on April 29th 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
There was a lot I did to get to this point, to get 42 million followers. Some of it I was proud of, most of it I wasn't.
There was a group of us, all internet celebrities, and everyone wanted in, which is how six of us ended up living in this mansion, a camera always on, the public always watching. Two months and nine carefully scripted TV episodes that would get us more of the three F’s we were desperately chasing.
Fame. Fortune. Followers.
I knew my role. I was Emma, the unlikeable one. The dark villain with the devious smile. The package of dynamite that would blow up any chance of peaceful living and harmony.
Cash knew his role. He was the good guy. The lovable one. The one that everyone, even the darkest cast member of them all, would fall in love with.
They were supposed to just be roles.None of it was supposed to be real.
My heart didn't get that memo.
I’m always delighted and very often titillated while reading books by Alessandra Torre. The versatility of her characters and storylines never ceases to amaze me. The F List is a fun and fast-paced read with an “in her own way” endearing heroine in Emma Blanton, a girl is trying to be someone she is and yet she isn’t.
I like the duality of Emma. She’s found her opportunity to be something that’s not limited by her circumstances, and in the Instagram “influencer” age, she becomes a fast-rising every day, every girl star. With few trusted allies, she learns how to explore, and dare I say exploit, opportunities in a creative manner. She’s guarded at the same time that she’s vulnerable and I loved this about her character.
There’s only one male, a peer of sorts, that can get to her. Her long time crush Cash Mitchell. There’s something about him that brings out the worst in her, even though her unlying intentions are good and genuine, she just can’t seem to get it right with him. Professionally he inspires her, but fumbles with that energy. As for Cash’s feelings, well, he doesn’t trust her one bit. She has a lot to overcome to win him over, but their chemistry is palpable and they both struggle against it. They are also struggling with Hollywood’s fame machine and the ill-intended path they are forced to follow.
The F List tackles contemporary problems in a unique manner. I’ve read a few social media themed books and I this one really stands out. Torre created entraining and likable characters that you will make you cringe and yet you’ll root for them in the same breath. 5 stars and my recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi