Back Talk

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Goodbye small town hell . . . hello Big Apple!

Sixteen-year-old Gemma Winters couldn’t be more ecstatic—and terrified—about scoring a summer internship at one of the hippest daytime TV talk shows, Back Talk with Kate Morgan. To top it off, she’s staying in a palatial brownstone in Manhattan with celebutante Dana Cox (a virtual E! True Hollywood Story in the making) and world-weary millionheiress America Vanderbilt. Gemma’s corn-fed naiveté melts away as she gets a taste of ...

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Overview

Goodbye small town hell . . . hello Big Apple!

Sixteen-year-old Gemma Winters couldn’t be more ecstatic—and terrified—about scoring a summer internship at one of the hippest daytime TV talk shows, Back Talk with Kate Morgan. To top it off, she’s staying in a palatial brownstone in Manhattan with celebutante Dana Cox (a virtual E! True Hollywood Story in the making) and world-weary millionheiress America Vanderbilt. Gemma’s corn-fed naiveté melts away as she gets a taste of designer clothes, underage clubbing . . . and a cute Johnny Depp look-a-like.

The glamour fades by nine a.m. when Gemma becomes slave labor for harried producers. Not even her borrowed Manolo Blahniks can shield her from an office romance turned ugly and backstabbing fellow interns. When someone is unfairly fired and a show is at risk, Gemma goes out of her way to prove this small-town girl is more than just a “photocopy bitch.”

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VOYA - Angie Hammond
When Midwestern girl-next-door Gemma Winters lands her dream internship at a favorite daytime talk show in New York, she has no idea what she is getting into. The work is crazy, with long hours and absolutely no respect. She earns her place on the show eventually by befriending a skittish, young prostitute guest, playing hardball with the other interns, and ultimately getting her falsely accused producer's reputation cleared. But that experience is nothing compared to everything else that is going on in her personal life. Rooming with rich girls Dana Cox and America Vanderbilt is like stepping onto a new planet. Beyond the parentless townhouse, the casual good looks, and the designer closets, these girls do not even seem to think the same. For them it is all about image-clothes, make-up, and knowing the right people. Gemma ends up with a fake ID, her first hangover, and a new crush-unintentionally stealing him from right under Dana's nose. In the end, she finds that under all the trappings, even spoiled rich girls have feelings and want nothing more than to feel connected and respected. Accessible, fun, and fast paced, this book will be a favorite among the diary genre readers. Recommend it to teens who like the A-list and Gossip Girls series.
VOYA - Sabrina Duly
Back Talk is an uptown New York City thrill. The main character Gemma is a little unrealistic because she lives with a couple of other girls in an apartment at the age of sixteen, but she is from a small town, which makes the book interesting. The book has lots of turns that kept me wondering till the end.
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Idaho native Gemma Winters, 16, is in New York for the summer. She has an awesome internship at a hip TV talk show and an amazing apartment on the Upper West Side. Her roommates-Dana, an aspiring actress, and America, an heiress with a "been-there-done-that attitude"-are teaching her how to live it up in the city that never sleeps. Gemma soon learns, though, that there is more to life than after-hours clubs and designer clothes, and the Big Apple loses some of its luster when malicious coworkers take credit for her ideas. While Gemma's naïveté at times comes across as overdone, her innocence is more endearing than annoying, and readers will find themselves rooting for this likable teen.
—Robyn ZaneskiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738710174
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Richards has always been a writer, but this her first published work. She's written everything from novels, to short stories, to plays, to an adaptation of Grease performed by her 6th grade class. Having grown up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where it's beautiful but there's nothing to do, Alex moved to New York to pursue short-lived careers in photography, film, and television production. She lives in Manhattan with a physicist and two cats, and makes no-budget horror flicks in her spare time.

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