Girl Stays in the Picture (Girl Series)

Girl Stays in the Picture (Girl Series)

by Melissa de la Cruz

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Devon, the hottest chart-topping sixteenyear- old diva, has just landed in the south of France to film her Hollywood movie debut. With her French Caribbean beauty and ethereal voice, she aims to secure her newest crown—blockbuster box office—but she discovers sometimes a girl can’t get by without a little help from her friends. So when she befriends Livia Romero, the producer’s insanely gorgeous and insanely spoiled daughter, whose slammin’ new body is thanks to dropping two hundred pounds via stomach-stapling surgery; and Casey West, a personal assistant to the rival star, an entourage is born. And the paparazzi can’t get enough of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416994947
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Series: Girl
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
File size: 420 KB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 bestselling author of books for readers of all ages, including the Witches of East End, Blue Bloods, and Descendants series.

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EXT. Mediterranean Coast — Day:
Devon Makes a Splash

As far as Devon was concerned, there was only one way to arrive in Saint-Tropez: on board a magnificent seventy-five-foot yacht.

She didn't become the most famous sixteen-year-old in the world by playing wallflower. This might be her first-ever visit to the fabled Côte d'Azur, but Devon had been a star since she was in pull-ups. She knew how to play the fame game.

She struck a fine figure on the ship's bow as a refreshing ocean breeze blew gently on her mass of cinnamon curls, her skin tanned to a dark caramel shade of gold, her sultry catlike beauty highlighted by eyes a smoky shade of green. In a music magazine's latest issue, the effusive writer had compared the color of her eyes to an English summer meadow at dusk — whatever that meant. Devon was from Los Angeles (Crenshaw Boulevard — holla!), and her exotic looks were due to a perfect mix of her heritage: her studio musician dad a New Orleans Creole of Haitian descent, her rocker mom of French-Canadian stock.

As the boat neared the dock, she gave a cheerful wave to the dozens of tourists and curious locals who swarmed the outdoor cafés, craning their necks to see who had pulled into the harbor in such grand style so early in the season during the first week of May. She struck a confident pose for the paparazzi zooming in on their shots with massive telephoto lenses.

Let them look, Devon thought. This yacht charter cost a very pretty penny. For her arrival in Saint-Tropez, she was wearing the tightest, shortest, loudest black-and-white zebra striped Dolce & Gabbana skirt in her closet, paired with a creamy off-the-shoulder silk Cavalli top and five-inch Balmain monster heels. Not exactly an outfit suitable for sailing the high seas, and the captain had already warned her about her stilettos ruining the teak finish. But as long as she gripped the rails and stood with her feet planted apart, Devon knew she'd make it to the quay without taking an embarrassing tumble. She had no plans to be TMZ laughingstock anytime soon.

"Honey, we're here!" Her mother, Imogen Dubroff, emerged from the staterooms below to slip a slender, freckled arm around her daughter's shoulders. Devon bent her head quickly to hide a smile. Of course her mother wouldn't want to miss a photo opportunity.

She noticed Imogen had changed for the third time that day, finally deciding on tight white jeans, white high-heeled mules, and a chest-hugging white t-shirt and ropes of gold chain jewelry.

Imogen had told her she'd read something in OK! about Elizabeth Hurley wearing a similar outfit every summer on the island of Capri. Devon counted herself lucky her mother was wearing clothes at all. Imogen was the original wild child, and in her day she probably would have arrived in the South of France wearing nothing but a smile.

"It's so pretty," Devon said, sighing happily at the sight of white houses nestled in the cliffs above the sapphire-blue sea. "But it's so much smaller than I imagined."

"Well, small can be cute," Imogen suggested. "Except when it comes to yachts, and bank accounts, and houses, and guys' know."

"Mom!" Devon made a face.

"Oh please," said Imogen, rolling her eyes. "Don't oh-Mom me. Not in that outfit, anyway," she said, giving Devon a cool once-over.

"What's wrong with it?" Devon asked, wishing she didn't care so much what her mom thought. It was bad enough that Imogen was competitive on every level — more like an "ene-mom" (or was it "mom-emy?") than a real mom, and Devon didn't need any nagging insecurities that day.

Even if Saint-Tropez looked more like a picturesque seaside village with a giant marina than a big resort town, it was still the height of chic in the entire French Riviera. This was the place where Brigitte Bardot frolicked and pouted on the beach in a racy bikini; this was the place Bianca had married Mick Jagger wearing that sexy white suit. Devon wanted to stand out, but in a good way. There was a lot at stake for her this summer in Saint-Tropez. Way too much.

"You think it's too short?" Devon asked, tugging at her postage-stamp-size skirt.

