Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss Details

TitleFame, Fate, and the First Kiss
Author
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062675804
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. “I have to convince audiences everywhere that a zombie loves a zombie hunter. So far, it’s not happening. So far, the only thing future viewers care about is that I’m not someone else.” Okay, the only other thing I’ve ever read by Kasie West was the short story of hers in Snow in Love, but I think it is safe to say that I am officially just going to preorder everything she writes from now on, because this story was a ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. “I have to convince audiences everywhere that a zombie loves a zombie hunter. So far, it’s not happening. So far, the only thing future viewers care about is that I’m not someone else.” Okay, the only other thing I’ve ever read by Kasie West was the short story of hers in Snow in Love, but I think it is safe to say that I am officially just going to preorder everything she writes from now on, because this story was also such a damn delight. And she is now 2/2 for writing the sweetest and softest boys in YA literature. I honestly just had a smile on my face while reading the majority of this book. If I’m ever in need of a feelgood book, I’m just going to turn to Kasie West’s backlist from now on. So, basically, Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss stars a girl named Lacey who just landed a breakout role in an indie zombie film which she will co-star in with the extremely famous, Grant James! Lacey has only ever done minor acting roles in the past, but she is willing to give up her senior year of high school to move to Hollywood and to give this role all she has. Meanwhile, her father has agreed to move with her, to help give her structure. Yet, he also gives her a tutor named Donovan, who is supposed to keep her on track with the schoolwork that she is already neglecting. But while filming, it becomes apparent that maybe Grant and Lacey don’t have the best onscreen chemistry with one another. Yet, Lacey is finding it easier and easier to find chemistry with the tutor who is supposed to be teaching her chemistry. *winky face* Donovan is the sweetest boy and I just loved him completely from page one. No spoilers, but the jumping on the trampoline scene? Added five years to my life. But on top of Lacey trying to put everything she has into this zombie role, it becomes more and more apparent that someone is trying to sabotage her chances of making it big. I won’t lie, this does have a bit of a Scooby-Doo feeling mystery around the movie set, because the someone that is trying to sabotage Lacey before her career even gets started is kind of doing innocent things. Yet, I still loved that it kept me guessing for far longer than it probably should have. Towards the end it became kind of obvious who it was, but right up until that ending point, I was honestly thinking that the sabotage was someone else. I also didn’t love the inclusion of bits of the movie script in-between chapters. I feel like we got a good enough feel of the plot of the film without those, and it pulled me out of the story (ironical enough) each time I read them. I think this book would have been stronger without them entirely, honestly. Also, there was a scene with them finding a drug dealer’s lair that I thought would come back into play and just never did and it was a little wild. But my only real complaint was that I kind of hated both of Lacey’s parents. I totally get that she’s only seventeen, but they both just felt like crappy parental figures throughout the book. From her mom, boxing up her stuff and giving her room to an animal that Lacey wouldn’t like, even though she thought she would be coming back to finish her senior year! To her dad who decided he wanted to play a major role in her life seventeen years too late, and then force her to over exhaust and over work herself to try to have a semblance of a “normal” teenage life, after agreeing to letting her act in the movie. I don’t know, they just both rubbed me the wrong way, and not even the ending of this book justified their actions to me. But at least she got a cute and sweet tutor out of the deal. Overall, I just loved this. It was the perfect sweet and heartwarming contemporary that I needed. I actually think this would be a perfect read for the spooky season. I mean, I wouldn’t say it is “spooky” per se, but it surrounds the making of a horror film all about zombies! And some of the moments in this book will keep you on the edge of your seat, involving the sabotage on the set. But I just think Kasie West is a master of YA Romance, and I think she is so deservingly beloved among the community. I can’t wait to see what she does next, and she 100% made a new fan from me. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchThe quote above was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for a couple comments that are weird about food and dieting, talk of online harassment and bullying, and use of the word cr*zy. Buddy Read with Amy & Heather! ❤
