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Broadway Lights

(Secrets of My Hollywood Life #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,791 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Her star power in demand on a hit Broadway play, Hollywood teen starlet Kaitlin Burke packs up her entourage (ok, her showbiz family, friends, assistant, and publicist, but not the dreamy boyfriend) and moves to the Big Apple for the summer. Kaitlin is the toast of the town and she hits the most exclusive New York nightspots, enjoys the best food (Hello, Magnolia Bakery), ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published March 2010)
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Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrenyalit
I am a huge fan of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and eagerly awaited the arrival of the fifth book. Broadway Lights is just as cute, fun, and sweet as its predecessors.

Hollywood switches to New York for this installment (as you might guess from the title). Kaitlyn is starring in a Broadway play for the summer. Her entire world makes the move to NYC with her - Liz, her family, Nadine, Rodney, and even Sky. Lauren and Ava are continual crashers as well. The only missing character is Aus
Kaitlyn Burke flies out to NYC in order to star on Broadway for the first time, while her boyfriend, Austin, is off to a summer lacrosse camp in Texas. Naturally trouble follows her as two trouble makers from the fourth book (part of what made the fifth book the worst one in the series for me) are still causing trouble from afar, and there are new conflicts ahead. She is a teen celebrity, after all, but the question is, how sill Kaitlyn handle all of the pressure? Will she manage to do well on s ...more
Patsy Ann
This book is kind of childish, but I still like it. Kaitlin's life really goes into detail about how it is being a teenage star. I think this book is modern, and that is another reason I liked it. Now, I did not love it. I think some parts could have been added, for example more about her time with Liz as a roommate. Also, in this book there was a whole bunch of outfit descriptions, like over the top. Every singe paragraph it was what someone was wearing! I bet if non of the outfit descriptions ...more
I needed something familiar, fun, fast, and frothy t'nite. This fit the bill. Looking forward to the final book in series. ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kaitlin goes Broadway! This series is so fun to read, and Broadway Lights is no exception. With a brand new location in New York, a Broadway play, and drama galore, this book is jam-packed with excitement.

New York is not Hollywood. Jen Calonita does a great job of setting the scene – taxis, the subway, walking the streets, plays, and even cupcake shops. The change of scenery really added a new feel to the series and I liked it.

One of my favorite things about this series is that the books have li
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy Paparazzi Princess much, so I was pleasantly surprised by BL. The storyline was interesting, and there were several of those oh-so fun "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!" moments.
There were three things though, I felt, that detracted from the fun of reading the book.
First and foremost being the gratuitous, repetitive name-dropping. Celebrity names have always been mentioned in passing in the SOMHL books, but I felt like it was happening a lot more with BL. "My friend Taylor Swift"? "My frie
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
I picked this up on a whim because I love reading books about Broadway whether fiction or non-fiction. About two chapters in I realized that I had read another book from this series and remembered why I didn't care too much for it. The author has a very bad tendency to "name drop" designer outfits and accessories throughout the story. Most of the time it is in no way important to know what the characters are wearing or holding, but the author feels the need to mention it all the time. And she do ...more
Jen Petro-Roy
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010
Simply put, this is pure mind candy. I have always loved Hollywood stories, back to the days of Taffy Sinclair, that fantastic spin-off of The Fabulous Five series. Calonita creates a believable, sympathetic character in Kaitlin, whose new adventure on the Broadway stage introduces the predictable boyfriend, new co-star, and old friend difficulties into her life. While the constant clothes label dropping gets a bit old, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the last in the ser ...more
Katie Romanovich
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of Broadway, so I thought I would enjoy this book. This is my first SOMHL book I've read and it's pretty good. However, like most of the reviewers below stated, there is a lot of celebrity names and clothing lines being dropped, way too much. And yes, like someone stated, they give a full explanation of what the character is wearing just in the room or place they're at, and it gets overwhelming. I think this is the only SOMHL book I will read but it was good. If you're a girly-gir ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought that this book was girlier than the others, which I didn't like very much, but I suffered through it and ill suffer through the rest. I think broadway lights is extremely unrealistic, and I almost felt like I was reading a fan fiction. I hope the last one but be as bad, although I don't think its very likely. sorry, jen.
as much as I say these books are "okay", I have finished the fifth one and I still haven't killed myself. she must be doing something right.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaitlin Grows Up (a bit)

She goes on the Great White Way and she almost goes off the rails. I had moments where I got so frustrated with Kaitlin that I almost didn't finish this book.

But, it resolved like I wanted it to, so I guess I'm happy in the end. Dylan was pretty damn awesome, but Austin is better.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, never-again
I remembered these books being so much better than they actually are. Three stars is probably generous.
No, David! No!
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This one wasn't about imploding or freaking out that required an apology to the press. Yeah! I liked that the plot line was a little different in this one. And I enjoyed the change in scene to NYC. (It is funny though to see how quickly some of the "in" things in the book are already gone.

