Monday, June 17, 2013

Blog Tour: How To Be Almost Famous in Ten Days by Kathleen S. Allen

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How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days

Title: How To Be Almost Famous In Ten Days
Author: Kathleen S. Allen
Gypsy Shadow Publishing Company
Publishing Date:  March 15th 2013
Pages: 145
Genre:  YA Contemporary 
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: Kindle Version provided by Xpresso Tours


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Seventeen-year-old Cassie Cee feels invisible because she's a double-digit size. She finds a book in a secondhand bookstore that she hopes will change her life. Her best friend's brother wants to make vlogs about how she is following the ten rules she found in the book, why she is doing it, and how she feels about being invisible for his school project. She agrees, but only if he promises no one but his college advisor will see the vlogs. He promises, but a friend of his posts them online and they go viral. When one of the "famous rules" puts her best friend, Rachel in a dangerous situation, Cassie makes one last vlog and Chuck posts it online. But emails begin arriving from other girls who have felt invisible, and she realizes she has to own up to being "the real Cassie Cee."

I thought this book sounded really cute so I jumped on the blog tour to give it a read. It was a very cute and fast read, this would make a good beach read. With summer starting this is a good book to sit down with when you have a just a bit to read. The story was fun. 

Cassie is tired of being invisible. Browsing the bookstore one day she finds a book titled "How to Be famous in Ten Days. Cassie decides to give it a try and starts with the first rule. She is a little afraid to use her own image, she has serious self image issues, and uses her best friend to be the face of her journey to become famous. The plan works, too well, and things just go downhill fast. 

This was a very light fast read and it was fun. I liked the story. It was cute, had its funny moments, and even had a lesson to learn in the end.

I liked Cassie in the beginning. At least I thought I was going to like her. She wasn't the average main character. She was bigger than the average small teen, but I never got the feeling the she was too big. She was smart, she wasn't unpopular or popular. She thought she was invisible and maybe she was.... it was summer so I was never able to see how she was around her peers. She had some very serious self esteem problems. She had a wonderful voice and could write some very serious lyrics. She had a very pretty, everyone loved, best friend. Her mother was never home. She had a crush a local Starbucks employee. That was Cassie in a nutshell. I felt she was way to smart to act the way she acted and her idea of using her best friend as the face of her getting famous stunt was kind of dumb. It made for a good story but was dumb. She wanted to be the one famous yet she uses her best friend as the face, that will work, and this is what Cassie learned. It didn't go quite as planed. After a few oops, a dangerous situation, and some serious thought, Cassie learned her lesson. In the end she grew up. 

Cassie wasn't a bad character, she did get on my nerves a little, but she wasn't the best character either. I did like Blake, the Starbucks employee, and he was sweet, nice, and crazy for sticking around a mess he didn't have too. The characters weren't developed as much as I liked but I still enjoyed the story. 

The story was cute, I felt it read more for a younger crowd by the plot and the writing style. It would be a great book for the younger crowed except for a couple more mature moments. The pacing was very fast. It was non stop from beginning to end and it was a very quick read. I wasn't ever bored. 

If you need a quick and light read with some fun moments, give this book a try. Its nothing too deep but still has a few lessons learned. 

Kathleen has been writing since she was eight years old when she self-published her first book. Okay, she hand-copied her poems onto plain white paper, paper punched three holes in the sides, made an orange and blue “book jacket” and threaded red ribbon through the holes that she tied with a bow. Ta Dah! Her first book! She’s been writing ever since. She writes in different genres but YA is her favorite. 

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, Jenn Renee! It does sound like a cute, quick read. Glad you enjoyed it! :)


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