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Red Carpet Riot (Likely Story, Book 3) Hardcover – June 9, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—An amusing yet uneven installment in the series. Mallory's innovative new soap opera has garnered raves and Emmy nominations for her writing and for her mother's acting. Being a prodigy in the world of daytime drama is demanding enough, but the 16-year-old is also wrestling with boyfriend issues, formulating a plan to sabotage her mother's current relationship, and trying not to fail gym class. A story line leak to a soap-opera magazine leads to major friction between Mallory and her mother. The award ceremony can't come fast enough; when it finally does, with all its glamour, giddiness, and grotesquery, the show's stars and staff are in for some dramatic surprises. While the individual strengths of the three authors—Chris Van Etten, David Ozanich, and David Levithan—make for some laugh-out-loud moments, several scenes, particularly those that switch between Mallory's television and school worlds, don't flow well. The novel's best moments poke fun at daytime drama, from revengeful actors demanding more face time to implausible story lines, breathless dialogue, and rabid fan-club presidents. Scenes set at the Emmys are particularly funny, especially the inane and pretentious dialogue parroted by presenters and outbursts on stage. In contrast, scenes involving Mallory at school are quite colorless. Buy where the series is popular.—Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA END
About the Author
David Van Etten is actually three writers: Chris Van Etten is a full-time writer for ABC’s One Life to Live; David Ozanich is a freelance writer and playwright; and David Levithan is the author of Boy Meets Boy and many other young adult novels for Knopf.
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Top customer reviews
Mallory would just like to see the whole thing over and done with already. Her mother has never gotten an Emmy, let alone a nomination for one in her extensive career. Mallory can't go through another season of waiting and wondering, because her mother turns into an absolute mess.
But shockingly, her mother gets a nomination for her portrayal as Vienna. Not surprisingly, Dallas gets nominated in the Best Younger Actor category. After all, the competition is pretty sparse in his age group. But what Mallory really can't get her mind around is the knowledge that the writing team, as well as the show, each got nominated in their categories, too!
RED CARPET RIOT is one of those stories where the reader can't decide if they feel bad for Mallory or can totally understand what she is going through. It seems like throughout the entire story, Mallory is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent situations get thrown out of proportion. Mallory's mother believes any press is good press, but all the paparazzi seems to be doing is distancing Mallory's friends and coming between her and her boyfriend, Keith.
Mallory can't find enough time to get to gym class, spend time with Keith, or get her mother to actually notice her. To top it off, she can definitely tell there's something developing between her and Dallas, but she knows she can't let it happen because she cares for Keith and he's put up with so much since Likely Story took on a life of its own.
By the time Emmy night finally rolls around, Mallory has had enough and something has got to give. Will her mother finally win an Emmy? Will Mallory stay with Keith or wind up with Dallas?
Pick up RED CARPET RIOT to find out how everything resolves itself for Mallory and the cast of Likely Story.
Reviewed by: Jaglvr