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Children's LiteratureI can't say enough wonderful things about this book. It is hilarious, the characters are well developed and likable, and Vivian Leigh's dreams of becoming a starlet will touch the hearts of those who read this book. Vivian's father sends her to Hollywood to spend the summer with her actress mother. This is not exactly what Vivian had in mind for the summer, but she had no voice in the decision. Obviously this sets the tone for this beginning of the story. The relationship between Vivian, a sassy teenager caught in that awkward emotional roller coaster with hormones changing daily or should I say minute-by-minute, and a flashy mother who loves life, is challenging to say the least. The good news is that with completion of acting classes and having a mother who has contacts, Vivian lands a small part (two or three lines) in a soap opera. Somehow this girl with little style and scratched designer glasses turns into Diva in Training. Look out Hollywood! Unfortunately, Vivian over does it in her Diva mode and is fired. Just another hard lesson learned in growing up. The flip side to this is she learned from that experience and made the following statement about being fired, "I didn't stink . . . I just got too big for my britches." This is a fast moving story, and putting some of the text in script form adds interest to the format. I am sure all budding starlets will enjoy this book, but so will all the girls who dream about becoming famous. This is a super book! 2006, St. Martin's, Ages 12 to 16.
—Kathie M. Josephs