Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.
Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.
Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (backstage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed-whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public and from Cherry herself.
The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink - the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp - and now he's heading for Miami to find her....
Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherry's motley posse does?
All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.
©2010 Carl Hiaasen (P)2010 Random House
I'm willing to give this a 2 star because the author is generally a really funny guy and I loved his other books. Skinny Dip was wonderful. But...not this one.
It bored me..it made no sense...it had nothing either exciting or interesting or captivating about the plot. It just rambled on and on. I had no objection to the reader...I objected to being objected to this bunch of nonsense!!
For me, a big time waster.
But it pained me more to listen to this book. I've read and loved all his other books. This was the first I've listened to. Not having experience with other narrators, I was able to enjoy this one for his great ability to do multiple voices. My only qualm was how slowly all the female characters spoke. As for the story, it dragged on forever, it seemed. With barely anyone to care about it was painful to endure all the horrible personalities. If Ann had somehow been more central and more empathetic, the story might have had a chance. But, as is, this book doesn't belong on the shelf next to Hiassen's other fun stories.
This story went on way longer than it needed to. I really lost interest about halfway through and was easily distracted by anything else going on around me. Hiaasen's books have become formulaic, which you can overlook if the characters are compelling and the story moves along. This one was just a bore.
I've read nearly every one of Hiaasen's books since the first one, and he was great out of the gate. This one reminds me of Ellis Island: Tired, poorly written and yearning to be more interesting. This must be his contract obligation book, and only restates (now tired) themes and plot lines. A year or so ago I got tired of waiting around for a good new Hiaasen book and read one of his YA titles and it wasn't bad, although it lacked bite. This one just lacks.
This is my second Carl Hiaasen audible book--the first was Skinny Dip. Star Island is first and foremost hysterically funny! I have found myself laughing out loud as I walk and listen to this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Hoye's narration of this book. Although there are definitely some similar fixtures in both Skinny Dip and Star Island--Star Island is still a very unique and enjoyable book. I highly recommend this recording!
We are fans of Carl Hiaasen, so we didn't read reviews, just excitedly downloaded this book. We have "read" almost all of his books, and find them entertaining, as well as raising concern over the Florida Everglades. This book, STAR GIRL was awful. There was character development, but all of them were shallow, and mindless. Plot was very weak, and predictable. DON'T WASTE YOUR CREDITS! It is only on the Best seller's lists because of his name!
A great listen! Classic Hiaasen with all the quirky characters and the crazy plot. I highly recommend it if you are a fan and even if you aren't its just a funny read.
I have only listened to about an hours worth so far, but have found myself laughing out loud a number of times. Hiaasen's off the wall descriptions of people and places are still hilareous. Especially to those of us who have lived in Florida for many years.
Homeless, one-eyed, former governor of Florida rampages through South Beach to rescue a celebrity look-a-like from an obsessed paparazzo. If that wasn't enough, Hiaasen throws in a one-armed bodyguard with a weed whacker for a prosthesis. Great stuff, highly recommended.
The author finds an already unique cultural phenomenon or subculture and fills it with "bad guy(s)" and weirdos. Contrast the few truly rational people to highlight the weirdness of the others and bam, instant incongruity = comedy.
Give a bad guy(s) some bizarre features or behaviors and you have the recipe for a Hiaasen's unique type of humor (a low life with a heart of gold or at sometimes just bronze).
Presented HERE is the very relevant topic of "manufactured pop icon" (with minimal REAL talent) and media papparazzi into both worlds one we get a glimpse although I have no idea how thorough is the author's research into these subjects, they ring true enough for the ridicule intended.
The major criticism of THIS book is that ending seemed simply truncated, as if the editor and/or author couldn't be bothered to tie it all up far more neatly.
Much has been said about the narrator but I found that the "bad guy" voices sounded as if the narrator had listened to the previous books and matched their gruff tones quite well.
Skink (yet another "crazed" character) has a fairly minor role in this book so I can't see criticizing his narration.
In all the narration fits the satire the prose suggests. After several books one may start to tire of this formula, it was funny for many of his books but after a while you realize the author has few other tricks up his sleeve other than a new subject. The writing is all way over the top which is the source of the humor. Everyone is a parody but some occasionally have moments of cultural insight or brilliance (such a "low life" with some redeeming qualities). Those bits are the priceless bits these but still.. these to ME..are becoming a "by the numbers" format. This isn't a BAD book for Hiaasen, if you like him you'll like this. If you prefer only his BEST, this a good effort (B grade) but no A+.
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