Release date: July 14, 2015
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton isn’t sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will allow them to escape the drama of their small-time life in Georgia, but she’s along for the ride. When Annie’s mom snags a gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for Annie to accompany her on his European promotional tour, Annie’s pretty sure she’ll be fangirling over architectural sights rather than teen heartthrob Graham Cabot.
But then of course she actually meets him. As Graham and Annie fall for each other in the most romantic cities in the world, Annie realizes that this turn of events may not be quite as glamorous as she thought. Instead of red carpets and celebrity couple names, they are navigating a minefield of keeping secrets from Graham’s fans, overprotective assistant, stage “momager,” and beefy bodyguard. And when the paparazzi make an appearance, Annie has to decide whether their love is worth the harsh glare of the flashbulb.
Map to the Stars – in a nutshell, is cute-meets-cliche kind of YA contemporary story. It’s the ordinary girl meeting the super hot/popular guy, him falling for her because she doesn’t give a damn about his hotness/popularity (basically, she is “real”) and then they forming a connection. They sneak around because they can’t be seen together, and it’s all fun and games until they are actually caught. Then it’s ‘dealing with the aftermath’, the heartfelt speech, and happy ending. It was a rom-com, to be honest. So, while it’s not terribly original, was it fun? Yes, it was. Annie and Graham had good chemistry; their getting together was cute, their flirting was adorable, and you couldn’t help but root for them – they are mostly likeable characters. Annie does get a little too head-over-heels and Graham becomes a bit too self-important, but it all works out in the end. Great for a cutesy summer read.
Received a free galley from Epic Reads Impulse via Edelweiss; this does not influence my opinions or review/