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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10–Jessica, a junior in a small New Mexico town, dreams of Hollywood stardom. She is devastated when a lack of funds threatens cancellation of the school play. Into her life steps Jordan, a new student whose father is a famous actor. Jordan wants to keep this hidden, but Jessica hatches a scheme to save the play by revealing his identity to the drama teacher and promising that he will audition for a role. When Jordan's secret gets out, Jessica's plan is turned upside down and her relationship with him inside out. A confrontation with him causes her to miss getting the lead in West Side Story. Ultimately, she discovers that fame and fortune can hurt relationships, and their romance blossoms. The plot moves fast and there are some enjoyable parts, but the writing is average. The characters are sometimes fun, but Jessica is self-involved and manipulative. While this novel may appeal to fans of Meg Cabot, most teen girls will seek other, more sympathetic heroines.–Amy Patrick, New York Public Library
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Gr. 7-10. True to the book's title, Jessica's cool, hilarious, first-person narrative mocks her dreams of stardom. When gorgeous Jordan arrives in her small town in New Mexico, she falls in love with him. What really grabs her attention, though is the fact that his divorced dad is a movie idol. If Jordan can persuade his dad to come to their high-school production of West Side Story, he would see her great talent. The trouble is, everyone else at school has the same dream, and the performance, on and off the stage, degenerates into wild fighting and farce. The heavy attack on self-righteous political correctness seems more attuned to adults than teens, but plenty of readers will enjoy the fun of putting on a play, the humorous take on what can go wrong, and the rivalry, the embarrassment, and the romance between friends and lovers. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (August 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802789919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802789914
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,029,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Janette Rallison is old. Don't ask how old, because it isn't polite. Let's just say she's older than she'd like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as "an eccentric cat lady." She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family's fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.
Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn't have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can't actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let's just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

Customer Reviews

Lots of laugh-out-loud funny stuff and great characters!
Nikki S.
I am an adult who enjoyed reading it and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Michelle
I really liked the heroine and the guy that she was interested in.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paige Anne Turner on June 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I almost didn't read this book because of the cover. Sounds horrible, I know, never judge a book by it's cover. But the girl on the cover looked about eleven years old and it didn't seem very interesting. But I read the back, and I thought, maybe I'll read this sometime. So I put it aside, and then one day I picked it up, and started reading, and I didn't stop until I was done.

This is a cute book about a girl named Jessica (who is still in highschool, but NOT eleven years old!) who wants to act. Then a guy named Jordan moves to her town, and... actually, you should read the book.

What I thought when I first picked up the book was that it would be poorly written. On the contrary, I found the writing to be funny, the heroine to be funny and smart. I appreciated everything that happened, and the honest way the author wrote the book.

It was a good read. The only thing that was wrong with it was it's length - I wanted more. :)

So I guess the morale was never to judge a book by it's cover - you may be pleasantly surprised.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ella on July 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is simply no other way to put it-- this book is hilarious. I was lying on my bed reading it and laughing out loud! If you love humor with a touch of everything else this book is perfect. It ends off perfectly. At first I thought the book looked a little babyish, but it was just sooo awesome. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Janette Rallison is true to her funny form in this story of Jessica who dreams of Hollywood. When the hunk of her dreams moves to town, she almost screws up their budding romance by divulging his secret: his dad is a famous movie actor.

If you like your humor screwball as I do, you'll like this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abigal Eaton on August 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is soo good.I started it and couldnt out it down!haha it was soo funny
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enna Isilee VINE VOICE on November 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reason why I loved this one so much was because the main character was an actress, and so am I. I was able to connect to a ton of things throughout the book, and I even learned a bit about acting! `Course, the main character wants to be a screen actor and I have no interest in that. But it focuses mainly on a high-school musical (not the Disney one) production and I have a TON of interest in that. Plus it had the same good feeling that all of Rallison's books produce.

All in all I've discovered that whenever I'm in a reading slump, or just a general slump, I pick up a Rallison. They always make me smile.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Did you ever think that a good book would start with two identical Honda Civics? I know one that does! Read Janette Rallison's book Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To-Do List to find out how. It is about a talented, young actress named Jessica. At her school, they are putting on a version of Romeo and Juliet and she is determined to get the lead. When Jessica realizes that a new boy at her school is really the son of the famous actor Christopher Hunter, she gets very excited and comes up with a plan to meet him. This book is an exciting page turner! Pick it up and you won't be able to put it down! So join Jessica, and the rest of the club! Lights, cameras, ACTION!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Just a Girl on October 13, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is wonderful. It had me laughing from the beginning all the way to the last page. It also had me teary-eyed. It is about a girl who accidentally gets into the wrong car after work only to discover it belongs to a guy whose dad is a rich actor. The plot thickens when the actor dad comes to town to watch the high school play and everyone thinks they have a shot at fame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 2cents on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I honestly couldn't stop laughing. The awkward situations that Jessica manages to get herself into are amazing! Jordan is fun and totally believable. Once again, Janette Rallison has perfectly captured teenage personalities with the perfect amount of wit, humor, and romance.
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