Take an A-list superstar from a power celebrity family, molded and manipulated by her Orwellian mother, a lovely woman who doesn’t know who or what she is because life has never been real. Balance her with the ugly duckling who is a good journalist overwhelmingly frustrated by not being able to tell the real truth, and whose outlet for that is a hard hitting truth-telling celebrity-watch site. Add naïve use of beards, long term crushes and a whole ensemble of variously mad supporting characters and you have Lost in the Starlight.
It flows with gay abandon, the writing is stylish and well crafted. Ms Archer shows a delicious and wicked sense of humour and comic timing. The bringing low of the superstars PA/controller is a particularly amusing sub-plot, and nobody will feel quite comfortable going for a massage with a trainee masseuse again.
Despite all the silliness the main characters are real, with faults and fears and a learning curve that lifts them beyond the pure caricature into likable and sympathetic young women that you cant help but route for. The rest of the cast defies description to be honest, there’s barely a sane one between them.
Highly entertaining, amusing and fun, with a serious subtext about being ourselves and fighting to stand up to those who would force us into their mold, this is a far more layered book than it might first appear.
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