Star Island

Star Island

Book - 2010
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Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (n#65533;e Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteen--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 (#65533;ber--stage 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307272584
Branch Call Number: M HIA
Characteristics: 337 p. ;,25 cm

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newinpdx
Aug 25, 2015

Hilarious, convoluted and impeccably dry. In other words, pure Hiassen. Get it on CD because the reader is fantastic with voices and inflection.

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loudem
Sep 21, 2013

Another good story with the most weird characters.Pure Miami, pure Hiaasen.

ChristchurchLib Sep 09, 2013

"In this classic Carl Hiaasen novel ("demented, hilarious, and utterly over the top" (Booklist)), Ann DeLusia, the body double for frequently drug-addled pop star Cherry Pye, has been kidnapped by an obsessed (and, obviously, convinced) paparazzo. Now, Cherry's entourage (a mixed bag, to be sure) has to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret not only from Cherry's adoring public, but also from Cherry herself. There's not much to like about any of the characters in Star Island, but the creatively wacky plot is sure to entertain readers who enjoy poking fun at celebrity stardom." September 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=674857

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jmdeinken
Mar 03, 2013

There were a couple very colorful characters that I totally enjoyed. Good story that made me want to pick up the book and read more!! I need to explore some other stories by this author, hopefully some with the colorful characters that really made Star Island a fun read!! 7 out of 10 for me.

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nitetraino
Jul 24, 2012

This is a great novel of intrigue, humor, superb writing all mixed with suspense. One of the best novels of 2010 earns, 10 of 10 stars

FRANCYNE PELCHAR Jun 08, 2012

not as funny as Lucky You, but still a fun, casual novel.

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GuyN
Aug 18, 2011

People tell me that Hiassen is funny, but for me only a little. In this book virtually all of his characters in the sordid world of papparazzi, teen music stars, promoters, and bodyguards are lurid, grotesque, unpleasant, and exagerrated. Perhaps that is humorous, but it would help to have a few realistic characters to balance the mix. If the teen girl sensation's (fading into drugs and sex addiction like Britney and others) double is supposed to provide that, she is so bland and without a point of view that I can't root for her either. Maybe for Hiassen fans this raunchy romp will be a laugh a chapter or perhaps this could scare a teen sensation wannabe straight. Otherwise preserve yourself.

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kmarchin
Aug 01, 2011

Funny story, scintillating characters, sad but scathingly real interpretation of American pop culture.

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beverlymccool
Apr 20, 2011

As someone that LOVES Carl Hiassen, Star Island did not disappoint me. What was fantastic was a few characters from other books also made appearances. If you like books with ironic humour, witty writing, and always some drama and suspense, give this book, or any Carl Hiassen fiction a try.

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ohialehuadef
Jan 30, 2011

I've been reading Hiaasen for years - generally love his books. Guilty pleasure, especially if you're a closet eco-terrorist.

You meet up with some old characters in this one - but in general, it just didn't have the same feel - could be the subject matter.

Check out Hiaasen's older books - you won't be disappointed!

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