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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss on 9/28/2018 and finished it on 10/4/2018. This book is a fantastic read! I like the main character’s easy going personality. The conversations between the characters are full of humor and just happy. It’s interesting to read about an actress’ life, especially the underage ones. I didn’t know fans could follow a movie while they act. I have never run into one. I like reading about another fellow reviewer. I like Lacey’s card games of getting to kn I started reading Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss on 9/28/2018 and finished it on 10/4/2018. This book is a fantastic read! I like the main character’s easy going personality. The conversations between the characters are full of humor and just happy. It’s interesting to read about an actress’ life, especially the underage ones. I didn’t know fans could follow a movie while they act. I have never run into one. I like reading about another fellow reviewer. I like Lacey’s card games of getting to know someone new. Having someone trying to sabotage Lacey makes the read a bit more thrilling.This book is told in the first person point of view following Lacey Barnes, 17, high school senior and an actress, currently playing a role for a zombie movie, her first big starring role. She has to keep up with her homework while on set for her acting but she doesn’t keep up with her studies very well. Her overprotective dad hires tutors for her and the last one just quit. Her dad comes to inform her that her new tutor will be a boy from her sponsor school. Lacey doesn’t date. She doesn’t want a boy to get in the way of her acting and so another boy and another tutor doesn’t excite her because she wants to focus on her big role. She’s having a rough patch on her role because she and her hot co-star lacks chemistry. She’s spending time with him to get to know him better to improve their chemistry situation. Beginning of each chapter there will be a scene from the movie Lacey’s in.Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is very well written and fun to read. I like that this book has the slow burning romance where the characters move on from disliking each other to liking each other. I like the comparison between overprotective dad and dad who never showed up. I like the romance in this story because it stays on the surface and not go far beyond kisses. I like Lacey’s quick come back to argument with her dad about being happy on the job everyday. This book is not one to help me fall back to sleep when I wake up in the middle of the night, which is a good thing. A good book is worth sacrificing sleep over. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!Pro: fast paced, page turner, living on set, humor, romance, easy to read, dad issuesCon: noneI rate it 5 stars!***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Kasie West, publisher HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    All Lacey has ever wanted is to become a successful actress, and she’s done everything she can to get there—working hard, neglecting her social life, and even swearing off love altogether. It seems like her work has paid off when she lands a leading role in a horror film alongside a superstar, until her father’s over-abundance of concern forces her to work with a tutor, Donavan Lake. It seems like Donavan’s presence will only drag her down, until someone begins to sabotage her on set, and the t All Lacey has ever wanted is to become a successful actress, and she’s done everything she can to get there—working hard, neglecting her social life, and even swearing off love altogether. It seems like her work has paid off when she lands a leading role in a horror film alongside a superstar, until her father’s over-abundance of concern forces her to work with a tutor, Donavan Lake. It seems like Donavan’s presence will only drag her down, until someone begins to sabotage her on set, and the tutor is the only one who will help her track down the culprit—and, worse yet, he’s making her question all of her own rules about love and business. I’m pretty new to the world of Kasie West fans, admittedly; I read the first novel in this little ‘universe’ last year (Love, Life, and the List) and thought it was cute, but I wasn’t “wowed” until one of Kasie’s short stories this past Christmas became my favorite romance short of all time and put her solidly on my radar. With that track record, I went into this novel feeling like it would be the dealbreaker. Thankfully, Fame went above and beyond to convert me, and I feel pretty comfortable saying now that I’m adding Kasie West to my “auto-read” list. → L I K E S : I’d never had to win anyone over like this and I had to admit, it made the small victories more satisfying. First of all, her narrative voice itself is wonderful; like I feel every sweet romantic contemporary should be, it’s quick-paced, light, and fun without being shallow. She gets a lovely and nuanced story across without any extras or unnecessary add-ons, which makes books like Fame perfect for busting a reading slump or binge reading in one day. Happiness was not the right word to describe how I felt. Maybe euphoric or alive. Like everything I had worked for my entire life had led me to this. On top of that, her characters? You gotta love ‘em. They’re fun, witty, complex, and interesting. Lacey is such an enjoyable protagonist; she’s arrogant and spoiled in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way—she knows she’s a pain, but she rolls with it, and it works for her character so well. Donavan is a grouchy little fluff and I loved watching him slowly open up; plus, it was nice to see a budding romance where they communicated fairly easily instead of it being a book full of back-and-forth miscommunication. Next to his own name he added, ‘Revenge for all the math Lacey makes him explain.’ I smirked. “I’d want revenge for that, too.” Of course, Fame isn’t just a romance; it’s also a mystery story, and a pretty good one at that. The book flies by because you’re kept in solid suspense for who the saboteur is, and when the big reveal happens, it wasn’t the character or motive I assumed it would be, so that was a nice surprise. → F I N A L THOUGHTS : Overall, Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss was a knockout YA romance for me—it was cute, fun, a quick read, had enjoyable characters, didn’t rely on overusage of tropes, and the main character is acting in a horror movie, which was such a fun detail to the story. → RECOMMENDING TO… : Anyone who enjoys fluffy, cutesy romances without problematic content or overusage of tropes, as well as anyone who’s already a fan of Kasie West or similar authors.All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to HarperTeen for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly, this was not my favorite Kasie West book.
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    YASSS KASIE, GIVE US MORE BOOKS PLS THNX
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I will always read a Kasie book. I don’t even read the synopsis. I liked Lacey and Donovan. They’re both driven and maybe a little stubborn. Their banter was playful and fun. The on set characters were interesting and I especially enjoyed seeing Abby and Cooper again. Plot wise, it was okay. It was slow and quick moving at the same time. Because Lacey’s day is nearly the same every day, it felt a bit repetitive at parts. The sabotage thread didn’t really work for me. I did like the idea of it an I will always read a Kasie book. I don’t even read the synopsis. I liked Lacey and Donovan. They’re both driven and maybe a little stubborn. Their banter was playful and fun. The on set characters were interesting and I especially enjoyed seeing Abby and Cooper again. Plot wise, it was okay. It was slow and quick moving at the same time. Because Lacey’s day is nearly the same every day, it felt a bit repetitive at parts. The sabotage thread didn’t really work for me. I did like the idea of it and was second guessing everyone’s intentions, but the reveal and reasoning fell flat. Overall, it was another cute and fluffy book. I would have liked a little more from the epilogue, but I might be greedy. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 4/5e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewLacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So, when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part. Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture-perfect as she imagined. With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by anything. Specially not a RATING: 4/5e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewLacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So, when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part. Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture-perfect as she imagined. With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by anything. Specially not a crush...Kasie West does it again! For those who have read (and enjoyed) her previous novels, you know what to expect: fun plot, likeable characters and a cute, swoon-worthy romance. Lacey’s personality really appealed to me. She was funny and charming, yet a little bit strange. Donovan (aka the love interest), on the other hand, was more serious and collected. As we know, opposites attract. The plot went down the road of predictability towards the end, but I wasn’t bothered by it. It didn’t ruin my reading experience. Most people like to be surprised by the resolution of a mystery. I dont need an ending to be very shocking, as long as the events prior to it are entertaining.This isn’t Kasie’s best book but it’s memorable enough. I love the concepts she’s been coming up with lately and I’m beyond excited to see what she does next.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute story! Full review to come closer to release date.*EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*Is there anything better than an adorable read in front of the fire place on a cool winter-y afternoon?Nope, I believe not.Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss, like most West books, was just so much fun. So cute and sweet and just the right thing to escape for a couple of hours and be left, by the very last page, with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. Classic West with all the feels, friendships, and Such a cute story! Full review to come closer to release date.*EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*Is there anything better than an adorable read in front of the fire place on a cool winter-y afternoon?Nope, I believe not.Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss, like most West books, was just so much fun. So cute and sweet and just the right thing to escape for a couple of hours and be left, by the very last page, with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. Classic West with all the feels, friendships, and storyline that we've all come to know, count on, and love. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    What a novel! Can you believe this is my first Kasie West book? I know, crazy! Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing was descriptive and flowed perfectly from sentence to sentence. I especially enjoyed the sections of the movie. Thanks to HarperTeen for sending me an eGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anatea Oroz
