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The Hollywood Scoop [Kindle Edition]

Jordan Parker
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Book Description

Joey Delaney is only sixteen years-old, but she's not letting that stop her quest to become a star newspaper reporter. It's the summer of 1942, the world is going mad, and there are a million stories begging to be told. When a sought-after movie script gets swiped right under Joey's nose, she's on the case. The only thing she hasn't bargained for is the attention of dreamy Elliot Duncan, a boy with big plans of his own.

The Hollywood Scoop is light and cheerful fun--perfect for young readers who enjoy their mysteries with glamour and a side of sweet romance. Grades 6 and up.

EXCERPT:
“Bless me Father, for I have sinned, this is my first confession since yesterday.”
“Yesterday, child? You know, a girl of your years really needn’t come in every day.” My priest, Father Andrew, chuckled as I narrowed my eyes behind the intricate screen between us.
“Tell that to my mother. She caught me trying to sneak out last night, so here I am.”
“My word. Twelve Hail Mary’s.” I knew Father Andrew liked me, even though I had to be the worst sinner in our parish, easy. Well, top five.
“Um, I’m not done.” I pressed my face closer to the little screen and heard Father Andrew get more comfortable. Father Andrew always took the time to get comfortable when he heard the sound of my voice. I’m not gonna lie, it’s kind of a point of personal pride for me.
“Go on, child.”
“Let’s see. Well, since yesterday I’ve said ‘damn’ six times. Of course, one of them was completely understandable. I would argue necessary.”
“Taking the Lord’s name in vain is never understandable.” Father Andrew was having a hard time keeping the chuckle out of his voice, but I could tell he was really trying.
“Even when you’re damning the sailor who won’t give you a straight answer about where his ship’s been? Come on, Father, you can give me that one, can’t you?”
“I’m afraid not, Josephine. Ten more Hail Mary’s.”
“All right, all right. I’m still not done.” I figured if I was going to be forced to march myself to church every day, I might as well get my money’s worth. “Father, why can’t we just talk face to face, like friends?”
“I’m not in the habit of having friendships with adolescent ladies, child. Is there anything else?”
“’Fraid so.” I paused to gather my thoughts. “I’m still bribing sources for information about various scoops. But I’m not sure that’s even really a sin, even if my mother would have an aneurism if she knew about it…she has this vein in her forehead that kind of pops every time I so much as stick a pencil behind my ear.” I bit my lip. You know that feeling you get when you know you’re doing something wrong, but it’s because you have to, in order to do something right? That’s a feeling I have all the time.
“I cannot absolve you of a sin you plan to keep on committing.”
“Hmm. Okay, I guess I’m done then.” I bit my lip a second time, certain I was going to get nailed with about forty rosaries. This absolution business was really going to eat up my afternoon.
“Josephine, please just…try. I absolve you of your sins in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
“Amen. See you around, Father.” I celebrated as silently as possible behind the screen, not wanting the priest to think twice about going so easy on me.
I hopped up off my kneeler and got the heck out of there. Church can be so dreary. If my mother knew how I spent half my time knocking around town and writing about wise guys and drunks and potential German spies and cigarette girls and whatever else I might see during a typical day, I’d be locked in the tiniest room in our house and the key would stay nestled in her girdle until kingdom come.
But she doesn’t.
So I won’t.
Joey Delaney is my name. You won’t forget it, either, because I’m the gal who’ll give you the who, the what, the where, and the when...

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  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081V1BSA
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun YA read! October 10, 2012
By Rose
The Hollywood Scoop is a fun and touching YA novel. Revolving around the glamor of Hollywood and the difficulties of wartime, this story captures a teenage view of the 40s. It's a bit overwhelming to be bombarded by all manner of 40s slang right from the get-go. I've never seen "gee", "shucks", and "jeepers" written quite so many times as in this story. Slang notwithstanding, I had fun following the protagonist and amateur reporter, Joey, in her search for a good scoop. There were some twists that took me by surprise! The humor of the confessional scenes and Joey's moxie is balanced by the serious nature of family troubles and the anxiety of Joey's brother being on the front lines. This novel would be perfect for a young historical fiction buff.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via LibraryThing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story September 14, 2012
Good story. I cried for a few pages when the story was focusing on Joey and her brother.

The story was a good YA coming of age story. The fine balance of first love and friendships was a good part of this story. A good friendship will survive the faults of the people involved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars QUIRKY COMING OF AGE STORY September 14, 2012
The Hollywood Scoop is a quirky coming of age story set in Hollywood during WWII. The premise of the story is entertaining even if the story doesn't always live up to the promise. I liked that this book tried to be unique and not just a copy of so many YA books out there. I think the author has a promising future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bees Knees September 11, 2012
The Hollywood Scoop is a quick, easy read. Like the reviewer bfore me, I thought it was a good distraction away from the vampire and fantasy YA books that are so popular today.

The author did start out using "1940s" words, but as the book went on, those weren't seen like they were at the beginning. Thank goodness. I thought they were distracting.

I did enjoy the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. I spent more than 10 years in the news business and thought the quotes really hit it. Since I had an ebook, some of the quotes were links to the internet. I thought that was clever.

I had some problems with the actions of the book's main character, Joey. She's on the verge of womanhood, wanting a career and a byline, but yet she still acts defiant toward her parents and the housekeeper. She lies and just flat out runs off to do what she wants, when she wants. And her going to confession day after day is a little off-putting.

The story itself is very entertaining and I would recommend it. The relationships Joey has with her parents, her brother who is off in the war, her best friend, and her potential boyfriend are heart-warming and sometimes heart-wrenching.

I received a free copy of this book from The Library Thing Member Giveaway, but the opinions above are my own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising Start to a Career August 13, 2012
The Hollywood Scoop is a pleasant diversion from today's popular young adult novels consumed with vampires or high school politics. It's a charming, simple story about a teenage girl in post-Pearl Harbor Hollywood with dreamy ambitions and an uncomplicated world view. At times the story is funny, poignant, and romantic.

It is, however, clearly the work of a young author and a new publisher. The themes wander over time, varying from wannabe Nancy Drew to heart-felt contemplation of the world at war to star-struck teenager. It is indecisive. The prose is forced, attempting to use slang not practiced in over sixty years, with a few two-dollar words thrown in once and a while. The characters are thin and the plot suffers from scope creep. There are inconsistent style and punctuation choices. Each chapter opens with quotes from legendary reporters -- rendering the novel self-important and showy. In all, the work is a solid second draft in need of a good editorial guide.

The Hollywood Scoop is a nice idea. It's a worthy pursuit and could be a good read. It was published too soon. Here's hoping that the author's next work receives a more patient, detail-oriented revision process.
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