Title: The F List
Author: Alessandra Torre
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
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 won a copy of this book on Goodreads after almost skipping on it. Celebrities just aren’t my thing. I can’t relate – at all – to the concept of wanting to be famous, or even to caring if someone is famous. People are people to me, and I don’t think popularity means one person is more special than another. But, I have enjoyed so many of Torre’s books, so I figured why not give it a try. And while the fame seeking was still annoying, I enjoyed the book (and even the characters, too!).
The two main characters are Emma and Cash. Cash was born to a famous actress and has been famous his whole life, while Emma thinks she needs to be famous to feel seen. She wins the lottery and slowly becomes an influencer – gradually watching those numbers climb on her social media. I really enjoyed how the social media aspect played into the story with the comments thrown in between chapters, the hashtag chapter titles, and watching her followers grow.
The sad thing is that Cash was interested in her before she made all of the changes to herself. And it really seems like she loses herself, except when she goes to spend time with Cash’s brother, who has Down’s. And it’s in those private moments when you see who Emma really is deep down. It’s those moments where she grabs your heart. But Cash is so very protective of his brother and has no idea Emma is spending time with him.
My one gripe was how quickly the drama between Cash and Emma was wrapped up. But, I appreciated that the story didn’t end there and that Torre gave us a bit of their life after everything was resolved. And I loved those final chapters!
And I know some of you would be interested in knowing that there aren’t any sex scenes in the book although there is lots of talk of sex and one shirtless kissing scene.
All in all, it wasn’t my favorite Torre book, but I did end up enjoying it more than I thought I would! And while I could care less about a celebrity, I realize that may just be your thing! 4.25 Stars!
*Please check out trigger warnings elsewhere if you have triggers. I tend to overlook adding them in my reviews.*
Have you read The F List? Are you planning to?