Monday, 21 April 2014

Shot Through The Heart by Matt Cain REVIEW

     OUT 24th APRIL        Goodreads           Amazon
Mia Sinclair is the first lady of love, a beautiful goddess known for her romantic roles on the silver screen. But in reality life does not imitate art and love is not as easily found in the real world as it is in the movies. Leo Henderson is the Brit living in L.A, enjoying the lifestyle and photographing the stars when they least expect it. He knows that being a paparazzi has its pitfalls, but he’s living the Hollywood dream and enjoying every minute of it.
Billy Spencer, the handsome screen idol of the moment, is sexy, tanned and hiding a secret that could easily end his career as a leading man. When Mia meets Leo, the sparks fly. But is dating a paparazzi the biggest mistake of her life? And as Mia and Billy look to star in the biggest movie of their careers, will their smouldering on screen relationship destroy a chance of happiness before it begins? Shot through the Heart is Matt Cain’s debut novel, a Hollywood tale of romance, heartbreak and the lengths some will go to maintain that unblemished movie star image

Spoilers ahead!

This was not a terrible book, but I had a lot of problems with phrases used by the author including "bull dyke" "trannie" "naturally kinky hair" "skanky redhead" in addition to these homophobic, borderline racist and misogynistic terms there is a use of stereotypes, a gay man that wears sparkly shorts and listens to Madonna and Britney and a black character that grew up in a single parent household, but only after her father had physically abused her mother. I have just researched Matt Cain and found out that he himself is gay and that to me makes it much worse.

I will however commend him on making an effort. The characters are relatively diverse and that's something that is needed more in all forms of media.

The plot is actually okay, it's what allows this to be a 3 star review. Leo and Mia's story is cute and it progresses at a good pace. I like the idea of how hard it is for actors to get out of typecasts, having been raised on Disney for two/three generations of actors, I've seen the way some have worked very hard in order to be seen as adults. Results may vary. 

The idea of a paparazzi and a star actually getting together is very hard to imagine because as said in the book, it's hard to know when each is using the other. However, in another way it makes sense because most "civilians" cannot handle the fame that comes with dating a famous person. This book provides an interesting look into the goings on of Hollywood.

I liked the ending, plot wise, very much. It did feel a bit rushed like "THIS IS THE ENDING OF HIS STORY, AND HER STORY, AND THEIR STORY, HERE HAVE ALL THE STORIES" but I liked where the characters ended up so overall it was a satisfying ending.

  • Mia - a nice enough leading lady. Doesn't seem to be developed as a character as much as the males but perhaps that's just Cain getting used to writing from a female perspective as a male. Looking for love

  • Billy - Billy Spencer is a character that actually makes me sad, he actually came across as very narcissistic early on in the book but then I realised that it's much deeper than that and I just wanted to hug him. He's a pretty good leading man. He is however the character that said skanky redhead so.. Billy also has the opportunity to help a lot of people at the end of the book so that was cool I guess.
  • Leo - Mia's boyfriend. He seems like a good enough person
  • Hector - Mia's personal assistant. He's gay and I guessed his story line pretty early because it was very obvious, he's Latino and stuck between hired help and friend.
  • Serena - Mia's agent/best friend. She's African American and say "sister" a lot. She used to be a model but now she's happy to manage people's careers and try and make them as uncomfortable as possible without making them compromise who they are.
  • Violet - Also an agent. But batshit crazy. She forces a lot of events from behind the scenes which cause a lot of negative repercussions for the other characters. Sadly, I cannot believe she is a completely made up character and I think it's sad that agents in Hollywood actually do things like this.
Recommend to: reluctant readers, people that want to a quick read
Rating: 3 stars

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