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OUT OF PUBLICATIONA-list actress Liana Marie Michael struggles to find herself when Hollywood's obsession with youth and power threatens to destroy her future. While filming her seventh major motion picture, Liana Marie reveals her love for her childhood best friend, patient and compassionate Manuel Biro, a humble bus boy and student athlete. Shocked and thrilled to find hOUT OF PUBLICATIONA-list actress Liana Marie Michael struggles to find herself when Hollywood's obsession with youth and power threatens to destroy her future. While filming her seventh major motion picture, Liana Marie reveals her love for her childhood best friend, patient and compassionate Manuel Biro, a humble bus boy and student athlete. Shocked and thrilled to find he loves her in return, she tries living an almost normal life. All seems lost when her mother's mistakes lead to harrowing consequences for mother and daughter. Fortunately, Liana Marie comes to understand that her success and the strength born from her love for Manuel are exactly what she needs to shape her uncertain future.LOVED IN PIECES is not only a love story. With fast-paced narrative that reflects Hollywood's hyper-drive lifestyle, Ms. Hanna transports the reader into an actor's daily life and demonstrates how difficult it is for young adults to break free from a path created by someone else - even when it is a successful one....

Title : loved in pieces
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ISBN : 15997582
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Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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loved in pieces Reviews

  • Kristin
    2019-05-05 03:47

    2 1/2 stars....I received a copy of this book from Freebooksy in exchange for an honest review. When I read the blurb, it sounded fascinating. As I read it, the book became more and more of a chore to get through. Gramatically, everything was good. That's most likely why its getting 2 1/2 stars, instead of 2. I found the storyline to be flat, and dragged out interminably. I couldn't connect to the characters, or thier emotions. The only thing I found realistic was the idea that one pair of parents actually objected to a marriage between two teenagers, whether they are of legal age or not. As soon as I finished, I asked myself if I cared about any of the characters. Nope. I didn't care about Marie, not about Manny. I just didn't care. The book was as shallow as the Hollywood it was portraying.

  • Linda
    2019-05-04 10:45

    I received this book from Freebooksy to read it and write a review. This book was written for young adults. The plot was dragged out. The characters for me were flat. The main character was too nice, too forgiving. The premise of the story was she was a young actor that was placed into the acting field at 14 by her mother and became famous. She has health issues that you don't find out until near the end of the book that it was the plot of the whole story. There were conflict of issues going on, Teenage sex, hollywood drama, drugs, sex, paparazzi,religion and the issue of waiting to have sex till you were married. But they dragged out unimportant issues and the important issue was lightly touched upon it.I would not recommend it to a teenager. When I read a book I like to become involved in the story, the characters are complex and you want to think about them, They become your friends and you can't wait til the sequel to find out what happens next. This book left you dry, I don't want to ready anymore of these books.This book did not appeal to me.

  • Colleen
    2019-05-04 02:25

    This story was well written ,i read it in two days would have been one if i didnt have to sleep ,lol.I caught myself smiling while reading this story and wishing wouldnt it be wonderfull if our young ladies could actually be like her in the sense of "adult" clarity and strength. This story is not what i would normally read , this was a freebooksy review book, i kept waiting for the shoe to drop. I would recommend this book to my young niece to read,i want to call it a christian read , im sure others may disagree, this love story kept tugging my mind for the worst of the character development to surface , such as Manny and his dislike and open critizism of her in makeup and dress, but i never does.This is a simple ,"clean" love story of family ,friendship and growing up. thank you freebooksy i enjoyed the lovely break.

  • Naomi
    2019-05-15 04:33

    I was given this book by Freebooksy for an honest review.This was a story about a coming of age girl in Hollywood.Where do I start?!? I understand this is a YA book, however, I read many genres and this book was horrible. The book seemed like it was written by an 8th grader. There story line wasn't believable, the characters were flat, and the gossip was so over the top. I would not recommend spending the time to read. There are so many other good books to waste time on such a horrible read.

  • Heather
    2019-05-19 07:24

    Liana Marie Michaels is a young actor who is ready to find her way out of the business. She sees how the media just waits for her and her coworkers to fail, and she is manipulated by several people close to her. Carla Hanna does a great job of laying out the true Hollywood lifestyle in a way that we can all understand. She touches on the bad and dangerous routes some actors take, but focuses more on trying to take the high road. Hanna shows how some actors really want to do good things, but they are trapped in the Hollywood web. There are some intimate and sexual scenes in the story, but Hanna makes sure to keep them tasteful and doesn't go into much detail. I also liked the closeness of the teenagers to their parents. The two main teens in this story were completely open with their parents and confided in them, even if their parents made big mistakes. I would recommend this book to high schoolers.On a more technical note, there were many editing errors. I am sure that these have been resolved since I was emailed with an update before I even finished reading the original version. (I received this eBook for free through FreeBooksy.)

