Starstruck by Rachel Shukert
Recommended by Patricia Williams
Youth Services Librarian, Encinitas Branch
Have you had enough of teen gladiators, marauding zombies and love-struck vampires? Do you fantasize about a simpler, yet more glamorous time when movie palaces beckoned the masses to an oasis of dreams amidst the desert of the Great Depression? If so, then this escape to 1930’s Hollywood may be just the story for you. Starstruck follows the lives and careers of three teen girls – one sultry, one peppy, one regal – as they discover how much they are willing to risk for a chance at stardom. Although published for young adults, the novel’s complexity and charisma will appeal to older readers as well. Aficionados of classic Hollywood, whatever their age, will lose themselves in the drama and decadence of a bygone era.