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like with every new book that I read from Kasie West, I like them less and less. I'm not sure what changed, if it is my reading preference that's changed or the writing is not as good as it has been. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the book - I did, I just wasn't as amazed by this one as I was with my first couple of Kasie's books, like On the Fence and The Distance between us. And I sooo wanted to finally love a book by Kasie again. What bothered me the most with this book is that it is n I feel like with every new book that I read from Kasie West, I like them less and less. I'm not sure what changed, if it is my reading preference that's changed or the writing is not as good as it has been. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the book - I did, I just wasn't as amazed by this one as I was with my first couple of Kasie's books, like On the Fence and The Distance between us. And I sooo wanted to finally love a book by Kasie again. What bothered me the most with this book is that it is not rememberable. Yes, it's a cute book with a cute storyline and I breezed through it, but in a month I probably won't even remember the names of the characters. Hell, even now I don't know them by heart. I didn't feel anything particular for the male leads, I liked Lacey's spunk though. With all of that being said, I will still be waiting for next Kasie's book, and hoping it's an amazing one.Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    That was some super cuteness. Full RTC.ARC provided through Edelweiss for a fair reviewKasie, bring on all your classic YA teen angst, I am always here for it.
  • Stella ✨❣️
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*
  • mahana ✩
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars ✧ review also on my blog ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss follows Lacey, a new, seventeen-year-old actress, as she stars in a zombie film opposite a renowned actor, named Grant. Since signing onto this film, she’s had a rift with her father, who wants her to focus on school and not get caught up in show business. Her father ends up hiring a tutor from the local school, who happens to be an entertainment (a.k.a. film) 2.5 stars ✧ review also on my blog ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss follows Lacey, a new, seventeen-year-old actress, as she stars in a zombie film opposite a renowned actor, named Grant. Since signing onto this film, she’s had a rift with her father, who wants her to focus on school and not get caught up in show business. Her father ends up hiring a tutor from the local school, who happens to be an entertainment (a.k.a. film) reviewer for his school paper. The book follows Lacey navigating her first time on a relatively large movie set while negative things begin to surface about her online.My main issue with this book was that nothing really happens. Despite taking place on a movie set-which should be exciting in itself-nothing of substance happens at the beginning of the book. I understand that this is a contemporary novel and there isn’t much room for action, but we can’t stay inside the main character’s head the entire time. After finishing this, I could probably summarise everything that happened in 5 minutes since nothing of note occurred. The main complication of the entire novel revolved around negative press that Lacey was beginning to get online – something that is the norm for young actresses with a social media presence anyway.I’ve said this before, but I think I’m too old for West’s books. Sometimes I wish she wouldn’t add certain conflicts to her books without making it extremely obvious. I know these aren’t intended for someone my age in the first place, but it seems so blatant that I’m sure a 12-year-old could figure it out. Not that a contemporary book needs to be shocking, but it’s frustrating when something is right in front of your eyes and the main character doesn’t acknowledge it. When the reveal of who was sabotaging Lacey occurred, it left more questions than answers. It’s obvious the author tried to transfer the suspicion to other characters, but these were never properly answered and left more plot holes than solutions. Also, a lot of her dilemmas could easily be fixed if she just changed the passcode to her phone.The romance was also lacking, which is surprising for a West novel. I wasn’t entirely convinced on Lacey’s chemistry with Donavan and there weren’t any sparks when they finally got together. In fact, it felt rushed since it didn’t happen until towards the ending, and then the question of what’s in store for them isn’t answered properly (even in the epilogue). Donavan also didn’t have any qualities that stood out as different from any male character in the Young Adult genre. He’s got dark, brown hair, he’s broody, he has daddy issues, and he has a specific type of girl he likes to date. I know most of the female main characters in West’s books have distinct interests and personalities, but I’d like to see her branch out from the same old love story that she recycles in every novel.Overall, I’m going to surmise that West books aren’t written for my demographic anymore. I like reading her novels for a quick, short reprieve between some other books that require a lot of thought, so I’ll probably still pick up her books, I just won’t be expecting anything of substance. I’d recommend this if you’re a fan of her previous books because it definitely has that atmosphere, but I wouldn’t expect anything outstandingly different to other contemporary novels on the market.
