International Writers Magazine:'a
teenage sex and the city in London'.
by Sarra Manning
Hodders Childrens Books £5.99
Tabz Parkes review
Someone who eats, sleeps, breathes and lives for fashion.
Hadley, the spotlight character was a huge child star in L.A, she had
it all until she sued her father for embezzling her fortune. Struggling
to make it back into the industry she moves into a little flat in London
with three models, escaping her past, but more so her pestering, money
We follow Hadley through her diva demands, auditions and drunken nights
out. The L.A diva doesnt seem to quite fit in simple old London.
She is determined not to let anyone get in the way of her future, but
when people take advantage of her and the public get a very different
view, she is forced to re-think her plans.
Hadleys life could believably portray any of our young stars out
there now. This and several modern pop culture references would make it
easy for todays teenage generation to relate to.
This character annoyed me from the first page, she reminded me of those
bitchy girls at school everybody has to deal with unless they were one
of them. Surprisingly I ended up sympathising with this incredibly flawed,
stuck up character after barely being able to stand her which is a great
achievement on behalf of the author. I wanted to carry on hating her but
was un-able to resist her naivety and funny observations on life. Her
little girl in a big world side was irresistible without being sickening.
I felt it very fitting due the uproar in todays Celeb lifestyle,
even more so the failing stars and think it was conveyed well. I have
to say though that if I was interested in being a celebrity I would have
been somewhat put off the idea. The book was full of humorous quotes and
one liners, however I am unsure if I was laughing with or
at the characters. It was like teenage sex and the city in London.
If I had read this book as a teenager I may have become the popular girl
at school, but may have missed out on my childhood in exchange for it.
There wouldnt be anything left, just a hollowed out girl where
Hadley used to be.
© Tabz Parkes October 2007
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