Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Review: Famous for Thirty Seconds

Series-Commercial Breaks
By PG Kain
292 Pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Brittany Rush is the face of Gotta Have It candy bars, the hands of Write On pencils, the hair of Knot Me Not detangle spray and the voice of Mom, It’s Delicious! soups. Brittany has been appearing in commercials and print ads since her backside was the official derriere of Simply Dry Diapers. When Brittany showed up at a callback some girls would actually just get up and go home since they knew it was almost impossible to compete with her. However, a month after her twelfth birthday, Brittany’s mother tells her that the entire family is moving to Hong Kong for a year. Brittany is forced to take a brief but agonizing break from her commercial career. After a year of being just an anonymous kid in a foreign country, Brittany is more than ready to return stateside to her steady diet of go-see’s, auditions, callbacks and bookings in NYC. Within 48 hours of landing at JFK Brittany’s agent Judith Lister of the A Lister’s Agency has three go-see’s for Brittany. When she shows up to the first go-see, she expects the spotlight to start shining on her again but instead she finds that, in the year that she has been gone, she has 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 a commercial success?
My Thoughts:
This is a book you can judge by it's cover! A perfect pick for tweens.This is a book I could put into the hands of my middle school readers with no doubt or fear of inappropriate material.
Main character Brittany is likable and easy to relate to even when her motives and thoughts aren't as perfect as her looks. She's a thirteen year old girl trying to figure out who she is and what she wants in the ever changing world of TV. I loved that she was confident and sure of herself. Another thing I really enjoyed was how supportive and loving Brittany's family is-especially her sister that trys to gently discourage Brittany from doing anything she might regret later.
PG Kain captures the language and world of teen girls perfectly-in fact I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't realize PG was a man(a stupid thing to assume, I know) until I visited his awesome website which you should definitely check out HERE
Another fun fact about the author is that he chose to write about something he knows very well-commercials and auditions(in fact he has some great tips and suggestions for kids that do commercial work on his website). He knows the ins and outs of this world and gives Brittany this knowledge and insight. This makes it very easy to get sucked into Brittany's world.
I have the second book to this series sitting on my shelf-Picture Perfect. I have no doubt that I will enjoy the next one as much as I did this one. I look forward to sharing both books with my tween daughter.  Do judge this book by its cover-cute cover with a cute story!
*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I will be donating this book to my local middle school library.

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