Authors: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Publisher: Poppy; (June 1, 2011)
Sixteen-year-old Molly Dix has just discovered that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular. Intrigued (and a little terrified) by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Los Angeles and plunges headfirst into the deep of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her life couldn't get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous, spoiled half sister, who welcomes Molly to la-la land with a smothering dose "sisterly love"...but in this town, nothing is ever what it seems.
If you happen to read the authors' hilarious website, Go Fug Yourself, this book will already be on your reading list. And if you don't, you're welcome for just sending you that link!
Anyone who has a passing interest in fashion or celebrity will enjoy this frothy, fluffy debut novel, where a normal girl is thrust into the world of paparazzi, designers, and cutthroat competition while still going to high school and mourning her recently passed mother.
Molly is a really likable heroine, and her basic good-heartedness gets her a pass on some of her more dubious choices. Girl's got a lot to deal with, all at once. And even though Brooke can edge towards unsympathetic at times, she does always manage to still come off as a real person, not just a stock Hollywood character shoved in to make trouble for Molly. I totally loved the romance angle, as well.
Heather and Jessica have a way with words, and even though the celebrity and fashion name-dropping means that this book may feel kinda dated in five years, for now it is gloriously fun. For everyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to have fashion houses send you clothes and paparazzi watching your every move, this wish-fulfillment / warning novel is fabulously enjoyable. I flew through it, and was tantalized to see that there is going to be a sequel! Messy is due out Spring/Summer 2012. You know I will be checking it out.