Published by Tor Teen on August 11, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, mystery, contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black's Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.
But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.
Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she's just chasing starlight?
Chasing Starlight is a young adult mystery set in 1930s Hollywood by Teri Bailey Black. I love an old Hollywood back drop and I love a good mystery so I was really excited for Chasing Starlight. It has all of the fixings for an intriguing read, and Chasing Starlight delivered all of that and more. There was even a romance woven into the story!
In Chasing Starlight we meet our main character, Kate, who moves to Hollywood to live with her grandfather who used to be a movie star. When she gets there she basically walks right into a murder scene and off we go as she tries to gather clues and piece together what the heck happened. I really admired Kate. She has persevered through a pretty traumatic childhood, and I love how strong she is. She really doesn’t let anything get her down, even though it is clear that her past events have left a mark on her.
My biggest compliant was that I wanted to get to know all of the characters and suspects a little bit better. I felt like some of the guys that were staying in Kate’s grandfather’s house were just kind of around most of the time. I wanted to do a bit of a deeper dive into their heads. The mystery was good, and though it was a tad predictable at times, I still really enjoyed the adventure it took me on. The movie making process and the Hollywood backdrop made this book even more exciting for me. I loved the glamorous feel of it all. If you are a fan of mysteries and you love the vibe of an older american setting, then I think Chasing Starlight will be a great read for you to check out. I enjoyed this one!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- ARC August 2020