How to Be a Movie Star (Belen’s Review)

Title: How to Be a Movie Star (How to Be #2)
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 12th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.

Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.

From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.

For over two years, TJ Klune assured anyone who asked that he had no intention to ever write a sequel to How To Be A Normal Person. Well, you know what they say…never say never.

When TJ announced he’d written a full length novel featuring one of Three Ironic Amigos, Josiah Erickson, and that demisexual Josy would be falling for an author of monster porn à la Chuck Tingle with anxiety issues I couldn’t hit the pre-order button hard or quick enough.

TJ describes Josy as “100% pure sunshine, someone who is unfailingly optimistic, and doesn’t let anything get him down.” He’s absolutely right. Josy is optimistic most of the time, but not in a way that rankles, offends, or makes you think he must have had a lobotomy. And while Josy knows he’s not super book smart, he is smart, kind, and sweet. I grinned every time Josy was on page, which means my face really hurt by the time I finished reading. Totally. Worth. It.

I love these characters. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK! It was like bathing my brain in sunshine. ?

I love that we end up back in Abby, Oregon and get to catch up with Gus, Casey, Lottie, and the We Three Queens. I love Quincy and his grandfather Robert, the new faces. Quincy is so unique and so perfectly matched with Josy. Quincy’s triumphs and struggles are beautifully integrated into the story. I love how the friendship grows between Quincy and Josy and how it is slightly reminiscent of how Gus and Casey evolved from friendship to love.

There was nothing I didn’t love about this book. There’s not a single thing I would change.

How to Be a Movie Star is a happy, fun, no angst story told in Josy’s single POV, and is almost impossibly sweet, with a fantastic (and surprising) ending.


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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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