Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Genre: YA Humor?
Morality Rating: PG
Readability Rating: 5 (I know! I never give out 5 stars)
Small-town girl Molly realizes that she is the daughter of a famous movie star when her mother dies. She moves to Hollywood to live with her rediscovered father, only to find out that he has another daughter just her age- only this daughter was born famous and believes Molly should have stayed home.
This book is seriously funny. I really liked it from start to finish. It has all of the best parts about teen literature that doesn’t take itself so seriously. It reminded me of the “Princess Diaries” series, but with more tongue-in-cheek action.
Characters: The main characters in this story are the two sisters small-town Molly and Hollywood starlet Brooke. While they are funny and manage to carry the story, the best characters in the book are the sub-characters. The father, Brick, was one of my favorites, as was Arugula (named for salad. Just one of the funny bits of this story). Brick is overly enthusiastic about everything, while Arugula reads like an SAT prep book.
Plot: The plot was interesting enough, but I don’t feel like that was the story’s strong point. There are a lot of stories about small-town girls suddenly thrust into fame.
Setting: As the Fug Girls, Heather and Jessica know their Hollywood. This shines through clearly from goggles of satire and wit. While the story is entertaining, it really is their descriptions of Hollywood (people and places) that makes the story great.
This is, by-far, one of the best books I have read recently. The two authors are hilarious. If I were ever able to write my dream book, it probably would have been a lot like this one. Too bad it’s already written now. But they wrote it so well, I can’t really even complain about that. If you are any kind of fan of YA teen girl literature, then you will love this book.
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