Famous By Default

Reviewed by Melanie on April 5, 2017


I honestly don’t know where to begin. This book was an emotional roller coaster, jerking me through highs and lows and ending beautifully.

Jax, trying to live outside his brothers’ shadows, away from their fame and fanatics ends up shipped to a farm in Idaho to stay with his Aunt Betty.

Sivan, tragic loss, followed by crappy foster homes, and finally placed on a farm in Idaho, with you guessed it, Jax’s Aunt Betty.

While predictable throughout the book, I truly enjoyed the story and the dialogue. From holding my sides from laughing to gripping a box of tissues with tears streaming down my face, this book did what I love for books to do, it gripped my emotions. I was sucked in from the first chapter and couldn’t put it down.

I’m rating the story as four stars because from the beginning it was pretty easy to tell where the story was headed. Overall, I’ll probably read this book again when I need to be put through the emotional gamut, and will be picking up a physical copy for myself.

Famous By Default Book Cover Famous By Default
M.K. Harkins
Young Adult, Fiction
March 24, 2017

Description from GoodReads.


By my family's fame.
Dying to escape the limelight,
And finally, I do.

Being raised as a Jayne, I'm under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabid fans--you name it and I've got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shipped off to crazy Aunt Betty's house in my senior year of high school isn't any better. After all, there isn't a stray kid or pet in the world that my aunt wouldn't take in.

Then I meet her. She's cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all. But that's fine by me. Sivan Holt may be beautiful and intelligent, but she's nothing I'm looking for.


In my past.
Struggling to feel settled.
And finally, I do.

Growing up in the foster care system, I longed for a sense of belonging. All I wanted was a place to call home.
At the age of seventeen, I'm finally starting to feel it here. Home.

When he comes along, it unsettles me. I don't want him to ruin everything we've built--everything that matters. Jax Jayne is arrogant, privileged, and I want nothing to do with him. But those green eyes of his keep drawing me in. If I let down my walls, will it be my final undoing?

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