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Spoiled [Kindle Edition]

Heather Cocks , Jessica Morgan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You say Spoiled like it's a bad thing.

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.

Set against a world of Redbull-fuelled stylists, tiny tanned girls, popped-collar guys, and Blackberry-wielding publicists, Spoiled is a sparkling debut from the writers behind the viciously funny celebrity blog GoFugYourself.com.


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Praise for Spoiled:
"With deftly interwoven humor, hyperbole, and poignant, authentic moments, this is a wholly entertaining, thought-provoking offering."

*Booklist (Starred Review)

"Fashion bloggers Cocks and Morgan... bring humor, heart, and formidable writing skills to this exuberant debut.... The fashion knowledge, eye for Hollywood ridiculousness, and wicked humor that the authors are known for is on full display [and] the wit and depth the authors bring to the project won't disappoint."
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"Spoiled is soapy, funny and full of the Fug Girls' trademark Hollywood snark. I want to read the sequel NOW."—Megan McCafferty, New York Times bestselling author of Bumped and the Jessica Darling series

"Spoiled really is such a FUN read!! I love it, it's dishy, it's girly, it's LA...everything I love."—Joe Zee, Creative Director, ELLE Magazine

"[An] Obsessively readable, smartly subversive take on lifestyles of the rich and narcissistic..."Kirkus

"The Fug Girls (of fashion snark blog GoFugYourself.com) move seamlessly into the world of fiction."Romantic Times

"Readers hooked on celebrity culture and fashion will enjoy this behind-the-scenes, fun-filled romp. The book has teeth, however, in that it addresses issues of neglect, identity, death, and familial bonds." VOYA

"Fans of Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, the hilariously caustic duo behind the popular Hollywood fashion blog "GoFugYourself," will not be disappointed with their debut novel. "Spoiled"is packed with all the Hollywood snark and pop-culture references readers of their blog have come to expect - plus an impressive amount of pathos for what could otherwise be a bubblegum novel."—TodayShow.com

About the Author

Heather Cocks is a die-hard sports fan, a Leo, an ex-reporter, a Notre Dame grad, a dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K., a sandwich enthusiast, and a former producer for America's Next Top Model. Jessica Morgan is a Southern California native and UCLA alumna who has produced reality shows ranging from Growing Up Gotti to the docu-series 30 Days. She collects shoes, books, and unpaid parking tickets. Both ladies live in Los Angeles, California and watch almost everything on the CW.

Together, Heather and Jessica skewer celebrity fashion crimes on their popular blog, Go Fug Yourself, which draws millions of monthly readers and made Entertainment Weekly's Must List. Their dispatches from the front rows are routinely the most-read pieces on New York magazine's Web site during Fashion Week. Spoiled is their first novel for young adults and the sequel, Messy, will publish in Spring 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047Y0FO6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very witty, but not a great novel June 1, 2011
By Namz
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been a huge fan of the gofugyourself site for about 4 years now- I love Heather and Jessica's fashion commentary. It's always sharp, witty, and just biting enough to not be too bitchy. They're great at it, and I bought Spoiled because of my adoration of their fug work.

Spoiled was not, however, as great as I had hoped it would be. The book has a stack of brilliant one-liners, and very amusing asides that poke fun at how silly/shallow some of the characters are, but writing like that is not enough to sustain a novel. The dialogue is not great, mainly because it is not believable, and I don't mean that in a 'suspension of disbelief' way. It is also delivered way too fast, without appropriate context. For example, when Laurel is telling Molly about who her father is (sorry, trying to avoid getting deleted for spoilers!), the dialogue is almost akin to a throw-away line. This leaves what is actually a big deal in Molly's life falling kind of flat for the reader. Plus, repeatedly throughout the book there is a dearth of really good scene-setting. It's not something that requires paragraphs of descriptions, just a clever snappy line or two can provide more than enough for the reader to envisage what is going on. It's almost like they were trying to get to the next funny comment/line too fast to enable the reader to actually engage with the characters.

