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True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet
     

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

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by Lola Douglas
 

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Fresh out of rehab, teen star Morgan Carter is taking a step out of the spotlight. She just doesn't realize how big a step. Morgan's mom sends her to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to recover. Even with a makeunder, an assumed name, and a fake identity, Middle America is going to mean a serious lifestyle adjustment for this Hollywood starlet.

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Fresh out of rehab, teen star Morgan Carter is taking a step out of the spotlight. She just doesn't realize how big a step. Morgan's mom sends her to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to recover. Even with a makeunder, an assumed name, and a fake identity, Middle America is going to mean a serious lifestyle adjustment for this Hollywood starlet.

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Children's Literature
Morgan Carter is a washed-up Hollywood has-been at sixteen. A child prodigy, she fell into the whole Hollywood lifestyle—wild parties, drugs, booze, and all. But Morgan takes it too far and almost dies. After going through six months of detox and therapy, she assumes a new identity as Claudia Miller and is sent to Ft. Wayne, Indiana to experience a "normal" adolescence in a regular Midwestern high school. The idea is to somehow survive her year of banishment, return to Hollywood at the end of the school year, write a tell-all book, and stage a tremendous comeback onto the Hollywood scene. Although her experiences in "Ft. Nowhere" or "Ft. Lame" as she alternately calls it, start on rocky ground, she does manage to make a friend or two. And when she goes to the Johnny Appleseed Festival, she discovers, much to her amazement, that she actually has fun. Now Morgan/Claudia has a whole new problem. How can she keep track of the various lies she has told about herself, and how can she keep lying to people she has grown close to? Morgan's story, told in journal form, is one in which a spoiled Hollywood brat transforms into a charming, at times obnoxious, yet witty and fun character who overcomes a lot of garbage in her life to discover who she really is. Overall, it provides a great read with a sequel to be released in Fall, 2006. 2005, Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 12 up.
—Pat Trattles
VOYA
Teen starlet Morgan Carter is fresh out of rehab after overdosing on drugs at the Viper room. With her career taking a dive along with her health, she makes a deal with her mother and agent to try to survive a year as a normal high school student in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She also attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings. She is supposed to be writing a tell-all book about it, which will then restart her career. She will be staying with her mother's childhood friend. Easy, right? First of all, even with new Target and Gap clothes, Morgan cannot fit in. Only twins Emily and Eli speak to her. Some people in their group are mean and competitive with Morgan, now called Claudia. When an old friend from Los Angeles comes to visit, Morgan's cover is blown, and she must figure out what is really important to her. Douglas conjures images of many of today's popular teen stars such as Lohan, Duff, and others, which will appeal to female readers. Many of the issues that she faces in school with difficult teachers and bullying are general to all teens. The Fort Wayne angle is funny as well, with good supporting characters in the school counselor and the twins. It is the first of what will become a popular series. Although date rape and drugs are referenced, this title is more conservative than the Gossip Girl series and is recommended for high school and public libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Razorbill/Penguin Putnam, 272p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Amy Alessio
KLIATT
Many YA novels start out with the protagonist, for whatever reason, suddenly transformed and dropped into the milieu of the rich and privileged (think Princess Diaries). In this book, 16-year-old Morgan Carter, budding movie star and target of paparazzi, after a stint in drug rehab, finds herself tucked away in disguise in Fort Wayne, Indiana until she can stage a comeback. With her hair dyed brown, fake eyeglasses, and a less than model-thin body, no one recognizes new girl Claudia Miller as the young actress who collapsed and almost died outside the Viper Room from a drug overdose. Morgan, nee Claudia, formerly a friend of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Hilary Duff, must now learn the joys of shopping at Target, sleepovers, fast food, and aerobics classes at the "Y." She must also learn to fit in to the everyday world of the modern high school, coping with nosy school counselors, snooty lab partners, and a film studies teacher who clearly knows less about modern movies than she does. To complicate matters, a boy-next-door type falls in love with her and she's attracted to him, too; unfortunately, a jealous classmate is intent on breaking up their fragile relationship. This is an absorbing read. Who has not imagined themselves in the ranks of the wealthy and famous, the mundane life a mask for the glamorous persona fighting to get out? The themes of finding the joys of the simple life, making true friends, accepting responsibility, and overcoming drug addiction are also well realized. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Razorbill, 272p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Myrna Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This tell-all journal-style story is nearly as amusing and compelling as Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" and Louise Rennison's "Georgia Nicolson" series (both HarperCollins), but the subject matter and language are for a more mature audience. Morgan Carter, Hollywood child-star-rehab-has-been, is sent to Fort Wayne, IN. In the guise of Claudia Miller, high school junior transfer student, she is in the custody of a recently divorced, close family friend. Morgan/Claudia's journal entries slowly reveal the painful details of her life: hitting rock-bottom after nearly dying from a drug overdose, rehab in a cushy facility, and being raped by a costar. Her banishment is intended to provide time and space for her to stay clean and sober to lead up to a triumphant comeback. Struggling with school life, she meets a somewhat geeky, yet likable group of students. She also learns how to shop, dress, and act like a normal teenager. As Morgan's feelings for her new friends grow, she finds herself having to keep careful note of who knows what-fact or fiction-about her prior life. At times, Morgan's mind and voice seem too adult-even considering a Hollywood upbringing. Not all teen readers will get the irony and movie references, but this engaging read with a promised sequel will be popular nonetheless.