10 Best Entertainment Young Adult Books Set in the Showbiz
Hello, fellow bookworms! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live brightly under the spotlight or simply wished to sneak a peek into the dazzling, yet chaotic world of showbiz? You're not alone. There's always been an overwhelming fascination with the glittering realm of stardom, a place where dreams are made and hearts are broken. To navigate you through this, we decided to dive deep and fish out the absolute unputdownable reads on the subject. We have compiled a list of 10 spellbinding young adult novels set right in the heart of Tinseltown.
These riveting tales combine sparkling glamour, high stakes drama, heart-tugging romance, and often, a generous smattering of juicy behind-the-scenes gossip that keeps you glued to every page. Chock full of well-developed characters, fantastic storylines, breathtaking twists and turns, these books beautifully capture the trials and tribulations, the lights and shadows of the often tumultuous, star-studded showbiz world.
Whether you're a die-hard cinephile, a passionate star gazer, or just someone who's looking for a captivating read, this list will surely hit your sweet spot. These books promise an immersive journey, transforming the glaring echoes of fame into riveting character arcs and enthralling plotlines. Now grab that popcorn, curl up, and let's get this show on the read!
『Girl Online: On Tour』
"First published in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK in 2015"--Copyright page.
|Publisher||Simon and Schuster|
|Release Date||Oct 04, 2016|
『Secrets of My Hollywood Life』
For fans of The Princess Diaries and Famous in Love, an engrossing look behind the velvet ropes of stardom from a former Teen People Senior Editor who has seen it all. What if your picture was taped inside teenage boys' lockers across America, your closets were bursting with never-worn designer clothing, and the tabloids constantly asked whether you were losing your "good girl" status? It's a glamorous life, but 16-year-old Kaitlin Burke, co-star of one of the hottest shows on TV, is exhausted from the pressures of her fame. So she decides to spend two months undercover as an ordinary high school student. But could it be that real life high school is just as harsh as cutthroat Hollywood?? Don't miss the first book in the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series from Jen Calonita, author of the Fairy Tale Reform School series.
|Release Date||Nov 16, 2008|
『This Is What Happy Looks Like』
If fate sent you an email, would you answer? When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?
|Author||Jennifer E. Smith|
|Release Date||Apr 02, 2013|
『Between the Lines』
Reid Alexander is used to getting what he wants - and what he wants next is his newest costar, Emma Pierce. The universe is lining up nicely to grant his wish, until he's confronted with two unexpected obstacles on location: a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for Emma's affections. Emma Pierce just got her big break after years of filming commercials and made-for-TV movies. Winning the lead role in a wide-release film - opposite the very hot Reid Alexander - should be a dream come true. But Emma's heart is hiding a secret fantasy: she wants to be a normal girl. Book 1 of 4 in the Between the Lines series (Mature YA / NA)
|Release Date||Apr 30, 2011|
Tall, blond, and willowy, this twenty-two-year-old seems to have everything going for her—she’s rich and gorgeous, a talented singer, and has just returned to her Park Avenue penthouse after a year studying in Paris. But since her mother’s tragic death years ago, her father, an extremely successful financier, has been her only family—and if she’s being honest, her only true friend. All that changes when Jacob Williams is arrested on charges of fraud, and the SEC freezes the family’s bank accounts. With her father in jail and her partying pals suddenly scarce, Charlotte escapes Manhattan and heads to the one place she doesn’t think anyone will come looking: New Orleans. Determined to rebuild her life, Charlotte moves in with her beloved former nanny and finds a job in a local restaurant. Between trying to make ends meet and hiding from her past, she meets Kat, a fellow fashionista who introduces her to the best of the Big Easy’s bohemian style. With Kat by her side, Charlotte begins to haunt nightclubs, securing singing gigs that soon begin to heat up—as does her friendship with a local boy, Jackson. But Charlotte’s being followed by an angry stalker who wants nothing more than to destroy her for her father’s crimes. And with Mardi Gras just around the corner, the masquerade has only just begun . . . From the stylish avenues of Manhattan and dark clubs of the French Quarter to the bright lights of Los Angeles, the multitalented Nicole Richie’s scintillating tale shows that the very life you run from is the one that won’t let you hide.
