Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: Likely Story: Red Carpet Riot



Mallory is the star writer of a hit soap opera, Likely Story.  She's also sixteen.  Likely Story is getting rave reviews and has gotten several Emmy nominations, but Mallory isn't as happy as she should be.  First there's the fact that she's in love with Dallas, the star of her show, when she should be in love with her boyfriend Keith.  Then there's her mother, whose latest antics are forcing Mallory to take drastic action.  Then there's the fact that Likely Story seems to be getting more and more out of hand.  Then there's the new website, likelywhorey.com, which seemed dedicated to ruining Mallory's life.  And oh yeah, there's gym class.  The Emmys are approaching quickly and Mallory's going to have to act fast if she wants to keep her show, her friends, and her sanity...

Entertainment: ★★★

It started off okay, and then went downhill about halfway through.  Likely Story was clever and funny, and although Red Carpet Riot had some of the same satirical humor overall it was just less enjoyable.

Plot: ★★

This actually read a lot like a soap opera plot, in that it was fairly unoriginal and fairly predictable.  I think I've read nearly every scenario in this book before.  Honestly, it just wasn't that interesting.  And the ending was just fake

Characters: ★★★★

I will say that most of the characters in this series are actually very interesting to me, because even most of the bad guys are part good and even the good guys get bad sometimes.  There's a lot of grey areas, which makes for some entertaining characters.

Writing: ★★★

Fairly well-written.

End result: three stars.  A decent book, but not amazingly excellent.

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