Book Review: Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List

Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List by Janette Rallison
SUMMARY: Sixteen year-old Jessica dreams of Hollywood fame, and when Jordan moves into her small town, she dreams of him too. He’s a movie star’s son, and hey, he’s gorgeous to boot. Jordan has always wanted to get out from the shadow cast by his superstar father, but now that he and his mother have moved so far away from LA, how can he get his divorced parents back together? Jessica convinces Jordan the way to get his father to come for a long visit is to be a part of the school play. And if she’s “discovered” in the process, all the better. Things go wrong when she lets Jordan’s secret identity slip, and grow even more disastrous when the principal tries to change West Side Story into a gangfree, violence-free, politically correct production.

OPINION: Maybe it's just because I'm a theater geek, but this book made me laugh out loud! Their production of West Side Story is totally over-the-top, even before the principal steps in and completely (illegally) changes the script. Of course, this book is total chicklit, full of cute boys, spying younger sisters, backstabbing cheerleaders, and other typical characters. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it because there are not a lot of teen humor books written for female readers. And this book was legitimately funny all the way through. Pick it up when you need a laugh!

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