Hollywood Nobody: A Novel

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Being normal in a world that demands perfection isn’t easy
Scotty Dawn has all the freedom a fifteen-year-old girl could want. As she and her mom, Charley, travel to movie sets for Charley’s work, Scotty’s allowed to go anywhere and be anything. But there are costs to such a life. Scotty doesn’t know who she is, where she comes from, or who to trust. And who is the mysterious man they’ve been running from? Does he hold the clue to Charley’s big...

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Overview

Being normal in a world that demands perfection isn’t easy
Scotty Dawn has all the freedom a fifteen-year-old girl could want. As she and her mom, Charley, travel to movie sets for Charley’s work, Scotty’s allowed to go anywhere and be anything. But there are costs to such a life. Scotty doesn’t know who she is, where she comes from, or who to trust. And who is the mysterious man they’ve been running from? Does he hold the clue to Charley’s big secret?

Scotty writes in her Hollywood Nobody blog, and the answers she finds are darker than she had expected. Will she discover who she can trust and finally make sense of her world? Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600060915
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2007
  • Series: Hollywood Nobody
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,124,366
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author


Lisa Samson is the author of twenty books, including the Christy Award–winning Songbird. Apples of Gold was her first novel for teens. Visit Lisa at www.hollywoodnobody.com.
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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Terrific and engaging read!

    I devoured this book in two days. I rarely want to sneak off and read a book until I finish it, but this was one of those books. I adore anything Lisa Samson writes anyway because she is edgy and unconventional, but I'm telling you that she has a real winner here. The heroine is a fifteen-year-old girl, Scotty, who reminds me of several teens I know. Hey, I have a fifteen-year-old son and a fourteen-year-old son and I still loved the book, so you don't have to be YA to read it and love it. I adored how Scotty even had herself a pet phrase... 'I'm just saying'. One reviewer said sometimes some of the things Scotty thought seemed old for her age. I totally disagree. I have very smart kids and they think like Scotty did...exactly. Teens are very perceptive these days. And Scotty had wisdom beyond her years due to exposure to many things she shouldn't know. The author made that point very well several times. I loved the blogging theme of the story 'of course' and the topics covered on the Hollywood Nobody blog. It was so realistic...right down to the funny comments. The main characters seemed so real to me. Her mother reminded me of some hippies I know 'and knew' when I was younger. Very funny stuff! Especially the cheese fetish. Scotty was just so quirky and cool. I know several teens who love vintage wear and are so classy and weird in their own way, just like Scotty. I found her totally likeable and believable. Wonderful story. Intriguing plot. Hot topics 'and great tension' with a hottie hero who is a movie star and also a great guy because Hollywood hadn't ruined him yet. So check this book out. I guarantee it'll hold your attention. The ending is killer satisfying, but leaves you wanting more at the same time. March 2008--when the sequel comes out--is not soon enough for me. I loved this book!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

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    "Unigue Read"

    What attracts you most about a book? For me it definitely the cover, the first thing I noticed about the cover of this book was the girl's cat glasses and the scooter. Who wears cat glasses now a days? Scotty Dawn does! She is fifteen, LOVES cheese, and is home schooled. She lives with Charley her vegan mom in an RV nicknamed the Y. Charley is a food stylist for low-budget films,so they travel a lot. Scotty starts a blog called "Hollywood Nobody" were she writes about all the latest new in hollywood. Because of Scotty's life on the road she doesn't have many friends, Charley is very secretive and they are always running, always hiding from someone, but who? She isn't even allowed to give out her phone number and they never ever pay with something the can be traced back to. So who are they running from? When she goes looking for answers to all her questions, some may be to hard for her to handle. What will happen??

    I give this book four stars. The story was very original and unique, and I just loved the way it was written. For a fun and quick read I ?definitly do recommend it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    And the winner is...

    To most teens in America, Hollywood stars are royalty. In her Christy award winning young adult novel, Hollywood Nobody, Lisa Samson shows us that celebrities are people, just like everyone else. Blogger Scotty Dawn has a unique life. She lives in an RV because her mom, Charley, is a food stylist. The two travel from movie set to movie set giving Scotty the up-close-and-personal on many of Hollywood¿s A-list. She secretly blogs about these superstars on her Hollywood Nobody blog, which is growing in popularity every day. But Scotty is lonely. On the set of her mother¿s latest job, Scotty makes friends with newbie actor, Seth Haas, but is disappointed when he starts dating snotty ¿it girl¿ Karissa Bonano. Scotty keeps her distance from the new ¿couple,¿ thankful she¿s able to vent incognito via her Hollywood Nobody blog. When Charley starts getting suspicious phone calls, Scotty wonders what¿s up? Why do they always have to run? Who is Charley hiding from? And does it have anything to do with Scotty¿s father? Scotty Dawn is a joy to read. I loved her antics from her blogging rants to her acting debut as a life-size mustard bottle. For a quick and fun read, with some surprise plot twists, Hollywood Nobody is a winner. Highly Recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Great book

    Its funny with a wierd girl who dares to be different. She is cool and acts wierd. She hangs out with movie stars and meets famous people. I can'twzit to read the rest of Hollywood Nobody's story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Read it

    Great read!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Loved it soooooo much!

    I love this book with a passion... soooo good! I def recomend! Its about a teen girl (15) and charley... her.... mom... why 'charley' i dont know, but shes a vegan and scotty loves meat and cheese... poor girl. Anyway, its a great read and realy fun. Read it!
    CHEESE!!!!!!

    (She loves cheese...with a passion) ;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    I cant believe its free

    Wonderful book, i could not put my nook down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    What a fun read!

