Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of the Diva

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Leigh can think of a million ways she'd rather spend a summer besides visiting her movie star mother, Annika. But her dad insists the two need some "mother/daughter bonding time," and packs fifteen-year-old Leigh off to Ireland, where she'll be her mom's personal assistant on the set of her latest film, "Danny Boy." It could be worse. Annika may be a distant, self-absorbed diva, but Sean, the young, hot co-star, has a brogue to die for, and things heat up when Leigh lands a bit-part in the movie. Soon, Leigh and ...

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Overview

Leigh can think of a million ways she'd rather spend a summer besides visiting her movie star mother, Annika. But her dad insists the two need some "mother/daughter bonding time," and packs fifteen-year-old Leigh off to Ireland, where she'll be her mom's personal assistant on the set of her latest film, "Danny Boy." It could be worse. Annika may be a distant, self-absorbed diva, but Sean, the young, hot co-star, has a brogue to die for, and things heat up when Leigh lands a bit-part in the movie. Soon, Leigh and Annika are sharing scenes, scripts—and the spotlight. With tensions rising on the set, Annika and Leigh must finally grow into their most demanding roles: mother and daughter.

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Children's Literature
Getting along with an absent parent is a challenge. Creating a relationship with that parent is often a tough task. Sometimes feelings and stories are created or imagined from the care-giving parent you think you know so well. Vivien, fifteen, was named by her mother for the actress Vivien Leigh from the movie "Gone with the Wind." Vivien's father felt Vivien was in a difficult stage with falling grades in school and an unbearably bad attitude. He sends her to Ireland for the summer to live with the actress mother she barely knows. Vivian hates her father for sending her away and reluctantly goes to Ireland to spend time with her Mom who is on set shooting a movie. The people she meets and the situations Vivien puts herself into provide the readers of this novel with a humorous and heart-warming journey. Getting to know her Mom and forming relationships with other people around her, help Vivien grow up some. This fun novel will address and resolve issues some teen-aged girls might encounter including: single parents, losing a boyfriend, running away, feeling confused, desiring more control, and having a crush on an inappropriate person. Readers can identify with Vivian, especially as she texts messages, somewhat different than reality, to her best friend back home. Parents and school counselors may read and recommend this book for purpose of discussion. 2005, St. Martins Press, Ages 12 to 15.
—Charlotte M. Krall
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-For a dozen years, Leigh has been mostly estranged from her second-rate movie-actress mother. This summer, though, her father ships her off to Ireland to spend six weeks with Annika on the set of Danny Boy, the best movie she's ever had the chance to make. The 15-year-old's first-person narrative becomes even more intimate through her imaginary life scripts, revealing her thoughts of how some scenes should play out, and through her text messages to her best friend back in the States. Leigh waltzes into a small role in her glamorous mother's film, but she doesn't find making peace with the woman nearly so effortless. Annika's costar, Sean, is one gorgeous young Irishman who seems smitten with the much-older actress, while Leigh has fallen quite hard for him herself. An engaging crew of quirky characters makes the completion of the movie and the progression of the mother and daughter's relationship well worth following. When Leigh feels betrayed by her mother, she runs off to Dublin, asserting both her independence and angst, allowing for growth through reconciliation-and a chance to meet a cute guy her own age. Readers who enjoy Meg Cabot's "The Princess Diaries" and Louise Rennison's "Georgia Nicholson" series (both HarperCollins) will want to know what Leigh does next.-Suzanne Gordon, Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312338374
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout are the authors of Totally Me: The Teenaged Girl's Survival Guide and Speechless. They are currently working on their next novel, "Now Starring Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training". Both authors live in Toronto.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    A Must-read.

    Picking up this book at my local Barnes&Noble, I was not quite sure what to expect. The cover looked, well, childish, and the plot seemed slightly overused. I bought it anyway. AND GOOD THING I DID! I could not put down this book for 3 days - and finished it in those three days. I reccomend (pardon my spelling) to anybody who wants an uplifting kind-of story once in a while. I LOVED it. In face, the plot becomes juicier and juicier on each turn of the page!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    Emotional page turner

    Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout did an amazing job of capturing the moodiness of a fifteen-year-old girl. The fact that the parents are divorced makes the story more relatable to girls. Vivien Leigh's mother is an actress who only thinks of herself. Vivien is forced to move to Ireland for the summer and live with her mom. Vivian only thinks of her mom's money. When she finds out she won't be able to shop as freely as she'd like, she goes along for the ride. It turns out her mother's movie set has something she could learn to love. His name is Sean and he's the lead actor in the movie. Sean is also twenty years old. When Vivien confuses mentoring with flirting, and secret meetings with affairs, she runs away,only to find out she was ill informed. Like many teenagers she was to fast in her actions and not her thoughts. Yvonne and Sandy have created an emotional page-turner that is a must read for not only teenagers but for all females.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    An INTERESTING novel

    I thought the book was pretty good except that it was too long it stretched out 4evr on the same thing maybe beacuse it was written ny 2 ppl and they both wanted to have equal parts in the story I thought it was Good but too long

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    Introducing a must read novel !!!!!!!!

    This book was amazing it had everything all readers would enjoy, it had love,fantasy, reality and much much more. The fantasy is something that everyone dreams will happen to them, the love is all around the movie set seeing who gets dumped and who is dating. Reality is when it all comes to a close, at the end of Leigh's summer it's sad to watch it end even when you know there will be a sequel. Thinking of waiting for more than a year for the sequel (Now Starring Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training) is as depressing as thinking there isn't a sequel at all, but Winter 2006 will roll around, a little to slowly for my taste, and then I will be able to continue reading this comedic tale, and the adventure will once again begin. I loved this book everyone has to read Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of a Diva.

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