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How to Be a Movie Star

(How to Be #2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,344 ratings  ·  300 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
Updated 5/28/19

Out today, the audiobook of How to Be a Movie Star! Michael Lesley (from the Tales from Verania and At First Sight series) narrates Josy and Casey and all the other inhabitants of Abby, Oregon (along with a rhyming, amorous Sasquatch). I'm so excited for you to hear it!

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Thank you for reading!



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
Shelves: favorites

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 shaking my head and laughing on many, many occasions.

TJ has
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
They are making a movie throughout this book and the reviewer of the movie said something that I thought was perfect for the book itself:

(when I finished) I didn't know what the hell I'd just experienced. It was stupid. And wonderful. And I was filled with joy....

That really sums it up.
This book is the next one in this bizarre series that has mostly hipster stoners as the stars. They are hilarious. And stupid. And hilarious again.

Ooooh, is that pumpkin spice?

Our focus is on a stoner named Josia

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)
Edited for audio: Michael Lesley is absolutely fantastic, he's a dream. I loved this so much I listened to it three times back to back to back because it was like bathing my brain in sunshine and I have no regrets.



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 o
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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, regardles ...more
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
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review

How to Be a Movie Star is set in the same world as How to Be a Normal Person. This book would most likely stand on its own really well, but I think you’d enjoy certain parts much more if you read the first book before this one. And you might have a small idea of what to expect with this book. Possibly.

I don’t know what to tell you about Josiah Erickson, Q-Bert and the plot. They were outrageous that’s for sure and I found myself pondering questions I never knew to ask, or were e
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
This was another enjoyable, funny story, as only TJ Klune can write one. While it didn't live up to the epic, awesomeness of HTBaNP, and had a bit of a slower pace, I did enjoy it in the end. Josy and Quincy are wonderful characters, but being in Josy's head could be a bit draining (he is such a good person and ever optimistic, but damn he can ramble) and it did take me more than a couple of days to finish this book.

The story was the classic Klune combination of absurd humor, serious subjects, m
Jul 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 34%

I had loved (LOVED) How to Be a Normal Person and was eager to read its sequel.

Unfortunately for me, I found the humor really obnoxious. Even worse was that the book's told from Josy's POV. Because he's high most of the time, his thoughts would roam every which way.

This meant that I ended up feeling more and more frustrated as the book went on. Josy and Q's slow-burning romance was cute. I wish I hadn't been so annoyed with Josy's ultra-distracted narration if only to see Josy and Q g
Reread: September 2019
Read: May 2019
Omg what a great conclusion to this series 😭 TJ really pulled at my heart strings for this book! Josy was adorable, and he and Quincy were so cute together 😍 I also loved getting to see Gus and Casey again, and that we go back to Abby and see all those beloved characters again.

The talk about how important it is to see happy queer people in media was so important, as was the discussion around Quincy's mental illness. Thank you for such a

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
June 2019 audio review
The audio is sooooo much better than the written word alone. I highly recommend the audio. Michael Lesley did a superb job with this. I have not listened to book 1 just read it so I can't tell you HOW different the voices are though I am sure it IS different. Boosting to 5 stars. 😁

Feb 2019 ebook review
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 actin

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
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits
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'
Wendy F
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, tj-klune, 2019
All my life I’ve read stories about people who were inspired, or saved, by an author or a musician. One song made them feel strong again. I’ve read books that altered my life, so I’ve always understood how it happened to other people. Words are powerful. It happened to me again last night, with one sentence.

It made my entire body vibrate with emotion.

Even though this is a book many people will read, I felt like like Josy was talking just to me. It was intimate. He said:

“The world is a big pla
Javi reads and reads and reads
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, lgbt, read-2019
LOOOOOOVED IT. Other 5 stars for my god, TJ Klune.

I loved everything about this book. From the dorkiness of the characters, to their deep and meaningful conversations.
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
Courtney Bassett
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!

*edited 6/19* OMG, the audio made this EVEN BETTER. Michael Lesley did a phenomenal job. It will be a relisten for sure.
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
Stoners, hipsters, and monster porn is a recipe for AWESOME!

So. A review. Yeah. I’m not sure I can give this book all the props it deserves because it was soooooo good. If you’re a TJK fan, this is a no brainer. You will read this, you will laugh, you will love it.

If you’re not a TJK fan... well, this series seriously rocks and may make you pee your pants.

This one features Josiah in his quest for stardom. We get to meet the socially anxious writer Q-Bert. We also meet a unicorn, a tigress and
Life isn't like the movies, no matter how hard we wish so.[..] Life stings. It can bite and claw and kick you when you're down. it can lift you up in celebration and clutch your heart until you think it'll rip from your chest. it's glorious and wonderful and oh so devastating, [..]and it's all worth it. because life isn't made up of the breaths we take, but the moments that take our breaths away.

Actual rating: 4.75★

How To Be A Movie Star, aka The Sequel I Said I Would Never Write™️,
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
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of those books where you have to stop reading just for a minute because you don't want it to be over too fast and your smiles can barely be contained by the boundaries of your face. I didn't think it was possible to love a couple as much as I loved Gus and Casey (from How to Be #1). But little did I know, Josy was going to wiggle his fictional hipster self right up there to hang out in the top spot with my favorite Abby, Oregon residents. Josy and Quincy are ridiculously adorable. Th ...more
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TJ KLUNE is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author (Into This River I Drown) and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.

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