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Burning Bright is the second book in The Rise And Fall Of Dani Truehart Series by Michele Kwasniewski. Sixteen-year-old teen pop sensation Dani Truehart finds herself free of her mother's greedy clutches when her mentor Martin Fox assumes control of her guardianship. After topping the Billboard charts with her debut album, Dani embarks on a lengthy tour traversing multiple continents. However, when a rare night out with Hollywood stars Kayla Spencer and Trey Connors doesn't go according to plan, Dani slowly begins to understand the downside of being a celebrity. Additionally, her mother is hell-bent on using her daughter's fame for her own benefit. A busy touring schedule and the pressure of being a celebrity soon take a toll on Dani, and she finds herself feeling more lost than ever.
Burning Bright is a cautionary tale about the ills of fame where young talented artists get routinely exploited by everyone around them to satisfy their own insatiable greed, leaving the artists to become a shell of themselves. Author Michele Kwasniewski perfectly captures the headspace of a young teenage pop sensation who, underneath all the glitz and glamor, is still a child seeking love and approval but finds herself feeling alone and vulnerable all the time. The narrative deals with the exploitation of young artists who struggle to deal with their fame and are in no position to shrug off the people in their lives who try to take advantage of their talents. There are a lot of similarities between Dani and real-life pop star Britney Spears. Highly recommended.