Instead of answering, Imogen continued to smile serenely at the other boats they were passing.

If only Devon felt as calm. Whenever she saw pictures of herself at clubs in magazines and on gossip blogs, she cringed at how out of control she had been. What had she been thinking? Sure, she'd been under a lot of pressure. A lot of stress. There was so much riding on the movie — she was expected to bring in a blockbuster, just like her album and TV show had been. But what if it all went bust? What if it tanked? It didn't help that on those first few weeks of filming it seemed a new writer was getting fired every day, the producers were squabbling about everything with the studio, and no one was happy.

Then she and Randall had broken up — she'd had to read about it on his Facebook page of all places, which was

picked up on Ellen and shown on the mandatory subsequent tabloid covers. And then her mom kept disappearing into those lost weekends of hers, with Devon grimly calling hospitals and morgues.... So she'd done the only thing that had seemed right at the moment. Obliterate. Escape. Dance the night away, don't let the music stop, and keep the cocktails flowing.

And look where that got her. Straight into Commitments, some fancy rehab center in the desert where she'd spent her days lounging by the pool and getting daily massages. It had been a relief in a way. At least at Commitments, someone else was taking care of her for a change.

When she returned, her agent had to beg the studio to take her back, otherwise her career would have been flushed down one of the yacht's expensive Japanese toilets installed downstairs.

So. Those bad old days were over. They had to be, if she wanted to make a fresh start. She couldn't afford to make any more mistakes like the ones she'd made just a few months before. Everyone was counting on her. She had to pull it together. She couldn't mess this one up.

Devon took a deep breath and savored the salty-sweet air. She was looking forward to working again.

Imogen went back upstairs as the yacht slowed, the captain expertly steering it into the long berth. Devon itched to get on land already — she had so many things to do before tomorrow's shoot. The crew, all in pale blue polo shirts embroidered with the yacht's silver logo, barely had time to secure the ship to its moorings before she walked briskly off the boat and lowered herself on the gray planks of the dock.

A crowd of paparazzi were already gathered a few feet away, yelling her name and asking rude questions. Devon kept a smile on her face until an oily voice purred from the top deck of the yacht, "Where's my special lady going?"

That was no paparazzi. That was Eddie Pitch, her mother's boyfriend, leaning over and caressing the ship's railing as if it were a pool cue. His voice was as greasy as his comb-over ponytail. Why did her mom have to bring him and spoil everything?

"Hey! I thought I was your special lady!" Imogen teased, walking up behind him and reaching around to raise her face to his for an excruciating smooch while the cameras kept clicking.

Devon's heart sank. So much for good first impressions.

"Devon! Devon! Over here, baby!"

All the paparazzi were shouting for her, wanting her to turn in their direction, hoping she'd make a face or do something outrageous. That was the old Devon — easily riled, easily derailed. But this was a brand-new country, and a brand-new start. At least, that was the plan.

"Dating anyone special?" one of the paps barked.

"Wouldn't you like to know?" she cooed, strutting down the dock as though it were a runway.

The flash of a zealous photographer's camera momentarily blinded her, but Devon kept smiling, as though everything in the world — her world — didn't depend on what was about to happen, for better or worse, this summer in Saint-Tropez.

