Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so here is a sweet, YA romance book review to get everyone into the mood! I hope you all have something fun planned with loved ones (or yourself in you’re more into that!).
Title: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
Author: Kasie West
Genre: YA Romance
Quote: I’d never had to win anyone over like this and I had to admit, it made the small victories more satisfying.
Lacey Barnes is an aspiring actress, so she is thrilled when she gets cast as the star in a small, Indie movie alongside the incredibly famous, teen heartthrob, Grant James. However, as her character turns into a zombie, their on stage chemistry suffers to the point of collapse. To get back in character, Lacey realizes that she must fall in love and have her first non-scripted kiss. The question is, can she fall for her famous co-star, or will her heart lead her toward the boy her dad just hired to be a part of her life as her independent study tutor- Donavan? Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss was a sweet, YA romance full of drama and friendship on a movie set.
That was such an enjoyable story! I went into this book expecting a cute, fluffy read to get me into the month of February vibes. While I wasn’t wrong, I enjoyed this book so much more than I had anticipated. This story was totally cheesy and romantic, with a dash of mystery added to it. It was a quick, sweet read that I am glad I got around to picking up!
I did read the audiobook which I highly recommend for this story! The writing is so personal that it really feels like you’re a natural part of the story when listening to the audiobook.
This book is definitely more YA than others that I’ve been reading, but I loved the simple plot with added elements to it. The relationships were amazing, and I appreciated the themes of commitment and determination.
As I said, I really loved the characters in this book! Lacey is kind of spoiled and bratty, but she was so aware of being annoying that it was interesting to read the book in her witty, quick-paced tone. Donavan and Grant were constantly acting on opposite ends of the spectrum, and I loved watching Lacey’s relationship with both boys grow and struggle. The story would definitely not be as good without the great supporting cast as well. Although I did thoroughly enjoy myself, I did not love the writing style and I didn’t really like the ending. For that reason, I’m only rating it 4 stars, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m glad that I read it!
This book was adorable, and I’m just going to make a quick list of things that I loved in this book!
- The getting-to-know-you card game. Very cute, and I liked the actors forming a relationship.
- Lacey’s relationship with Donavan! They are so sweet together, and I really liked her slowly realizing that he’s not a total bore. ❤️
- The mystery of someone trying to sabotage her on set. Very interesting, although I really don’t care for how all that played out in the end. It was a little anticlimactic.
- When Lacey and Donavan ended up accidentally sneaking into a drug lord’s hideout!
- The amazing friendship between Lacey and Abby, her good friend from home (who potentially was in the previous book by this author…)
- Donavan writing the review that broke Grant’s morale. For some reason, I found this hilarious!
- Lacey and Donavan walking down the red carpet together. This was a great way to end this story!
Well those are some of my thoughts!
Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you like Kasie West’s books? Let me know! 🙃
Have an amazing Valentine’s Day!