Famous by Default by M.K. Harkins


September 8, 2017

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic






 Famous by Default


M.K. Harkins




 March 24th 2017










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?






Famous by Default by M.K. Harkins is a really great YA novel about two young people finding their place in life, a family, basically about finding love. It is my first book by this author and I enjoyed the journey with Jax and Sivan’s story a lot.


The writing style of this author is well developed and it’s easy to follow the plot and connect to the leading characters. Actually the plot written in the blurb gives away a lot about the storyline and leaves only little to surprise and imagination. Therefore it is difficult for me to say anything more about the story without giving away the few actual parts that are not yet written in the blurb.


This would have been a 5 star read for me if there had not been one thing happening near the “usual” 75-80% area that left me feeling unsettled. Most books demand at this point a break in the story however that might look like the story will demand but the one that the author choose here was not one I felt would fit.


It is not easy to describe without spoiler but I think the plot went too far. For the whole way this story was written it was not necessary to go that far because it created more open and loose ends than needed.


And I think somehow this plot string might not have been the original intention because there is one loose end that does not make any sense – and would have best been left out from the beginning … (let me describe it as “the bodyguards private life”).


It would have been easy to leave the book on a lighter note at the end to fit the whole plot up to that point. It was just to much at the end that was thrown at the reader which I felt was a shame because the book did so well until then.


Don’t misunderstand me – it is a good story and well written – its just that the plot has twists near the end that I do not agree with – but others might like them and I might just be the odd one out here so please go ahead, enjoy the read and form your own opinion …



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