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True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet Hardcover – November 3, 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–This tell-all journal-style story is nearly as amusing and compelling as Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries and Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series (both HarperCollins), but the subject matter and language are for a more mature audience. Morgan Carter, Hollywood child-star-rehab-has-been, is sent to Fort Wayne, IN. In the guise of Claudia Miller, high school junior transfer student, she is in the custody of a recently divorced, close family friend. Morgan/Claudia's journal entries slowly reveal the painful details of her life: hitting rock-bottom after nearly dying from a drug overdose, rehab in a cushy facility, and being raped by a costar. Her banishment is intended to provide time and space for her to stay clean and sober to lead up to a triumphant comeback. Struggling with school life, she meets a somewhat geeky, yet likable group of students. She also learns how to shop, dress, and act like a normal teenager. As Morgan's feelings for her new friends grow, she finds herself having to keep careful note of who knows what–fact or fiction–about her prior life. At times, Morgan's mind and voice seem too adult–even considering a Hollywood upbringing. Not all teen readers will get the irony and movie references, but this engaging read with a promised sequel will be popular nonetheless.–Suzanne Gordon, Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA
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This unpredictable tome is pure enjoyment. -- Romantic Times Book Club --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story of a 17 year old Hollywood star who gets pulled out of the limelight and sent into middle america in order to help with her drug and alcohol recovery is absolutely excellent.
The writing is smart, quick and funny when it needs to be. I enjoyed all of the characters who are portrayed as regular people with their faults and qualities.
This book was an absolute treat and I am looking forward to the next in this series.
For a year, Morgan will call herself Claudia Miller, dress herself in Gap jeans and Target t-shirts, and live as a painfully average high school student in Fort Wayne, Indiana. No more Marc Jacobs clothing. No cell phone. NA meetings instead of parties. She'll attend classes with teachers who give her D's. She'll suffer through gym class volleyball. She'll have to make new friends, which definitely is not as easy as Hollywood makes it look.
Oddly enough, she kind of likes it.
Amid high-fat food and snow in October is a boy Morgan can trust, if she'll let herself. He is a class leader with a secret addiction to Dance Dance Revolution, the pride of doing charity work, and a lot of Midwestern charm. In abandoning Caesar salads for Scooby snacks, Morgan is able to think about who she really is and what she wants to do for the first time in her life. But what is she going to do when the year is over?
Ignore what the media says about her. Morgan is charming (even when she's obnoxious), witty, fun, and most importantly, a multifaceted person who has to overcome a lot of garbage in her life. Meg Cabot fans, this is the book to pick up while you're waiting for the next Princess Diaries installment.
A sequel to TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET is planned for Fall 2006, and will be much anticipated.
--- Reviewed by Carlie Webber
"True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet" by Lola Douglas, was a great read!! I could not put it down. Morgan told her story through journal entries, and she told it very well. I found myself laughing at her various experiences and firsts as she tried to play the part of an average American girl. I found myself overwrought with sadness and sympathy for "Claudia" with all the secrets she had to keep, and all of her thoughts she had that she didn't belong anywhere. All I can say is, I can't wait until the sequel comes out! Anyone looking for a good book, read "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet!"
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