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Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

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Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to t ...more
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Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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    Release date: Feb 05, 2019
    Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. But after a series of events leave her spinning out of control, Lacey is ...more

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    Amelia It's is about Abby's friend Lacey, and her story about falling in love. I am really excited to read this book, because I loved Abby and Cooper so…moreIt's is about Abby's friend Lacey, and her story about falling in love. I am really excited to read this book, because I loved Abby and Cooper so much, and can't wait to hear more from them.(less)

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    Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    I started reading Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss on 9/28/2018 and finished it on 10/4/2018. This book is a fantastic read! I like the main character’s easy going personality. The conversations between the characters are full of humor and just happy. It’s interesting to read about an actress’ life, especially the underage ones. I didn’t know fans could follow a movie while they act. I have never run into one. I like reading about another fellow reviewer. I like Lacey’s card games of getting to kn ...more
    Melanie
    Aug 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    ...This is going to be my first Kasie West book! *fingers crossed*

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    Natalie
    Mar 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
    YASSS KASIE, GIVE US MORE BOOKS PLS THNX
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    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    What a novel! Can you believe this is my first Kasie West book? I know, crazy! Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing was descriptive and flowed perfectly from sentence to sentence. I especially enjoyed the sections of the movie.

    Thanks to HarperTeen for sending me an eGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 4/5

    e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


    Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So, when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part. Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture-perfect as she imagined. With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by anything. Specially not a
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    Anatea Oroz
    I feel like with every new book that I read from Kasie West, I like them less and less. I'm not sure what changed, if it is my reading preference that's changed or the writing is not as good as it has been. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the book - I did, I just wasn't as amazed by this one as I was with my first couple of Kasie's books, like On the Fence and The Distance between us. And I sooo wanted to finally love a book by Kasie again.

    What bothered me the most with this book is that it is n
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    mahana ✭
    2.5 stars review also on my blog

    ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review.

    Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss follows Lacey, a new, seventeen-year-old actress, as she stars in a zombie film opposite a renowned actor, named Grant. Since signing onto this film, she’s had a rift with her father, who wants her to focus on school and not get caught up in show business. Her father ends up hiring a tutor from the local school, who happens to be an entertainment (a.k.a. film)
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    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Such a cute story! Full review to come closer to release date.
    Jennifer
    Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: edelweiss
    This book was super cute. I really enjoyed it!

    Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is a Young Adult contemporary romance. It is the second book in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. The first book was Abby's story in Love, Life, and the List.

    This book can 100% be read as a standalone. Abby has a small part in this book. But you don't need to know anything about Love, Life, and the List to enjoy this book. I actually have read Love, Life, and the List, but had no idea while read
    ...more
    Elena Salvatore
    Jun 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
    *gasp*
    We have a cover and the synopsis!
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    emi
    Oct 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
    me: urgh another Kasie West book? Do we really need this?

    also me: only 116 days until the next Kasie West book!!!!!!!!!!!
    Melissa
    Feb 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Another book to be waiting for?!?!

    BUT 2019......

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Another Kasie West book, another good time.

    I love Kasie's books because they are just so much fun and I can get fully lost in them. They're the pinacle of having a good time. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss was no different. We follow Lacey Barnes as she's set to start alongside a major Hollywood heartthrob in her breakout role. There's an adorable romance, onset drama, and tentative friendships that develop organically. I do think I liked Love, Life, and the List a bit more, but this was still a
    ...more
    Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    Well, this was the fastest publisher approval I have ever gotten in my life. I requested this literally yesterday and today Harper was already like "yeah totally here's your arc, enjoy it!" and I'm like "excuse me???"

    Am I a bit shook since I already got approved for another arc yesterday? Maybe damn right.

    But let me tell you, two arcs in 2 days, I could get used to that kind of life.
    Amber (Books of Amber)
    Kasie West's newest book was super cute, as always. If you're looking for something new and refreshing, you're in the wrong place. But if you're here for a cute contemporary that's also a lot of fun, this is the book for you.

    West has added a bit of mystery to the plot of this book, which was nice because it was an extra element that she doesn't usually include in her books. This mystery sideplot made the book a bit more entertaining than her books have been lately, since I've been finding them t
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    Jen Ryland
    Dec 27, 2018 added it
    Shelves: 2019-arcs
    I'd pretty much decided that this author's books were not the right fit for me, but for some reason I did request this.

