Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: The Private Life of Estelle Knight by Keisha Ramdhanie

 

We are all guilty of contributing to the corruption of the young in Hollywood. The Paparazzi take the pictures, the reporters write the stories and the masses rush to find out what the latest scoop is on their favourite actors and actresses.

Ramdhanie takes us into the mind of a fifteen year old starlet. The main character, Estelle’s life is in a dark place and, with some unpredictable twists at the end, it becomes even darker. We see the effects her past relationships, pressures of work, drugs and alcohol have on her life. The author uses the main character’s need for an emotional attachment to fully capture the effects of the inability of young teens to differentiate between love and sexual activity.