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Star Island

de Carl Hiaasen

Sèrie: Skink (6)

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Twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is Cherry's "undercover stunt double", portraying Cherry whenever the singer is too wasted to go out in public. But, one night, Ann-as-Cherry is mistakenly kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by an obsessed paparazzo named Bang Abbott. Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (über-stage mother; horndog record producer; nipped-and-tucked twin publicists; weed-whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence secret from the public and from Cherry herself.… (més)
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Hiaasen is great for a light, humorous read. Some classic characters return, including Skink and Chemo (with his weed wacker arm.) Cherry Pye is a spoiled little brat, who has such a horrible voice she has to lip sync, but takes every drug she can. Towards the end, I was hoping she would flame out so others would profit. Still has the requisite laughs. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This book was only alright. Drugged out pop star and her "momager", her tour manager and her entourage and the lengths they go through to keep her antics out of the press. A paparazzo that is obsessed with getting the picture of her when she OD's which is pretty much inevitable. And her double, a struggling actress that looks like Cherry, they hire to portray Cherry publically when she's in rehab or the hospital having her stomach pumped so the public doesn't know. There's a host of other characters in this book, none of which are very likable. There's a lot going on and having listen to the audiobook, it's possible I may have missed something, but it was just one thing after another. There was kidnapping, hostage taking, bribery, theft, duplicity, heavy drug use, violence, sex, this book as something for everyone I guess. I just never found anything I could like about any of these people. I guess if I had to choose one I was at least interested in it would be Annie, the double. She seemed to be the most "normal" of any of them. I also didn't know this was part of a series, but Skink is a character, though not a key player so I didn't feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first five books. ( )
  Jen_Bartels | Jul 7, 2021 |
I think he phoned this one in. ( )
  MAR67 | May 5, 2021 |
This was what you would expect from Carl Hiaasen. I would not rate it one of the best, but it was good and I found myself chuckling several times while reading it. The book is based on very current topical subject matter but also brings in a character from one of his older books.

If you are looking for a light read and liked Skinny Dip and Nature Girl and some of the others you will enjoy this one too. ( )
  Rick686ID | Jan 27, 2021 |
3.5 Hilarious satirical send-up of South Beach life and no-talent movie stardom (think Kardashians) in which promoters, the adoring fans, and the celebrities themselves are all to blame for the vapid lifestyle and money machine that perpetuates the cycle. This was my first Hiassen for adults and it definitely is for adults in that he spares no crassness or vulgarity in capturing the "true" essence of the situation. I did appreciate the crossover character of Skink, the short-term FL governor, now Everglades-dwelling environmental vigilante who does not suffer fools lightly (really, at all), whom I knew from his YA title book. There are a lot of plot threads here, but they all come together well by the end. Center of the story is Cherry Pie, an underage lip-syncher (no talent) with a big image, ego, and publicity machine behind her (Maury, her promoter, and the sadistic former-felon bodyguard, Chemo who is supposed to keep her on the straight and narrow, her uptight twin publicists, her enabling parents, Janet and Ned Bunterman, her B-list celebrity boyfriend Tanner Dane Keith, an obsessed paparazzo, Bang Abbot and her unknown look-alike, "normal" actress Ann DeLusio.) Cherry is a train -wreck of a girl who repeatedly overdoses, does outrageous things and thinks the world revolves around her (think Lindsay Lohan in the 2000s) Her upcoming tour (Skantily Klad) is the only hope to salvage her career and everyone in her entourage is striving/conniving to make this happen, but she unknowingly (unthinkingly) is doing everything in her power to tank it. Ann stands in multiple times for the public/paparazzi while Cherry is passed out/in rehab/on the lam. She is accidentally kidnapped by Bang Abbot, which everyone tries to turn to their advantage. She reaches out to Skink for rescue and things really get convoluted and wild. Either Hiassen has a fabulous imagination or I have way too much naivete when it comes to Hollywood gossip. It's a fun escapist story with a lot of humor and sarcastic commentary on our times. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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Twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is Cherry's "undercover stunt double", portraying Cherry whenever the singer is too wasted to go out in public. But, one night, Ann-as-Cherry is mistakenly kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by an obsessed paparazzo named Bang Abbott. Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (über-stage mother; horndog record producer; nipped-and-tucked twin publicists; weed-whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence secret from the public and from Cherry herself.

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