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Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  232 reviews
Fan favorite author Kasie West delivers an effervescent story about chasing your dreams and following your heart, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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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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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

“I have to convince audiences everywhere that a zombie loves a zombie hunter. So far, it’s not happening. So far, the only thing future viewers care about is that I’m not someone else.”

Okay, the only other thing I’ve ever read by Kasie West was the short story of hers in Snow in Love, but I think it is safe to say that I am officially just going to preorder everything she writes from now on, because this story was a
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
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
All Lacey has ever wanted is to become a successful actress, and she’s done everything she can to get there—working hard, neglecting her social life, and even swearing off love altogether. It seems like her work has paid off when she lands a leading role in a horror film alongside a superstar, until her father’s over-abundance of concern forces her to work with a tutor, Donavan Lake. It seems like Donavan’s presence will only drag her down, until someone begins to sabotage her on set, and the t
Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
Sadly, this was not my favorite Kasie West book.
Mar 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I will always read a Kasie book. I don’t even read the synopsis.

I liked Lacey and Donovan. They’re both driven and maybe a little stubborn. Their banter was playful and fun. The on set characters were interesting and I especially enjoyed seeing Abby and Cooper again.

Plot wise, it was okay. It was slow and quick moving at the same time. Because Lacey’s day is nearly the same every day, it felt a bit repetitive at parts. The sabotage thread didn’t really work for me. I did like the idea of it an
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Such a cute story! Full review to come closer to release date.


Is there anything better than an adorable read in front of the fire place on a cool winter-y afternoon?

Nope, I believe not.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss, like most West books, was just so much fun. So cute and sweet and just the right thing to escape for a couple of hours and be left, by the very last page, with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart.

Classic West with all the feels, friendships, and
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.
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
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)
Stella ✨❣️
Tiffany Chiang

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 b
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elena Salvatore
We have a cover and the synopsis!
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Oct 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
me: urgh another Kasie West book? Do we really need this?

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

BUT 2019......

Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Companion book to... actually, it doesn't even matter. This is basically a standalone. And a nice one!

Lacey wants to be a famous actress and she's worked hard for it, staying away from boys and any distractions. She's even said goodbye to her mother, siblings and best friend to move in with her father in LA to work in the movie that could be her career changer.While trying to balance life with her father, pressure from working with a popular actor and sessions with her tutor to keep up with scho
Sue :)
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. I'm officially a huge fan of Kasie West's. The way she writes is so effortless and captivating. I also loved Lacey, she's so strong , straight forward and doesn't hold anything back. As for Donavan, he's so charming and smart. He's really supportive of Lacey and the chemistry between them was evident in their every interaction. I also loved seeing more of Abby & Cooper, I missed them a lot. What made this book even more special is that it's main focus wasn't the ro ...more
Jen Ryland
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
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arcs, ya, romance
Lacey was focused on her acting career and saw boys as a distraction. She was determined to convince her dad, that acting was important to her and her future, but first she had to sort out her feelings for Donavan, and uncover who was sabotaging her on the set.

• Pro: Lacey was so easy to love. She came across as likable and authentic. Her worries and fears were plausible, and I really admired her focus and determination, as she tried to juggle the movie, school work, her dad's interference, and
Kasie West’s last couple of books hadn’t really worked out for me, I’d struggled getting through them, or the MC’s just appeared too young for my liking. So, I went into Fame, Fate and the First Kiss with mixed assumptions. But I’m glad that I decided to give this book a go, because it started off great, Lacey, had finally got her big chance starring in a zombie movie alongside big time actor Grant. But Lacey had been struggling with her role, her dad was being over-protective and there was alwa ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audio-book-2019
4.5 stars

I loved this! It was exactly what I needed today. <3
Katie (Lost in Pages)
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
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.
That was some super cuteness. Full RTC.

ARC provided through Edelweiss for a fair review

Kasie, bring on all your classic YA teen angst, I am always here for it.

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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.