Friday, September 4, 2015

Star Craving Mad by Elise Miller

Star Craving Mad
by Elise Miller

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @eliseamiller

Just released: August 4, 2015
Publisher: SparkPress
Genre: Chick-lit
Paperback: 276 pages
Rating: 4.5

First sentence(s):
I walk into the classroom, Styrofoam cup of faculty lounge coffee in one hand, class list in the other, fake Prada sunglasses slipping down my sweaty nose.

Maddy Braverman, thirty and single, has taught first grade at an uber-elite private school in Greenwich Village for the past six years, a hip downtown school lauded as much for its progressive pedagogy as its privileged progeny and its multitude of sex-crazed staff̵ including the headmaster, AKA the Head Molester. Angry at herself for not moving on, Maddy gets distracted from her pity party with a new student, Lola Magdalena, daughter of A-list celebrities Nic and Shelby Seabolt a last-minute addition to her class roster.

When tragedy strikes Lola, Maddy has the chance to meet with Nic in his TriBeCa apartment. Maddy’s sexy celebrity fantasies turn to reality, leaving her breathless and spellbound. But from her front-row vantage point, Maddy learns the hard way that celebrity is not all it seems, and gets dealt a devastating blow that could leave her jobless, loveless and alone. If she could just see things clearly she could save herself from going Star Craving Mad.

My two-bits:

This story is a fun dose of the single life with brushes with celebrities. Had some chuckles, oh-no she didn't and go-girl moments with this read.

I liked the sneak peek into the elementary school world just as much as a single's rockin' night life.

Got me thinking of obsessions and love affairs.

About the author:
Elise A. Miller discovered her talent and passion for writing by accident, during a short-lived but rigorous acting pursuit in the late 1990s. She immediately began studying writing in earnest at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City, and hasn’t looked back since. Elise completed courses in advanced fiction, memoir, novel writing, stand-up comedy and screenwriting. In 2000, she published her first piece in The Sun Magazine, and in 2002 she was one of the founding members of Little Red Writing Group in Brooklyn.

In the early 00s, Elise hosted and curated New York City’s East Side Oral (the reading series your mother warned you about), which showcased the talents of Jonathan Ames, Ned Vizzini, Amy Sohn, Darin Strauss, Alix Strauss, Felicia Sullivan, Mike Albo, Kim Brittingham, Victoria C. Rowan, Rachel Kramer Bussell, Allen Salkin and many more.

In 2008, her personal essay Forgive Me was published in the anthology Because I Love Her. Other personal essays have been published on, Papotage and Fresh Yarn. More recent work appears in Northern Liberties Review, Elephant Journal, Wild River Review and Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Elise lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two teeny rescue dogs. She blogs about everything and anything here, about her personal fitness journey at and about creative writing coaching at


* review copy courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #SRC2015
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