Confessions of a Hollywood Star

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"The star of CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN returns. . . .Few YA characters speak with such sharp, articulate humor about feelings readers will recognize." — BOOKLIST

After years of angst, Lola is graduating from high school and finally getting out of Dellwood "Deadwood," New Jersey. But destiny intervenes when Lola learns that a Hollywood movie is being filmed right in Dellwood. Is the Drama Queen ready to make the leap from the stage to...

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Overview

"The star of CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN returns. . . .Few YA characters speak with such sharp, articulate humor about feelings readers will recognize." — BOOKLIST

After years of angst, Lola is graduating from high school and finally getting out of Dellwood "Deadwood," New Jersey. But destiny intervenes when Lola learns that a Hollywood movie is being filmed right in Dellwood. Is the Drama Queen ready to make the leap from the stage to the silver screen?

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I was looking forward to graduating from high school the way Robinson Crusoe looked forward to getting off his island. Talk about dreams come true. As soon as it was over I would vacate my child’s seat in the world’s audience and my true life would finally begin! It was the moment I’d been planning from my first day in kindergarten. And since my mother had dragged me from the bright lights of New York City to the twilight zone of Dellwood, New Jersey, I had even more reason to look forward to the momentous day when I set out to seek my fortune in the real world. Not only would I finally escape the hopelessly dull tedium of my family, but the hopelessly dull tedium of suburban life as well. (Shakespeare’s the only real connection I have with true passion since I moved here, but if you ask me even he would’ve been defeated by suburbia. Gone would be the stuff of true drama and he would’ve wound up with Richard III standing in the supermarket offering his kingdom for a shopping cart.)

I had everything figured out. Following in the footsteps of so many great thespians before me, I would study acting somewhere that pulsated with energy and creativity — a place whose spirit paid homage to the noble tradition from which it had sprung. Then I would wait tables (or possibly drive a cab) while I got whatever parts I could in serious plays performed in church halls and on the backs of trucks until I got my big break and made my (later to be legendary) Broadway debut. I couldn’t wait. Just thinking about it made my blood bubble.

