Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FAMOUS by Todd Strasser-REVIEW

Jamie Gordon is famous for being the youngest paparazzi. She has a knack for getting just the right pictures of the stars. Her fellow paparazzi think that she is just a one-hit wonder. Her mother refuses to call her photography skills a career. And her boyfriend seems to be distancing himself from her. 

When superstar Willow Twine requests Jamie come to LA and do an exclusive photo shoot for a week, Jamie is thrilled. Willow is trying to boost her career. After coming out of rehab she has one last chance to clean herself up or she becomes a has-been. Willow is bent on destruction though as she has her former boyfriend Rex come stay. When Jamie finds some unexpected pictures on her camera she must decide what to do, betray a friend to boost her own career or delete them and miss her opportunity for fame.

Also while in LA, Jamie tries to get in contact with her best friend. Avy moved to LA when he was 15 to seek his acting career. When Jamie finally meets up with him she is shocked by what he has done to himself. Plastic surgery has made him not even look like the Avy she used to know.

On the positive side I liked Famous very much. I was engaged with all of the characters. I wanted to know what was happening in their lives. On the negative side the book was written so choppily that it sometimes got hard to follow. One minute we were reading about something that happened in 9th grade and then the next chapter we were in the present, then the next chapter we would be early in Jamie's 10th grade year. Somehow though I managed to become involved in the story and then it was hard to put down.

Sexual Content=None
Language Content=Very little
Violence Content=None


  1. I liked this one too, but I didn't love it. And I really wanted too since Todd Strasser's one of my favorite authors. The "choppy" writing is what really got to me. He doesn't usually write like that. One of my favorites by Strasser is Boot Camp.

  2. I have only read one other Todd Strasser book. I loved Wish You Were Dead. I agree that I didn't notice his writing being choppy in Wish You Were Dead. Guess he was trying something new.

  3. When I saw the title of this book I found it intriguing. Many books have the title of Famous but their works never live up to the title. But this goodness. It was captivating for sure. The way he portrayed the story in multiple points of view was ingenious. Though it was very confusing with the timing of the stories I still found it to be a good novel. Not worth buying, but definitely great to check out of the library!!


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