Monday, March 12, 2012

Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen

Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen
2011, Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis: High school junior Francesca Manning is an outsider, an aspiring writer and secret devourer of celebrity gossip mags. A fake essay to "Seventeen" wins her the celeb-schmoozing opportunity of a lifetime, but after the plane crashes, she's stranded on a desert island with five of the most clueless, self-involved headcases to escape Hollywood.

Why read: Received for review

What impressed me: I liked the concept of this book, celebrities in a Survivor-like situation, due to a plane crash. And I actually really enjoyed that each of the celebrities was a cliched stereotype easily compared to different real life celebrities.

What disappointed me: Francesca was utterly unlikeable. She was naive, boy-crazy and inconsistent in both thought and action. It was completely unbelievable that she would win this contest with an essay that contained lies that would have been checked up on. The entire situation surrounding the eventual rescue of the crash survivors was ludicrous and took away from the realism the character's growth created.

Recommended: Not especially. There are better books with similar themes and circumstances. Skip this and read Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

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