Book Review: Watch Out Hollywood

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Book Review: Watch Out HollywoodWatch Out, Hollywood! by Maria T. Lennon
Series: Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child #2
Published by HarperCollins on August 26th 2014
Pages: 224
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Hilarious tween heroine Charlie C. Cooper—reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child—is back! This sequel to Confessions of a So-called Middle Child will delight fans of Louise Rennison, Mean Girls, and Harriet the Spy.

Charlie's adventures offer a fresh look at middle school, bullying, and mean girls. In Book Two, Charlie navigates sudden celebrity and auditions for a television series, but a little white lie may endanger the one friendship Charlie can truly count on—and her connection to swoon-worthy crush Bobby! Poignant and seriously funny, Charlie's account of her dilemma is one all tweens will relate to.

Charlie knows what it feels like to be stuck in the middle, but it's finally her time to shine. After saving her friend Marta in the old Houdini tunnels of Los Angeles, Charlie's become a local hero, gained sudden celebrity, and *MIGHT* just become a TV star! But will Charlie let her newfound fame go to her head? Watch out, Hollywood!

thought

I had not read the first in this series, so I dove into Watch Out Hollywood without knowing much about Charlie and her friend Marta. Charlie is striving to be a Hollywood star, ever since she was proclaimed a hero on television. When her agent calls her about a role, she cannot wait, only one problem he asked for her friend Marta to audition as well because of her gymnastics background. Being a bit greedy, Charlie tells her that she’s busy with family problems and cannot possibly audition. Even so, Charlie feels guilty and when she finds out Marta cannot afford the travel fees to go to the Junior Olympics with their school team, she convinces the principal to cover her expenses.

When mean girl and gymnast Lillian finds out about Charlie’s sneaky ways, she blackmails her into helping her. Lillian doesn’t want Marta at the Junior Olympics and swears to keep Charlie’s secret as long as she doesn’t help Marta. Except, Marta can’t keep it quiet when she has the actual tickets in hand to get to the Olympics. The repercussions are worse than even Charlie could predict, not only does Marta get her role on the TV series, but she loses her reputation and only friend at school. The worst part, is she knows there more to Lillian’s plan, only she does not know what, but the girls will do anything to keep Marta from competing. It’s up to Charlie to save the day, if only Marta would talk to her.

I love Charlie, she’s flawed, chubby and somewhat overconfident in her abilities. I love her fashion sense and her attitude, although she has a lot to learn about friendship and Hollywood. There’s even a bit of budding romance as Bobby, a cute and athletic boy who seems to have drifted to being a depressed artist who only draws things that are disturbing. At first, Charlie’s voice took a while to get used to, as she is rather outrageous on the way she talks and acts. Soon, I got used to her, although it seems like her family heavily relies on pasta dishes, which I thought was interesting – maybe a clue into why she can’t shed her extra belly fat.

Verdict:

A story about a girl struggling with friendship and doing the right thing but full of personality.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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