Celebrity. Carl Hiaasen is back with a funny novel titled, Star Island. This book is packed with odd characters, who over the course of a few hundred pages remain unlikeable but become sympathetic. Hiaasen focuses his attention here on the cult of celebrity, and in the case of character Cherry Pye, talentless celebrity. The antics of a full cast of characters lead to laughter and the satisfaction that so many characters receive exactly what they deserve. Skink, the former governor turned swamp rat returns in a heroic role, and Cherry Pye’s body double, Ann DeLusia, steals the show through the ways in which her behavior rises above all those around her. This is escapist fiction that intends to entertain, so those readers ready to laugh are the ones most likely to enjoy the outsized characters and zany plot.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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