Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss|Book Review


Fame, Fate and the First Kiss – Published 2019

Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script. ” – Goodreads


Kasie West books are what I call “low stress reads” because there’s always a happy ending and they’re just cute, feel good stories. I will read everything she reads, without hesitation, no matter what.

Overall, this story is pretty cute. I liked Lacey, Donavan, and all of the actors on set. The plot has a little bit of everything: mystery, love, family dynamics, comedy and suspense.

I thought Donavan was probably the best character in the book. He’s witty, sweet, and has the most character development, in my opinion.


This is admittedly my least favorite Kasie West book. I still liked it, and I’ll recommend it to my students, especially those interested in young love stories, but it’s just not my favorite of hers. It took me longer than it should have to get into it, but once I did I finished it in one day. I just typically read her books the day they come out…

In between chapters there are pieces of the script Lacey is starring in, and that was just okay for me. I found myself skimming them more and more as the book went on. In terms of author’s craft, however, I think it’s a really good idea.


3 stars



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