- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CDV446
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
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Gr 7-10–Half-Latina Alexia Garcia lives in Morgantown, WV, with her mother, a hotel housekeeping supervisor, and her grandmother. Now 18, she has long wondered about the identity of her father. After seeing Lexi's picture on the web, rock star Kari Kingsley's publicist asks Lexi to play Kari in concerts so she can complete an album. The reason that the teens so closely resemble one another is gradually revealed: they have the same father, a famous musician who was attracted to Lexi's mother because she reminded him of his deceased first wife and never knew she had his child. Although Lexi doubts the ethics of subbing for Kari in concerts, she does it to meet her dad. Being a stand-in is hard work and Lexi can barely leave the publicist's apartment–no one is to know she exists. That doesn't stop her from running into her idol, Grant Delray, and they fall in love. Tabloids run pictures of Lexi (in her Kari persona) with Grant, and she ends up in major trouble. When she finally encounters her dad, he's furious that an imposter has been playing his daughter. Amazingly, everything is tied up neatly. This novel doesn't do anything new with the fantasy of becoming a celebrity or being the daughter of one. It's pleasant but convoluted and its feel-good ending doesn't ring true.Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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I love how this story was built and how all the details added up in the end. Also, I loved the love story - you can't help but like the lead guy :) I reread this book all the time! Fun read!
In adult romance novels, there is a classic story line called the "secret baby plot," in which the heroine had a baby years before that the hero never knew about. This is the first time I've ever personally heard of a novel where the "secret baby" is the heroine. What a great twist!
I am a huge fan of Janette Rallison and have read every one of her young adult novels. I must confess I was a bit disappointed initially on realizing that, other than a couple of scenes of comic relief, this story is light drama, not her usual laugh-out-loud comedy. But I quickly got into the book because, no matter what type of story she chooses to tell, Rallison is a great writer. All of the things I normally enjoy in a Rallison YA novel are here in spades: vividly three-dimensional characters, strong conflict, and compelling love stories, both familial and romantic.
Alexia is a dynamic and compassionate heroine, and her efforts to get to know her half-sister are emotionally moving. The complications created by Alexia's pretending to be her sister are both painful for Alexia and occasionally very funny for the reader. I particularly enjoyed Alexia's romance with teen heartthrob Grant. It is extremely well done, and I really liked Grant, who is not just gorgeous and sexy, but a thoroughly decent guy. One of Rallison's strengths has always been her ability to write a good romance plot, and as usual, she shines at that here.
Perhaps most moving of all is the growth in Alexia's relationship with her mother and the eventual outcome in Alexia's quest to know her father. The resolution of that portion of the book brought tears to my eyes. It was also a nice change to be able to experience YA-novel parents as caring nurturers. And not only that, but as deserving of a chance at achieving romantic happiness as well.
People have often told Alexia she has an uncanny resemblance to a famous rock celebrity, Kari Kingsley. When Kari and her manager see a photo of Alexia on the internet they decide to hire her to pose as Kari for some public appearances - secretly, of course. Alexia tries to do her job well and it seems to work fine for a while. But some problems start to arise, such as her growing attraction to Grant, another rock celebrity. He thinks she is Kari, but Kari already has a boyfriend. Alexia does not want to hurt anybody, but how can she solve the dilemmas she is faced with?
There are other issues such as Kari's emotional problems, and Alexia wanting to meet the father she never knew, but I don't want to give them away here.
This is a clean romance, nothing beyond kisses.
I very much enjoyed the story. Alexia has fun adventures as well as some necessary difficulties which are resolved in a satisfying way. I also liked the humorous turns of phrase that kept me laughing.
This book was a breath of fresh air.
Very well written. Fantastically developed characters. I can't wait to read more Janette Rallison books.