It was with zero hesitation that I selected ‘Spoiled‘ as June’s reading, and I’m not sorry I did. Authors Heather and Jessica do such a very, very fine job on their own blog that I was sure that any book they collaborated on and put their names to would be a well-constructed, cleverly written bundle of energy. And I was not wrong.
I may have mentioned once, twice, or a dozen times that Go Fug Yourself is one of the treasures of the Internets. It is at once classic and fresh every day. Zesty and classy (wouldn’t that be a great phrase to have on a business card?), the writers will skewer a bad outfit freely and cheerfully. Even breezily. But never meanly.
And that tone is perfect for Young Adult fiction. This is the story of two teen sisters from different planets (Molly, Indiana; Brooke, Hollywood) being thrown together under one roof for the first time. Neither knew the other existed, and now they have to share one (mostly absent) parent, a room and a car. The road is mined, and gets bumpy, then the battle lines are drawn, and war is waged. As friend Denise aptly summed up when asked for her thoughts: “Like, omigod, life is HARD (I think that counts as both a synopsis and a review).” And I think she’s right. But we all get wound around our own axles over things that are Way Totally Life Or Death To Us, and the Most Humiliating Thing Ever. For one, I’ve tortured myself with the same half-dozen events for literally decades. Which isn’t to say that there aren’t quite a few more candidates, but some got stuck when others thankfully faded into the swirling mists of time. But where was I…
The dialogue is snappy, and I would have loved to get to know the long-suffering assistant way better. Oh, the things he must have seen. In fact, I was left thirsting for more Hollywood excess. I’m sure it’s significantly more dire and delicious than portrayed here, and that kind of discretion is… is… totally appropriate in a Young Adult novel. You got me there.
BookGraf business: I think I’ll let August pass us by without suggesting something to read. Which isn’t to say that I don’t want your suggestions. What are you reading now? Anything recently tickle your fancy? Anything I mustn’t miss? Anything I must?
- Cover Your Bits: Fashion advice from Go Fug Yourself
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