Copyright © 2009 by Melissa de la Cruz

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Girl Stays in the Picture (Girl Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
dholland08 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Girl Stays in the Picture. It was a very clever commentary on popular culture and celebrities, and the plotline was very engaging. The story focuses on three girls: Devon, a pop starlet fresh out of rehab; Livia, an Oscar winning producer's daughter; and Casey, assistant to Devon's rival. The trio of heroines all find themselves in the south of France where Devon is shooting a movie. The problem is the studio doesn't trust Devon after her hard-partying ways, and her part in the movie continues to grow smaller and smaller. Meanwhile Livia tries to identify herself now that she is no longer a fat girl and Casey falls for a charming Brittish movie star her best friend- and current emloyer- is dating. There is plenty of drama and an abundance of love interests. Dividing the chapters are gossip columns and papparazi reports, chronicling the exciting summer. Many of the books characters are thinly disguised celebrities most readers will recognize. The book is very current, all of it taking place during summer 2009. The characters are likable and the writing is always witty. As the plot thickens, readers will find themselves turning the pages more and more eagerly. Girl Stays in the Picture is a deliciously contemporary novel, that is as hot as the girls' sweltering summer in Saint-Tropez. It will leave you dying for a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly loved this book
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stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Devon is the biggest teen star around, but ever since her stint in rehab, she needs the success of her starring role in a promising movie to make sure her career doesn¿t tank. Devon¿s friend and the producer¿s daughter Livia underwent surgery to lose almost 200 pounds, and she¿s finally beautiful and desired by boys. And fresh-faced Alabama beauty Casey follows her friend and star, Summer, to Saint Tropez, where she¿s co-starring in what just happens to be the same movie that Devon¿s in and Livia¿s father is producing.But no sooner has everyone gathered in the beautiful south of France than do things begin to deteriorate. Devon finds that her role in the movie has been made less and less important, while more lines and screen time are given to Summer, whose acting is mediocre but whose nastiness is sure not. And she¿s having trouble staying out of, well, trouble, especially when her ex and a Greek shipping heir enter the picture. Meanwhile, Livia¿s dealing with a bland boyfriend she¿s supposed to want to die for, while juggling emotions with a local male friend. And Casey, in between realizing that she has feelings for the movie¿s sensitive male lead, sees her role become more ¿slave¿ and ¿personal assistant/friend.¿Summer in St. Tropez¿will anyone make it out unscathed?Melissa de la Cruz sure knows how to delight readers looking for a guilty-pleasure read, despite the predictable plot and formulaic characters. GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE has everything we could want out of this type of book: sympathetic yet glamorous characters, hot boys, scandals and deception, romance, and exotic locale and costumes.The changing POV allows readers to embrace Devon, Livia, and Casey as our own friends¿friends to which glam and dramatic things happen, of course. We¿re meant to cheer for and cry with our beautiful, yet vulnerable, protagonists as they maneuver the dangerous waters of fame and fortune.However, Melissa¿s novels are beginning to blend together in my head. ¿Tried and true¿ does not necessarily work best in the book world. Devon¿s insecurities clashing with her reputation, Livia¿s body image issues, and Casey¿s innocent beauty¿are things reminding you of THE AU PAIRS yet? The climax of the story involves lots of broken hearts, breakdowns, and revelations of secrets¿only to all be resolved in an ending that would¿ve been completely saccharine had it not been for the cliffhanger ending (which works kind of well in this case).Similarly, the boys in GIRL are not as well developed as they can be; they seem to be vague incarnations of every girl¿s dream boy, with no true personalities of their own. I would¿ve loved more backstory and development of the romantic relationships. I was also rather put off that everything came together so neatly in the end for everyone. Much as we know that these three girls¿ stories are not even close to reality, except the pretend one that¿s in our head, would it hurt to leave just a little bittersweetness in the story?That being said, I enjoyed GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE for its fast and furious peak into the lives of the rich and famous. Melissa de la Cruz remains my go-to author for guilty-pleasure reads, and this series starter will not disappoint those looking for exactly that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. So much drama... Not enough pages...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Could not put it down. Just read it to try itand im happy i did! Loved the end. Good for casey. I most related to devon though. I know how tough it is when no one trusts you.
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When is the bloody second book coming out!??!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is freaking amazing,it might seem long and boring at first glance but it had my attention throughout thewhole book! Each character was well thought out and well describes and the ending just kept you wantingmpre ! I would recommend this book to any reader, its just that good.
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Poppy_Rhodes More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of melissa de la cruz, and this book was no different. 3 girls are on a glamorous trip to st. tropez: devin, a teen superstar so hot that she only needs one name; olivia, the daughter of a hollywood producer struggling with her self-confidence; and casey, who didn't know she'd be playing lackey to her best friend/famous singer Summer Garland. i found the characters to be very alive and other readers will be entertained by the vacation-ny setting of st. tropez as a background. 5 stars, definitely!
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shelleyzajic More than 1 year ago
this was a faboulous story! anyone that loves reading about famous celebrities, friends, designer labels ect.. i really enjoyed it and cant wait till the second book comes out. "Girl stays in the picture" was a a book i couldnt stop reading. i read the whole book in two days. i didnt have a favorite character theyre all great. but a few unexpected things happen, whick made it even better! You'll love this book!
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such a good book! the suspense at the end killed me i almost thru the book across the room lol does anyone kno wen the next will be comin out??? i want it the vry second! lol
Mimi-Style More than 1 year ago
This book is great it describe hollywood for young star. It has romance, drama and friendships that keep you turning the page. This book inspired me after reading it. It a book that keeps you wanting more and more.It leaves you thinkin about wat is gonna happenin next.Da characters show how people in hollywood are n how they treat people. It is for divas and all people who love fame and glamour. It even has little articles and blogs from paparazzi.
Class_Of_09 More than 1 year ago
This new series by Cruz is soo good. Im a huge fan of the Blue Bloods series and I look on her website to see her other books and couldn't wait for this book to come out. When I first started reading the book I thought it began kinda slow but the book eventually picked up. I love the little articles and blogs from the paparazzi that follow the girls in the book. Can't wait for the next book!!!