    I really enjoyed this book; it was fun to read and it held my attention from cover to cover.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Review by the Bookworm

    Simply delightful!! This is writing at its best. Fell totally in love with Scotty. I wsh that the other books were free as well! I'm dying to find out the real truth behind Scotty's past, and see how her....mother explains it all! This book has mystery as well as a girls first crush, full of humour that makes you smile constantly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Hollywood Nobody... wow!

    I really enjoy this book! A total to-read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    Loved it!

    Scotty Dawn, fifteen, cheese lover, homeschooled, quirky teenager. Scotty travels with her vegan mother, who insists Scotty calls her Charley. They live in an old RV called Y, and Charley is a food stylist for, typically, low-budget films.


    On the way to their most recent movie, Scotty starts a blog, Hollywood Nobody, about the ins and outs of the stars she spends her days with. Charley's secrets gradually begin to trickle out, and Scotty wonders if the things she's always believed in really were true.

    I really, really, really liked this book. Scotty was so easy to relate too, and she made a very likeable narrator. I enjoyed the addition of the blog posts, but, in my opinion, the negative comments seemed somewhat forced and unrealistic. I've been blogging for nearly two years and I have never once gotten a negative comment. Honestly, it's something I'm kinda looking forward too.

    So the blog aspect of it: I really enjoyed that. It was fun to read about another teenager with a blog, and how that figured into her life. This book is Christian fiction, and I agree with this review that says the religious aspect seemed forced. I liked the relationship with Seth, although it was a little odd.

    All in all, I loved it! (and the cover! not a fan of covers with faces, but this one totally pulled it off.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    YA for more than Young Adults

    Hollywood Nobody was a great and fairly fast read and I cannot wait to read the next few in the series. The story of Scotty is told through many different ways with using just plain first person narrative, her diary, and her blog entries. Scotty is a diverse 15 year old that only wants what anyone at any age wants, to not be lonely. [author: Lisa Samson] did a great job of really sharing Scotty's life through this book. I can relate to Scotty and see where she gets her emotions and her strengths from. Not only do you get to read about a little Hollywood, but you also get a little romance, some family love, some suspense and extreme plot twists, but there is also this little mention of Christ's love. It is just enough that I do not think this book would scare anyone away, but perhaps interest them in just the slightest to be curious for a little more information. Which in my experience tends to be the best way to be an evangelical.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Fun, easy read

    Fun, easy read with a quirky girl. I looked forward to reading the book after a hectic day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    Another recent Free Friday Nook selection! Hollywood Nobody is a

    Another recent Free Friday Nook selection!
    Hollywood Nobody is about teenager Scotty Dawn and her life on the road traveling in an RV with her film food-stylist mom. She spends her time home schooling herself, blogging about Hollywood and various celebrities, and trying to figure out where she fits in the world.

    There is a sweet romantic interest, several quirky (but nice) RV travelers, various other folks that Scotty encounters while on this film shoot, and one menacing guy who is following her.

    This was a fun and easy read especially geared for young adult readers. (I think it can also be filed under Christian Fiction, but it was not "preachy" at all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Great book for young or old

    Well written and an entertaining perspective from a teenager's point of view about life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    This is a cute, fun, fast summer read. It's very YA appropriate.

    This is a cute, fun, fast summer read. It's very YA appropriate.
    It's a little bit of a coming-of-age story with some clean crush-romance and a mysterious question about the family's past and why they fly under the radar.
    The book ends setting up the next book in the series. I'm not sure I am invested enough in the series to buy the next three books, but it was an entertaining read about a smart, independent, quirky teen who makes good decisions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Goodish

    It was totally annoying how she talked about cheese the whole entire time. Other than that I guess it was ok....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    Hollywood Nobody

    In terms of plot, this book is pretty engaging. There is a teenage girl as he protagonist with her own Hollywood blog. With her family being in the acting business, she is around the actual Hollywood scene quite a lot. Drama ensues when love triangles form and the girl learns about a mystery man and what her real family roots are. My only criticism would have to be the writing style. Thoughts seem to be convoluted and in a state of disarray. Whether or not this is meant to represent the thought process of the protagonist, it many annoy readers. Also, I hate to say this, but I'll just come out and say it. Most teenage books are written by authors who are past the teen age. Some of these books are well suited for teens and fit in with their culture and whatnot. However, some just seem like they are written by older authors trying to sound younger and put their foot in the door of young pop culture. Sadly, this book is the latter.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    interesting coming of age tale

    Fifteen years old Scotty Fitzgerald¿s childhood was spent running around the country with her beloved mom, a highly regarded movie food designer. However, lately Scotty has grown tired of the hustling from one set to another and the vegan only lifestyle of her mother. However, it is the secrets that impact her that disturb Scotty the most as she writes in her blog that her mom Charlie refuses to tell her anything about the dad she never met. While assisting her mom At Charlie¿s latest film project, Scotty and rising teen movie star Seth Haas become friends. He encourages her to pressure her mom into revealing the truth as to what frightens her to be so overly protective of her and information about her father whom she wants to meet. --- Although Scotty seems at time much older than she is, she makes this an interesting coming of age tale as she struggles with her mom¿s secretiveness clearly out of the Dick Cheney book on governance. Her quest seems even more genuine because she never quite reaches a spiritual and emotional acceptable solution. Lisa Samson provides a warm inspirational tale of a teen needing to know the truth even if it turns out ugly. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    Wasn't really sure I'd care for it but turned out to be a quick fast-paced quirky read with an odd but interesting twist at the end! Going to grab the next book now!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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