It’s all about talent in LA: who has it, who doesn’t, who wants it, and who can find it first!
When thirteen-year-old Mac Armstrong witnesses newcomer Emily Mungler’s stellar lying-to-gain-entry performance during a movie premiere party at the Roosevelt in Hollywood, it dawns on her that her own talent is to discover it in others! So Mac and her BFFs set out to prove it by turning fresh-from- Cedartown-Iowa Emily into a box office bombshell. They’ll make deals, throw parties, crush on boys, all on the way to discovering that no matter how famous or important you are, friendship always comes first. Well, almost always.
Grade: D //
ARC. (Thank you, JL!) In stores June 19th, 2008.
Seriously, that's what all of this book's problems boil down to. The characters are unbelievable for twelve-year-olds. You have to be kidding me that so many adults would take preteens as seriously as they're taken here. People don't even take ME this seriously and I'm considerably older and less spoiled than these girls.
Mac (center of this book) somehow manages to fool a handful of adults while she's playing Emily Mungler's agent. A twelve-year-old playing another twelve-year-old's agent.
Coco and Ruby have an audition with a major record company because "some duo has got to become the year's hottest performers". What was the last twelve-year-old duo we've seen make it big? JoJo was thirteen when she took off a zillion years ago and Miley Cirus is everywhere nowadays, but those are the only two examples I can think of in the last five or six years. Most new artists are what, seventeen pushing eighteen?
Becks loses the boy she has her eye on to some nondescript chick with a big chest. Again, totally happened when I was in middle school, but really? I mean, is this really what you're trying to feed the readers?
I could go on, but it all goes back to what I said in the beginning: Why is this set in middle school? The plot would've worked, and worked rather well, with an older cast. I just don't understand why they went with middle school. If it'd been high school, I would've rated it a B. As it isn't, I'm going lower. I'll probably pick up the next book in the series for curiosity's sake, but again, I can't say this enough: Why middle school?!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008