Friday, June 8, 2012
Review: Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List by Janette Rallison
A PC school principal turns West Side Story into a comedy of errors.
Sixteen year-old Jessica dreams of Hollywood fame, and when Jordan moves into her small town, she dreams of him too. He’s a movie star’s son, and hey, he’s gorgeous to boot. Jordan has always wanted to get out from the shadow cast by his superstar father, but now that he and his mother have moved so far away from LA, how can he get his divorced parents back together? Jessica convinces Jordan the way to get his father to come for a long visit is to be a part of the school play. And if she’s “discovered” in the process, all the better. Things go wrong when she lets Jordan’s secret identity slip, and grow even more disastrous when the principal tries to change West Side Story into a gangfree, violence-free, politically correct production.
In the same romantic and sharply witty spirit of Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws, Janette Rallison delivers another comic gem that teen readers are sure to love.
After reading so many sci-fi and paranormal books, I really wanted a break from so much end-of-life-as-we-know-it plots and go for something lighthearted and fun. This was absolutely perfect. It was a breath of fresh air, and I found myself laughing out loud several times.
The last few chapters were absolutely hilarious and I was laughing so hard I had tears coming out of my eyes. My husband kept sending odd looks in my direction and my kids tried peeking over my shoulder to see what I was laughing at.
The main character, Jessica is lovable and funny. She is a pretty girl that wants to be an actress, but has to learn a few lessons along the way. Of course, she must learn these lessons in the funniest way possible. The level of romance was perfect for the story and the age group it's intended for.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (August 11, 2005)
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