very enjoyable. It's a lot different to the tv show and much better. ...more
Dana Al-Basha
Jan 04, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
"Completely captures what it's like to be part of Young Hollywood. I absolutely loved it. A must-read for anyone curious about life and love behind the scenes." -Bella Thorne

[January 30, 2015] I just bought the book! It looks so cute!

[Tuesday, March 27, 2018] I bought this book when I first came to Kuwait... it must be one of the first books I bought. In 2017, the book became a TV series, and today I finally started watching! I decided to read the book as well.

All I've been thinking about while
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.)

I really liked ‘When You Were Mine’ by this author, but every book I have read since has been a huge disappointment. Including this one.

Paige was a little dull. All she cared about was movies and acting, and she bored me. Then, she finally gets cast in a major film production, doesn’t turn up to work on time, and is surprised when the press start taking her picture and sprea
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Paige is your normal everyday 17 year old girl until she goes to a casting call and lands the lead role. She's thrown into a world that she always dreamed of and two dudes who tug at her heart.

There will be spoilers below because otherwise I won't be able to fully discuss this messy guilty pleasure novel and a little of the TV show.

First off, this novel maybe set in a contemporary real world setting but one character is completely not real. Rainer. He's like 22 and he's after a 17 year old girl
Famous in Love was a really quick, easy read. I read about the first half of it one sitting and only stopped because I made myself go to bed since I had work in the morning. While neither the writing or the plot really blew me away, there was something about it that I just couldn’t stop reading.

Paige is an average high school girl who is plucked out of obscurity during an open casting call for the next big movie franchise, based on a best-selling Young Adult book series (think the Twilight pheno
Valentina Markasović
Famous in Love, a young-adult contemporary romance, was a really quick read. The writing style, although sometimes a bit repetitive (in the sense of using the same adjectives for the same things over and over again), was easy to follow. The setting (Hawaii!) was beautiful and painted as such, and the idea of the story was interesting - we get to see how a blockbuster, based on a popular young adult trilogy Locked, is made.
Although I'm not that into love triangles, the relationships didn't feel l
Oct 03, 2014 marked it as dnf
I'm pulling the plug on this one for now and calling it a DNF. I just can't get into it. At all. I don't like the characters, I don't like the relationships that are happening, I don't believe that she's the one they would pick for this role nor do I like that we completely missed out on the anticipation of the auditions and the excitement of getting the role, and I just don't really care what happens. I wanted to be able to appreciate this for the fluffy, fun romance that it was but all I could ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Book: "I swear the elements sort of fold at Rainer's whim. I've seen it turn from pouring rain to blasting sun in a matter of seconds when he walks out onto the beach. Noah has powers in Locked. The weather does funny stuff when he's around. Rainer and his character have a lot in common." (ARC p. 42)

Me: Um, no? That's just kinda something Hawaii does. Five miles took me from a hotel with a permanent rain cloud hanging over it to a beach with no sign of rain clouds in sight and friggin' rainbows
Madi ~☆TheBookNerdDiaries☆~
This was the definition of mediocre.
2 stars

I don't think there will ever come a day when I'm NOT interested in a teenage celebrity romance story. Seriously. The instant I heard about Famous in Love, I knew I'd be reading it. And I knew that, like most of these stories, it probably wouldn't end well. This really is guilty pleasure territory (though I somewhat hate that term) because it's so entertaining while at the same time it's so horribly bad.

To be fair, the first half of Famous in Love is really strong, and I was enjoying myse
Ashley ❣️
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would because I watched the tv show before reading this lol. It was a really quick fun read I listened to it on audiobook and I have to say that was really what kept me interested in the story because it felt like some parts were dragging. Overall this was a cute read and I deffinantly want to continue on with the series!
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wanted this book and I wanted it badly. As soon as I heard Rebecca had a 3rd book I needed it to be mine. You see, her first two books were fantastic; such depth and emotion in them. Really heavy, realistic reads that made you, as the reader, have all the feels. She has a way about her writing that just sucks you in and pulls you along. With Famous in Love having a different kind of vibe to it I wasn’t sure how it would fit. Would it still be Rebecca that I heart or would it feel off in some w ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You guys, I think I have a book hangover. Ugh. UGH. I have just finished Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle and I am swooning all over the shop. Not only is the cover one of the BEST BOOK COVERS EVER – it even sparkles in the sun, but the inside of the book is EVEN BLOODY BETTER. Ughhhhhhhhhhhh. I am in love, and much like Paige, I’ve got no idea if it’s with Jordan or Rainer because they’re both delicious in their own way. Rainer’s so sweet and lovely but Jordan’s a bad boy who’s not bad at all an ...more
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Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between New York and Los Angeles. Serle most recently co-developed the hit TV adaptation of her young adult series Famous in Love, now on Freeform. She loves Nancy Meyers films, bathrobes, and giving unsolicited advice on love. She can be found on twitter: @RebeccaASerle

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Novelist and television writer Rebecca Serle knows a thing or two about life taking unexpected turns. After her hit YA series  Famous in...
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“...epic, epic love is not about having someone. It's about being willing to give them up. It's sacrifice. It's my mom's theater tickets stuffed down at the bottom of her jewelry box. It's Noah and August. It's my sister and Annabelle. It's Jordan and his mom, the truth he reserves to protect her. And see, that's the thing I didn't understand. The thing no one tells you. That just because you find love doesn't mean it's yours to keep. Love never belongs to you. It belongs to the universe.” 7 likes
“But it doesn't matter now. It's like an umbrella in the middle of a rainstorm after you're already wet. It's exactly what you need, what you want, but it's come too late.” 6 likes
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