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A teenage paparazzo makes a dangerous discovery in this timely look at celebrity “that is likely to be snapped up and make a lasting impression” (School Library Journal).

All Jamie Gordon wants to do is to take pictures of celebrities...and maybe to become famous herself. She’s only fourteen, but already her work is sought after by fanzines and websites, and she’s invited to all the best parties. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: She has been invited to spend a week with...

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Overview

A teenage paparazzo makes a dangerous discovery in this timely look at celebrity “that is likely to be snapped up and make a lasting impression” (School Library Journal).

All Jamie Gordon wants to do is to take pictures of celebrities...and maybe to become famous herself. She’s only fourteen, but already her work is sought after by fanzines and websites, and she’s invited to all the best parties. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: She has been invited to spend a week with Willow Twine, taking pictures of the teen superstar’s new chaste life. But when Jamie gets her hands on some sensational shots of Willow, she’s suddenly in over her head. The pictures could make her career—and destroy Willow’s. It seems like everyone’s eager to get their hands on the photos, and Jamie has to decide what she really wants...and what she’s willing to pay to get it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Strasser has written a novel that exposes the magical lure of celebrity...The message is clear, but in a thoughtful rather than preachy way...This is a good read that is taken from today’s celebrity headlines; it should surely hook teens looking for a good story that they can identify with."—Library Media Connection,

"The author, best known for grittier novels, shows impressive range here...this book is likely to be snapped up and make a lasting impression on readers."–School Library Journal

"Strasser rips his story from the headlines as he circles in on how fame elevates, decimates, and utterly alters reality for anyone spinning in its orbit...readers will be caught up in both the glamour and the dark underbelly of fame."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Whether they want to be movie stars or famous lawyers, nearly every child dreams of one day becoming rich and famous. For Jamie, becoming famous means preying on the famous by becoming one of the youngest paparazzo in New York when one chance encounter in a coffee shop changes Jamie's life forever. But more than a story about how Jamie's love of photography becomes twisted into a tool for peering into famous people's lives, Strasser presents a story of two young people with the same dream whose lives intersect. The story is compelling and well written, but the novel is presented in a disjointed fashion that makes it difficult to become swept up in the story. Instead of presenting the story in a linear fashion, Strasser offers bits and pieces of the story from different points in the timeline and from different points of view. While the chapter titles indicate who the narrator is, there is no indication where in the timeline the chapter occurs. The result is a disjointed narrative that is off putting to the reader and makes it difficult to generate any interest in the characters or the story. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416975113
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 259
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Strasser has written many critically acclaimed novels for adults, teenagers, and children, including the award-winning Can’t Get There from Here, Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, Famous, and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date, which became the Fox feature film Drive Me Crazy. Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools. Visit him at ToddStrasser.com.

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WHAT DO YOU IMAGINE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT BEING FAMOUS?

Your photo on omg! and TMZ? Or on the cover of People? That long white limousine gliding to a stop before a crowd of adoring fans? The blinding caress of flashing cameras? The eager outstretched hands offering photos and scraps of paper for your autograph? Do you imagine strolling up the red carpet? The doors that open only for you? The embrace of the world? The admiration and envy . . . everyone craving and wanting you?

The you, you, you of it all?

But you know, don’t you, that what you imagine is an illusion? Just a frail, fleeting flower offered up by a vast, thorny jungle? Yes, you know about fame because you’ve read the magazines and seen all those stars on TV and on the Web. But that’s only the flower, only the part they want you to see. It’s not the reality. There’s so much they don’t let you see. The needle-sharp thorns. The climbing, choking vines. The hungry, sucking roots.

Or maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t really want to know. You prefer the fantasy. Just the flower, please. Fame as you imagine it. The mansions, private yachts and jets, all those adoring fans, all that attention. All that you, you, you. Because you really don’t care about the reality. It’s not your problem because they’re them and you’re you. And even though the magazines say They’re Just Like Us! they’re not really. They’re prettier, smarter, richer, and, to be brutally honest, just better.

Oops! I said it, didn’t I? That they’re better than you. And better than me.

Sucks, doesn’t it? That deep down you believe they must be better, different, special. They have to be better.

Because they’re famous.

And you’re not.

But maybe that’s not the whole truth either.

Maybe the truth is, they’re no better than you or me or anyone else.

Then why do we think they are?

Perhaps because we want to. We need to.

Suppose I told you that I was once famous. People on the street recognized me. They asked for my autograph and wanted me to pose for photos with them.

Suppose I told you that there were stories about me in magazines and newspapers, and interviews on TV. On network TV, not that cheesy joke that passes for your local news and weather channel.

Suppose I told you that for a brief period of time photographers and videographers followed me everywhere, taking my picture and filming me, posting the shots and footage on the celebrity gossip sites and publishing the photos in the tabloids.

Cool, huh? Being famous like that. All that attention. All those people knowing who I was. All that me, me, me.

Can you imagine?

Only, whatever you imagine is so not the way it really is.

Suppose I told you that I hung out with one of the most famous stars in all of Hollywood? A name known by everyone who hasn’t spent the past twenty years in some cave in Siberia. I stayed at her mansion, and we shopped and partied together. We hung around her pool and gossiped about hair and clothes and guys. We went to the homes of other huge stars and to the after-hours clubs only the superfamous can get into.

Suppose I told you that I knew her secrets.

Suppose I told you that she knew mine.

© 2011 Todd Strasser

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    Terrible

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    amazing

    i cant even discribe this book its that good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    50/50

    The plot was interesting and the writting and the way the whole story was layed out was good, until you got to the end. The very, very, end is touching, but the end that had to do with willow and richard, avy, and nasim, well..........that wasn't really somthing to be thrilled about. But besides that, this book had a great plot and a great idea.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    We are fascinated with the rich and famous. We buy magazines and tune in to shows like the Insider to get glimpses of our favorite celebrities in both their high moments and their even juicier low moments. Our appetite for celebrity gossip is satisfied by gutsy, risk-taking paparazzi and their ability to be in the right place at just the right time. Jamie Gordon has become the darling of the paparazzi, not because she is the current teen singing or acting sensation, but because she has proved she can be in the right place at the right time just like the best of them. One well-placed photo of a popular celebrity earned Jamie a spot on the cover of People magazine and a chance to do what she loves best - take pictures of the rich and famous around her home in New York City. Still in high school, it is challenging for Jamie to tend to her blossoming career. Her mother believes she should be sitting in her boring high school classes instead of prowling the streets of NYC in search of her next celebrity sighting. Although her father is a bit more supportive, her parents are divorced, making her mother the custodial parent whose opinion counts the most. When she is offered the chance to spend spring break with teen superstar Willow Twine, Jamie's parents come to an agreement that she can take the job. She heads to L.A. and Willow's mansion. The idea is that Jamie will follow Willow and photograph her daily activities, but when the gig actually begins, Jamie quickly realizes that some parts of Willow's life are off limits. For example, Willow's rock star boyfriend, Rex, has been a bad influence on Willow and is considered a potential threat to her career. Willow makes it clear that Jamie is not to photograph them together. Other events that complicate the plot of FAMOUS involve Jamie's longtime childhood friend who left NYC to come to Hollywood to become an actor. He has found that getting into the business is not as easy as it seems, and his life is spiraling out of control. There is also the creepy stalker who keeps sending letters to Willow, saying that he knows someone is out to get her, but that he is there to protect her from harm. Author Todd Strasser takes the celebrity stuff that intrigues us so and combines it with a bit of suspense and mystery to create a real page-turner. Much different than many of his other books, FAMOUS will still appeal to his fans - and probably create some new ones.

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