Review: How to Be a Movie Star

How to Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune
Series: How to Be #2
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.

Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.

From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.

I actually cried at how much I loved this.

How to Be a Normal Person is my favorite T.J. Klune book ever. And honestly, I don’t think anything will ever beat it? It was the perfect book in my eyes. So you can imagine my excitement and dread when I saw it was getting a sequel following Josiah, Casey’s demisexual BFF. I was terrified that Josiah and Q-Bert wouldn’t live up to my love of Gus and Casey, I was scared we wouldn’t see Gus and Casey, I was scared this would ruin my view of the first book.

Fear not! This is by far Klune’s sappiest and happiest book ever. And I’m here for it. Josiah is literal sunshine? Think of the most positive and upbeat character you’ve ever read about. Well Josiah has them beat. He’s a little dumb, and maybe sometimes too cheerful, but I adored him. I want him to be my best friend. Scratch that, I want him and Gus to be my best friends. Their friendship never failed to make me smile, I could read a whole book just on their banter.

Q-Bert is Josy’s love interest in the story. The romance is super slow burn here. That doesn’t make it any less beautiful! Just be prepared to wait and agonize as to when they’ll get together. Q-Bert has anxiety and depression, he struggles a lot in certain aspects. He was such an endearing character! I wanted to hug him and make sure nothing bad ever happened to him ever again.

I loved revisiting Abbey, Oregon. I got to see a lot of my favorite couple, Gus and Casey, and their iconic ferret. The We Three Queens are still amazing and fabulous. Oh, and we get to hear from our favorite Pacific Northwest technical support representative again.

I will say one tiny little thing I could have done without. The whole plot of this book surrounds the movie Josy and Q-Bert are working on. There were quite a few scenes were we were transported into the movie, if that makes sense? We saw glimpses into the mind of the character Josy was portraying in the movie. Sometimes, to me, it went on a for a little too long.

But anyway. This was a fantastic follow up to my favorite book. It was everything I wanted and more. Josy and Q-Bert made a grossly cute couple. Seeing Casey and Gus after their story ended was a blessing. This was filled with Klune’s signature humor. I could revisit these characters and this town forever. I don’t want to be that person, but… can we get another book?

five stars

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