Review: Blame it on the Fame – Tracie BanisterBlame It on the Fame by Tracie Banister
Published by Self Published on November 16, 2013
Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 476

A power-trippin’ bitch, a has-been, a skanky ex-model, a press-shy indie queen, and a British stage actress no one knows – that’s how the Best Actress hopefuls in this year’s too-close-to-call Oscar race cattily describe each other. Which of them will win the much-coveted gold statue and what price will they be forced to pay as they travel the red carpeted-path to Hollywood glory?

Amidst all the press-schmoozing and angsting over which designer gown to wear, these Oscar contenders feud, commiserate, and face a succession of personal crises – scandalous secrets come to light, marriages implode, accidents land two nominees in the hospital while another receives news that could derail her career, all culminating on Tinsel Town’s biggest night when anything can happen, and does.

Blame It on the Fame is basically 5 (yes, FIVE) stories rolled into one. Five main characters, actresses, are competing for the same award. The coveted Oscar.

Danielle. You think she’s a sweet country girl. Nope. I’m just gonna call a spade a spade and says she’s a spoiled deceiving mega bitch who thinks she’s entitled to the win and will do anything to get to the top. Her poor hubs and kiddos. 🙁

Phillipa. Star of stage, screen and television who has minimal reaction to call from agent when nominated. Immediately liked her. She wasn’t full of herself which made a very nice contrast to Danielle. Her movie co-star slash  cheating ex-boyfriend was also nominated. He has now decided he wants her back.

Anaya. I wasn’t sure how to feel about her. She’s a model. Often drunk and high. Later on, she seems to be very lonely so I started to feel bad for her. Still undecided though.

Jordan. I liked her from the beginning too. Just trying to do her own thing despite her parents being a famous actress and a director/producer (I forget now…). Her diva mother always insisting that she do what she thinks should be done. We find out Jordan has a lover too! I’ll keep that bit of juicy info to myself for now…

Laurel. Mother in her mid-40s who stepped away from acting to take care of herself after a major breakdown. We see her on an island with her family on vacation where she gets a call from her agent letting her know she’s been nominated for her comeback role. Anxiety overcomes her and she sneaks off to call her shrink. I really felt for her and was very happy with how her story ended despite some intense issues that come to light.

Despite the length, this was a quick read. Jumping between the different nominees made it easy to lose track of time. Blame It on the Fame is another one I’ll be ordering in print and anticipate reading it at least a few more times! I’ll be reading Tracie’s other novel, In Need of Therapy, in the next month. If I remember correctly, Tracie has another book in the works too! Can’t wait. I know I’ll want more after In Need of Therapy! Just love Tracie!! 🙂


About Tracie Banister

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the back burner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).

Although Tracie swore she’d never write a sequel to any of her books, the character of Izzy Alvarez, who first appeared in In Need of Therapy, would not be denied. Izzy As Is is Tracie’s fifth novel, and she hopes readers enjoy this return trip to Miami.