Star Craving Mad: A Novel by Elise A. Miller. Arizona: SparkPress, 2015. 258 pages. ***
Maddy Braverman, thirty and single, teaches first grade at an elite private school. Frustrated with her failure to look for another job and dissatisfied with her mediocre life, she is awed when the daughter of two A-list celebrities is added to her class roster. Arriving in not one, but two limousines, Lola is a sweetheart, but her father is really "hot." Maddy's fantasies go into overdrive and it soon becomes clear that Nic and Shelby Seabolt's marriage is in trouble and Maddy is in way over her head. Maddy realizes that the celebrity life as portrayed in Hollywood and gossip magazines isn't what it seems and not "real" life.
A humorous look at life in a first grade classroom, providing a glimpse of life in an elite school with a headmaster, aka, the Head Molester. Definitely light hearted reading with adult situations and the sometimes-tawdry life of celebrities. The story was well thought out, but seemed to be trying too hard and was somewhat predictable.
I received a copy from BookSparks to review.
Elise Miller is a former actress and private school teacher. Her work appears in the anthology Because I Love Her, on nerve.com and fresh yarn.com. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a rotating cast of ants and dust bunnies. Check her out on elisemiller.com.