Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The F List by Alessandra Torre – ARC Review

 

My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  29 April 2020

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 350

Publisher: Victory Editing

Source: NetGalley

 

 

Blurb

There was a lot I did to get to this point, to get 42 million followers. Some of it I was proud of, most of it I wasn’t.

There was a group of us, all internet celebrities, and everyone wanted in, which is how six of us ended up living in this mansion, a camera always on, the public always watching. Two months and nine carefully scripted TV episodes that would get us more of the three F’s we were desperately chasing.

Fame. Fortune. Followers.

I knew my role. I was Emma, the unlikeable one. The dark villain with the devious smile. The package of dynamite that would blow up any chance of peaceful living and harmony.

Cash knew his role. He was the good guy. The lovable one. The one that everyone, even the darkest cast member of them all, would fall in love with.

They were supposed to just be roles.
None of it was supposed to be real.

My heart didn’t get that memo.

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Victory Editing for providing me with a copy of The F List, in exchange for an honest review!

 

Emma went from working at a hotel to being a millionaire overnight.  With a desire to be seen, she hired an agent to make her an actress, but he suggested something different: Emma should become a celebrity.  A social media star everyone would know.  As the followers stack up and the paid promotions start rolling in, Emma’s life is scrutinised and controlled more and more carefully.  When she’s offered a role on a reality TV show, starring alongside her sworn enemy, she’s instructed to form a fake relationship with him.  She’ll do anything for the ratings, but   maybe her feelings aren’t so fake after all.

The F List was entertaining and an interesting foray into the lives of super-influencer celebrities.  The storyline was fairly predictable but engaging enough for a light hearted read.  I love the enemies to lovers trope, and The F List executed it really well.  Although there were several people in the reality TV ‘house’, there wasn’t very much focus on anyone other than Emma and Cash.  I feel like I know next to nothing about the others after reading the entire book.  I would have liked to see some of those characters developed a little better, instead of being simple props to the rest of the story.  I’ve got to say, although I enjoyed the general narrative, there were some parts that really bothered me (I can’t stand the ‘oh this girl is a virgin, that makes me like her so much more and want to get her pregnant and marry her’ storyline, I think it’s just ick in this day and age, and, although it’s probably a silly gripe, misquoted sayings just irk me and there were a few that just pulled me right out of the story.  These things didn’t ruin the book for me, but they stuck in my mind enough for me to not fall in love with it either.

All in all, The F List is still a very enjoyable read, with fun characters, and a storyline relevant to today’s world and if you enjoy celebrity type stories and the enemies to lover’s trope, I’d suggest you give it a try!

 

 

 

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