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Star Island (edition 2010)

by Carl Hiaasen

Series: Skink (6)

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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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In a creepy way Hiaasen gives us what we want: good stories and tawdriness. His characters are rarely ever innocent, even the protagonists. And his antagonists usually go above and beyond bad into cringe worthy awfulness.

Our protagonist is Ann DeLusia (Andalusia? Like the ancient city or the number of tiny towns dotting the southern United States?) who is the stand in for a burning out pop-tartlet Cherry Pye (who seems to be a mash up of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton at their absolute worst) who's parents, Janet and Ned Bunterman, are the worst of the worst stage parents - think the love child of the Lohans and the Culkins.

Clearly the true antagonists in this story are Cherry Pye's parents who love their easily gotten fame at the expense of their daughter's wellbeing, Maury Lykes, the fictionalize character of the true life icky Lou Pearlman - the man behind N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, and LFO and a instigating a Ponzi scheme. The other antagonist is the lecherous and stalking Bang Abbott, self-delusional paparazzo extraordinaire - and of course, he could represent all the nastiest of paparazzo but maybe Adnan Ghalib, only fatter and more disgusting, if possible.

But it's the characters that fall in between the protagonists and antagonists that I always find the most interesting. Star Island doesn't fail to provide these guys, in spades!

We're first introduced to the Lark Twins - part Mary Kate and Ashley, part creepy cyborgs, publicists to the falling stars. Then there is Chemo - the deformed, weed wacker prosthetic carrying psychopath. Joining this little band of weirdos is the more loveable Skink, former governor of Florida who lost his mind and became Mother Nature's personal Robin Hood.

Cherry Pye is just a catalyst for the story but her antics and character is second to all the others.

The main plot isn't unlike most of Hiaasen's crime stories, but it's the characters and what they do that make the stories fun to read...even though so many of the past characters seem to be the same too.

Huh. Now I'm starting to wonder about my rating.

To be blunt, I just like Hiaasen's books. I like the brain vacation I get when I read his books. This story was just fun. A good snicker at the absolutely ridiculous world of celebrity. Sometimes you just need a good break from your own ridiculous world and delve into someone else's.
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  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
You would think that young nymph-like, lip-synching druggies and their hangers-on would be impossible to parody. But you thought that of Sarah Palin, too. Tina Fey knew how to stick in the knife and twist it. Hiaasen, not so much. He bludgeons with a big hammer.

His heavy-handed satire (his normal) drags on with sex, drugs, tattoos, private jets, and not much rock and roll. OKish book, if you are stuck someplace with nothing else and cannot sleep. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
A typical Carl Hiaasen. I'm so glad he keeps writing. Wild and crazy, a delightful romp. Lots of laugh out loud moments. Stretching reality as usual, but then some of these unbelievable things happen in Florida! ( )
  njcur | Aug 10, 2016 |
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 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:04 -0400)

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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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