By Joanna Philbin
2010, Poppy, 288 pages
The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines. The sole heir to Metronome Media and daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders. Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough.
By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer that believes she's "the new face of beauty," Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media's spotlight.
— Amazon.com description
First things first: Let's discuss how much I love Regis Philbin. I used to watch the show every day every summer with my mom as a kid. So, of course, I totally feel like Joanna Philbin = my long lost family friend.
On the plus side: I love how you can tell that Philbin put a lot of herself into this story. Not just the fact that the three main characters are daughters of celebs and so is she. But you can also tell that Philbin was a girl just like Lizzie once who loved to write and had to learn, perhaps the hard way, that you have to a) write what you know and b) stay true to yourself in your writing in order to succeed. And that's just what Philbin did in this book, and I can just tell through the writing that she's so excited to tell this story and share these lessons with young girls. OKAY that was really kumbaya of me, but that's totally all I could think while reading this book.
Well, that and about Regis.
On the down side, a lil bit: So, though the girls are super rich and spoiled, this wasn't a dirty sexytimes Gossip Girl book, which is nice and age appropriate. But I can't get over how the girls in the book are supposed to be 14 years old. Whoa, whoa, whoa you can't even get a learner's permit to drive yet! You shouldn't be hanging out alone with fashion photographers! You are acting way too mature! Be a kid while you still can! But, in the end, they all did learn to stay true to themselves, talk things out with their parents, and all that good stuff...so the overall lessons are still good for a younger audience.
And I did love the little peek into celeb kid life. Juicy, right?
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