I thought there was more emphasis on what everyone was wearing this time. It has always been part of it, but I thought it was over done this time. And how about some commas when describing the designer, cut, co
Alexandra Cathrine
This might have been my favorite book in the series, were it not for her whining about her stupid boyfriend. She should have broken up with the one dimensional loser. Aside from that, this book had some good stuff in it. Sky was fun, Dylan is better then Austin and New York was a good setting. I don't expect much from these books, considering its just a bunch of drama. But these kinds of books are my guilty pleasure, so it fit the bill. ...more
Micha Alvarez
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Nice look into part of what it takes to work on Broadway! And that it comes nicely full circle with the first book in the series.
Kaitlyn  Zambrana
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! This book is fabulous! It is full of fashion, romance, adventure, friendship, family, and so much more. I recommend reading the whole series!
Kayla Plutzer
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Loved this series so much!!! So cute!
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
From Goodreads: Her star power in demand on a hit Broadway play, Hollywood teen starlet Kaitlin Burke packs up her entourage (ok, her showbiz family, friends, assistant, and publicist, but not the dreamy boyfriend) and moves to the Big Apple for the summer. Kaitlin is the toast of the town and she hits the most exclusive New York nightspots, enjoys the best food (Hello, Magnolia Bakery), and even guests as a celebrity host on Saturday Night Live! But New York isn't all cupcakes and virgin daiqui ...more
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thinking that this book is part of the light and fluffy young adult genre, I decided to give this book 5 stars. 5 stars because it was a book that really was enjoyable and pleasant. When I rated this, I couldn't help but compare it to the previous books I've read then I realized that wasn't fair. As a stand alone book with no other comparisons, it pretty much rocked - big time.

The writing as usual, is fluid, funny and refreshing. Jen Calonita sure knows how to make me laugh. And speaking of her
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Broadway Lights is the penultimate installment of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series.

Kaitlin is a Hollywood starlet best known for her role on the ever-popular TV show called Family Affairs. Now that her show has ended, Kaitlin has signed up for a Broadway play called Meeting of the Minds.

Kaitlin, although rather materialistic at times, really cares about the people she loves. She also would rather take the high road during arguments, rather than lash out at her opponent. Towards the end
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-11-read
Broadway Lights by Jen Calonita was a decent book in the Secrets of my Hollywood Life series. To be reading about a celebrity--especially Kaitlin Burke was very refreshing. Calonita did a very good job making Kaitlin seem real throughout the series. But specifically in this book, Calonita included famous people like Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, making Kaitlin almost a real hollywood star.

It was a pleasure reading this and I can't wait till the last one comes out. It'
Jennifer Wardrip
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Kaitlyn's leaving for New York City and ready to make her Broadway debut. She's not happy about leaving her boyfriend behind for so long, but she's convinced they can make it. She's not ready for a costar who likes her and a jealous boyfriend.

She and Austin keep missing phone calls and thus stop sharing details. Kaitlyn has enough on her mind trying to get ready for a live audience, a snarky costar, adjusting to a new city, and a media fight with t
Angela Pan
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Kaitlin is in New York working in Broadway and Liz, Kaitlin's best friend, and Kaitlin are roommates. Austin, Kaitlin's boyfriend, is in Texas for lacrosse. So Austin and Kaitlin are in a long distance relationship and things aren't working fir them. Dylan, one of Kaitlin's costar, has a crush on Kaitlin. Kaitlin and Austin are fighting often and blaming each other for their relationship growing apart. Ava and Lauren are fighting with Kaitlin and Sky, former costart for family affair. Sky and Ka ...more
Erica Honing
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Broadway Lights by Jen Calonita was an amazing book! This was another amazing book in the series Secrets of My Hollywood Life! This couldn't have been better I loved it and can't wait to read the last book in the series next! I enjoyed everything in this book, and even if I wanted to change something, I wouldn't!

Hollywood teen start Kaitlin Burke, is ready for Broadway! She was done movies, TV shows and pretty much everything else, but it's time to go live, with no cuts or actions. Kaitlin now
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. It is great for anyone who is fascinated by celebrities and Hollywood. This one focuses on Broadway too. Jen Calonita is a great writer, and I love her Secrets of My Hollywood Life. All of them have been different and unique, which can be hard considering it's book 5. This one was fluffy though.

I feel like the relationship with Austin is repeating. Not being able to make time for eachother is an old subject. I'd like to see the next and final book take on some harder issues
Bethany Baumgartner
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kaitlin Burke is a hollywood actress and now because her show is over, she's going to try broadway. It's very difficult for her. One of the other actresses absolutely despises her. Worst of all her boyfriend is jealous of an actor in Kaitlin's play and he thinks that guy likes Kaitlin. The time difference is too hard to work around. Her boyfriend misses her calls and she misses his calls. It takes many months until they can actually talk to each other without blaming the other for something. Thi ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, chicklit
My current favorite YA series. It's just right at the cusp of being fake to actually be real. The author blends the situations so well that a normal person could actual believe they could be friends with the Protag, which is why I like these books so much. In this book, the Girl spends her summer in NYC acting in the "IT" play of the moment. The cast is pretty much the same (of course, everyone moves to NYC with her) and the issues she deals with are the same as always (miscommunication with the ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fun, light, quick read. It provides drama, action, while providing interesting facts about how Hollywood and Broadway really work (which is why I really love these books).

There were two things that bugged me though:
1) The name-dropping of celebrities, and fashion labels. While they were amusing in the first couple of books, it gets tiring after a while. (Maybe it doesn't help that I don't know half the fashion labels that Kaitlin names. :D)
2) There was too much Austin in here. Kaitlin think
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I'm Jen Calonita, a MG and YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
#1. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free (because apparently that wa

Other books in the series

Secrets of My Hollywood Life (6 books)
  • Secrets of My Hollywood Life (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #1)
  • On Location (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #2)
  • Family Affairs (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #3)
  • Paparazzi Princess (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #4)
  • There's No Place Like Home (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #6)

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