When Laurel Osterkamp approached me about reviewing her book, Starring in the Movie of My Life, for the Blog Tour de Troops this weekend, she told me it didn’t fit my preferred genres of mystery or thriller. I am so glad she decided to ask me any way because this is an excellent book.
Chapters alternate between the stories of Melody, a high school senior, and Samantha, a 35 year old newly wed. At first it’s difficult to determine why these two stories are being told, but it soon becomes clear. It is also clear that there’s no way these stories are going to end pleasantly.
This book has it all: problems with mothers, problems with the opposite sex, marital problems, crushes, surrogate pregnancy, to name some. But this doesn’t mean this book is all over the place. It’s tight and concise and you find yourself cheering for both women.
I don’t like to cry, but this book made me sob like a baby. And I didn’t mind. There were some button-pushing themes here. I wonder how much of these Laurel has experienced herself because she captured the angst and difficulty with such clarity.
Do yourself a favor and pick up Starring in the Movie of My Life. It’s a fast read because you want to keep going to find out what happens. Actually, because you need to find out what’s happening!
Laurel is making it super easy for you to read this book. Anyone who comments below will be sent a code to receive the book for free from Smashwords and will earn a book for the troops!