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How to Be a Movie Star

(How to Be #2)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.

Q-Bert, who is ready to make
ebook, 350 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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Aug 15, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
How to Be a Movie Star is here!!!

In October of 2015, I released a story about a Grumpy Gus and the asexual stoner hipster who just wanted to love Gus's face as hard as he could.

Now, today, I return to this little world I created. I hope you have as much fun as I did while writing this story. Josy is sunshine, Quincy is in over his head, Gus is…Gus, and Casey is still taking photographs of every single meal to post on Instagram, oh my god, what the hell.

Thank you for reading!

Dreamspinner: https:/
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Have you ever wondered if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were circumcised while stoned?

Wait... I don't mean while they were stoned, or like while the doctors (or mohel, could be Jewish??) were stoned, I mean have YOU wondered these things while YOU were stoned? Well if you have or if you want to read about people who ponder those same types of things while partaking in some Mary Jane, How to Be a Movie Star is the book for you. Or if you don't smoke, that's cool too, Josiah doesn't judge.

☆ Todd
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing



Stoners! Stoners as far as the eye can see!

I knew going in that, more than likely, I was going to end up LOVING this book, which I totally did. Maybe even more so than Gustavo's book. Maybe.

But this story's main character was a stoner, so be prepared to feel slightly lost more than a few times, as Josy loses the plot time and time again, going off on some marijuana-fueled tangent, ending with:

It was pretty hilarious and left me s

How to Be a Movie Star is book 2 in the How to Be series by T. J. Klune. You may be able to read it as a standalone without getting to lost, but I highly recommend you read book 1, because it was an amazing story too.

Josiah “Josy” Erickson is a hipster stoner and is trying to make it in Hollywood. He is all happiness and sunshine and his friends are everything to him. So when he meets Q-Bert, a monster porn writer, he definitely wants to be friends with him. Of course, things don’
Wendy,5 black rating stars

I have been looking forward to reading this book, ever since I found out about it. TJ is one of my all-time favorite authors and since everything he writes turns into gold...I knew I was in for a good one ;) We don't have to go into the fact that I am always right again..( but I am).

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor another one gif

I am gonna be honest though and admit that it took me a bit to really get into this one... I don't know why that is. Maybe because Josy was all over the place, or maybe it was because I haven't read "How to be a Norm
BWT (Belen)
For over two years, TJ Klune assured anyone who asked that he had no intention to ever write a sequel to How To Be A Normal Person. Well, you know what they say...never say never.

When TJ announced he'd written a full length novel featuring one of Three Ironic Amigos, Josiah Erickson, and that demisexual Josy would be falling for an author of monster porn à la Chuck Tingle with anxiety issues I couldn't hit the pre-order button hard or quick enough.

TJ describes Josy as "100% pure sunshine, someo
I'm still a relative neophyte in all things TJ Klune (yes, yes, I know, how big was the rock I was hiding under?) so delving into "How to Be A Movie Star" was an unexpected joy and I just regret that I'll never again have the incredible pleasure of reading this book for the first time. And for that reason, this review isn't about the ins-and-outs of the plot, which is a stinkin' masterpiece by the way, but rather some rambling thoughts that I hope will entice you to run out immediately and get t ...more
For fans of TJK and his legendary OTT snark, for fans of slowly-built romantic relationship told in single POV (from a stoned MC - emphasis on "stoned") and for fans of adorkable characters.

This is the second book in the “How to Be” series. Not really sure it’s a standalone as Grumpy Gus and Casey the Hipster (and our dear Mitzy, the best support help ever, LOL !) from the previous book are quite present in this second instalment. However, it’s not about Gus and Casey, it’s about Josiah and Q-Be
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites
4.5 stars for another fabulous TJ book ❤😎 yes it was OTT with hilarity & puns, yes it was frustrating as both Josy & Q-bert circled each other with vulnerability and naivety and yes it was like an emotional roller coaster. so Yes, I really enjoyed it ! All the major players were back and that made it even better.. Gus, Casey and even Mitzi the”internet stalker. “ TJ is so much fun but deep down there’s a message... be kind, be accepting and look at life with joy - celebrate your vibe, re ...more

The beginning of this book was really great. Josy was like 3 of my favorite TJ characters wrapped in one. Unfortunately, it didn't hold up.
Josy and Quincy's blooming friendship/relationship
Revisiting Abby and all the friends there
How, through Quincy, TJ talks about aniexty and depression
Checking in on Casey and Gustavo's relationship 😍
The negative:
Really there was just one but it took up the majority of the book. It was the whole filming of the movie. I get it, the book is
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was epic!

”You’re not a twink. Twinks don’t have beards or body hair.” “It’s so hard being queer.”

This was a perfect view into the lives of a stoned wannabe actor and a monster porn writer. And who wouldn't want to get a view into that?

This is the story of Josiah, the self proclaimed BFF of Gustavo, and his crazy segway into acting. After winning a radio contest, he's whisked away to a wild night at the library where he's treated to a live book reading. There, he gets 'deflowered' into Q-Bert'
If it were possible to give this book more than 5 Stars, I would gladly do so!

This book was fantastic and goes straight to my favourites for this year. I love TJ Klune(he's top 3 for me) so when I heard that this book was coming out, I was very excited and even though I hadn't read How to Be a Normal Person back then, I just KNEW it would be great.