  • Thera Rhodes
    2019-05-09 02:42

    First off I have to say that I received a copy of this book for an honest review. I read this book in three days. It had a really great story and I did find that I wanted to keep reading. However, it seemed a little corny and cheesy. I realize I am 31 and this was written for a young adult. I was rooting for the main character and her best friend the whole way through. There were many twists and turns that I never saw coming. I also felt that it could have been a true account of a Hollywood starlet. I would gladly read the rest of the books in the series. Edited to add: I love that this book was about a Native American actress rather than the typical white girl actress :)

  • Pat Laws
    2019-05-16 09:43

    This is a great book, it shows you the down side of living the life of a rich and famous person. After you see the down side of their life, it suddenly takes and unexpected turn, and I could not put the book down until I found out the results of the new event. I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review,I can honestly say the book was very enlightening and really interesting, especially the last one third of the book.

  • Kelli
    2019-04-27 04:43

    I received this book for free in return for an honest review. The basis of the storyline was good, I actually enjoyed it. My only negative comment would was written a little choppy, there were a few times I had to backtrack and reread to figure out what was going on. Overall, I did enjoy it!

  • Amy-louise
    2019-05-10 06:37

    I received this book free for an honest review.This book had a good story line to it, i like how the author turned hollywood 'evil' in a way.will be purchasing the second book as left on a cliff hanger, i need to know what happened to liana marie.

  • Gaele
    2019-05-13 07:40

    I’ve been a reader of YA since I was of the age to read YA. I would often read and discuss books with my daughter when those were her preferred choices. So, I was prepared for the ‘immaturity’ of the main character, and her excessive vacillation on decisions. I wanted to really like this book – because it seemed to present a different picture to the over-reported “train wreck” stories of teenage actresses. But, I think that the author tried to incorporate all of the “wrongs” inherent to the price of fame, that the characters were difficult and frustrating to empathize with. Liana particularly as she frequently mentions her therapist and her stint in rehab; one would expect a little stronger tether to reality and emotions. Much of her remove is laid off on the pressures of Hollywood, her career, the public’s expectation, her mother’s determination and single-minded attention to ‘career first’. And sadly, the shell of a girl is as deep as her character went. And that was unfortunate. Now, I will say that there is a strong appeal for the more faith-minded reader: Liana is quite vocal and judgmental about premarital sex and her wish to be ‘normal, married and have children’. But one can be vocal and believe, without appearing to preach, and that happened far too often for me. I am, however, not a regular reader of more ‘inspirational’ reads. These are, however, all my own opinions. I think most 14 and 15 year olds would appreciate the ‘insider’ view, and seeing that someone on the screen has much of the same issues and insecurities that they often have themselves. Unfortunately, I think that there were some missed opportunities to deal with both Liana’s health issues and her need to ‘be in love’ and thinking that it would solve all of her other problems. It was a good first story, but I would like to see others in this series to be more character focused and less emphasis on the day to day issues dealing with her work. I received a copy of the book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • Jackie Hodge
    2019-05-05 08:35

    I received this book from freebooksy to read and write a review. After reading a description of the book, I was really looking forward to reading it and since it is aimed at YA (young adult) readers, recommending it to the young teen women in my family. But I was very disappointed in the story.The main character (Marie) a young woman who has been a part of the HollywoodIndustry all of her life (both her parents were actors) and is a well-known actress with nominations and awards under her belt seemed way too naive for the kind of life that the author was depicting.Much of the story deals with the character's internal conflict regarding her morals and her sexual desires or lack of them. She has also come to a point in her life where she is tired of the Hollywood life and wants to be a normal teenager complete with a boyfriend. There's parts of that life that she doesn't mind and other parts that she hates. She realizes the responsibilities that are on her shoulders, in terms of all the people around her whose salaries she pays and what will happen to them if she walks away from her career.There's also the other life that she lives with her circle of teenage friends who aren't in the "business" but come from wealthy families. For the most part, except for one of the friends, they all seem as clueless and immature as she is. I found it interesting when one of the teens points out to another student that he is relying on his ethnicity to get a scholarship although his family is rich enough to pay for his college education. And the student that is being "dissed," is one who throughout the book holds himself to "higher standards."This book is described as a "coming of age" book. I guess that could be true in the way that Marie questions so much about herself and wants to learn and grow. But I didn't feel there were ever any real understanding or resolutions, just more teenage angst.

