When celebrities & real people meet
(Or: Books to read now that your brain is turning back on)
Joe Biden’s going to be our next president, Run for Something has helped elected more than 470 people in four years, and after two weeks of being able to focus on a book, my brain has turned back on and I’ve read two books in the last three days. (Although, to be honest, one was not great and one was about the Democratic party in the early 2000s, so, perhaps my brain is only about 60% of the way there.)
So, for ideas on what to read instead of being on Twitter — as suggested by friends*, here are some books about celebrities hanging out/falling in love with real people!
Summaries are brief because they’re all variations of the same theme, but they’re all well-written enough, light & breezy, and will satisfy you for an afternoon on the couch.
Limelight - Amy Poeppel - a new New Yorker not loving the city ends up as the caretaker for a wealthy, spoiled teenage popstar who desperately needs some tough love.
The Idea of You - Robinne Lee - a spicy story about a middle-aged divorcee who gets entangled into a clandestine world-traveling affair with a 20-something popstar that her daughter is a superfan of.
Permanent Record - Mary H.K. Choi - a popstar and a college dropout who works in a bodega meet, fall in love, and things get complicated. Lots of snacks mentioned, which is a pro.
This Is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith - a teenage movie star accidentally sends a small-town normal girl an email; they begin a correspondence, then he goes to her small town to film a movie. Relationship ensues!
Who’s That Girl? - Mhairi McFarlane - A British woman gets caught up in a scandal with her ex-boyfriend so jumps at the chance when work sends out of town to deal with a nutty celebrity. Turns out, they have a lot in common.
Grace and the Fever - Zan Romanoff - A teenage girl meets her popstar idol and gets sucked into the world of boy bands and fandom.
If you’re looking for something else, my full reading list is online. My book backlog is enormous, so stay tuned for more new recs to come next week (unless I get sucked into reading the Obama memoir!!!)