Star Island book review

In Star Island, our main characters are types you’ve seen elsewhere, and better. Good stuff, but not as good as Hiaasen can be

Book review, Time In
Carl Hiaasen

3/5
Knopf

In Star Island, our main characters are types you’ve seen elsewhere, and better. Chiefly, there’s the noxiously insipid Cherry Pye, an untalented pop star on the plummet who, after a lip-synching disaster, desperately needs a comeback with her latest album. A scummy paparazzo, Bang Abbott, hopes to turn her into a timeless Marilyn Monroe with a series of iconic photos, but his kidnapping attempt goes awry: accidentally, he speeds off with Cherry’s secret body double – snarky, intelligent Ann, whose doppelgänger doesn’t even know she exists.

Though Star Island rips along pleasingly (it already feels like a Hollywood movie), there is an undeniable whiff of datedness to its text-message-deep satire. You’re in the hands of a master, but this time Hiaasen merely wants to play in the sandbox.

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