Famous for Thirty Seconds (Commercial Breaks Series #1)

Famous for Thirty Seconds (Commercial Breaks Series #1)

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by P. G. Kain
     
 

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The first in a fresh new M!X series about girls involved in the cutthroat world of modeling and acting!

Brittany Rush has been appearing in commercials and print ads since her backside was the official derriere of Simply Dry Diapers. The queen of callbacks, she is distraught when her family moves to Hong Kong for a year, forcing her to be an anonymous kid

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The first in a fresh new M!X series about girls involved in the cutthroat world of modeling and acting!

Brittany Rush has been appearing in commercials and print ads since her backside was the official derriere of Simply Dry Diapers. The queen of callbacks, she is distraught when her family moves to Hong Kong for a year, forcing her to be an anonymous kid in a foreign country. When she (finally!) returns stateside, she’s eager to resume her steady diet of go-sees, auditions, callbacks, and bookings in NYC. But to her shock, Brittany realizes that in the year that she was gone, she lost her title as the unconquerable cute kid: Now she’s just one of the many pretty girls waiting her turn. Will Brittany be able to steal back her spotlight? Or will she discover there’s more to life than being a commercial success?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In this first in a series about girls and commercial castings, the details of the business are... fascinating"
- SLJ, March 2012
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Thirteen-year-old Brittany lived to appear in commercials. Her four best friends were the shirts she wore to auditions. She'd been the face of companies selling everything from diapers to fast food to candy bars and cameras. When she walked into an audition, other girls left. All that changed when her family moved to Hong Kong for a year. Now back in New York, she finds that her rival, Phoebe, is booking the top spots. What annoys her most is that Phoebe, who is enthusiastically friendly, used to be a forgetful mess. Brittany plans to ruin her by pretending to like her brother and dropping him. Liam shares her love of art and she takes an art class as part of her plan. She enjoys the class and falls for him, but is willing to let him go to further her career. After she realizes that art means more to her and that Phoebe is a natural, Brittany supports her rival. This change of heart comes much too quickly. In this first in a series about girls and commercial castings, the details of the business are more fascinating than its self-centered protagonist and her quick reversal of priorities.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416997863
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Commercial Breaks Series , #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
899,308
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Famous for Thirty Seconds


  • You know me.

    You don’t know how, but you definitely know me.

    You don’t know that I’ve studied ballet since I was six or that I once failed the same spelling quiz three times in a row, but you know me. You see me trying on a pair of sneakers at the mall or talking on my cell phone outside of school and you think, “Did that girl go to summer camp with me?” or “Is that the girl who went out with my cousin?”

    I didn’t and I’m not.

    If you’ve ever eaten a Gotta Have It candy bar then you’ve either put your pinkie on my nose or pressed your thumb across my forehead. If you sat through an entire episode of a popular reality show last year then, in between the screeching of your favorite pop songs, you’ve seen me enthusiastically taking pictures of my friends at the beach with my brand-new Globaltel cell phone camera. If you’ve turned on your television at all over the past decade, opened a single magazine, or walked through a supermarket—or even a well-stocked mini-mart, then you know me.

    Up until last year I booked more television commercials and print jobs than any other girl in my agency. From before I can remember, I have been a top earner for The A-Lister Agency. Judith List herself discovered me when I was six months old.

    Judith ran into my mother. Literally. My mother was driving us to a “Mommy and Me” class so she could have some one-on-one time with me while my older sister Christine was with a sitter. But suddenly it was one-on-one-on-one when Judith accidentally hit my mother’s bumper. When Judith came out to inspect the damage she saw me gurgling in my car seat.

    My gurgle was the exact gurgle ad companies were looking for at the time. Two weeks later I’d beaten out dozens of other babies to become THE face of Good Baby formula. My mother says I was too young to be able to remember anything about the shoot, but I swear I have a very specific memory of being in front of all these cameras and lights and a studio full of people focusing their attention on me—and how they might make my naturally adorable baby smile adorable times ten with the right camera angle.

    My life had been a steady stream of school, callbacks, and bookings… up until last year. A few days after my twelfth birthday my mother told me The News.

    The News basically took my life, tore it into little pieces, and then forced those pieces to live in Hong Kong for a full year. I have repeated this torn-paper image to my mother many times and what does she tell me? I am being “overdramatic.” I assure you, if anything, I am being underdramatic.

    “Brittany,” my mom told me the night she shared The News, “it’s only one year. It’s not like we’re selling the house! The paper just needs someone to cover the Hong Kong bureau for twelve months then we’ll all be back in New York. When I told Christine, she was excited.”

    Of course Christine was excited. As long as she can take her soccer ball with her, she has something to do and an instant collection of friends. But even though we look so much alike we could be twins and she is a mere fifteen months older than I am, we are about as different as sisters can be.