|Publisher||Simon and Schuster|
|Release Date||Sep 28, 2010|
Lauren Conrad, star of the hit MTV reality series The Hills, brings her insider knowledge to Infamous, the exciting finale to her New York Times bestselling Fame Game series. Kate and Carmen are about to become big stars, but they're going to have to survive some backstage drama first. And Madison is learning hard lessons about fame as she deals with backstabbing "friends" and family, out-of-control paparazzi, and a scandal reported in every tabloid. For anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to make it in Hollywood, Infamous is full of dishy details about young Hollywood and the realities of becoming famous—by the bestselling author of the L.A. Candy series, Lauren Conrad Style, and Lauren Conrad Beauty.
|Release Date||Jun 11, 2013|
『Airhead (The Airhead Trilogy, Book 1)』
Meg Cabot expands her huge fan base with this slightly darker, more mysterious novel - without losing any of her signature heart and humor.EM WATTS IS GONE. Emerson Watts didn't even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there-along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard. How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her,and life as she'd known it, forever?
|Release Date||Nov 01, 2009|
L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about what it's like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a young woman who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad. Fashion designer and TV personality Lauren Conrad brings her insider knowledge of the highs and lows of life in the spotlight to this juicy New York Times bestselling series. Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer...everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun. When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a "reality version of Sex and the City," they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please! Soon Jane is TV's hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara—free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres—and she's lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane's spotlight. In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it's not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.
|Release Date||Jun 16, 2009|
『Map to the Stars』
Can one down-to-earth girl plus a very famous boy and a whole lot of paparazzi ever add up to a perfect Hollywood ending? Seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton isn't sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will allow them to escape the drama of their small-time life in Georgia, but she's along for the ride. When Annie's mom snags a gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for Annie to accompany her on his European promotional tour, Annie's pretty sure she'll be fangirling over architectural sights rather than teen heartthrob Graham Cabot. But then of course she actually meets him. As Graham and Annie fall for each other in the most romantic cities in the world, Annie realizes that this turn of events may not be quite as glamorous as she thought. Instead of red carpets and celebrity couple names, they are navigating a minefield of keeping secrets from Graham's fans, overprotective assistant, stage "momager," and beefy bodyguard. And when the paparazzi make an appearance, Annie has to decide whether their love is worth the harsh glare of the flashbulb. Author Jen Malone draws on her real-life experiences as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood-style. Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint with new releases each month.
|Release Date||Jul 14, 2015|
『The Truth About Diamonds』
In her electrifying first novel, Nicole Richie tells the sensational story of Chloe Parker, a rock royalty princess and a card-carrying member of Hollywood's inner circle. At the age of seven, Chloe was adopted by a music superstar and his wife, transforming her life from rags to riches. What followed was a wild childhood distinguished by parties with movie stars and rock idols, run-ins with the press and the police, and a subsequent stint in rehab. Suddenly Chloe shoots to instant fame as a spokesmodel for a national ad campaign. When her long-lost birth father appears out of nowhere and her best friend betrays her, she must struggle to keep it all together -- her sobriety, her friendships, and her integrity despite the betrayals of those around her. Ultimately, Chloe comes spectacularly into her own, achieving stardom in her own right and finding true love. Through the eyes of the captivating Chloe and the talented voice of Nicole Richie, we are given a no-holds-barred look at Hollywood's new elite, behind the velvet ropes, inside star-studded premieres and parties. Whether they're doing the "circuit" (begin with shopping at Barneys New York, Marni, and Fred Segal, then end with the grilled vegetable salad at the Ivy), or ending up on the front page of your favorite weekly magazine, Chloe Parker and her fellow A-listers never fail to dazzle, their larger-than-life dramas more riveting than any reality show.
|Release Date||Oct 13, 2009|
As I close the curtains on this magnificent stage, I must simply say - wow! There's something truly spellbinding about exploring the drama, allure, and adrenaline of the entertainment scene through well-crafted sentences and ink-drawn sketches. These top-tier young adult books peek behind the glitz and glamor of showbiz, offering a realistic glimpse into an often glamorous, yet tough industry. But hey, it’s not all glimmers and dreams, yeah? Each story offers its unique blend of heartbreaks, triumphs, and pitfalls, making them deliciously moreish reads. They not only encapsulates the whirlwind that is fame, but also beautifully addresses the undercurrents of teenage life - tackling flavorings of love, ambition, rivalry, friendship, and identity. For any young adult—or, let's be honest, anyone really—who has ever dreamed of a life under the spotlight, these novels are absolute must-reads. They'll inspire, surprise, and leave you starry-eyed in the best way possible. So go forth, staring at those inked pages, let's dive into this intriguing, intoxicating world of showbiz and see where the story takes you!
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