Book Review: Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks

by Jac on June 27, 2014

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Before He Was Famous by Becky WicksBefore He Was Famous Series: Starstruck #1
Published by Becky Wicks on May 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Netgalley
One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.

A month ago I was on the hunt for a new Contemporary YA/NA read when I found Before He Was Famous on Netgalley, and seeing that it’s my favorite ‘type’ of romance, the best friends fall in love, I couldn’t resist!!

Chloe and Noah are fantastic – they are best friends, and have been since they were kids. At the risk of ruining their friendship, they’ve both spent too much time pushing the other away. Noah is a soon-to-be super famous rock star (after winning an American Idol-like show) and Chloe is just your average girl from Colorado who has a passion for photography. Their journey is a fun one, add in the idea of Noah writing super romantic songs, the ‘insider view’ of life in the spotlight, and the cute Peter Pan story that they have going for them? This book is a winner!

This was my first book by Becky Wicks, and I loved every minute of it! Her story is strong, with great secondary characters who tell their own fantastic stories! (And the glamorous life of a rock star is just plain fun to see from the outside!) And she added in a fun little mystery – a potentially obsessed fan sending death threats to Chloe. I loved how Chloe works her life into Noah’s life (and her blog was fun for me to read about!) I was so glad to learn that this is going to be a series, and can’t wait to read Alyssa’s story next!!

If you’re a fan of contemporary YA/NA? Then I think you’ll love this book!


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