Now I must say that to fully enjoy this book, you should at least have a working knowledge of How to Be a Normal Person to make the reading experienc
Danielle Chambers
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God, this was so good. Like I loved HTBANP, but this was just.....I don’t even know. It was hilarious when it needed to be, but serious when the time called. It was cute and precious with just the right amount of angst. It was so easy to fall into reading it.

Josy was the perfect main character and I loved him with all my heart. He was funny and precious and thoughtful and kind.

I just wanted to hug Quincy and tell him everything is going to be okay. He was such a great character. I really liked
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This was a complete pleasure read. When I think of TJ Klune, I think of the beautiful, lyrical prose of Wolfsong so this story took me completely by surprise. I wasn’t expecting comedy or the witty, observant writing that kept reminding me of my favourite Tom Robbins books.

This book observes everything. Josiah and Casey’s hipster affectations are instantly familiar. Qbert’s cultlike social media following is far more reco
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"Because I don't want to be an adoring fan. I want to be his friend. There's a difference. With the fans, you smile and nod and take selfies and then hope they don't follow you back to your house and murder you by shoving their underwear down your throat. With friends, you go get Mcflurries and go to the park and eat them on the swings."

Did I go into this knowing I'd enjoy the hell out of it? Yes.

Was I prepared for just how much I was going to love it? Absolutely not (but I should have known b
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor-funny, m-m
4.5 Stars!!!
I finished and will review soon... I just need a few minutes to stop the tears and perma-smile I'm rockin'.
Chris, the Dalek King
I don’t know how to describe this book, other than saying it is fucking adorable.

A little odd at times, and with more than a couple “oh, god, why am I laughing at this, ” moments, How to Be a Movie Star is nonetheless a highly enjoyable comedy about a writer with near-crippling anxiety, an aspiring actor who is too precious for words, and the many many crazy characters that surround them both. Ostensibly this is a story about Josiah’s search to become a movie star, and the script written by Quin
Haha, Josy and Quincy are so cute together. :) And the movie they are making? Well, I don't really know how it all comes together in the end, but Josy gets props for his acting, and the world is learning about Queer characters who DON'T die at the end of the movie. Oh how I wish this was really a thing. I would love to see movies about gay men who aren't destined to spend their life apart, or die. Gee, I wonder where Hollywood could get their hands on some good script material? ;)

I loved seeing
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me tell you guys, how to be a normal person is my absolute favorite book by TJ Klune. So hearing that there was going to be a sequel coming out the beginning of 2019 I was so excited. Especially because I loved Josy the moment he was introduced into Gustavo’s life. (Also I preordered it as soon as the link was released lol)

This was a wholesome and wonderful journey in seeing the development of friendships and relationship progress throughout the story. Yes there are some dark parts that hit
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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Oh my God, he did it again!

I just literally finished the book and I’m already suffering from a book hangover. This happens to me after every Klune book. I know I’m not alone when I say that Klune holds some kind of magic when it comes to romance. He grasps things that just make you reflect on that special event that’s so similar to what happened to you (and no, I’m not referring to turning into a gnarly wolf).

This is the second installment of the series, where
Mia Sciberras
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of TJ's, afterall, I help admin his Facebook group (The Klunatics). It's also very well known just how much I adored How To Be A Normal Person and how much I try to make every single person I know fall in love with Grumpy Gus and his quirkly, delightful love story (which Gus'd hate to have described as such). When TJ announced that he was writing Josy's book, I was beyond excited... and Movie Star is absolutely everything you could wish for and more.

Josy is sunshine

This book is super fun over the top. There is monster porn (win for most unique job of a hero) ala Chuck Tingler, B film directors, stoners, demisexuality, happy go lucky, fandom, depression, anxiecity, circle of friends, actors, mmmm and a lot of random other stuff.

This tale is funny with two great and clueless heros, an amazing cast and a lot of wacko happenings and situations.

People are stoned a great deal and it shows.

This is a very compassionate book at its heart and that is what s
N.M. Pratt
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I’ve ever been happier after reading a book. Well, maybe after I read The Lightning Struck Heart or How to be a Normal Person. But those are both TJ Klune books so it makes sense.

To quote Casey, “[TJ] is just... this guy.” This brilliant, hilarious, kind, creative, amazing guy. There’s the m/m romance genre. Or the gay YA genre. But TJ needs his own genre because his books are better than any other books out there. Seriously, read all the things he writes. You won’t be disappointe
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, favorites, m-m, soft
ill give a more extensive review shortly but for now can i just say i ADORED every single thing about this? the characters. the writing. the plot. and even the ending although it left me hanging and wanting to know MORE!!! i just ugh tj klune is a genius and i will never stop saying that !!
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ho mai detto che amo Klune? No perché lo amo
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the stars!!!

I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first heard of it, and it didn’t let me down. I rewarded myself at the end of a rough day with it, and it just surrounded me in sunshine. It’s definitely a favorite of mine now, and I can’t wait for the audio!
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Josiah, sweet, sweet Josiah. I adored this book. Josiah is unbelievably endearing and genuine and I just want him to live in my pocket. This book was of course hilarious but there were also some really sweet heartfelt moments and a couple of sad moments. The story and the characters filled me with complete joy. The writing was fantastic as always with TJ Klune and the pacing was true to the characters.

It was great to get to see all of the past characters and especially see how much Gus has c
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dnf 20%.

Very disappointed.
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