Four Stars, Low Language, Low Violence, Moderate Romance, Sariah Wilson

#Starstruck

Ok confession time, I like cheesy, I totally watch Disney Channel original movies, and enjoy them. You know you do to, you’re just not about to admit it publicly. Did you see the 2010 one with Sterling Knight and Danielle Campbell called Starstruck? It was cheesy and predictable but completely adorable. A few weeks ago I came across a book with a similar title and was intrigued.

#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson is also about a girl next door’s relationship with a movie star, and is also sweet, a little predictable, and a little cheesy. However, it’s also so much more.

#Starstruck (A #Lovestruck Novel) by [Wilson, Sariah]

“With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.

Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her.

Sariah Wilson did a beautiful job of letting the friendship and romance between a hometown girl and a A-list movie star build naturally over time. I appreciated that it wasn’t a love at first sight kind of thing. Then, the thing that just made me want to hug the author and tell her thank you a million times was how she handled the deepening of their relationship and intimacy in her book. My favorite line is: “We can experience intimacy that has nothing to do with the physical.” Thank you, thank you! For portraying that it’s possible and even preferred to be attracted to someone, to love them, and yes even desperately want someone on a physical level and still have self-control. Thank you for showing that love is about trust and commitment and forgiveness. Sexual attraction is just the icing on top. It might make the cupcake taste delicious, but it’s not really even part of the cupcake. So here’s to an author brave enough to show us that true love is worth the wait. –N.C.

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