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Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

Star Island (edition 2010)

by Carl Hiaasen

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Title:Star Island
Authors:Carl Hiaasen
Info:Knopf (2010), Hardcover, 352 pages
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Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen's usual cast of crazy characters, both good and bad guys, involved in everything from real estate scams to body guarding insane actors. No laugh-out-loud moments though as with some of earlier books. "Sick Puppy" is still my favorite. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Sometimes you just need a fun little distraction of a book to take your mind off your worries, and this is the perfect choice. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
Anne DeLusia doubles for rock star Cheery Pie when Cherry is too wasted to be seen in public. Anne is mistakenly kidnapped by paparazo Bang Abbott who is obsessed with Cherry. Some humor and plenty of odd characters. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
It's been a very long time since I first read Tourist Season, but Hiaasen's viciousness towards the venal and corrupt stupid infesting his beloved Florida has not abated one bit. Now his ire is focused on wild celebrities and the people who prey on them. No, it's not really Hiaasen at his best, but it's a polished, scabrous romp through a particularly repulsive underbelly.

We have a corpulent, sweaty paparazzi; a spoiled, out-of-control, barely talented pop star; her put-upon stand-in whose existence she is blissfully unaware of; her mother, who thinks all her drug-overdoses are food-poisoning; her skeevy manager; her plastic PR people and her ex-con, facially disfigured, cattle-prod wielding bodyguard. When the paparazzo accidentally kidnaps the stand-in, she has to be gotten back without alerting the police or the pop-star.

And so a weird, dysfunctional farce begins, wherein the disfigured sociopath with the weed-strimmer for a hand is one of the more sympathetic characters. It's funny, well-written, on-target, and if it's not quite as wild and weird as you might want it to be, well it's still a lot of fun. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
One never opens an Hiaasen book expecting intricate plot themes and stunning charactizations. One reads Mr. Hiaasen because he has a biting wit which blends so well with his satirical look at certain aspects of life. In STAR ISLAND he tackles the pop diva music world personified by Cherry Pie … the perfect melding of so many young popsters on the current music scene. Cherry is over-indulged, under-talented, drug-dependant and stage-mothered. She is also stalked by uber-papparazzo Bang Abbott and has a look alike stand-in for those times she has the “tummy problems” she happens to be so prone to (nudge-nudge-wink-wink).

This book is a humorous, no hold barred accounting of Ms. Cherry Pie’s sad life and poor career choices. The population of amusing peripheral characters is what made this book work for me. They were so over-the-top and took themselves so seriously that it was hard not to laugh at the unbelievability for the whole time we were allowed to glimpse into their lives. Personally I think this is a book you need to be in the mood to read … kind of like a pallete cleansing light sorbet between heavier main courses.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307272583, Hardcover)

Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (née 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 (über–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.

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Ann DeLuisa, body double for drug-addled pop star Cherry Pye, is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo, and Cherry's entourage must rescue her while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public--and from Cherry herself.

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