Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

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15 Critic Reviews

...this book seems to promise cutting-edge humor in a Florida setting. And Mr. Hiaasen leaves his state’s greatest natural resources untapped
-NY Times

Synopsis

Meet twenty-two-year-old Cherry Pye (née Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was fourteen—and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.

Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her “undercover stunt double,” Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too “indisposed”—meaning wasted—to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

Now the challenge for Cherry’s handlers (über–stage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed whacker–wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry’s public—and from Cherry herself.

The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink—the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp—and now he’s heading for Miami to find her . . .

Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherry’s motley posse does?

All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.


BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey.
 

About Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Sick Puppy and Nature Girl.Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Hiaasen's work at www.carlhiaasen.com.
 
Published July 21, 2010 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 478 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Star Island
All: 15 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Good

Clueless celebrities and criminal paparazzi provide the perfect match and the perfect metaphor for contemporary public culture. And you never know which sentences are going to end with a back flip.

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NY Times

Below average
on Jul 20 2010

...this book seems to promise cutting-edge humor in a Florida setting. And Mr. Hiaasen leaves his state’s greatest natural resources untapped

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Diane Gross-Hagerty on Sep 08 2011

Overall, if you are a Hiaasen fan or even if you are not - skip this book and get his novel Skin Tight instead.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Jul 27 2010

It’s a rollercoaster ride, loaded with Hiaasen’s signature twists and turns.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 23 2011

Skink’s makeover and introduction to the South Beach night scene is worthy of its own reality show.

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LA Times

Good
on Aug 02 2010

Scene after scene, Hiaasen keeps up this kind of antic embroidery, proving not only that God may be in the details but also that comedy most certainly is.

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Booklist Online

Good

This is classic Hiaasen—demented, hilarious, and utterly over the top.

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Express

Above average
on Mar 11 2011

Hiaasen’s rage and scorn are tempered by a lightness of touch that makes it better to laugh than cry at the depths humanity can stoop to, particularly when everyone who deserves it comes to a joyously sticky end.

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Oregon Live

Below average
on Jul 31 2010

It's a long story, and while Hiaasen tells it with his customary brio, it feels a little forced. The scenes between Ann and Bang have no snap, and Skink really doesn't have much to do.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
on Nov 06 2011

...with Hiaasen at the wheel, readers are in for a crazy, riotous, and thoroughly rib-tickling ride.

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Boston.com

Below average
on Jul 29 2010

As for the plot, it’s tricky, and the ending in the Miami nightclub Pubes is more like a disappearing act that doesn’t quite tie up loose ends...

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Jacksonville.com

Good
on Aug 21 2010

...90 percent of the fun is with the outrageous developments and subplots. They are pure fiction to outsiders but really could happen to those who know South Florida well.

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Boing Boing

Good
on Dec 13 2010

When I finished it, all I could say, was "Goddamn, that was a great book," over and over again, for about 20 minutes.

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Cairo 360

Below average

Star Island's plot is a bit complicated and hard to follow. Readers can easily get lost within the storyline and might even feel baffled by the many subplots.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Robert Wiersema on Nov 23 2010

The story crackles along, bobbing and weaving with the barely contained lunacy that one rightly expects from Hiaasen. There’s a lot of humour...The only caveat I have, in fact, is that in choosing the world of pop tarts and paparazzi for this novel, Hiaasen has painted himself into something of a corner...

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