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    I adore Kasie West... seriously. FRTC
  • Tiffany Chiang
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW: https://readbytiffany.wordpress.com/2...Kasie West is definitely one of my favorite authors, and her books are always super feel-good, soft, and fluffy. As much as I love her books, this one wasn't up to par to her other releases like The Fill-In Boyfriend or P.S. I Like You. It was definitely still an enjoyable read, and I really grew to love the main characters. However, the writing and development of the story felt a bit muddled and messy. I wouldn't say that this is her best b FULL REVIEW: https://readbytiffany.wordpress.com/2...Kasie West is definitely one of my favorite authors, and her books are always super feel-good, soft, and fluffy. As much as I love her books, this one wasn't up to par to her other releases like The Fill-In Boyfriend or P.S. I Like You. It was definitely still an enjoyable read, and I really grew to love the main characters. However, the writing and development of the story felt a bit muddled and messy. I wouldn't say that this is her best book, but it does satisfy my need for a cutesy contemporary.Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss follows Lacey Barnes, a 17-year-old actress and high school student, who has been cast for her first big-screen movie alongside Hollywood big shot, Grant James. 🎬 Lacey’s determined to prove herself as an actress , but her plans start to fall short when the director thinks Lacey and Grant have no chemistry on screen, which really can’t be helped considering Lacey is playing a zombie and monster make-up doesn’t really inspire butterflies. Not only that, Lacey’s helicopter father is requiring her to improve her math grade and has hired a tutor, Donovan, to make sure of it. With all that’s going on, Lacey doesn’t need another tutor let alone another boy added to the mix, but maybe, there’s more for Donovan to help with other than just math homework. 😉Although this book followed the classic Kasie West rom-com formula, the writing of this story felt underdeveloped which flowed into other aspects of the book. Lacey was an easy character to love—she was ambitious, sympathetic, and a fun POV to read from. On the other hand, the other side characters felt more one-dimensional and could have been explored a bit further. There were also a couple scenes that felt like filler and didn’t help move the story along. The climax of the book involves a mystery which added more suspense and excitement; however, the end result was underwhelming. We’re left clues throughout the story about who the potential suspect could be, but I was disappointed when the real suspect was revealed because it just opened more plot holes and left me more confused.Still, the romance was a fun slow-burn to watch unfold, and I loved every interaction the two had together because my heart skipped a beat in classic Kasie West contemporary fashion. 😍 Another aspect of the story that I think was done very well was the development of Lacey and her father’s relationship. He plays a major part in the story, and I enjoyed seeing him slowly becoming more supportive of her career. Overall, this book was an enjoyable read, but I expected more from one of my favorite contemporary-writing queens. Hopefully, her next book will be more reminiscent of her classic love stories, so I’m excited to see what she writes next! Thank you to Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter | Bloglovin
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was super cute. I really enjoyed it!Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is a Young Adult contemporary romance. It is the second book in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. The first book was Abby's story in Love, Life, and the List.This book can 100% be read as a standalone. Abby has a small part in this book. But you don't need to know anything about Love, Life, and the List to enjoy this book. I actually have read Love, Life, and the List, but had no idea while read This book was super cute. I really enjoyed it!Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is a Young Adult contemporary romance. It is the second book in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. The first book was Abby's story in Love, Life, and the List.This book can 100% be read as a standalone. Abby has a small part in this book. But you don't need to know anything about Love, Life, and the List to enjoy this book. I actually have read Love, Life, and the List, but had no idea while reading this book that it was the same Abby.The narrator of this book is 17 year old actress Lacey Barnes (1st person POV). She is starring in her first movie. But she is still a senior in high school. So she has to juggle both things at the same time.This book was a quick read. It was charming and I really enjoyed it.The story is about a girl who is living her dream of becoming an actress. She gets a big break by being cast in a zombie movie. Her leading man is already a big star.Lacey's overbearing father is a major part of this book. As is the high school component of the story. Both parts were very interesting.There is also a mystery in the book. I thought that this added a lot to the overall story. However, I was disappointed with the guilty party. It made some sense, yet I really wish that the author had chosen someone different to be the bad guy.I really liked everything to do with the movie. I wish that we had gotten to see even more behind the scenes stuff. I also really enjoyed her two co-stars. They added so much to the story. And I loved her tutor.Is this book sort of predictable? Yes. But if you are looking for a cute, light read then this book is perfect.Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.
