on May 29th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, New Adult
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.
Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?
The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?
A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.
Before He was Famous had two of my favorite book “themes”- a young rocker and best friends who have loved each other from afar. So of course I was excited to get my hands on this one.
Chloe Campbell probably fell in love with her neighbor Noah Lockton from the first time she heard him play his guitar; of course they were only children then. They formed a bond and a friendship that over the years only became stronger and stronger. Aside from one grief-stricken drunken night, they have never given into the feelings that they have for each other, instead just being the best of friends. Noah is getting the chance to pursue his musical dreams after winning a singing competition. Chloe also gets to pursue her dreams in photography when she is asked to join Noah on his tour and spotlight him on a music blog.
Being a celebrity is nothing like what Noah thought it would be, with all the rumors, lies, drama, paparazzi, and crazed fans. As hard as they try to avoid it, Chloe and Noah find that this new path in their lives is pulling them apart. They have to try to figure out a way to be together and give into their feelings or live without each other.
I love the friendship that Noah and Chloe had; between their private jokes, stories, songs, and the connection they shared, they had the makings of being great together- they just needed to see it. I was a little frustrated with the back and forth and pushing and pulling that they did with each other. It seemed like when Noah realized what he wanted, then Chloe was no longer on the same page and vice versa. I am also a HUGE sucker for an epilogue, which I missed at the end of this book. But overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other readers.
“You’re my shadow, Pan. We’re stitched together forever, remember?”
Let me guess. When you say the name Noah Lockton, you see him standing with one of a hundred guitars around his neck, glistening with sweat in the glare of the stage lights.
You see him grinning, maybe on a pap shot, maybe snapped on a red carpet, smiling at you from the middle of a magazine. You see him in the spotlight; hot in more ways than one, right?
You see shouting headlines, hear the shrieks of infatuated fans, visualize the vacuous presenters buffing up his ego on all those TV channels and him batting away compliments like they’re bees. You see bulbs flashing, neon flickering, videos playing on loop everywhere. They’re in the gym, on the seatback screens of airplanes; in your Facebook sidebar when you’re messaging your friends.
You hear his music, obviously. How could you not? It’s everywhere. His voice is everywhere. You know the stats. Noah Lockton. Twenty-three. Five-foot-eleven, messy brown curls and steel-gray eyes. Pisces. You think you know him, this superstar, guitar-playing rock star.
But there are some things you don’t know about Noah Lockton.
You don’t know how proud he was that time, to have made me a cake out of Lego, mud and toothpaste. How when he was eight, he sat up in the tree house for three whole days after Prairie died. I was freaking out that if the dog fell down from heaven no one else would be as close to the sky to catch him. Noah just didn’t want anyone else to see him cry. So we sat up there together, neither of us saying a word. Just holding hands.
You don’t know how crazy he made me, teaching me guitar till my fingers bled. How we perfected the art of burping the entire first Britney Spears single together after four cans of Diet Coke and convinced a radio station to put us on air.
You don’t know how his arms felt wrapped around me when my world came crashing down; how I clung to the feeling of him inside me, filling me up; bringing me back to life again when all I could feel otherwise was numb.
You don’t know how we avoid the subject now.
When we were kids, his dad said his eyes were so shiny in all my photos because of all the stars inside them.
Noah was always going to shine.
He was always going to be mine.
But sometimes even I forget the way things were before he was famous.