Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of the Diva

Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of the Diva

by Yvonne Collins, Sandy Rideout
     
 

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,

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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 - 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312338374
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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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