Saturday, June 25, 2011

Secrets of My Hollywood Life 6: There's No Place Like Home

Title: Secrets of My Hollywood Life 6: There's No Place Like Home
Author: Jen Calonita
Rating: 3/5
Summary: After her brilliant run on Broadway and surviving the harsh concrete jungle of New York City, seventeen-year-old Hollywood "It Girl" Kaitlin Burke is back in LA starting a sitcom with her former-nemesis-now-BFF, Sky. The show is a huge success! In fact, maybe a little too huge, Kaitlin realizes, after a bad run-in with aggressive paparazzi that puts her boyfriend Austin in danger. She wishes one final time that she could have a normal life. But what Kaitlin doesn't realize is that her Hollywood life has had a positive influence on just about everyone she loves, and it takes a minor car accident and a nasty concussion to truly grasp how lucky she is. In Jen Calonita's sixth and final Secrets of My Hollywood Life novel, Kaitlin learns at last about the price of fame, the unending upside of friendship, and that there really is no place like home-- even if it's Tinseltown.
My Thoughts: There's No Place Like Home took a bit of a different turn than the other books. It had the present, then from pages 150-300 veered into an alternate-Kaitlin reality. Then the end was the present again.  I understand that the author wanted to create a different life, however, I wish it had only lasted 30 pages, instead of half the book. The sixth book is the culmination of the previous five where Kaitlyn Burke is a star that is highly sought, driven beyond exhaustion by her mother/manager and wonders how it would be to have a normal life. She has a great boyfriend, supportive best friends, a fantastic career, and Jimmy Choos shoes to die for. Heck, she has Jimmy Choos. My best shoes come from sale section at Macy's. In this book, Kaitlin grows as a character, and begins to make her own decisions, a major turning point in the whole series. Overall it was a nice, quick read. 

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