Now Starring Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training

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Moments after arriving in L.A., Vivien Leigh Reid is already questioning her decision to spend another summer with her mother, actress Annika Anderson. Last summer's "family reunion" on a film set in Ireland may have turned out okay, but Annika is still a grade-A diva.
Living in L.A. does have its upside. Leigh is taking classes at one of the city's best acting schools, and she scores a role on a hot TV soap, Diamond Heights. Better yet, her cute Irish boyfriend is coming to visit. But Leigh soon finds that dealing with Annika is easy compared to navigating the shark-infested waters of Hollywood, where even a taste of fame quickly turns a girl's head.

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Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout are the authors of five books, including Totally Me: The Teenage Girl's Survival Guide and Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of the Diva. They live in Toronto, where they are at work on a third book about Vivien Leigh Reid.

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Grade 9 Up–Leigh Reid, who first appeared in Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid (St. Martin's, 2005), spent the summer she was 15 with Annika Anderson, her estranged, actress mother who left the family when Leigh was just a toddler. Her father insisted that she have bonding time with the B-movie diva on a movie set in Ireland. Leigh landed a supporting role in the film and despite seeing her mother's extreme vanity up close, she decided to spend the next summer with her in L.A. to attend a prestigious acting class. In this book, Leigh does just that, and is recommended for a soap-opera audition that she nails due to her varied accents and versatility. She plays Willow, a British diva whose attitude crosses the continent and translates into Leigh's real-life existence. As a result, her relationships with friends and colleagues suffer. Surprisingly, it is Annika who tells her daughter that she can't get ahead without working hard, taking direction, and keeping her ego in check. By book's end, Leigh is ready for a turn out of the spotlight, but chances are that she and Annika will have other opportunities for drama, both on and off the screen. This volume is pop-culture fun with a moral; the mother-daughter relationship is rather two-dimensional, but extreme diva behavior in both characters makes for a juicy read.–Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL
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