Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

by Kasie West


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Fan favorite author Kasie West delivers an effervescent story about chasing your dreams and following your heart, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Lacey Barnes has dreamed of being an actress for as long as she can remember. So when she gets the opportunity to star in a movie alongside one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, she doesn’t hesitate to accept the part.

But Lacey quickly learns that life in the spotlight isn’t as picture perfect as she imagined. She’s having trouble bonding with her costars, her father has hired the definition of a choir boy, Donavan Lake, to tutor her, and somewhere along the way she’s lost her acting mojo. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, it looks like someone on set is deliberately trying to sabotage her.

As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.

With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062675798
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 87,920
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.21(d)
Lexile: HL530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.

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Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Lacey Barnes has landed her first big role in a movie opposite a big name teenage heart throb. Wanting to focus 100% on doing her absolute best acting as the love interest/zombie she is foiled by her father who wants to make sure she is keeping up with her school work and not working more hours than an underage performer should be. He hires a local high school student, Donavan Lake to tutor her. When someone starts sabotaging her chances on set, Donavan becomes the one person she can trust to help her find out who is behind these pranks. I liked Lacey and her drive to succeed quite a bit. She is charming on set and that charm carries over to the reader very well. She and Donavan have some great dialog and I liked him overall, but I thought their romance was a bit contrived. Yes, he was her tutor and they were thrown together but I thought the story would have been stronger if they stayed friends. I don’t know, I guess I have mixed feelings because I did really like each characters on their own. I thought the movie plot was cute and kind of liked how each chapter began with a scene that they’d be working on in the next chapter. It tied the movie to the plot really well. I really felt let down when it came to the relationship between Lacey and her father. I would’ve like to have seen the relationship grow a bit more than it did. He and her mom are divorced and this was his chance of living with his daughter and their relationship didn’t have enough depth and because of that his scenes felt flat. I didn’t feel the emotion that the scene was trying to build towards which was disappointing. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is a stand alone novel set in the same world and with the same characters as in Love, Life, and the List. Lacey’s best friend is Abby from the previous book, which would make this the second book in a series? BUT, it can be read as a standalone since Abby and Conner show up towards the end and don’t really need more explanation than what is given to the reader. I do think reading Love, Life and the List first would be helpful only because you learn a little of Lacey’s back story and without that the reader is thrown into the story. Overall, I enjoyed reading Fame, Fate and the First Kiss, but it was not my favorite Kasie West novel. Funny enough, that title goes to Love, Life, and the List. ❤️❤️❤️❣️
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say writing this review almost physically hurt me. I am a HUGE fan of Kasie West's and I normally love all her books. But this one I just couldn't connect with. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it right then, IDK, but this one just didn't click with me. Lacey Barnes has her first large acting gig and she wants everything to go perfect. Unfortunately, she doesn't include school, her overprotective dad, and a bunch of mysterious mishaps in her vision of perfect. And that's what she gets. Then a romance brews out of nowhere which shows her chemistry is never forced. I was SO excited for this book. I used it for a WoW and everything, but when I finally got around to it, I could not stay interested. And the number one reason why.... Lacey. I'm normally ok with brat like teens, but I just couldn't get over her. She claimed she missed school and some aspects of being a teen, but she wouldn't do her homework. And I agreed with Donavan, she got whatever she wanted and STILL complained. I pictured everything she said in a whiny voice and I just couldn't get it out of my head. I finished Love, Life and the List when I didn't care for someone in that book too, and for that reason I had to go ahead and DNF this one. I'm done reading about characters I don't like. And when this person popped up in this novel too, it made me not like it more. The other thing I wasn't a fan of was the mystery. That was really the only reason I got as far as I did. (I normally DNF around 60-100 pages, but for this one I lasted until page 220.) I wanted to know who was causing all the small mishaps and what was going on, but it's not the forefront of the story, so I really didn't care to know how it all played out. I ended up just skimming the end and seeing how they ended up and that was that. (Speaking of, do I get to consider this read if I skimmed it? Asking for a friend...) The only reason I still skimmed the end was the love interest. I was so interested in that person and I wanted to know more about them. And one of their hobbies reminded me of one of mine, so I wanted to know more about them. They were the one bright spot about this story that made me interested in knowing more. Although I have loved all West's other books, this one is ultimately not for me. I can see where this young actress getting her lucky break and not having to attend school could be of interest to others though. I definitely encourage you all to give it a try and read it for yourselves. In fact, I've seen some people that have either really loved this one or really didn't care for it. I hope you all read it to find out where you stand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing as always!
