“My first thought was MEAN GIRLS ripoff. The new girl comes in and is thrust into a southern Cali environment where she must facedown the school's "Queen Bee" and discover for herself that, rather than beat her at her own game and thus become her own rival, she must put morals first and be above the drama.
Only here we have a family twist. I truly do feel for Molly. After losing her mother and discovering that her father is ultra-super-uber movie star Brick Berlin, she is flown across the country into an entirely new social environment unlike her home in Indiana.
Brooke is obviously spoiled as the title suggests. However, I did come to like her by the end of the story. It was obvious why she was jealous of Molly, but to hear her say it reallly made her seem more human. Plus her internal monologues gave us proof she wasn't as heartless as she wants everyone to believe.
Teddy was sweet, and so was Danny. I can't say what I would have done in Molly's position. While I think she knew who she really wanted, the competition with Ari at the end is really what gave her the little push.
Brick was just annoying. He wants his daughters to bond, but he didn't want to do it himself. It was like he was glad he had another daughter, just so he could push them together and call it "family time" even when he was absent. It was apparent, though, that he really is just a flighty person and it wasn't against his children, but just his personality and he really is making an effort at the end.
I think the play really added a lot to the story. Watching its progress was parallel to the girls' relationship itself. Also, the cast and crew added a lot of humor to the story where it could have just been tense.
The plot itself was relatable. Sibling rivalry and vying for the attention of a super busy parent is something that a lot of people have gone through at some point, especially if there's a new baby or adoption.
Overall, the story was fun and light. A lot of comedy and funny one-liners. A very quick, easy read.
"Daddy dumped the lead actress in the middle of filming and you can totally tell. She stops purging with conviction halfway through the second act. So disrespectful."- Brooke
"Behold, Los Angelenos, the world's only skittish Hoosier in capitivity."- Molly
"Excellent. At least at Promises I'll have my own room."- Molly
"What's she going to ruin next? Is she going to shave my head and start wearing my hair?" - Brooke”
“A good book for a young adult girl. I thought it was good, although quite predictable. It held my interest, but it wasn't a high quality book.”Annie wrote this review Saturday, March 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“AMAZING!!!!!”Callie wrote this review Tuesday, February 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While some YA books seem more grown up, this is not one of them. It was a fast, but only ok read. It did have one or two plot points which were interesting but I'm assuming this book is planned to have a sequel...not sure if I'll read it or not even though I love the authors' site Go Fug Yourself.”Kelly C wrote this review Tuesday, December 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the first books i read on my NOOKCOLOR! So good.”Samantha@ Bundles of Books 101 wrote this review Friday, November 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“interesting”Jay Johnson wrote this review Wednesday, November 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an amazing book!!! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!!!”JohnPaulGeorgeRingo wrote this review Wednesday, June 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LOOKS GOOD!!!”Peanut butter lover:) <3 wrote this review Friday, September 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was really fun to read. I understood everything that was going on and I didn't want to put it down for one second. I've always wanted to go to Los Angeles and wouldn't have minded that happen to me. Well except for the mean half sister who tries to ruin my life. It was a little frustrating though when the main character didn't dump her boyfriend in the beginning. It was funny though during the scenes when she was in her new school. Her father though was really annoying when he got distracted with his phone. I don't blame him though, I would of too.”Angie wrote this review Thursday, October 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No