By: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Release Date: June 1, 2011
16-year-old Molly Dix loves her ordinary life in suburban Indiana, so when her single mother passes away, she is shocked to discover that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world famous movie star and red carpet regular.
Equally intrigued and terrified by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Southern California and plunges head-first into the deep end of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her new life and family couldn't get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous and spoiled half-sister whom welcomes Molly to la-la land with a healthy dose of passive-aggressive "sisterly love."
Set against the backdrop of a sparkling and fashion-filled Los Angeles, this deliciously dysfunctional family soap opera will satisfy every reader looking for their next lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous beach read.
I love this book. So much. If you are a fan of Cocks and Morgan's webpage Go Fug Yourself, or watch Gossip Girl, or 90210 (original flavor) then you will probably love this book too. It's everything a fish out of water story should be. Sad midwestern girl moves to California to stay with a movie star father she didn't know she had. Mean girls half-sister pretending to be besties. Horribly stuck up new classmates and of course a few welcoming faces who may or may not be using you. It's fabulous.
The book is written with the same snark level as GFY, so it moves quickly and contains a ton of pop-culture references- which can sometimes date a book as time goes on, but with a book like this that is a plus. It's like a little snap shot of all the absurdity surrounding the Hollywood lifestyle and how out of place a midwesterner would be if they were tossed into the pit with the vipers.
It's a quick and easy read and of course has a happy ending, but there is room for more. Messy, the sequel is coming out in the not so distant future (June 2012), and it will be fun to revisit Molly and Brooke and see where life has taken them now that they are embracing sisterhood!