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Through new friendships, Scotty learns that this prayer thing might work after all. But will prayer be enough when the situation is life and death?
Scotty Fitzgerald and her father search for Scotty’s mother, who Scotty always thought was dead. Along the way they encounter new friendships, life-and-death situations, and God's amazing love.
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Not my style - too religious, an irritating narrator, transparent plot
Teen girl Scotty, Samson's protagonist in this young adult series for girls, is on the run with her hippie grandma, Charley, from a mysterious stranger. Charley designs food for movies, so Scotty is in on the Hollywood scene even as they travel for movies shot on location. She blogs the latest gossip and tries to keep her head on straight despite her crazy RV-living life.
The average reader of this book is probably a young woman, 11-14 years old, who has grown up in a Christian home if not Christian school or home school. In other words, me, about 15 years ago.
I usually enjoy teen fiction because it is quick and entertaining. Unfortunately, this book didn't really keep my attention and I only finished reading it because of this review I needed to write.
The book is written entirely in the present tense (one of my pet peeves) and is very chatty and full of useless phrases like "I'm just sayin'" (another pet peeve). I found Scotty to be annoying and I didn't want to be inside her head more than necessary. But I was in her head ALL the time. It really was overkill -- first person present tense for the narrator, plus a blog written by Scotty, plus Scotty's diary which she writes to someone named "Elaine." Oh, and text messages and online chat sessions. It was just too much. I never got settled into the story and was constantly reminded that I was reading a book about an opinionated teen. In fact, I put the book down for several weeks because I couldn't take it anymore.
In addition to my distaste for the character, I found the plot a bit forced. I guessed the surprise twist/ending by about page 80 (out of 189 pgs) and can probably tell you how book 3 ends as well. **A warning -- if you've lost a child through miscarriage or still birth or at infancy, this book will not be fun about ½ or ¾ through.**
As a teen, I got so irritated by Christian fiction because half of it was like reading a church service or listening to a guidance counselor. So I stopped reading it. I hoped it would be different by now, but it really isn't. I think adults and parents want their kids to read this, but if given the choice, the teens would skip over all the religious stuff (like I did).
I haven't read anything else by Samson, but I am guessing I would probably appreciate her work for adults in the general market more.
** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I clearly was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
5/9/2011 5:31:35 PM
This series just keeps getting better
This is the second book in the Hollywood Nobody series and I think I enjoyed this one more than I did the first book in the series. Scotty is such a like able character, She lives such an interesting life, in this installment the RV is headed to Marshall Texas. While Charlie is working on a movie set Scotty befriends a pregnant teen, who needs help, but will Scotty's help be enough? Scotty has also learned the power of prayer, and it just might come in handy when Biker Guy finally catches up with her.
This is such a fun series, Scotty is such a great character, she makes friends easily. The blog entries are some of my favorite parts of the book. I like the mystery that is woven into the story, and while a few questions are answered at the end, there remains a few loose ends that leave me anxious to read the next book in the series.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
4/30/2011 9:54:15 PM
Happy, hippie teen read
This is one of those books you either dig or you bury.
It's a happy, hippie teen read about fifteen-year-old Scotty and her grandmother Charley who are moving from one movie set to another in a trailer trying to live as much of a normal life as they can while evading a killer out to get them. A lot of it is written diary-style by Scotty, the conversational tone balancing out the grave plot twists.
Scotty is hardly the typical teen: she's raised to think Charley is her mother, discovers the truth that her mother is dead, then finds she could still be alive--all while avoiding being killed by a politician's henchman.
Other than that, she's just like everyone else her age: quirky, a little weird, loves burgers and fries, and learning bit by bit how faith works in daily life.
Finding Hollywood Nobody will interest tweens: the book cover is an attractively fun and easygoing, it's just the right length for short attention spans, but, typical of Navpress books, substantive enough with solid biblical insights.
4/23/2011 10:32:07 AM
In Finding Hollywood Nobody you meet, Scotty, who is now 16, and discovering huge things about her family. As she travels to Texas in this book she discovers new friends, and a faith she is unacquainted with.
After the reading the first book in the 'Hollywood Nobody' series I was a skeptic that I might enjoy the second book available. I was surprised though to find that this was a really entertaining book! It's a young adult series, but I still enjoyed it otherwise.
I think the book tries to address social issues, to relate to teens. The lead character, Scotty, seems too perfect in my opinion though. The blog she keeps was referred to less than in the first book in the series, but when we do read her entries they seemed to be wrote by a much older woman. I'm not sure why someone who is sixteen would comment, or care about Julie Roberts, and Reese Witherspoon being good moms. This book does better at conveying her teenage side, and I hope that continues to shine through as I continue the series. There is also a Christian message in this book, but it seems very rushed. I think there should have been a series build up to Scotty's conversion. She wasn't raised in a Christian home, and it seems she would have sought more guidance on such a big decision.
Even though I wouldn't have recommended the first book in the series, Hollywood Nobody, I would definitely recommend Finding Hollywood Nobody to young adults, and adults. The series is worth the start to get the storylines developed in the rest of the series. I enjoyed Finding Hollywood Nobody, and look forward to reading the rest of Scotty's journey.
I received this complimentary book copy from NavPress in exchange for a review.
4/14/2011 10:27:11 AM
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can't put these books down
After reading and writing a review on “Hollywood Nobody” I was very very excited to get to read the next book in the series, in fact I can’t wait to read the rest.
This book didn’t let me down, it is as good if not better then the first book and develops the characters even more. This time Scotty and her grandmother are in Texas filming with longtime friend Jeremy again. Scotty is more mature now after a long summer of relaxing and learning the truth about her life. She is also searching more and more about God/Jesus and what the Bible has to teach her. Although she hasn’t figured everything out she is really trying to. She even walks into a church to seek safety from the “biker guy” and also learns more about prayer. While in Texas she makes a new friend, a girl her age who is pregnant and needs a lot of prayer after a terrible incident. Scotty feel desperate to pray “right” to help her new friend and starts out on a journey to find someone who can help her. While out she finds God and runs into “biker guy”. I won’t tell you any more then that but I will tell you this book is worth reading. It’s written in blog style again as well, making it fun for me to read.
This is a prefect book to pick up for your teen to read. Clean, adventure filled, friendship, and God. Now to go on and read “Romancing Hollywood Nobody”.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4/8/2011 6:22:59 PM