“A guy and a girl can just be friends, but at one point or another they will fall for each other, maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.”
One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.
Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton – the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?
The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?
A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.
From International Bestselling HarperCollins Author, Becky Wicks, comes a new adult romance that will leave you starstruck.
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
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Before He Was Famous is a savior for me! If you haven’t notice it yet, I’ve been MIA for more than a month now in blogging. I haven’t done much reading and writing lately not only because I’m super busy with work and real life stuffs but also because I’m stuck with reading slump stage for quite a while. Every attempt to start to read books from my TBR pile fails. ‘Till this novel come my way. I’m so glad that Precious introduced this one to PBT which gives me chance to join the tour and read the book. It’s my first foray to Becky Wicks’ works and I’m surprised how good her book is.
“Love isn’t all sparks and firecrackers. Sometimes it’s more subtle than that.”
The story grab my interest right at the first page. The reality singing competition brings not only a unique plot but also a very good background for the characters to dance around their stories. Noah and Chloe are best friends since they are kids. Chloe is Noah’s shadow. Always there behind him, supporting every endeavor he takes. When Noah join a reality singing competition, Chloe is all support for her bestfriend, she’s is his number one fan. Noah is also very supportive of Chloe. Encouraging her to do great things and things she love. Being in the competition brings fame to Noah and it change a lot of things between them. Fame has that capability – altering life and reality. Things becomes more complicated between them add the past event that they never talk about, these two has lot of things to sort out in order to stay together as friends or maybe more.
Love Noah to bits! Not only because he is a rockstar like Adam Wilde and oozing with talent but mostly because of how he handle his bestfriend Chloe. All the patience, loyalty, understanding and all. His love for Chloe is undeniable. He will do anything for the girl and not the creepy kind ok. He just always mean well for Chloe. He isn’t perfect, he made mistakes – a lot of it, but those imperfection and mistakes humanized him. It makes him more reachable and real in-spite of his celebrity status.
Chloe is stubborn, indenial and sometimes a bit stupid but I still love her in-spite of everything. Because inspite of all her shortcomings she is a good person and just wants the best for everyone. She tested my patience a lot of times, especially in the way she handle her relationships – not just with Noah but even with her ex-boyfriend and her co-worker. There are times that I just want to give her a shake in the shoulder so that she’ll see what really is going on in her surroundings. She is too naive and innocent, something that won’t survive into the world of the famous where the media and paparazzi are everywhere, waiting for her and her bestfriend to make a mistake. I feel sorry for her a lot of times, the things that happened to her in the world of show-business is not only sad but also horrifying.
The other characters are also well written, I like Noah’s brother Jack who even not present in the majority of the story still carry a big role in the plot. I love Madeline with her clever words, and even Denzel with his juggling talk which somehow mirror the crazy world of celebrities.
“You have to be the ocean. You have to fight to stay on the shore, no matter how many times it pushes you away.”
Noah and Chloe’s journey is not only bumpy for the two characters but also to the readers. It requires patience and all. But with Becky Wicks addicting writing style I’m sure everyone will get hooked from start to end like me. I don’t know how Becky do it, but this novel is both adorable and crazy. My emotions running in all directions while reading. All the tensions makes my heart melt, my knees weak, my body hot. I also feel giddy and happy with Noah and Chloe’s sweet moments. It’s really a crazy ride of emotions.
And can I just say that I love the song lyrics inside this book?! Seriously love them all. The lyrics are alive and carry stories itself. A very powerful narrative on its own. I can imagine how Noah sings those songs – his looks while singing, the rhythm, the emotions and all the feels those songs can deliver to its audience. I did wish while reading that the book has it playing soundtrack with it. I want to hear all those songs live!
It’s almost an us
It’s almost a we
It’s almost an end to the solo you and solo me
It’s almost a yes
It’s almost a dream
It’s the start of a brand new
Almost love story…
The Peter Pan references with all the childhood memories are clever. Ok, maybe I’m biased here since I love Peter Pan, but every time Noah and Chloe called each other “Peter” and “Pan” I was all, awww. It’s just adorable especially since it was justified by their childhood experience. There are reasons for those nicknames and not just because the author want the characters to have it.
I’m bound to my shadow
I’m stitched and tied and stuck like glue
This Peter Pan is all grown up
But I’ll never grow out of you
Overall, Before He Was Famous is an intense, emotional and beautiful love story. With Becky Wicks addicting writing, unique and timely plot background, a little touch of mystery, and palpable romance this book is a must read in the long list of self-published novels out there. Highly recommended to YA/NA contemporary readers. Will definitely read the next book of Becky Wick’s Startruck series, Before He Was Gone.
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