    Christine has it—that thing that makes people just automatically want to be friends with her. Everyone always likes Christine. Even me. I adore her. Sometimes I feel like she is the one person I can just be myself around. She’s just one of those people who has so much confidence being herself that she makes other people comfortable with who they are. Christine’s total lack of interest in popularity makes her even more popular. To her, Hong Kong was just another place to make a new start with new friends. To me, it was The End.

    “It will be fun,” my mom said with a little too much enthusiasm.

    I looked at her in shock like she had three heads and one of them was put on backward. A year in Hong Kong? While I am at the height of my commercial career? Right after I’d gotten a second callback for a new foaming face soap? My mom must have been able to tell what I was thinking because she tried to offer a counter argument:

    “Brit, won’t it be nice to take a break from all your look-sees?” she asked. “You work too hard.”

    “Mom!” I shouted. “For like the ga-billionth time, they are called GO-sees! An audition for a print job is a go-see. I’ve only been doing this since I was in diapers.”

    “But that’s exactly my point. You’ll get a whole year to enjoy just being a normal kid.”

    There is absolutely nothing I enjoy about being a normal kid and I was as sure of this on day one as I was on day 365. (Yes. I actually marked off each day with a big, black X on a wall calendar next to my bed.)

    I never stopped missing the excitement of getting an appointment for a commercial that would air during the Super Bowl or the way I felt when my face would pop up on a package of cookies at the local Stop & Shop.

    Approximately one week before we had our flight scheduled to return home to New York, I called Judith to tell her that my stupid mother’s stupid job in stupid Hong Kong was about to finish and that I was ready to get back in the game.

    Christine sleeps for almost the entire flight except the hour or so we play cards and when she listens to me make fun of the food served during the flight. (Tuna lasagna? Seriously?) I am too excited to sleep for even a second. Every moment that passes takes me farther away from Hong Kong and closer to my big comeback. Instead of napping, I actively daydream about the spots I’ll book and what magazines I will be seen in. I wonder if I’ll book my first go-see right away!

    After a year of being away from all of it, tomorrow I finally make my return. Judith asked if I could come into her office at the agency the morning of my first day back. I guess she’s just as excited as I am to start booking her top-earning client. I could be out on an audition the very next day!

    As Flight 792 from Hong Kong makes its final approach to JFK International Airport, the plane tilts gently so the entire Manhattan skyline is slowly revealed as the early summer sun sets. My heart almost jumps out of my chest and I think, if I had a parachute I would jump out right now. I remind myself that my old life is less than forty-eight hours away.

    I draw a calming breath in through my nose and let it out through my mouth as I take a closer look at the skyline. I expect it to greet me like an old friend and, while most of it is the same, there are parts I don’t recognize at all. A number of new glass skyscrapers have been put up over the past year, some still in the middle of construction. It’s amazing how much can change in a year.

    For a brief moment I think maybe this is something I should worry about, but then I put the thought out of my mind and focus on the gentle descent of the plane. The world may have changed but I am still me, and what’s important is that you still know me.

    You do still know me… Don’t you?

  • Meet the Author

    P. G. Kain teaches at New York University and lives in New York City.

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    Famous for Thirty Seconds 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Hilariously funny. I just adore this book u just have to read it. It's funny, amazing, and just a GREAT BOOK! I just love it oh so much.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I wasnt completley wowed by the story but i did like the original concept and the main characters perspective. It was kind if repetitive as well but im still buying the rest of the series!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book. When i first saw it i didnt really think it would be a good book but i bought it anyway just to give it a chance. Loved it!!!!!!!! Sure the main character was a brat but she learned to be nice and not bratty. You should read this book. Its great!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I like this book! I don't actuslly have it on my nook, i have the actual book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Definetly one of my fave books now, if u havent read the book u need to. I recommend it to anyone. Awesome book, cant wait for the next one.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was awesome! I really liked it!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really think this book is a good one. I like that it's from the perspective of a somewhat famous girl. The girl herself is good. I like the name choice. You probably ask 'why does that girl care about this girl in the book's name?'. I just like differrent kinds of names. This book iis a work of creativity and imagination. It poses as a fun story and a nice layout. Luv it and hope this author thinks up more fun fiction tales.
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    I love this author. P.G. Kain is a great author!
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    I love this book its really good
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    You should not give out your number, someone could take your identity and you would have no identity! You would be broke and have nothing
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    My name is Britney Rush Lopez . Hilarious
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I agree i read it in 1 day want to chat?~ Mary Anne
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    this book is one of my faves!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I think this is a very good book in my point of view.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    At the first the book was kinda boring. Then, later in the book, like when Brittany and Liam, it becomes more exciting.I loved it! :D •¿*Ally*¿•
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great booooook!!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Hehe cute couple Brittny <3 Liam
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Awsome