Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Reading level: Young Adult
Pages: 368 pages
Publisher: Poppy (June 1, 2011)
Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Sixteen-year-old Molly Dix loves her ordinary life in suburban Indiana. When her single mother passes away, she’s shocked to discover that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular.
Equally intrigued and terrified by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Southern California and plunges headfirst into the deep end of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her new life and family couldn’t get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous, spoiled half sister, who welcomes Molly to la-la land with a healthy dose of passive-aggressive “sisterly love.”
“People stopped talking and stared, brows furrowed, like they were at the zoo and Molly was an exotic animal they’d never heard of before. Behold, Los Angelenos, the world’s only Skittish Hoosier in captivity.” After her mother’s death, Molly finds herself the main exhibit for Los Angeles’ prying eyes. Her new school mates gape and make fun of her, and her new “sister” is the next in line for the throne of the far-away island of Royal Pain in the Arse. Brooke Berlin is self-centered, vindictive, and the complete opposite of the humanitarian image painted by her Wikipedia article entry. In fact, Brooke goes out of her way to make Molly’s life in Los Angeles unpleasant. But that doesn’t stop Molly, who is head-strong and determined to honor her mother’s dying wish: get to know your father.
Molly knew that moving to L.A. would not be an easy move, but she did not count on inheriting an arch-nemesis along with an uber rich celebrity family. If she thought her dad, Brick Berlin, would be of any help easing the transition from Indiana to California, she was mistaken. His busy acting career had him in a million places, none of which were at home. Left alone—and forced to share a room—Molly and Brooke have to survive junior year of high school… together.
When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to think. My original biased pegged it as a celebrity parody without much of a plot. Because of that, I must admit it took me a while to “get into” the book. Oh, but into it I did go. When the plot began to form, I quickly became engrossed in the story. The conflict between Brooke and Molly was dynamic and worthy of prime time reality television.
The authors did a fantastic job of mimicking California slang and the stereotypes of celebrities and their children. Of course, it helps that the authors are both professional fashion writers/bloggers and know their subject very well. The humorous “insights” and character nuances actually had me laughing out loud at various times during the novel. The epilogue is especially enjoyable because it paints a hilarious image of father-daughter bonding gone awry.
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to enjoy a good “beach read.” It has a good, believable plot, well developed characters, and plenty of sarcastic humor to keep you turning the pages.
“Brick was a perfect example of why literacy was overrated. He believed anything holistic-sounding as long as more than two posters on a message board agreed with it.”
“People stopped talking and stared, brows furrowed, like they were at the zoo and Molly was an exotic animal they’d never heard of before. Behold, Los Angelenos, the world’s only Skittish Hoosier in captivity.”
“’Tell the truth?’ Teddy suggested. ‘It’s a radical concept, but I learned from Sesame Street that it tends to be best.’”