    The good news? I was definitely less disappointed in this than I have been in this author's recent books.

    The movie set setting and "mystery" of who was trying to make poor Lacey look bad kept me mildly interested, but in the end it had the very low-stakes feel of a middle grade mystery. But it was hard to care that much about who disliked Lacey and was sabotaging her when she w
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    Samantha Sim
    Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    cute as heck!!
    Katie (Lost in Pages)
    *2.5*
    This was just average all around for me. The characters were okay, but I don’t feel like I truly connected with any of them. I related to a couple characteristics, but for the most part they were each pretty bland. One exciting thing would surface about one of them, but it never was fully developed.

    The plot was decent. I liked the aspect of the career sabotage, but I felt like the person behind it all was a bit obvious from the beginning. It was nice to read about an actress and behind th
    ...more
    Dazz Ross
    Mar 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    6/25/18 (Before Reading)

    OH LOOK I WAS RIGHT OH MY GOD I'M GOOD.

    I'm also digging the cover and the short synopsis we have.

    3/15/18 (Before Reading)

    I had to recheck my review before jumping to conclusions, but I am 100% sure this is Lacey's book. Knowing that she's an actress and the word "fame" is in the title, I'm all the more ready.

    West better come and slay again.

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    Scrill
    Aug 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2019, arc
    ARC provided through Edelweiss for a fair review

    Kasie, bring on all your classic YA teen angst, I am always here for it.
    Kristen
    Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

    As usual for a Kasie West book, this was cute. Could it have been better? Yes, definitely. Could it have been worse? Hell yeah.

    I liked that the main character had a lot of, well, character. Often times in YA contemporaries, the main character is quiet, shy, awkward and plain. This one was the exact opposite. She was spunky. She was super peppy, and actually put a smile on my face.

    The love interest was cute but
    ...more
    Malanie
    Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
    DNF 30%

    This book is cute, but the plot and characters are superficial. I'm so disappointed. It was my first Kasie West!!??

    This book would be great if you're looking for the lightest read ever. (Look, ma! I'm positive af!) c:
    Kristen
    Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This book was really fun and cute!
    Stacy Fetters
    Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    "You have no idea how much different it is off script. You need a real kiss. Your first real kiss. Seriously, it’s so much better. You will never want to stop."

    I've never started a book and finished it in under a day. We can all agree that this might be one of my top three Kasie West books. This was an all-around fantastic read. I can't wait for everyone to fall in love with Lacey and Donovan.

    Being an actress is hard. You have to be the role you have and not let anything stop you from living th
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    Tiffany Chiang
    Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: own-arc, read-in-2018
    Kasie West is definitely one of my favorite authors, and her books are always super feel-good, soft, and fluffy. As much as I love her books, this one wasn't up to par to her other releases like The Fill-In Boyfriend or P.S. I Like You. It was definitely still an enjoyable read, and I really grew to love the main characters. However, the writing and development of the story felt a bit muddled and messy. I wouldn't say that this is her best book, but it does satisfy my need for a cutesy contemp ...more
    Princess
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received this from Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for my honest review.
    Another great story from Kasie West! All of her stories are always so cute. This was not my absolute favorite by her, as I found it hard to connect with Grant. Lacey was extremely childish throughout most of the book, but I understand she is growing up a Teen in an adult world. I loved her with Donavan and the movie scene was a cool aspect. You can’t go wrong with Kasie!
    Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    Kasie West's work hasn't wowed me in years but I'm not ready to give up on her.
    ✦ Maica ✦
    Jun 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
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    Alexa
    Whenever I crack open a Kasie West novel, I expect to have warm, fuzzy feelings - and that certainly happened with FAME, FATE AND THE FIRST KISS. It honestly read a lot like a DCOM or a teen rom-com, and since I tend to be a sucker for those types of stories, I thought this one was quite enjoyable. The main couple were quite cute to read about, and I enjoyed the secondary characters (and cameos) a ton. If you enjoy these types of tales or want a read that's on the lighter side, definitely check ...more
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    I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.