Friday, May 18, 2012
Famous for Thirty Seconds by P.G. Kain
Author: P.G. Kain
Publisher: Aladdin M!X
Released: March 06, 2012
Page #: 292
Source: Copy from the Author (Thanks!)
"Brittany Rush has been appearing in commercials and print ads since her backside was the official derriere of Simply Dry Diapers. When she showed up at a callback, girls would get up and go home instead of competing with her. But when her family moved to Hong Kong for a year, Brittany was forced to take an agonizing break from her commercial career.
Now she is more than ready to return to her steady diet of go-sees, auditions, callbacks, and bookings in New York City. Brittany expects the spotlight to shine on her again, but instead, she finds that she's changed from being the cute kid to watch out for to just one of the many pretty girls waiting her turn.
Will Brittany be able to steal back her spotlight? Or will she discover there's more to life than being famous for thirty seconds?"
"You know me.
You don't know how, but you definitely know me.
You don't know that I've studied ballet since I was six or that I once failed the same spelling quiz three times in a row, but you know me."
Brittany could not be more different than me. We are polar opposites. There were times I really couldn't relate to her - but it's probably not her fault :).
Since she was a baby, Brittany has been in front of the camera. Posing and smiling and hitting all of her cues... all for 30 second commercial spots. Then her mother gets a year-long job opportunity in Hong Kong and Brittany must take a break from her career. When she comes back, everything is different. All of the girls look the same, sound the same, and there is a new Queen Bee in town. Brittany will do just about anything to get her old life back - even break a few hearts.
Brittany is one of those girls I would have absolutely hated in school. She expects things to just happen for her - because they always have. She's been the center of attention, the one to beat, the alpha... her whole life. And she just can't handle it when that's not true anymore. There were a few times when I just wanted to shake her and give her a reality check. And a few times, I found myself saying, "oh, here we go..." when things started to not work out for her.
But one thing I found really interesting about her personality is that she's never had much in the way of a social life. She doesn't understand how things are done. She's never had good friends - just competitors. She studies life to make sure she can get it right for her next audition. Her on-screen moms are more her speed. So it starts to make sense why she is the way she is. And it sort of made her more endearing. That and she has a fairly normal sister. I would love to read her story - how she deals with a sister who is on tv all of the time, but is able to live her life separately.
The ending really made this book for me. I love how things came around and Brittany learned what it was like to have friends and to help each other out. It gave me confidence that she can learn from the past and make changes. And it helps that there's a love interest waiting in the wings. Who can resist that?!
I think anyone who loves a cute chick lit book will love this one. It's written for middle grade, which I think is perfect. There aren't enough of these. It looks like Commercial Breaks is a series and the next one will be coming out in the summer. I may try to get my hands on that when it comes out. I'm sure it's just as fun!
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