A star isn’t born

10 09 2011

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

For some reason I overlooked these reviews of this book:

‘If you have yet to read genius comedy crime writer Carl Hiassen, Star Island is the perfect introduction…We dare you not to laugh out loud’ Heat

‘A fab and funny take on the celeb world’ Now

‘Absolutely everyone is out to get what they want, which means the appalled but delighted reader gets a grin on every page’ Evening Standard

Had I noticed then I would have certainly avoided. Nevertheless, thought it might have had something going for it:

Twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is Cherry’s ‘undercover stunt double’, standing in for Cherry whenever the singer is too wasted to go out in public. But, one night, Ann-as-Cherry is mistakenly kidnapped from a Miami hotel by an obsessed paparazzo named Bang Abbott. Now the challenge for Cherry’s handlers (comprising the world’s pushiest stage mother; perverted record producer; nipped-and-tucked twin publicists; weed-strimmer-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence secret from the public.Will Bang achieve his fantasy of a private photo session with Cherry? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her concert tour and promote her new album, Skantily Klad? And will Ann escape from Cherry’s shadow?

So, sounded entertaining enough in a throwaway, summer read kind of way. However, it is pretty poor stuff I’m afraid to report. Don’t really know why I stuck with it until the end. Mistake.



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