It’s time we reviewed a little Y.A, and what better place to start than the debut book from the duo also known as the Fug Girls– celeb fashion critics extraordinaire, television fans, book lovers, and now authors in the young adult genre. The tale is a variation on the grand tradition of the ordinary-teen dream of discovering that their true heritage is special- done in vastly different ways including Harry Potter, The Princess Diaries, even Star Wars. Molly is a sixteen year old from darkest Indiana who learns the truth of her parentage on her mother’s deathbed- her father is movie star Brick Berlin. Once bereaved, Molly eventually goes to live with her father and new-found half sister of the same age, but the move to LA may as well have been a move to Mars for she couldn’t be more out of place. Molly’s initiation into the world of paparazzi, high fashion, showbiz, and sisterhood is swift, hilarious and (at first) brutal.
Kooks for your Kindle?-Brick is somehow lovable and narcissistic as well as delightfully un-self-aware. A one-man cautionary tale of the long term effects of La-La land, he has a childlike obliviousness to the reality around him. Brooke, his other daughter, is painfully aware of this and desperate for his attention and acts out as only Hollywood offspring can. There are some nice well rounded tertiary characters with traits defying the stereotypes.
The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Molly’s hometown honey is the boy next door and she’s a little wholesomely naive- but she’s not completely unarmed. A firm theoretical background in fashions stands her well and she has a good line in snark for facing the mean girls.
Painting a picture for your paperback?– The authors are of the Sweet Valley High era (like myself), but the book admirably portrays its teens as modern day. The sunny California atmosphere and the larger than life way of Hollywood living are seen through Molly’s fresh eyes.
Nookie for your Nook?– Nothing you wouldn’t want a teenager reading.
Evaluation of your eBook?– Lovers of pop-culture/showbiz gossip will love the nods to the likes of Mean Girls, Clueless, Friends and gossip mag celebs. The plot flows well, and leads on to the next book (which we’ll get to!) with one or two aspects unresolved. The authors’ strengths are their snappy dialogue, one-liners and their insider knowledge of this world. It’s most suited to today’s teens that know their Taylor Swift from their Taylor Lautner, but if you’re older than the target market- just call it a fun read and a guilty pleasure…
Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.
Can be obtained from:
UK: Not yet available as an ebook on Amazon UK, only paperback for £5.57.
US: The ebook can be found on Amazon.com for $8.99.