Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown - your school - is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras. Now imagine they've trained them on you.
When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons, she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera".
At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast. As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.
I liked it, kinda silly, but kept my attention. A fun and easy listen if you like chic lit stuff. Probably more for teenage girls, but so was Twilight and I liked that too.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Not much of a story - simplistic read and boring story
Would you ever listen to anything by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus again?
What didn’t you like about Mandy Siegfried’s performance?
she didn't have anything to work with
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?