Stars Collide by Janice Thompson

June 13, 2012

About the Book:
Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Date: 2011
Backstage Pass – Book 1
Genre: Christian
Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 out
of 5
Tagline: Her future is so bright, she’s gotta wear
The Story (from the publisher): Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy don’t just play two
people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom–they are actually head
over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV
land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when
Kat’s grandmother, an eccentric star from Hollywood’s golden age, mistakes
their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out
of control. Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids? And can their
budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and
misinformed family members?

Unlike the topics most books that are set in Hollywood cover, this series is a
behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a television show, and I
suspect that with a background in TV writing, Janice Thompson puts a realistic
spin on a fictional comedy. Telling the story of a family-friendly sitcom, Stars Collide, book one finds the leading
stars, Kat and Scott realizing that their on-screen characters lives are
mirroring reality. Kat has crushed on her good-looking co-star Scott since day
one and after a lighting snafu, Scott’s under-cover-of-darkness kiss convinces both of them that there is a spark
between them… they just have to risk the always-persistent paparazzi – and most
importantly Kat’s 70-something grandmother not
finding out first!
Despite the fact that I
could barely keep my eyes open when I started this novel, I was impressed with
how easy it was for me to be swept up into this novel. Surprising since I am
not a fan of first-person writing. In her own unique, snazzy style, Janice wrote
the story in a way I cannot put my finger on that makes it read easily so that
is hardly a factor – it doesn’t read like a book that is written in that
fashion and I loved that. There is probably more dialogue as a result but if it
makes that seemingly “vanish,” I am all for it! The story is different than your
typical Christian rom-com. There are hilarious misunderstandings – although
some were taken to an extreme, which I will elaborate on later and some great
moments between our leading lady and leading man (particularly the “surprise”
nearer the end). Two people who finally take a stab at writing their own script
instead of relying on the one they follow for their “day job.”
No one does romantic
comedies quite like Janice Thompson. I love
her books. Her “Weddings by Bella” series is one I don’t think I could ever
part with – they are funny and romantic, emotional and charming all without making
us wish we were reading something else. First book I read, Fools Rush In, I giggled my way through. This book tends to be
better written from the first-person perspective but I think the antics leave
us with less tolerance. I found how the news of Kat’s faux engagement got out
more controllable than the author (and Kat) wanted us to believe – and it was a
tad bit annoying that Kat and Scott didn’t take better care that things didn’t get as far as they did. Some
instances such as Scott’s parents being victimized by the press (which isn’t
altogether untrue) or everyone assuming a pretend proposal is for real just
made me roll my eyes at the cliché. Still, the book is adorably cute. I loved
the “insider” look at Hollywood and am already enjoying book two! Anyone who
likes all things Hollywood will find a jewel in this charming romantic comedy.
Conclusion: Fun and entertaining best describes Stars Collide. It has a well-meaning but
human hero and its heroine is likable plus this is really an ideal, light summer-time
read. If you liked Thompson’s prior works or old Hollywood, check this one out. 


  • Carissa

    June 13, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Ooh, Rissi, now I have to borrow this from my friend!

    We had an author's convention in February and Janice Thompson was one of the speakers, a really fascinating woman who had written many manuscripts before a friend of hers found them crammed in the closet and insisted she try to get them published.

    This sounds like a really fun book and right up my alley!

  • Rissi

    June 13, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I really enjoyed this book, Carissa. It was an easy read that caught me up in its plot a lot quicker than I expected – and I loved that!

    There are a lot of old Hollywood movie references which is cute and I liked the setting of the story. :-)

    Janice has a fabulous writing style – her humor is great so I am not surprised she is a lovely lady. :-) That is really neat to know, too – I love that she had manuscripts hidden away! Wish I had that much to start with. LOL! ;-)

    Hope you enjoy this one, Carissa – I need to get my last two books/reviews wrapped!

  • Net Movie Blogger

    June 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Loved your Review. I read this book earlier this year and I liked it, too!

    Loved the references to old movies, movie lines, and Doris Day! Great Story!

  • Rissi

    June 14, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Thank you for reading. :-)

    I really liked this novel but not as well as Thompson's "Bella" series. It was so much more… entertaining. There was something about this book that felt… restrained. Still it was loads of fun in true Janice Thompson style. ;-)

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