And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her.
As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.
With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not, it's pretty much impossible to avoid love at this time of year. And honestly, I wouldn't want to! I adore all the movies Hallmark (and now Netflix) come out with for this holiday, and I'm even more excited to read a book that gives me an adorable romance to root for. In this case, Kasie West's new book Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss comes out just in time for us to enjoy it during this sappy time of year. And once again, she has given us a fun and easy story about two teens falling in love.
Kasie West excels that writing very cute storylines; her books are basically Hallmark movies for teens. I always have a great time reading her stories and I really loved that she decided to expand on a character we had previously met instead of coming up with a completely new one. Lacey was so much fun to meet in Love, Life and the List, so it was wonderful to now see her acting in a movie and being the star of her own story (let's be honest, we always knew she would be!). I was a big fan of Donovan and I loved how his and Lacey's story developed. Definitely the happily ever after I look for in my romance novels.
Meeting Old Characters Again
I love that we got to see Abby and Cooper again! I thought that Love, Life and the List was the strongest book West had written at that point, so I was really happy to see them again and confirm that they were still happy and in love. It's such a little blip in the overall story, but I also really liked that Lacey and Abby are such good friends. It's nice to see that the friendship that started in Love, Life had strengthened over time and that these two were still supporting each other.
West's Writing Keeps Getting Stronger
Normally I don't discuss the author when giving a review, but I once again need to bring up how West's writing continues to get stronger with every book. I've read the majority of her books (some I just haven't been able to find) and there is a distinct difference between the first books she wrote to what she is giving us now. I love the direction her writing is going and get more excited every time a new book comes out. It's not about the complexity of her stories - because I'll be the first to admit that these are very simple stories - but that that they are becoming more realistic.
Fame, Fate and the First Kiss is the perfect book to read if you like easy, lighthearted, teen romance with a little bit of intrigue thrown in. If you have liked Kasie West in the past, you will definitely love her newest book! I really enjoyed this book and I hope we get a return of more characters in the future (maybe Donovan's sister?), but until then, I think I'll reread some of her older books. It's the perfect time of year to fall in love with them again!
FINAL RATING: 4/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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