While starring in her first feature film, sixteen-year-old Liz is dazzled by Los Angeles and a charming and handsome leading man and wonders what it will be like to return to her normal life in New Jersey.
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Grade 7-10. Elizabeth Wheaton's life is too good to be true. At 16, she is so good-looking that boys she doesn't even know ask her to the prom. When, as a favor to her nerdy next-door neighbor, she takes a part in a short student film he makes, two Hollywood producers appear at her home and convince her to come to California for the summer to make a movie. It seems that she has a certain quality on screen plus natural acting ability. She goes, with her parents' blessing, and stays with her mother's college friend. She leaves behind her shy but genuine boyfriend, Eric; but she soon discovers that her leading man is none other than America's heartthrob, Tommy Fletcher. After the movie is a wrap, Liz has another film offer and a top-flight agent who wants her as a client. With her future looking brighter than the California sun, Liz has to decide whether to go back to New Jersey and be a regular teen or to stay in Hollywood and become one of the beautiful people. Unfortunately, Tommy turns out to be the stereotypical cad who gets his due with a stereotypical slap on the cheek, and Liz hurries home. Despite her trials, it is hard to feel much empathy for the heroine. Her life is just too perfect; she never even worries over a zit. Still, the story moves along nicely, and for any girl who has a crush on one of the guys on Melrose Place, Liz's summer makes for an interesting vicarious adventure.?Marilyn Heath, Greenwood High School, SC
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Can a high-school sophomore from New Jersey keep her head and her heart when Hollywood calls? Liz can't understand why guys are suddenly hitting on her, but their motives become clearer when, shortly after she reluctantly appears in a student film, a pair of sleek producers offer her a lead in their Next Big Movie, to be shot in California. Off she goes. Everyone agrees that though she is untutored, Liz has ``a quality'' in front of the camera; behind the scenes, her leading man, hunky rising star Tommy Fletcher, plies her with compliments and takes her on a whirlwind tour of La-La-Land. Although much of what is covered here has been endlessly recycled in paperback romances and television sitcoms, Klass (Danger Zone, 1996, etc.) demonstrates abilities to depart from the sports stories for which he is better known, and to do his homework. He offers eye-opening glimpses of the Southern California scene as well as workaday life on the set, but this is mostly a tale of twin seduction: Tommy works on Liz, but so does the siren song of stardom. While Klass's protagonist here isn't much different, except physically, from his male heroes, she demonstrates the inner strength to cope with challenges overt and subtle, and to make savvy choices in the clutch. (Fiction. 12-15) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Scholastic, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M059048592X
Book Description Scholastic, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX059048592X