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Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
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Jan 28, 2012

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Read from January 28 to February 11, 2012

On opposite ends of the spectrum, Carl Hiassen and Eoin Colfer are guilty pleasures of mine. Hiaasen's books are typically over the top and chock full of outrageous characters and situations, Star Island was no exception.

Pop star Cherry Pye is an alcoholic, sex-craved, drug loving, train wreck on the cusp of losing it all, yet maintaining a chance of redemption with her soon to be released CD Scantily Klad. Covering when Cherry is incapacitated is Ann DeLusia, an unknown to Cherry double, who is kidnapped by a crazed paparazzo.

From that point Ann tries to escape from the life of being Cherry, as Cherry spirals out of control and her entourage, as dysfunctional in its own myriad of ways as she is, only gets worse as the problems mount.

Ann finds an unexpected ally in the form of Skink, a three tour Vietnam Vet, turned Governor of Florida, turned swamp survivor, who has a personal code focused on nature's preservation and little fear of the law.

Hiassen brings all of these characters and their desires together and blends them into a story only he can tell. The final club scene does a fantastic job of pulling together the right characters and letting them sort things out.

Great fun and well worth the read.

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