Spoiled left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. Sure, I laughed, but a novel needs to do more than that. I can just read their website if I want a few laughs. A novel's purpose is the story it's trying to tell. A novel should deliver its story in a way that makes you feel like you were along for the ride, no matter how light-hearted the subject matter is.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars High hopes for a book that ultimately fell flat June 2, 2011
By JEM
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been a big fan of the GFY site for a long time, and had high hopes for this novel. Sadly, I was disappointed. Falling into a trap that snares many bloggers and comedians turned novelist, the book has plenty of funny one liners but lacks the plot and character depth to sustain a full novel. The plot is completely predictable from start to finish, and none of the characters - main or supporting - grow in any way. Brick begins as a self-involved horrible father who seems to think good parenting involves doing things with your children on half-hearted whims, and ends the book in the same place. Molly begins as the perfect do-gooder with all the sympathy points, and does not change one bit. Brooke begins as a self-absorbed spoiled brat who has decided that her sister happens to be her enemy, and ends as a self-absorbed spoiled brat who has decided that her sister should be counted among her inner circle. There are also a plethora of unresolved plot lines. We never get any real closure on why certain characters hate one another, what happened with Brooke's mother, or what happens with the potential relationships and crushes that spring up throughout the book.

The lack of depth of plot or characters leaves the book feeling flat. It's hard to feel anything more than mild amusement at any of the characters, or to become attached to them or care about their stories. If a giant volcano had erupted in the middle of the book and killed off half the characters, it would have been hard to feel anything other than "meh.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Fun Summer Read June 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found "Spoiled" to be an incredibly fun, frothy, funny read and a perfect summer book. The authors strike a great balance between the humor all of the Hollywood and fashion jokes and the relationships between the characters. I liked all of the characters and was invested in what happened while I laughed out loud as they skewered the celebrity lifestyle with the same wit that is found in their writing on Go Fug Yourself. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an amusing and enjoyable read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun June 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
I have a confession to make. I used to read a lot of these kinds of books. Gossip Girl, It Girl, The A-List, The Clique, Poseur, Secrets of My Hollywood Life - you name it, I've read it. I was obsessed with superficial books about the rich and semi-famous when I was maybe 13 - that was basically all I read. I loved them then, but honestly? I wouldn't want to read them again today. But Spoiled is obviously pretty much the same thing, and I ended up having fun reading it, so I guess that 13-year-old is still in me somewhere...

No, Spoiled is not deep and meaningful. It's not the kind of book that will stick with you or make you think, and its one attempt at depth (the storyline of Molly losing her mother) is underdeveloped and definitely couldn't have made me get emotional. Nor is the plot original - it's basically the same thing as The A-List: Hollywood Royalty. (Yes, sadly, I am an expert on books about ridiculously bratty rich girls.) And the story has 'predictable' written all over it.

But, you know what? I didn't care. I didn't care because Spoiled is so. Much. Fun. The writing style and the way these authors present the whole Hollywood lifestyle is hilarious. The characters aren't likeable most of the time, but they're so much fun to read about. These people are crazy, in the best way possible. I love how the authors balanced presenting the story and lovingly ridiculing the characters.

And that's all I have to say about Spoiled. It's not great literature - but really, who would expect that from a book with that cover? - but it is snarky, humorous, and plain fun. It's not the best of rich girl drama books (like I said, expert here...), but it was fun - exactly what I needed.
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Published 1 month ago by Charles Cates
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Lots of pop culture references in this book will probably cause it to age ungracefully, which is a shame because it has poppy dialogue, good pacing, and engaging characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Hubley
5.0 out of 5 stars great teen book
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Published 7 months ago by Emerald
3.0 out of 5 stars A great blend of heart and satire!
This fish out of water story gives us a glimpse of the Hollywood life that is known for its gossip and glamour. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alicia R.
3.0 out of 5 stars buy it from the bargain bin
this is fine for a young adult book but there really isn't much to the plot. i didn't expect a national book award winner, but i was disappointed i paid full price and it really... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Librarianchik
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and engaging
This is a total beach read, and it was fantastic. Silly, airy, and fun. It's a Young Adult novel, but I am an adult and enjoyed it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie D
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
At first when I started this book and after the first few chapters or so I was BORED. I really wanted to switch to another book because I thought this would be makeup related. Read more
Published 10 months ago by christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy, yes, but funny!
This was so funny, and current, had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait to read the next one, Messy!
Published 11 months ago by Karen G. Spisak
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!!!!
This book is sooooo great!!!!! I could not stop reading it!! Now I have to get the second book right away!!!!!! You need to read this book! :)
Published 12 months ago by hit the lights
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal book
This is a truly awesome book: hilarious, heartfelt, and such a quick read. The fug girls are terrific...if you like the blog, you'll love the book.
Published 12 months ago by Katherine Mechling
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