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Grade 8–10—The summer before senior year, Lily is trying to boost her chances of getting into Brown. When her internship at the Museum of Modern Art falls through, she uses her dad's connections to become an assistant to Sabrina Snow, a Lindsay Lohan-ish celebrity. Predictably, Snow holds Lily to impossible expectations and rarely shows appreciation. Meanwhile, her noncelebrity boyfriend falls for Lily, who, despite genuine affection for him, rejects his advances because of her commitment to Sabrina. A side plot involving a letter from a desperate fan and Lily's efforts to help the tormented preteen takes center stage toward the end, helping Lily to realize what really counts. Like Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada (Doubleday, 2003), this book attempts to give readers a glimpse into the secret lives of the rich and famous. More often, it falls prey to paragraphs overflowing with clichés, stilted dialogue, and poor characterization. Well into the book, readers lack key information about the narrator. Zindel fails to make her funny or interesting, so much so that she becomes a poor choice as a window into Sabrina's life. While the flashy cover will draw readers to this book, they will reluctantly trudge through the story, wishing they had a wittier guide at the helm.—Jennifer Barnes, Homewood Library, IL
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Celebrity-obsessed teens will clamor for this first novel by famed author Paul Zindel's daughter. After high-school-senior Lily Miles lands a summer internship with teen celebrity Sabrina Snow, she learns firsthand how messed up the lives of the rich and famous can be. Sabrina is manipulative, backstabbing, and unbelievably demanding, and readers will cheer as Lily slowly gets up the nerve to tell her off and do the right thing. With a domineering mother, an eating disorder, and an ever-present cockapoo puppy, Sabrina seems like a collage of real-life teen celebrities. Zindel works as a producer with Maverick Films (Madonna's entertainment company), so it's a safe bet that she knows of what she writes. This is a book of the moment, but for the moment, it offers lots of light fun. Debbie Carton
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Young Adult (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062103
  • ASIN: B001G8WFIU
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,334,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lizabeth resides in New York where she is currently working on her second novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicki L. Deal on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was apprehensive to start reading this book because I thought it would be too geared toward the younger teens. On the contrary, I found that it has a mature underlying theme and will spark discussion on the true happiness of the teen starlets we see in the headlines everyday. But don't let that fool you into thinking it has no edge. The characters are incredibly relatable to a teenage girl. I found myself recognizing some of the personalities of the characters as people I know. Not to mention it is always fun to speculate on who the starlet is supposed to be. It is a quick read (I read it in less than a day) and has a plot that reads more like a gossip column than a novel. Girl of the Moment captures your interest from the first sentence and doesn't let go until the last. I hope everyone can enjoy this book as much as I did.
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Lily is determined to become an intern for the summer, but her first job is cancelled --- which works out to her advantage when 16-year-old Hollywood movie star sensation Sabrina Snow needs someone to work for her. Lily is ecstatic to interview, even though getting the job would mean missing out on going to camp with her best friend and not seeing her crush, Max.

The interview goes well, although Lily ends up selling her nude drawing of Max (created from imagination) to Sabrina at the star's insistence. Before committing to hiring her, Sabrina invites Lily to attend Sabrina's movie premiere, where she manages to fall down on the red carpet. Lily is in charge of dog-sitting Sabrina's little pooch, Mercedes --- who gets away from her and urinates on Sabrina's director.

Sabrina is furious with Lily, but she's even angrier when she notices that Lily is dancing with Sabrina's hunky, funny and nice boyfriend, Bronson. Happily for Lily, Sabrina still hires her, although the star warns her in no uncertain terms to stay away from Bronson.

One of Lily's jobs is sending form letter answers to those who write mail to Sabrina. One letter, in which the fan pleads for Sabrina's help dealing with cruel school bullies, haunts her. However, when Lily tries to get Sabrina involved, the young star simply scoffs. Meanwhile, Lily jeopardizes her job by letting someone not on the list into a press gathering, and the person makes trouble.

Sabrina goes all out to make Lily look ridiculous in front of Bronson, who continues to befriend her. Meanwhile, Lily can't get the desperate fan letter writer out of her mind. What can she do? Lily realizes she's headed for trouble but can't seem to stop her life from careening out of control.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paige on July 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lemme start out by saying that I broke an important rule in the Book Lover's Code of Conduct. "Don't judge a book by its cover." I mean, the cover of this book is amazing, I couldn't stop staring at it, so I just got the book. Then, later, I thought I would regret it, but thank God I didn't!

This book is great. It's a fast read, and it's really well-written. I like how the author didn't make Sabrina Snow like all the other teen pop stars in fiction. At the beginning of the book, Sabrina seems like a sweet girl, until you dig into her territory (including her boyfriend). Near the end, that's where her true personality comes out.

To sum things up, Lily Miles gets a job as an intern for rising star, Sabrina Snow. She thinks everything will be fabulous, but it's so hard to work for someone like Sabrina, who can be demanding. Very demanding. Mixed up with all of Lily's mess-ups is a forbidden kind of romance, and the lesson of staying true to yourself.

This book has morals in it, and it gives you a sneek peek into the life of the glamorous. I really enjoyed it.

Hope to read more from Lizabeth Zindel soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Summer on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes I come across young adult books that transcend and are also great for me (Early 20's), however this book was not. I finished it, but it took a couple of weeks and was a tedious process. I got it because my neice was visiting (she's 17) and I thought it would be good for the both of us. She loved it! I didn't. It is trivial and there was no real conclusion. And a bit snobby. If you are in your 20's and looking for good books from the young adult genre, I would suggest... Sloppy Firsts, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Skip this one, but buy it for someone in the 15 - 18 range. :-)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 5, 2007
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Lily gave up her regular summer of soccer camp. Her final summer before her senior year. Why would she do that? Well, if she wanted to get into her college of choice, Brown University, she seriously needed an internship to make her stand out in her college applications.

Lily has an internship lined up at a Manhattan art museum and it will look fabulous when she applies. Except it falls through. No soccer camp (which is where her best friend and potential boyfriend are) and no internship. No Brown University.

Well, connections come through and she ends up being an intern for "Sabrina Snow." (She can't tell readers the real identity of this famous teenage star so we have to imagine her as someone like Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton). Lily's luck seems to be in her favor. She gets to hang out with this famous teenager, go to super parties, and shop at exclusive stores. But it isn't that easy. Sabrina's manager wants Lily to call him if Sabrina's behavior is negative, harmful, or questionable. Sabrina wants Lily to assist her with everything and to not get in her way. What's a girl to do?

Lily learns a great deal about Sabrina, celebrity life, and herself. This is a fun book by new author, Lizabeth Zindel. It's full of dramedy, pop culture, and provides an insider look into a world that seems so glamorous. Or is the grass just greener? Read GIRL OF THE MOMENT to find out.

Reviewed by: Dianna Geers
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