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  • 《 sofia 》
    January 1, 1970
    a new kasie west book? sign the fuck up.https://attachedtobooks.blogspot.com/...blog | instagram | twitter | tumblr | bookdepository
  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I crack open a Kasie West novel, I expect to have warm, fuzzy feelings - and that certainly happened with FAME, FATE AND THE FIRST KISS. It honestly read a lot like a DCOM or a teen rom-com, and since I tend to be a sucker for those types of stories, I thought this one was quite enjoyable. The main couple were quite cute to read about, and I enjoyed the secondary characters (and cameos) a ton. If you enjoy these types of tales or want a read that's on the lighter side, definitely check Whenever I crack open a Kasie West novel, I expect to have warm, fuzzy feelings - and that certainly happened with FAME, FATE AND THE FIRST KISS. It honestly read a lot like a DCOM or a teen rom-com, and since I tend to be a sucker for those types of stories, I thought this one was quite enjoyable. The main couple were quite cute to read about, and I enjoyed the secondary characters (and cameos) a ton. If you enjoy these types of tales or want a read that's on the lighter side, definitely check this one out.
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  • Elena Salvatore
    January 1, 1970
    *gasp*We have a cover and the synopsis!
  • emi
    January 1, 1970
    me: urgh another Kasie West book? Do we really need this? also me: only 116 days until the next Kasie West book!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Another Kasie West book, another good time.I love Kasie's books because they are just so much fun and I can get fully lost in them. They're the pinacle of having a good time. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss was no different. We follow Lacey Barnes as she's set to start alongside a major Hollywood heartthrob in her breakout role. There's an adorable romance, onset drama, and tentative friendships that develop organically. I do think I liked Love, Life, and the List a bit more, but this was still a Another Kasie West book, another good time.I love Kasie's books because they are just so much fun and I can get fully lost in them. They're the pinacle of having a good time. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss was no different. We follow Lacey Barnes as she's set to start alongside a major Hollywood heartthrob in her breakout role. There's an adorable romance, onset drama, and tentative friendships that develop organically. I do think I liked Love, Life, and the List a bit more, but this was still an enjoable enstalment in this companion universe. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    I'd pretty much decided that this author's books were not the right fit for me, but for some reason I did request this.The good news? I was definitely less disappointed in this than I have been in this author's recent books. The movie set setting and "mystery" of who was trying to make poor Lacey look bad kept me mildly interested, but in the end it had the very low-stakes feel of a middle grade mystery. But it was hard to care that much about who disliked Lacey and was sabotaging her when she w I'd pretty much decided that this author's books were not the right fit for me, but for some reason I did request this.The good news? I was definitely less disappointed in this than I have been in this author's recent books. The movie set setting and "mystery" of who was trying to make poor Lacey look bad kept me mildly interested, but in the end it had the very low-stakes feel of a middle grade mystery. But it was hard to care that much about who disliked Lacey and was sabotaging her when she was kind of a wet noodle. Her love interest was better. There was potential for a triangle but it didn't really go that way. The whole set-up really reminded me of Love (the Netflix show with Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs). Like, a LOT. But without the edgy humor and oddball characters. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Another book to be waiting for?!?!BUT 2019......
