[A} book that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, mostly because of the peculiar way the author keeps the intrigue element during the whole book ... Though it has many characters (something that doesn’t come as a surprise, being a book about the world of fame), they’re all very well-constructed and have a crucial part in how the story unravels. The author made a great job at placing everyone in the right place at the right time ... a perfect reflection on what real life situations similar to this one might be like. The author ends the book on a mysterious note and I kind of felt as if I was left hanging, and though in many cases that’s not good, this time it was brilliant.
...immensely readable ... an absorbing book—a page-turner despite its heaviness. There are some interesting surprises even if the characters aren’t always depicted in as much depth as readers may like ... this well-plotted novel heralds the arrival of a promising writer.
[A} bold first novel with no holds barred on sensitive topics, such as mental illness and depression, sexuality, body shaming and objectification, and the high cost of fame on health and relationships ... scintillating yet heartbreaking ... Sloan’s writing and narration are smooth and promptly bring the reader into a world filled with sunny smiles that mask unspeakable pain ... ideal for anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes peek at the tarnished truth that magically transforms into a glittering veneer when that first musical note resounds and that blinding spotlight shines.
Sloan deftly shifts between the meteoric rise of Gloss in the early aughts and the current day ... This pop-culture-inspired debut reads like an exposé that explores the dark side behind the carefully styled images presented to the public, or a particularly tragic episode of Behind the Music.
Sloan takes on the fraught topic of mental illness coupled with the pressure of fame in her sensational debut ... The dark side of fame is evident throughout this spirited and expertly plotted story ... unforgettable ... Sloan's debut will leave readers eagerly awaiting her next outing.