  • Kerri
    2019-05-17 09:20

    Although this book is targeted at a YA audience as opposed to someone my age, I have to say that is NOT the reason it didn't thrill me. I read constantly and if a book has a good story line, I'm hooked, regardless of genre, targeted audience, etc. The story is about an Oscar winning young actress who yearns for normalcy, not fame.It revolves around her relationship with her boyfriend, her family members, and a few of her fellow actors. The premise itself sounded fabulous, but the actual story was slow, and just did not capture my interest- it didn't deliver. The main character, Liana, is sick quite often but not until the end of the story did the author really touch upon that storyline - maybe if that had been fleshed out more in the beginning of the story, it would have added more depth to the whole thing. As it was, it just felt like it was thrown in and then wrapped up way too quickly just to end the story. And Liana was wayyyyy too naive as a Hollywood "insider" to seriously think she had found her true soulmate and settle for the boring idea of a marriage at the tender age of 18. It just didn't ring true to me. I truthfully only finished the book because I was given a free copy by Freebooksy in return for providing an honest review. I appreciated the opportunity to read the author's work, but I will not be looking for future books in the series

  • Margaret
    2019-05-25 09:40

    This book was NOT for me.From a literary viewpoint, the first-person voice was awkward and uncomfortable. It simply didn't flow well. The conversations were stilted. Relationships were unrealistic. Overall a very difficult book to read mainly because of the poor writing.Secondly, I had a problem with one of the main themes of the story: teen sex. The main character is pressured to have sex with her boyfriend so she doesn't "lose" him. He in turn states, "I know it's against my religion, but I love you." Really? And the target audience is teens and young adults? I don't think either of these messages are appropriate for anyone, let alone someone at that age.All in all, there was nothing about this book that I am able to recommend.

  • Caprice Crowe
    2019-05-23 09:48

    I got this book to review from Freebooksy. This book has a good message for young adults. It lacked a depth of feeling between some of the characters involved. It does cover the changes that are going on in a young actress life. And how complicated and difficult it can get. Not for older adults but a good read for young adults

  • Miranda Dallis
    2019-05-12 05:43

    Bleh! The description of this book sounded good. The story is about a 17 year old girl, Marie, and her struggles with being a famous actress. It's all about sex, drugs, and fame. However....the plot was boring, the characters were flat, and the dialogue was horrible. But most of all, the book was soooooo slow! I had to keep skipping ahead. I hate skipping ahead. That's all.

  • Carol Mcguire
    2019-04-29 05:35

    2.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Hype, October 21, 2012By Carol "avid Colorado reader" (Denver, CO USA)Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: Loved In Pieces (The Intentions Series) (Paperback)I was given this book to review honestly, which I have tried to do. There is very little character development in this 'written for the mass teenage audience' book. The character descriptions focus on external beauty and popularity, and give the impression to young readers that the most value they have to offer is how they look and with whom they associate. This book had very little to say about the quality of character for these 'rising young stars,' as they live a fantasy life concocted to build their popularity with the public. Sadly the adults and parents who influence them are for the most part duplicitous and offer poor, or little positive role modeling for the younger characters. The development of the main character is achieved mostly on her own without much help from the people who should be guiding her.The positive life lessons learned were few and far between; but luckily, there were a few decisions made that give the book some redeeming quality. I would recommend that parents, whose children read this book, read and discuss it with them in order to identify the fallacies and positives of the lessons from the book. This will give parents Loved In Pieces (The Intentions Series) an opportunity to aid their children as they put into perspective some of the dilemmas they will face as adults.

  • Rachael
    2019-05-12 03:20

    I received a free copy of this book for my honest review. This was the first book I would have walked away from if I hadn't agreed to read it and review it. I don't think it was the story line that made me want to put it down, though I didn't find it terribly exciting. The concept was interesting and I did get a different view for what a young girl in Hollywood must go through. But, I felt the characters were very unrealistic. The dialogue often ventured into a lecture or sounded like someone was reading from Wikipedia. The conversations between Liana and Manny were so annoying and repetitive. The descriptions of the "Muse" movies sounded like they would be awful and not something which would make a young actress so popular. I kept hoping the book would pick up and the overall story would go somewhere to make it worth pushing through but unfortunately it just didn't do it for me.

  • V Ferguson
    2019-05-04 04:19

    I downloaded this novel free from Freebooksy in return for an honest review. Loved In Pieces is suggested for teens/young adults, but I do think an adult audience would have a greater appreciation. Mostly, the author did not develop any characters other than the main, and this made the novel feel lengthyThe premise of a child star coming to age and the associated changes is excellent, but the timing of the discovery that truly drives the young lady into adulthood is too near the end and too undeveloped to make it exciting.

  • Otelia Schwartz
    2019-04-26 03:20

    I received this as a free book to read. I forced myself to finish this book, a first for me. The characters and the story were unbelievable. I realize I'm no longer a YA but this was plain ridiculous. "Loved in Pieces" is the story of a 17 year old movie star that find the people around her are not what they seem. All I can say is if my mother did to me what her's did I'd never talk to her again, let alone attend my graduation. Don"t waste your time or money.

  • Lifeisgood
    2019-05-26 03:44

    I received LIP from the author's rep to review in October 2012. I did not read errors or see flow problems. Before I could post the review on my blog, the author unpublished LIP and requested I review Starlet's Web. She explained that 3 versions of LIP drafts were available online, the first was an unedited manuscript. I had received the 3rd version. It was great.