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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spoiled

Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Grade: 3.3 stars out of 5
When Molly’s mother finally spills the beans about her father she never expected him to be Brick Berlin, famous actor and director. Now she’s a little terrified of heading out to LA—leaving behind her on-and-off again boyfriend, her best friend, and everyone she knows—to meet Daddy dearest and half-sister Brooke. It might mean a change of scenery, but that doesn’t mean Molly will change. Right?
Tag team authors, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan bring together a double perspective novel about the ups-and-downs of Hollywood; the bitter resentment of a busy Dad; and a runaway Mom.

GoFugYourself is a website by Cooks and Morgan and it says a lot about Spoiled. Readers find themselves chuckling here and there about some crazy antics Shelby (Brooke’s archnemesis), Molly, and Brooke come up with to humiliate each other. (Also fashion, be familiar with designer names, but don't be discouraged since it's not as much as I first thought.) While it’s gratifying for Molly to get a little backbone and get back at Brooke, somewhere down the line it got a little tiring. One thing that I never understood was the whole animosity between Brooke and Shelby. It was explained in bits, but I have trouble believing what the other is saying. There are two different stories on how it all started and each one points to the speaker as the “good” one. Neither Brooke nor Shelby has great track records of being 100% honest.

I found Molly to be naïve in the story. She’s such an honest and trustworthy person, and thinks highly of many people despite warnings. Is Molly that typical girl from a small-town implanted to a big city (NYC, LA, etc.)? Very shy, quiet, and from the readers’ perspective, someone you want to shake. That said and done, I will go back to my original statement and mention that Molly does get a backbone and can fight her own battles.

Brooke’s underlying soft, hurt nature comes through her emails to her mother. I thought Brooke’s character development shined as the novel progress. Molly and Brooke’s make-up chat played nicely with readers’ sympathy, but the seemingly quick shift from enemies to best friends left me a cross-eyed. Brooke’s internal thoughts helped smoothed the transition, but her actions hardly matched her thoughts and what the readers’ know is different from what Molly knows.

I found the epilogue lacking when trying to wrap everything left. It felt more like an extra chapter than an epilogue. The “love interest” was also lacking and believed that the novel would have been better if that was taken out. It didn’t add to the novel because there wasn’t a real ending to the relationship. I enjoyed the friendships that was presented, but wished that there was more of a focus on the mothers since it’s the core of all the major issues in Spoiled.

ETA: This is apparently the first book in a series. Seriously? Wow; I am getting tired of books becoming a series when it doesn't need to be.

Source: ARC from Little, Brown and Company for HipScouts
Cover B
I like the concept, but wanted more types of makeup
Published: 1 June 2011; hardcover

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