A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is a light contemporary teen romance. It's also the second of three companion novels by Kasie West. Lacy Barnes is a new, 17-year-old actress starring in a zombie film opposite an experienced actor named Grant. When her father, who'd rather have Lacey focus on school than acting, hires a tutor from the local school, the story takes a twist as someone appears to be trying to sabotage Lacey on set. Lacey is a likable character who's headstrong and determined to be an actress. The best part of this story is Lacey's relationship with her father, who wants his daughter to focus on school and not get caught up in show business. There's no swearing, violence, or substance use. And sexual content is limited to some kissing on the movie set.
What's the story?
FAME, FATE, AND THE FIRST KISS opens with 17-year-old Lacey Barnes' face falling off. Well, her zombie face. It's a hot September in Los Angeles, and Lacey has dreamed since forever about becoming an actress. Now she's about to star in an indie movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, 19-year-old Grant James. Lacey has left her home and school to share a little apartment with her father, who's hired a tutor (Donovan Lake) to help her keep up with her homework. Lacey faces one challenge after another with her co-stars and tutor, and when it looks like someone on set is trying to sabotage her, it's hard to stay focused.
Is it any good?
This light romance emphasizes following your dreams, but it's a bit slow and repetitive in places, and the characters seem underdeveloped. Some parents will like the fact that this story has no swearing or sex, and teens will like the protagonist's determination and quick banter. But the characters and story sometimes fall flat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how self-esteem is explored in Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss. Have you ever been bullied? Or bullied someone else? How did you face this?
What do you think it would be like to grow up with an overbearing parent? Do you know anyone who's dealing with that?
Have you ever felt like a boy or girl in your midst distracted you from focusing on your dreams? How did you find your focus?
- Author: Kasie West
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, High School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: February 5, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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