Starlet's Man: A Young Hollywood Love Story

The Starlet Series, #0.5

Young Adult - Action
223 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2014
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Author Biography

Carla J. Hanna lived in Santa Monica, CA where her children played with the children of celebrities. She mingled with plenty of nannies and a few good celebrity moms. Her award winning books, The Starlet Series, are available through Amazon.com.

2014 Readers' Favorite Gold and Silver Medal Winner

5-Star ForeWord Review, Starlet's Man 2014

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

Manny Biro is surrounded by Hollywood glitz and glamour, but he does not want anything to do with the Hollywood way of life. He chooses the simplicity of a normal life over the pressure and expectations of Hollywood life, but this is not easy for him to achieve since his whole life is filled with people that live the very lifestyle he is trying to shun. His family and all his friends are in one way or another a part of the glitz and glamour, not to mention that his best friend Liana Marie is the hottest teenage Hollywood star. While Manny struggles to find a way of reconciling his ideas and beliefs about life with the reality of it all, he needs to resolve another issue that is more pressing and even more challenging. Can he really carry on being just best friends with Marie or should he act on the mutual feelings of love that they both obviously have for each other, despite the challenges presented by the fact that she lives the very life he eschews.

In Starlet's Man, Carla J. Hanna once again gives us an all-access pass that takes us behind the scenes in teenage Hollywood. Every new book in the Starlet Series portrays amazing character growth as you follow this young Hollywood crowd struggling to find their footing amidst the glitz and glamour that rule their world. Starlet's Man highlights the life of teenage Hollywood and the pressure and challenges that come with it. Forget all you have heard about the life of these stars. Starlet Series will give you a new and unprejudiced view. As if the pressure of being a teenager is not consuming enough, add the pressure of being one in Hollywood. Hollywood is a mash-up of diverse cultures, big dreams, impractical expectations and endless temptations and Carla J. Hanna brings all this out brilliantly. Starlet's Man is my fourth read in the Starlet Series and every time I have been dazzled by Carla J. Hanna's flawless writing style and character development.

Karen Pirnot

Starlet's Man is the continuation of a series called The Starlet Series by author Carla J. Hanna. If you've not read the previous books, you just might be initially overwhelmed by the flow of characters. However, the plot is engaging and the characters are delightful. This motivates the reader to lock into the story about Manny and his starlet girlfriend, Marie. The story is set in Hollywood and there is an abundance of superficial role models available to any teen ready for the ride. But Manny and his lifelong friend Marie have much more depth than many of their friends who want it all right here and right now. They ponder a myriad of life-changing decisions. They struggle with issues of religion, drug and alcohol use, rape and sexual participation. All topics are handled with respect and concern by the author.

I really like the main character of Starlet's Man, Manny Biro. He seemed to be a cut above his friends in emotional maturity and yet, he also made errors in judgment which cost him emotionally. Marie also has some tough decisions as they relate to her movie star career. She agonizes over a "normal" life versus the life of notoriety and fame while all the time growing in awareness and courage with her friend Manny. There is considerable food for thought for teens in this book. And furthermore, it is done with taste and conviction. Many novels promise a "coming of age" quality but Carla Hanna delivers it.

Samantha Rivera

Manny isn’t your typical Hollywood boy. It may have something to do with the fact that his life isn’t quite as glamorous as some of his friends, but it definitely has a lot to do with his own personality. Everyone around him is interested in the Hollywood life and glamour. But Manny wants to make something of himself outside of fame and fortune. For all of his friends, the place to be is in the movies. Everyone from the love of his life to his little sister want to make it and some of them already have. But ‘making it’ doesn’t always mean a happy ending and some of his friends are about to find that out the hard way. Hollywood has some tricks up its sleeve in Starlet’s Man by Carla Hanna.

I found myself drawn into this story from the start. I’ve never been a part of this world but I was able to really understand it. The descriptions are great and really help you feel like you’re a part of the story. Manny is a great character and you even feel for characters like Alan, Marie and Janet. There’s plenty going on in Hollywood and not all of it is up on the silver screen. Starlet’s Man by Carla Hanna is a story that will leave you guessing. You’ll be looking for the next one right away. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in realistic fiction and definitely anyone thinking they want the Hollywood life. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.