Waiting on Wednesday (140) - You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: June 6, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Summary (from Goodreads):
For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they're real life.

The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There'd be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.

Now sixteen, Justine doesn't feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.

But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what's on film. They've all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else's eyes.

Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Life is a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what's personal and what's public aren't always clear.

I may have first read Jennifer Castle's debut novel The Beginning of After almost two years ago, but I can still remember all the heartbreak, pain, and tears it evoked. Since then, it has been a very long wait for Castle's sophomore novel... and I have a good feeling You Look Different in Real Life will be well worth it. As soon as I read the plot description months ago, I instantly added it my TBR list and couldn't wait to hear more about the contemporary book. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Jennifer Castle explore the costs of fame and the spotlight in You Look Different in Real Life!

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  1. This sounds really good! Glad to know her writing is really good. Maybe I'll add this one to my list :)

    Here's my WOW.

  2. Oh, I totally hadn't made the connection to Life After.
    This sounds pretty original :) Thanks for sharing your pick.