QueenAlchemy More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 Stars Where do I start with this one? This was definitely another cute read from Kasie West, but this one is my least favorite of the three that I have read. I was a little let down with this one, not because I didn't like it, because I did, but because I didn't love it. While I enjoyed this book immensely, I didn't feel the same love or adoration that I felt from P.S. I Like You or The Fill-In Boyfriend. The plot for this one was compelling enough but too many things were entirely too predictable. I could peg the saboteur from the beginning which made the mystery surrounding the plot much less stimulating for me. I kept reading and hoping that I was wrong and that I would be surprised, but in the end, my instincts were correct. Not that it shouldn't be said that the journey to that reveal wasn't worth reading. It was, it just wasn't as suspenseful for me. Most of the characters felt flat to me. I felt Lacey's character was the most relatable, but I didn't necessarily love her. She actually had qualities that didn't mesh with me personally. Like her lack of concern over her high school studies. That part aside, her character felt the most real to me. As for Donovan, I liked his character a lot but he lacked depth to me. I really thought that he was quite adorable, but something about him made me feel distanced from his character. I can't place my finger on it though. I enjoyed the side characters, but none of them really shouted out to me. While they didn't feel like filler in the story, I also didn't feel overly connected to them. I liked the friendships in the book. Lacey still spoke with her BFF from home frequently enough and she made friends with Amanda on set. I liked the family aspects as well. Lacey dealing with her father acting like a helicopter parent most of the time, feeling like her father didn't support her dreams, and her mother that loves her but is clearly preoccupied with her younger siblings most of the time. The romance felt like it had the barest amount of chemistry. There was something there, but not enough. The romantic scenes between Lacey and Donovan were not really that satisfying. The progression of the romance almost felt forced. The "falling in love" part felt like it wasn't even there. They meet, hang out and talk a handful of time, and then they are kissing and becoming a couple. And even the kissing was uneventful. (Although, I admit to liking the times he kissed her forehead. Cute!) It didn't feel like there was a real reason why they got together. The body language and chemistry was all off. Overall, this was a cute and enjoyable read. If you like Kasie West's books then you should like this one as well. It has the same overall structure as her other books I suppose, it's just that this one didn't wow me like the others that I've read before. If you are looking for a quick and entertaining read then you'd like this one.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I will always read a Kasie book. I don’t even read the synopsis. I liked Lacey and Donovan. They’re both driven and maybe a little stubborn. Their banter was playful and fun. The on set characters were interesting and I especially enjoyed seeing Abby and Cooper again. Plot wise, it was okay. It was slow and quick moving at the same time. Because Lacey’s day is nearly the same every day, it felt a bit repetitive at parts. The sabotage thread didn’t really work for me. I did like the idea of it and was second guessing everyone’s intentions, but the reveal and reasoning fell flat. Overall, it was another cute and fluffy book. I would have liked a little more from the epilogue, but I might be greedy. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
KaileyReadsYA More than 1 year ago
This book. Is so cute. I love. Someone told me once that you can't go wrong with Kasie West and after reading this I get that. Adorable book that will give you all the feels.
Donatelli More than 1 year ago
Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West is a fast-paced, lighthearted Young Adult book that delivers everything from laughter, young love, and a bit of mischief thrown in to keep you guessing. Although this book in the second in the series they can be read as a standalone book. This is my first read by Kasie West, and now I am asking myself why I haven't read any of her books before this since I do have a bunch on my to-read shelf. This book was well written, with very engaging characters. Ms. West does a great job capturing the essence of what it's like to be a teenager in an adult world. Lacey is a seventeen-year-old actor, who has landed her dream movie role, and her leading man just happens to be Grant James, who is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. But, things are not all that easy. Lacey has a lot to deal with, the demanding work schedule of the movie, passing her senior year, and an overprotective dad that is not thrilled with his daughters choice of professions. Her dad hires an uptight, inflexible tutor to help Lacey focus and keep up with her school work. Meet Donavan, a cute if a somewhat geeky high school senior who writes for the local high school newspaper. I liked that there was some push and pull between Lacey and Donavan, no instant-love for these two. The story had a bit of mystery to it which I liked, but don't want to say too much and give it away. Ms. West does an excellent job of keeping the language and romance within the YA boundaries. I would feel comfortable recommending this book to kids sixteen and older. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. If you are looking for an upbeat super sweet book with a tad of angst, that will have you smiling throughout, look no further, you have found your next book. ***I kindly received a DRC of this book by way of Edelweiss/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***