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CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STAR by Dyan Sheldon. Copyright © 2006 by Dyan Sheldon. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Lola Cep has big plans after she graduates from high school—leave Dellwood, New Jersey, and attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England. However, Lola's mother has other ideas and Lola is sent off to Brooklyn College. Lola's world improves when she meets two costume designers for a movie that is to be shot nearby. This opportunity can soften the blow of not going to England as well as help her outdo Lola's arch enemy Carla Santini. As she begins to despair about getting a part, Lola gets a job at the lodge where the movie's director is staying. During a madcap scheme to meet the director, she assists a fellow worker who really needs the work at the lodge. This novel might have remained confusing and silly had it not been for Lola's change of heart while working at the lodge. The story stands well on its own but may be more amusing if one has already read Lola's previous confessions. Fans of the first book certainly want to read this one. Readers new to Lola may find her a bit atypical of the usual high school graduate. Despite this quibble, high school students, especially female ones, should enjoy this summer adventure. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
The original teenage drama queen is back with a whole new mission. After graduating high school, Lola yearns to escape New Jersey and begin a career in theater. Nevertheless, Lola's theater career may take a detour when she finds out that a movie is filming in her home town! After bragging to her archenemy, Carla, that she has a part in the movie, Lola simply must follow through. She pursues the director relentlessly in her quest for a part, nearly alienating her boyfriend, Sam, and best friend, Ella. Indeed, it is difficult to comprehend why anyone would choose to associate with Lola after reading this book. While her contemporaries, Georgia Nicolson and Mia Thermopolis, have some endearing traits amidst their antics, Lola is a very unsympathetic character. The ending is very contrived and predictable; and while Lola professes to have learned a lesson, she undoubtedly will be the same vapid drama queen in the next book.
VOYA - Chris Carlson
It is the summer after high school graduation, and Lola is ready to move on to the drama program at Brooklyn College, her next stop on the way to Broadway stardom. When a Hollywood movie crew, complete with popular stars and a big-time director, comes to her hometown to shoot a movie, Lola decides that it could be an opportunity for her to show off her dramatic talents. But securing a part is not easy. With friend Ella in tow, Lola tries a variety of ploys-including getting jobs on the housekeeping staff at the inn at which the crew is staying-but her attempts to get noticed end in failure. With some intervention from her boyfriend Sam, Lola finally meets the director, secures a part, and revels in the satisfaction of upstaging her nemesis, Carla Santini. The characters from Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (Candlewick, 1999/VOYA February 2000)and My Perfect Life (2002/VOYA December 2002) appear again, with Lola at her comic best, moving from one hilarious fix to another. The book succeeds in its realistic look at teenage rivalries. Lola's ultimate success demonstrates that there is nothing as sweet as upstaging a rival. The author also sends a message about what it means to be a "true" friend. Lola and Ella not only support one another, but they also accept each other's idiosyncrasies. This entertaining romp is sure to keep readers anxious for another entertaining sequel.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-It's the summer after graduation, and Lola Cep, first introduced in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (Candlewick, 1999), is finally going to break out of Dellwood, NJ, aka her "prison with shopping malls." However, she can't do this without one last confrontation with her nemesis, Carla Santini. Lola should be leaving petty rivalry behind, but when a Hollywood movie crew comes to town, her determination to one-up Carla blinds her to reason. Lola, a master white liar, cannot resist boasting that she has been cast for a small part, despite having no legitimate connections. Not to be outdone, Carla convinces her influential father to house the movie's stars, and, unable to resist Carla's taunts, Lola vows to right this grievous wrong. Her optimism is contagious and her antics will amuse readers while causing them to cringe with embarrassment. The drama that the teen manufactures is at last curbed when she encounters true injustice. Lola gains astuteness points by acknowledging that sometimes she is her own worst enemy. Sheldon skillfully blends elaborate schemes with comedic execution, and her message-that ambition is a dish best served with a side of perspective-is a positive one. The conclusion, while cookie-cutter neat, will please fans of the first book. Lola's expressive wit and wholesomeness make her an appealing heroine.-Erin Schirota, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sheldon continues Lola's story begun in Confessions of a Drama Queen (1999). Frustration fills her life as she struggles to get a part in a movie, having told her friends and enemies, prematurely, that she already has one. Lola (real name Mary) aspires to be a great stage actress. Her frustration begins when her mother insists she must attend Brooklyn College instead of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. When Lola learns a movie will be shot in town she concocts devious plots to throw herself into the path of the director, despite her previous disdain for films. Every plot backfires. Worse, her sneering arch-enemy gets a part and the run of the set. As Lola's plots get wilder, she and her friends get into further trouble. Can she learn from her mistakes, and perhaps achieve a more satisfying victory than she had wanted? Comedy reigns as the silliness mounts in this first-person narrative that should provide lots of laughs. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763634087
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.63 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

DYAN SHELDON was born in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in London. She is the author of many novels for teens, including CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, MY PERFECT LIFE, SOPHIE PITT-TURNBULL DISCOVERS AMERICA, PLANET JANET, and PLANET JANET IN ORBIT. She says, "My writing for young adults comes from personal experience. I just make the characters younger. I thought I would outgrow these experiences — but they keep happening."
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I was looking forward to graduating from high school the way Robinson Crusoe looked forward to getting off his island. Talk about dreams come true. As soon as it was over I would vacate my child's seat in the world's audience and my true life would finally begin! It was the moment I'd been planning from my first day in kindergarten. And since my mother had dragged me from the bright lights of New York City to the twilight zone of Dellwood, New Jersey, I had even more reason to look forward to the momentous day when I set out to seek my fortune in the real world. Not only would I finally escape the hopelessly dull tedium of my family, but the hopelessly dull tedium of suburban life as well. (Shakespeare's the only real connection I have with true passion since I moved here, but if you ask me even he would've been defeated by suburbia. Gone would be the stuff of true drama and he would've wound up with Richard III standing in the supermarket offering his kingdom for a shopping cart.)

I had everything figured out. Following in the footsteps of so many great thespians before me, I would study acting somewhere that pulsated with energy and creativity — a place whose spirit paid homage to the noble tradition from which it had sprung. Then I would wait tables (or possibly drive a cab) while I got whatever parts I could in serious plays performed in church halls and on the backs of trucks until I got my big break and made my (later to be legendary) Broadway debut. I couldn't wait. Just thinking about it made my blood bubble.

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CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STAR by Dyan Sheldon. Copyright © 2006 by Dyan Sheldon. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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