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By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun mix of teen actresses, mystery in Golden Age Hollywood.

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The Reviewer Here is Inaccurate

I loved this book. It's witty, glamorous, fun, and surprisingly poignant. I think it's absolutely appropriate for older teens. And I have to say, as a drama teacher and someone who went to film school, I totally disagree with the idea that Shukert's research is somehow inaccurate--it absolutely jives with what I know of this era. As for the homosexuality issue, while the characters themselves are relatively accepting of it, the studio system is not--a huge plot point revolves around covering up a star's homosexuality, and the anguish this causes him and others around him. So I don't know what this reviewer is talking about there!

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Starstruck is good fun. It's quite charming and readers will quickly fall in love with main character Margaret, as well as Amanda, and Gabby. It's a coming-of-age story, but it also has romance, revenge, and a little bit of mystery. Historical fiction is all the rage now, so it's fun to see something set during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The writing is good and the story moves by quickly. However, the author's historical research could have been better, especially on items and terms used during the era and how the Hollywood studio system worked. And the way homosexuality is discussed is too progressive for the time. It would have been more accurate to show how much it was covered up and denied.

Author rachel Shukert obviously created backstories for her characters as homages to the lives of Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Gypsy Rose Lee, and a little bit of Judy Garland thrown in for good measure, but she doesn't do it effectively. In any case, the allusions may be lost on today's teens who haven't heard those legendary Hollywood stories.

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