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Official Review: 5/5
“Melrose Morgan was your typical teenager, flipping burgers and surviving high school the best she could. Yet all that changed after a chance encounter took her face to face with the world’s biggest superstar.
Living every girl’s fantasy, Melrose falls for one fifth of the most successful boy bands on the planet, Cole Newton. He invites her on a date and she can’t help but fall in love with her idol.
But in a world that is full of shining stars, can one small town girl really capture the heart of a supernova? Find out in the first installment of the Star Kissed series.”
WARNING: NOVELLA/NOVELLETE/SHORT STORY AUTHORS TAKE NOTE
This is a short story done right. After all of the novelettes that I have read, this one has actually felt like it was worth my time. It took me maybe thirty minutes to read; I was bored, it was late, I didn’t want to try to tackle a two-and-a-half-hour book at nine at night so I thought, “Why not?” And as it turns out, that was a really great idea.
I feel that the main issue in novelettes is that authors feel the need to make their characters develop somehow. If you have around seventy pages to impress a reader, you don’t have the time to have a character develop. For the most part, at least. Unless you can write a seventy page book and make it feel like a two hour long action or romantic comedy or adventure movie, don’t try to include character development. That doesn’t go to say that these authors can’t write if they can’t pull that off, far from it, because Campbell can write.
Melrose Morgan isn’t your average teenager working at a fast food joint. It’s obvious that she isn’t, but you aren’t explicitly given a reason why, which was fine. It wasn’t necessary. What I did notice about Melrose, and I’m not sure if it was just placed to add depth or if it was foreshadowing for the next book, was how observant she was about how her sister Jemma was feeling. Even when Melrose wasn’t in the mood to talk, she still made sure that Jemma was okay and if she wasn’t, she spent time with her until she was. When I think about it, that might have been just to add depth, but it added the right amount of depth. It showed me, as a reader, that Melrose wasn’t the type of person to discount a person’s emotions just because they were younger. Instead, she truly cared and did her best to ensure that Jemma knew she cared.
For the most part, you don’t know too much about any of the characters. You receive the basic information about them all, but that didn’t interfere with me loving them all. I loved Melrose and her relaxed attitude and Cole Newton with his adventurous and cute demeanor. I liked Melrose’s best friend, Dallas Love (yes, Dallas Love, there’s an explanation in the book, don’t worry!), and her loyalty to Melrose and her bubbly personality and even Jemma and her younger sister charm.
The plot was simple and straight to the point. Not a single page, word, or comma was used to create fluff. Everything that Campbell wrote had the purpose of moving the plot along which is dire in a short story. I appreciated that she didn’t include “insta-love” in order to move the plot along, instead she had Cole and Melrose get to know each other on a date and kept going from there. There was one or two errors that I saw, but they were minor and didn’t bother me and weren’t worth subtracting any stars. It’s a novelette, so there isn’t too much to say about the plot without spoiling it all, but I would recommend that you take some time to read the book.
Note: This novelette does have five stars, but not on the same scale as novels. I don’t believe it would be fair to have novelettes and novels on the same scale as they are largely different, both in size and content. That being said, Star Struck has a five-out-of-five star rating on a novelette scale as do all other novellas and novelettes I have reviewed.