-Suzanne Gordon, Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Glamorous Morgan has been an actress all her life; in fact, she's a real movie star. She has also become a drug addict in the process of ruining not only her career, but her life. After Morgan finishes rehab, her mother sends her to live in Indiana with old friend Trudy, where Morgan will attend the local high school incognito. Faced first with the challenge of buying a normal wardrobe for under $500 when she's used to spending more than that on sandals, she begins to adjust. Making friends, though, proves more difficult, and keeping her identity secret becomes even more difficult when her irresponsible best Hollywood friend Marissa comes for a visit, and when Morgan inadvertently makes an enemy. Through it all, Morgan struggles with her addiction and gains confidence and maturity. Despite the topic's darker subject, since the narrative is in chatty diary form, this is light, breezy and lots of fun, especially for girls with Hollywood fantasies. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595140937
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 6.92(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever! I dont really like reading,but i read this book in 4 days! You have to read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that i have ever read. I want to read the second one. I didn't really think that i was going to like this book at first but i grew to like it! it was very exciting! A book for girls 12 and up. i give this book 5 stars! If u are looking for a book to read pick this book. i couldn't stop reading it! It totally caught my attention. Cant wait to read the second!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever and I would know Because I have read soooo many teen books. its so inspiering, and you can relate to Morgan is so many ways. I have read this book countless times. Lola Douglas is amazing. This book is funny, romantic, but it will also make you cry. It is soooo amazing. I HIGHLY recomend this book to every teenage girl out there.
thescribe18 More than 1 year ago
This book proves that bad taste is timeless.  Poorly written - I would say amateur.   It is vulgar and appeals to the lowest intellect. It's porn for teenagers.  What happened to good writing? Don't waster your money.  Luckily for me, I found this in a pile of free books at my pool.  They should pay ME for reading it.  Awful.
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This book is boring and exaggerated. I would never recommend it. It's horrible.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to write this review because lifetime did a movie of the bok and it was ok but the two books r better(especially eli!)and to really read the book i also think that this story is better than others like it(i cant think of tha name!!!) So read it!! Also debbie's fat in the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amzing id hate to ruin it so i wont tell you much but its cute funny fun EVERYTHING its just soo perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is a great pick for a fun summer reading choice. The story captivates the audience and is enhanced by the humor and originality. It is an easy read, but a sure favorite for realistic-fiction lovers. Readers will be pulled in by a ¿star¿s life¿ but will be surprised to find relatable elements as well. Morgan Carter is a teen celebrity, being in the spotlight since she was young. But after an almost-fatal incident in the Viper Room, she is sent to rehab for her drug and alcohol addiction, losing the interests of people in the movie industry and fans. To revive her career, her manager sends her to live in Fort Wayne, Indiana to live as anonymous Claudia Miller while journaling her life to be published after the year. Hard teachers, low grades, and limited use of her money turn her off immediately. Then she finds friends, love, and even happiness. Will Morgan¿s unknown identity stay hidden or is it too big of a secret to hide? Read the book to find out! Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is probably the best book i have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great thrill, you feel like you would know Morgan. Its one of the best books I have read this year, check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first time i read this book i loved it. i think all aspiring actresses should read this. it delves into the drug crisis with todays stars. Morgan, the protaganist, is a smart girl who makes bad choices. being forced to abandon her identity and her wardrobe seems like a crisis enough for her, but finding out her mother is dating her mananger and not telling her is hard, too. overdosing on Xanax, Vicodin and OxyContin and detox, Target and Mr. Sappey, CAN YOU SAY DRAMA!! But at the end, she learns that drugs suck, or as Whiteny would say,' Crack Is Whack!!!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luv this book! I totally recommend it to everyone. I can't wait for the next one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
love this book!! LOVE it! it is awsome. everything is funny. and the way everything ends up in the end is good too. i am going to buy the second part of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book, I though it was pretty boring. After reading it non-stop (I couldn't put it down!), I finally figured that it's the best book EVER in my life. Almost anybody would love this book. I can't wait to buy: 'More True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! I didn't think it would be this good...but MAN was i wrong! This book is kinda like Teen Idol by Meg Cabot. If you liked Teen Idol you will like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked this book you'll most definitely like Lara Zeises books and also Rosemary Graham. I highly recommend them both!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was soo good.. i just finished reading it today.. i couldn't put the book down.. if you want to expeience some of a stars life then you should definetly read this book... just saying that i can't wait for the new book to come out in fall 2006!!!