The book that pulled me out of a reading slump: Zali Luna: Movie Star – Emma Jamvold*

After reading Geek Girl earlier this year, I’m all about teenagers who are suddenly thrust into superstardom. It’s so much fun and this book pulled me out of my reading slump. 

Zali is thrust into a whole new world when she lands the female lead role in a film, where he co-star will be the very famous and good looking Oliver Lamond. The only problem is, she’s supposed to kiss him but she’s never kissed anyone before.

As well as stressing about that, she also has to try to and get used to the world of filming and everything that comes with it, including mean actresses. 

This novella is written in a diary format, which pulled me in really fast and made me feel for Zali. (Which, is a brilliant name by the way.) She may be a movie star now, but she still worries about the kind of thing every teenage girl worries about, which makes her relatable. 

I looked at Emma’s profile on Goodreads and it says that she works on films, which explains why there’s so much detail about the filming process and helps to transport you onto the set. 

It’s a shame that this is a novella (can you have a series of novellas?) because I would like to keep following Zali’s journey and truthfully, I don’t see why this couldn’t see the same kind of success as Geek Girl and similar novels. 

Like Geek Girl, this wasn’t the most unpredictable book in the world, but it is such a fun and funny read and I’m so happy that something has finally pulled me out of this reading slump! I tried about five books, but it turns out that what I needed was something really fun. 

* I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review, but you know I would never let that alter my opinion.

Zali Luna book review

Do you like books about people with double lives or are thrust into fame? 

Zali Luna: Movie Star Book Cover Zali Luna: Movie Star
Emma Jamvold
Middle grade, young adult, romance, contemporary

Sixteen-year-old school girl Zali Luna has just been cast in her first Very Big Movie. But while going to Sydney and working with her gorgeous, world famous co-star Oliver Lamond is a dream come, Zali also has a very big problem. She's pretty sure that she's the only sixteen-year-old girl in the world who hasn't been kissed, and soon she's going to have to kiss Oliver on screen. Zali's determined to get some kissing practice in before the big day, but there's her malicious rival, child star Emma Small to contend with, and then there's Harry, who may have feelings for Zali that go deeper than just friendship.

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  • This sounds like a fun read. I’m glad it pulled you out of the slump. I’m hoping to have some good reading time over the weekend.

    • Rosie

      I’m glad it did too, it was really annoying me. Ooh what are you planning to read?

  • I love diary-format books, so I’ll have to check this out, great review!

    (Also I love your little rating graphic at the end, it’s adorable!)

    • Rosie

      Thanks Jenni. It’s a really nice quick read 🙂

  • Alison @ Sweetly Petite

    I am so glad you got out of your reading rut! Those are the worst.

    • Rosie

      Oh me too! It’s probably the worst one that I’ve been in. I tried everything that normally pulls me out of them but nothing was working.

  • Oh yay that it got you out of a slump! I have to admit, it doesn’t look like my kind of book at all, but pfft. If it’s good I TRUST YOU.

    • Rosie

      Muahaha, perhaps it’s all a trick? No, honestly I really enjoyed it. I love a book about teenagers with a double life as an internationally famous [INSERT JOB TITLE HERE].