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Posted May 23, 2011
Charley's off to Scotland with her new beau, and Scotty and her dad travel to Maine in search of Scotty's mom. When they land on her mother's last known trail, will their questions finally be answered? from Goodreads.
Goodbye Hollywood Nobody is the last book in the Hollywood Nobody series. Scotty has changed so much since the beginning; she's grown up, and made new friends. In this last book, Scotty and her father set off to search for her mother. Charlie's in Scotland, and it seems like all the pieces of the puzzle will fall together.
Let's do this one in a list, since I frequently think in lists and it seems appropriate to wrap up the series this way.
1) Seth. Seth, Seth, Seth. It's just...weird. I'm not sure I liked what happened with him. Maybe I just didn't read it close enough and missed something, but where did Angus go? He seems to have disappeared. In my humble opinion, Seth is too old for Scottie, and their relationship feels too weird to me.
2) Babette. Not to spoil it, but I wasn't pleased with the way this one turned out. Just a little too sad for me.
3) Charlie. Yes yes yes yes. I highly approve of the way her part in the story is wrapped up.
Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It was a fast read, but one that I enjoyed. Scottie's quirky personality was one that I really loved reading about, and, when she wasn't being judgmental, she was a likable character.
Many thanks to NavPress for providing me with this series!
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Posted May 21, 2011
This is it, the end of the "Hollywood Nobody" series, where Scotty's journey comes to an end. Charley's left, to finally make a life for herself, and Scotty? Well, Scotty now has her dad, a home, a family, everything she's really wanted...except...the wherabouts of her mother. Scotty and her dad keep searching for her, but will they like what they find? Will they find anything at all? Scotty goes volunteer to an orphanage, there she learns how to be a better person, more "jesusy", she learns that somethimes you have to do things you don't want to but, in the end if you have faith in God everything will turn out ok.
I personally really loved this book, it really teaches you to trust and have faith in God. It's a quick, interesting, easy read. I give it four and a half stars.
Posted May 2, 2011
I am a youth leader at our church for 6th grade to 12th grade girls. I thought that it would be fun to read this book because I am always interested in finding good, clean books for teen girls to read that are relevant to the culture in which they live. This book did just that! It is the fourth and final book in a series. I would like to go back and read the first through third books because although she did a great job at explaining the past events, I was still lost a few times. It was an easy read and had a lot of great encouragement and lessons for young girls and adults. One of those lessons was that God can help you love anyone because on our own, we can't. The main character Scotty is an amazing young girl whose has obviously gone through many trials in her young life. She is a junior in high school but she has the wisdom of an older girl. She is faced with the trials of loss, dating, and loving the unlovable. She learns lessons in kindness, loving someone enough to let them go, and control. I loved this book! I would totally recommend it to a teen girl and her mom for reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2011
I love this book. Can I just start by saying that. This book, while being the last part of a 'Hollywood Nobody' trilogy, stands up very well on its own and is a fascinating and engaging read. I know that novels aimed at the teen market sometimes seem formulaic and deliberate, but this stands out as being a 'good read'. This, like the previous novel in the series 'Finding Hollywood Nobody' is 'on tempo' and meaningful.
You'll find this book with phrases we'll recognise used daily by teenagers - ' that sure is the truth', 'it's pretty much the best I can do', 'it's a start, right' and 'this is totally not brilliant' being phrases early in the book. Producing a novel with well thought out characters with recognisable flaws is not easy but readers with a few quirks f their own will love this book. Young people with a passion for creating lasting friendships based on trust, responsibility sharing and love will adore this because it has something very special - an immediacy that others books strive for and fall short of. Youths who love to pick up books that engage, excite and stimulate them to create images out of a wonderfully rich and modern vocabulary will really take to this.
It is a novel about looking and finding things about your parent's past and about clarifying things for your own future. It engages the reader with thoughts about prayer, direction and supportive friendships without being preachy, but does not fail to ask questions of its characters about life, good and bad, justice and mercy and reflects the fact that the answers are not always easy. Written in a zippy diary and journal style, it is engaging and attractive to read with its pacey and sometimes reflective narrative. At its heart it has a captivating story and characters who you cannot but help warm to for their eccentricities and affection for each other.
It is a book that will get a positive reaction from teenagers because it is this type of book that fills a gap in the marketplace for literature with an affirming message. Not only would I give this book a 'highly recommended' seal of approval, I would encourage readers to seek out other Lisa Samson books, look for other authors emulating her style and demand more books like this from your booksellers as teenagers need more books like this today - books that engage, enliven and challenge our young people to live a practical faith while expressing their God given individuality.
Posted November 25, 2008
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Sigh! It¿s the perfect ending to an amazing story. In Goodbye Hollywood Nobody, by Lisa Samson, Scotty and her dad are on a mission: find Babette, Scotty¿s mom. But the journey to Maine only seems to give another dead end. Scotty pushes her sorrow to the back of her mind as she heads to the Red River Home for Children in Kentucky to volunteer, in search of ways to be more Jesusy. <BR/><BR/>Seth Haas calls and mentions that his ex, Karissa, is in trouble. Scotty, in a very Jesusy moment, invites Karissa to the Red River Home, hoping that the actress might find God herself. Scotty loves the children at the home, especially baby Silas. She feels a connection to her mother as she holds the baby. God is good.<BR/><BR/>Karissa shows up in a red convertible, toting enough luggage for a European cruise. The workers at the children¿s home quickly put her in her place, but it¿s not until Karissa carelessness causes a major accident that the actress wakes up. Can Scotty do the most Jesusy thing yet and forgive the Karissa for everything? <BR/><BR/>Ever since book one, Lisa Sampson has created a story that tops itself. Where this one wasn¿t as funny as the first, it¿s rightly so. Scotty is still as charming as ever, but she¿s discovering what¿s important in life. As she nears her eighteenth birthday, Scotty is proof that all a girl really needs in her life is a relationship with Jesus.<BR/><BR/>Standing ovation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2008
What a way to end the HN saga! So much has happened in the life of our Scotty Fitzgerald Dawn that it's hard to write a review without spoilers. GHN is the fourth and final installment of the HN series. This is a wonderful series that should be read by tweens, teens, and young adult girls alike. I actually doubt you could put an age limitation on the enjoyment found in these short novels. Scotty is just a girl in an interesting life trying to figure things out. She puts it well that she 'seems to collect people'. All around the US Scotty makes friends in different situations and she learns valuable life lessons from all of them. GHN answers some long awaited questions for Scotty, family, and friends. It ends in a perfectly adorable fashion. In this story, at 17 you can definitely see how Scotty has aged and matured. Scotty has always been mature in some ways, but very innocent childlike in others. It is from being around Scotty that people benefit and learn things about themselves. She is a good example of a person to be. I highly recommend the Hollywood Nobody series to anyone and everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.