Exclusively Chloe by J.A. Yang (May 14th 2009—Puffin)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “Chloe-Grace can't help it—she's spectacular. How could she not be with celebrity parents who have been the queen and king of Hollywood for years? And Chloe is a celebrity all unto herself as well— she's the first celebrity-adopted kid in Hollywood. But now Chloe's sixteen, and she is tired of every undesired moment of the world's attention. She wonders what it would be like to be a "normal" kid in a regular school. To really understand it, though, she would need to go undercover. So after getting a "make-under" at the hands of her mother's fabulous stylist, she enters the "real" world. But she soon finds out that there is just as much drama there as there is in Hollywood....”
Review: Exclusively Chloe was by no means a provocative novel but rather something to sooth the time away. When I first spotted Exclusively Chloe I immediately knew that it would be an adorable read.
Chloe-Grace was the roundabout teen that wanted to escape. J.A. Yang created a perfect scenario that is popular in the famous society—divorce. So who can blame Chloe when she wanted to escape it all. The transition from famous Chloe to everyday Lilly was slightly unrealistic as a new haircut and downgrading your clothes will not hide you from people finding you out. Which, thank goodness, J.A. realized as he let the paparazzi soon discovers her.
Exclusively Chloe does well in reenacting a typically celebrity life from what I know from television. From the cute and high end fashion to the club scenes and outlandish events, Exclusively Chloe manages to show it all off.
Some characters fell flat for me though. Rachelle I cannot seem to grasp as a best friend material. Vickie I was suspecting throughout the entire novel as a backstabber for some reason or another. Jake came in abruptly but was still endearing. Angela I wanted to stab her eyes (I am an evil lady if you had not figured that out yet). Jana was picture perfect—really nice and caring. Luther, the makeup artist, somehow shone to me. I think I was blinded by how awesome he was and dazzled by the stars radiating from him. However things are superficial though.
The ending was a bit fast paced than I cared for. The entire conflict or scenario was wrapped up in a bright red bow. I would have liked to see the struggle played out more instead of everything being so peachy-clean.
Overall: Exclusively Chloe was a cute and easy read that is perfect for the summer.
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