by Jane Heller

April 2003
ISBN: 0-312-28848-4
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Stacey Reiser left Cleveland behind to make it big in Hollywood. But a rising star is much harder to reach than she ever knew and she is struggling to make it as an actress. That’s hard enough without a meddling mother who drives you crazy by calling you everyday, checking on your health, your job progress, and your boyfriends.

But after getting a part in a Jim Carrey movie, Stacey feels like she is truly “gonna make it after all”. Until Jack Rawlins, host of Good Morning Hollywood, trashes her in the movie and all offers of roles dry up quicker than any desert. When she finally meets Jack, she’s got it in for him bad and doesn’t take his interest in her seriously. But Jack is very serious about Stacey and starts pulling strings to try to jumpstart her career to prove his feelings for her.

As these two grow closer, a strange quirk of fate makes Stacey’s Mom, Helen, a media darling, something along the lines of the “Where’s the beef?” lady of years past. Not only does Stacey realize that Mom no longer has time for her, but Helen has everything Stacey ever wanted—roles, fame, money, and an attentive boyfriend! But there is something about Victor Chellis, Mom’s new love interest, which raises Stacey’s suspicions; the man just seems to good to be true and she is determined to prove it, along with Jack’s help.

Lucky Stars is a fast-paced romp with likeable characters cast in madcap situations. Jane Heller employs a deft hand with humor and her liberal use of pop culture references will appeal to those “in the know”. This is a fun, entertaining read with a little mystery thrown in for good measure. Lucky Stars will make you think about what you wish for; because somebody else close to you just might get it all.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Vivian.

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