Map to the Stars by Jen Malone | ARC Review

July 13, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 10 Comments

Map to the Stars by Jen Malone | ARC ReviewMap to the Stars
by Jen Malone
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 14, 2015 by Epic Reads Impulse
Format: eARC
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3 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Can one down-to-earth girl plus a very famous boy and a whole lot of paparazzi ever add up to a perfect Hollywood ending?

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.

Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

review

I was expecting a whole lot more from this book. I heard it was so cute and it totally is but for some reason, it didn’t wow me as I was hoping. If you are looking for a cute, romantic teen story then this book is right up your alley. I liked that these characters were, in a way, real. Annie is not the perfect girl or has the perfect family. She is dealing with some major issues with her family, which have led her and her mom to leave to a new city altogether and start fresh. What Annie doesn’t expect is to meet Graham, who I have to admit, I didn’t quite like in the beginning. As the story progresses and Annie and Graham spend more time together, I realize I like them together. I guess they bring out the best in one another. What I didn’t like about Annie was that she sounded like an immature girl most of the time and was very ignorant to many things surrounding her. I was aggravated every time she would mention how she didn’t want to talk to her father. I know he did a very bad thing but it isn’t something so monumental that you have to ignore him. The attraction between Graham and Annie was instantaneous, which I wasn’t a big fan of.

The writing of the story was easy to understand and very captivating, to be honest. The pacing was also on point, seeing as it wasn’t slow nor fast. It was a pace that I believe many will enjoy. I had problems with the plot. I wish there had been something more added to it to really hook me in. I felt like I had read this some time before and I felt it to be predictable. If this story had been developed more, I probably would have enjoyed it more than I did.

Even so, this story was enjoyable and a quick read. It took me probably two days to read it because I was very busy with school, but it is a book that can be read in a day. If you want a cute, relaxing, happy story, then I really recommend this book. I don’t think you guys would be disappointed.

Rating Report
Plot
2.5 Stars
Characters
3 Stars
Writing
3.5 Stars
Pacing
4 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars

About Jen Malone

Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens. Her debut middle grade novel At Your Service (Simon & Schuster) published in 2014. Next up is the co-written series You're Invited (S&S, 2015 and 2016) and three young adult titles with HarperCollins, beginning with Map To The Stars (Summer 2015). Jen is the Author-in-Residence at a middle school outside Boston and has presented workshops at SCBWI conferences, the Baltimore Book Festival, Girl Scouts of America Adult Learning symposium, the Princeton Children's Book Festival, the Writer's Loft, Savvy Authors, and others. She also teaches creative writing to tweens at popular library and school workshops.

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  • Yeah I don’t think I would enjoy this book very much because the insta-love. I struggle with that quite a bit, sadly. I can’t say I was interested in this one in the first place, but I’m going to skip it.
    Great review, Genesis!

    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog recently posted: Review : The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
    • Yeah it was insta-attraction and I’m not a big fan of it. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Kaitlyn A.

    I wasn’t sure about this one and after reading your review, it looks as though I’m going to skip it! Sometimes I can overlook instalove is the story is really, really good, but this book looks like it doesn’t hit the mark. Great review!

    • At least for me, it wasn’t great. Others consider it to be amazing so who knows? Maybe you’d enjoy it 🙂 Thank you for visiting!

  • I kinda think this book and I would NOT get along. 🙁 Great review!

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY again!!! 🙂 So excited for you!! It seems like you have the BEST time celebrating your birthday!!! 🙂

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    • Aww. Yeah for me it just didn’t click.

      Thank you! Hahaha yes! Saturday and Sunday were fun. Today, my actual birthday, is spent studying or at least trying to haha

  • I have seen some mixed reviews for this one – sounds cute enough not super great though. Glad you did enjoy at least – Great review!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Review ~ Those Secrets We Keep
    • Not much was going on. I just found it to be cute and a quick read. Thank you, Grace 🙂

  • I can see this appealing to a fan of the fluffy romance sort of genre. That doesn’t describe me though, I am afraid. In fact, fluff scares me. I run from fluff 😉 I just need something extra I guess. Fluffy is fine, as long as there’s something more substantial to back it up, otherwise, like you said, it’s just another fun romance. I am glad that at least the writing was good and it was fast paced!

    • Then stay away haha it’s cute but not my cup of tea.