Author: TJ Klune
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Page Length: 350 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Previous books in the series: How To Be A Normal Person
Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.
Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.
From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.
I kind of feel bad rating this three stars? But I honestly didn’t love it as much as How To Be A Normal Person, and all the problems I had with that book made a reappearance here, so…yeah. Hence, the three star rating. There are a lot of things I did love about this book, but there’s a lot of stuff that seems unnecessary? I’m the odd one out, because the parts I didn’t like are all fan favorites from the first book.
How To Be A Movie Star is told in third-person by Josiah Erickson, also known as “Josy”. We met him in the first book, and I wouldn’t necessarily say this story is a standalone because we see a lot of returning characters. Josy moved out to Los Angeles, California, once upon a time, to become a movie star. He’s had big dreams since he was a kid and now he’s trying to make it.
Trigger warning for suicidal ideation.