  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    Companion book to... actually, it doesn't even matter. This is basically a standalone. And a nice one!Lacey wants to be a famous actress and she's worked hard for it, staying away from boys and any distractions. She's even said goodbye to her mother, siblings and best friend to move in with her father in LA to work in the movie that could be her career changer.While trying to balance life with her father, pressure from working with a popular actor and sessions with her tutor to keep up with scho Companion book to... actually, it doesn't even matter. This is basically a standalone. And a nice one!Lacey wants to be a famous actress and she's worked hard for it, staying away from boys and any distractions. She's even said goodbye to her mother, siblings and best friend to move in with her father in LA to work in the movie that could be her career changer.While trying to balance life with her father, pressure from working with a popular actor and sessions with her tutor to keep up with school work, strange things start happening on the set. Is someone sabotaging her?3.5.I confess I had forgotten West's style and in the beginning I was cheering for the wrong boy—as if she doesn't have a thing for the boy next door. It did take too long for Donovan to show up and thanks to that it probably took me as long as Lacey to warm up to him. But that's how a Kasie West book boyfriend is, he's too cute resist.While I'm a big fan of her writings, some of her books haven't made me that excited. It's not the case of this series, though. This wasn't as good as the first one, but it was a great pass time. And I really like how Kasie manages to explore so many aspects. Lacey's issues with her father, bullying, balancing the pursuit of one's dream with reality, the way she does it is very special.I also liked how all the characters had their flaws and upsides, it would have been so easy for the other actress on set to be a rival. For Grant, the popular actor who's making things harder for Lacey, to simply be a douche. While she is a rival and he is a douche, there's a lot more. I think both of their stories closed her but I still longed to read something centering on them. Or two things, I don't mind reading two other books.But my favorite thing is Lacey. She's an actress, a really good one, but she's also so human, we readers never know her true potential until the end. She's also super funny and relatable just like it was me landing a lead role on a horror movie.Reading back my review for the first book, I can see this one didn't make me as excited. But I assure you I read it all with a big smile—and high speed. It was a pleasure and another book for me to ascertain Kasie West is still my favorite YA writer.Now... who else is curious about the third installment? Who's it gonna be next?Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Sue :)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book a lot. I'm officially a huge fan of Kasie West's. The way she writes is so effortless and captivating. I also loved Lacey, she's so strong , straight forward and doesn't hold anything back. As for Donavan, he's so charming and smart. He's really supportive of Lacey and the chemistry between them was evident in their every interaction. I also loved seeing more of Abby & Cooper, I missed them a lot. What made this book even more special is that it's main focus wasn't the ro I enjoyed this book a lot. I'm officially a huge fan of Kasie West's. The way she writes is so effortless and captivating. I also loved Lacey, she's so strong , straight forward and doesn't hold anything back. As for Donavan, he's so charming and smart. He's really supportive of Lacey and the chemistry between them was evident in their every interaction. I also loved seeing more of Abby & Cooper, I missed them a lot. What made this book even more special is that it's main focus wasn't the romance but Lacey's career and the obstacles facing her and how she manages to overcome them with her persistence and the support of her family and friends. Such a beautiful story that put me in a really good mood ❤
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  • Katie (Lost in Pages)
    January 1, 1970
    *2.5* This was just average all around for me. The characters were okay, but I don’t feel like I truly connected with any of them. I related to a couple characteristics, but for the most part they were each pretty bland. One exciting thing would surface about one of them, but it never was fully developed. The plot was decent. I liked the aspect of the career sabotage, but I felt like the person behind it all was a bit obvious from the beginning. It was nice to read about an actress and behind th *2.5* This was just average all around for me. The characters were okay, but I don’t feel like I truly connected with any of them. I related to a couple characteristics, but for the most part they were each pretty bland. One exciting thing would surface about one of them, but it never was fully developed. The plot was decent. I liked the aspect of the career sabotage, but I felt like the person behind it all was a bit obvious from the beginning. It was nice to read about an actress and behind the scenes stuff with moviemaking. You don’t see that too often in books, so that was entertaining.
