Title: What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw
Author: Leah Stewart
Pub Date: March 2018
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
After a series of missteps in the face of his newly found fame, actor Charlie Outlaw flees to a remote island in search of anonymity and a chance to reevaluate his recent break-up with his girlfriend, actress Josie Lamar. But soon after his arrival on the peaceful island, his solitary hike into the jungle takes him into danger he never anticipated.
As Charlie struggles with gaining fame, Josie struggles with its loss. The star of a cult TV show in her early twenties, Josie has spent the twenty years since searching for a role to equal that one, and feeling less and less like her character, the heroic Bronwyn Kyle. As she gets ready for a reunion of the cast at a huge fan convention, she thinks all she needs to do is find a part and replace Charlie. But she can’t forget him, and to get him back she’ll need to be a hero in real life.
What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw brings us a story of two actors, Charlie and Josie at a point of their breakup, a possible harsh downfall of Charlie’s career and Josie’s struggle to revive her previously booming career. Charlie in an attempt to please everyone ended up hurting his love and his many fans. In a desperate act to distance himself from all of that he flees to an unknown island, which ends up to be a very bad idea. He’s kidnapped by a group of locals that want to bring attention to a problem of Americans taking over their land and turning it into a luxurious resort for rich Americans.
The most I can say about how I feel about the book is that it didn’t bore me to death. It was OK, it had its moments. The author managed to present Charlie’s case in a way that I almost cared about him. However, to be honest, I cared about Charlie’s survival as a rebellious act against his captors’ cruelty and stupidity. We learn a lot about the group of kidnappers and it was frustrating to read about them, how unnecessary and purposeless their actions were. Whatever we got as a purpose for this kidnapping is abandoned and they keep looking for a way to make this whole situation ‘worth’ it. Ah, frustrating.
I had some problem with the writing style. It took me some time to get used to the narrating style, the all-knowing narrator that gives us glimpses on how characters will reminiscent of this exact moment in the future. First I got used to it, it was all fine, but after a while it became tedious. Too many times narrator turns into psychologists that analysis characters actions, asking questions we as readers should be asking, not reading. And after moments of psychoanalysis of characters we are given a total separation of narrator and characters.
It’s an all right book, it has a potential to do well among readers looking for a beach read with some edge, it has a celebrity life in it so it can be fun to read as an extended gossip magazine.