Reviews for Fame Game

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Conrad introduces two new characters, Kate and Carmen, and brings back love-to-hate Madison (L.A. Candy) for another behind-the-scenes-of-a-reality-show series. This time, the girls star in a show about seeking fame in Hollywood. Except for Madison, who gets some vulnerability, the characters are bland. But fans will be gratified; again, the celebrity author reveals how "reality" TV is anything but.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 June

Gr 9 Up--This first title in a spin-off series finds devious Madison--seen before in L.A. Candy (2009), Sugar and Spice (2010), and Sweet Little Lies (2010, all HarperCollins)--jockeying for the lead position in a new reality show. Though she has already found her share of fame and financial success from starring in L.A. Candy and her Madison's Makeovers, Madison is still waiting for her big break. She knows that being in the new reality show, The Fame Game, will create opportunities for her, but what she doesn't anticipate is sharing the spotlight with Hollywood legacy and new cast mate Carmen. With her faithful but foolish friend Gaby in tow, Madison navigates the ins and outs of yet another reality-show ride, this time with her ex-con father and attention-loving sister causing even more drama. Down-to-earth and likable newcomer Kate Hayes, an aspiring musician, and Carmen complicate matters--especially after Madison and Carmen are linked to the same guy in the tabloids. The Fame Game is light fare, full of pop-culture references and product placement. The behind-the-scenes look at reality TV exposes how little reality there actually is in the genre, and the same voyeuristic tendencies that make it enjoyable also make this series work since it is written by a reality TV insider. This novel is fluff, but it's also a quick, easy read that will surely attract reluctant readers.--Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

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