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  • Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was the fastest publisher approval I have ever gotten in my life. I requested this literally yesterday and today Harper was already like "yeah totally here's your arc, enjoy it!" and I'm like "excuse me???"Am I a bit shook since I already got approved for another arc yesterday? Maybe damn right.But let me tell you, two arcs in 2 days, I could get used to that kind of life.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Lacey was focused on her acting career and saw boys as a distraction. She was determined to convince her dad, that acting was important to her and her future, but first she had to sort out her feelings for Donavan, and uncover who was sabotaging her on the set.• Pro: Lacey was so easy to love. She came across as likable and authentic. Her worries and fears were plausible, and I really admired her focus and determination, as she tried to juggle the movie, school work, her dad's interference, and Lacey was focused on her acting career and saw boys as a distraction. She was determined to convince her dad, that acting was important to her and her future, but first she had to sort out her feelings for Donavan, and uncover who was sabotaging her on the set.• Pro: Lacey was so easy to love. She came across as likable and authentic. Her worries and fears were plausible, and I really admired her focus and determination, as she tried to juggle the movie, school work, her dad's interference, and her burgeoning feelings for Donavan.• Pro/Con: One of the things I wished there was more of was Donavan. He was great, and I would have loved to get to know him even better. I know I kept wishing there were more scenes with him and Lacey together, because I really enjoyed watching them on page together. • Pro: West always includes family focus in her books, and the dynamics here were sort of interesting with respect to Lacey. I really felt Lacey's struggle with adjusting to life with her non-custodial parent, while missing her mom and siblings. I also got to meet Donavan's sister, who was cute as a button, and shared a very endearing bond with her big brother. • Pro: The romance was, as I expected, very sweet. I loved the way Lacey slowly came to realize her feelings for Donavan, and I was solidly aboard this ship. • Pro: It was fun being on the set and getting a look into the day to day life of "stars". I enjoyed seeing the friendships between Lacey and her co-stars develop, and the cameos from the Love, Life, and the List couple made me smile. The mystery of who was sabotaging Lacey was not very necessary, but I thought it added another level of fun to the story. • Pro: This was a solid 4-star read, but the ending made me so happy, I bumped it up a half star. West did so many things right in that last chapter, and I can only smile and think fondly about it. Overall: Once again, West left me with a smile on my face and a light heart. It's always a delight to read a one of her books, and as always, the story was fun and cute with friends, family, and an adorable romance to round out my overall enjoyment.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Jasprit
    January 1, 1970
    Kasie West’s last couple of books hadn’t really worked out for me, I’d struggled getting through them, or the MC’s just appeared too young for my liking. So, I went into Fame, Fate and the First Kiss with mixed assumptions. But I’m glad that I decided to give this book a go, because it started off great, Lacey, had finally got her big chance starring in a zombie movie alongside big time actor Grant. But Lacey had been struggling with her role, her dad was being over-protective and there was alwa Kasie West’s last couple of books hadn’t really worked out for me, I’d struggled getting through them, or the MC’s just appeared too young for my liking. So, I went into Fame, Fate and the First Kiss with mixed assumptions. But I’m glad that I decided to give this book a go, because it started off great, Lacey, had finally got her big chance starring in a zombie movie alongside big time actor Grant. But Lacey had been struggling with her role, her dad was being over-protective and there was always seemed to be a negative press around her. I really was rooting for Lacey, I wanted her to do well in this role, and she was trying her utmost hardest. Then later it seemed like someone was sabotaging her all along, I must admit my interest was piqued here, and of course I had a couple of suspicions of who it could be. This aspect really did have me excited about the book, but then once the person behind it all was finally revealed, it felt like a big build up for no reason. Overall, I did enjoy this book, I was a fan of the cute love interest and the direction the romance went in, but again I felt like some of these characters were just too young for me, I don’t know if it’s because I’ve just moved away from YA books a lot in the last year, or that West’s books are just no longer working for me anymore.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI loved this! It was exactly what I needed today. <3
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