KIRKUS weighs in on GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE!!!
AND IT’S A GOOD REVIEW!! PHEW!! A bit backhanded, as always – but that’s Kirkus…(better than average??? why not just say “Good”??) But I like being called a REIGNING QUEEN. Coronations are always my bag…Thanks Kirkus!!
Here it is…Ta-dah!
de la Cruz, Melissa GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE
Better-than-average teen fluff from a reigning queen of the genre. De la Cruz quickly—and broadly, at first—sketches her three co-heroines: Devon is the back-from-rehab pop tart; Livia, the newly svelte daughter of an Ã¼ber-producer; Casey, the fresh-faced ingenue toiling as an underappreciated personal assistant to her hometown best friend, Summer. The four girls convene in Saint-Tropez for the summertime shoot of a biopic about imaginary 1970s showbiz casualty Juicy Joslyn; Devon and Summer are starring and Livia’s dad is the producer. Readers will relish the on-set dramas and ever-changing constellations of romantic entanglements, but those expecting a cynical tale of Cavalli- and HermÃ¨s-draped bitchy catfights will be largely disappointed: The only backstabber in the bunch is the All About Eveâ€“channelling Summer. Although celebrity and brand names festoon every page, Devon, Livia and Casey’s considerable appeal is rooted in their realistic flaws and down-to-earthiness as they navigate the tricky business of being themselves, not what the paparazzi expect of them. Readers looking for a Gossip Girl with heart will be thrilled. (Fiction. YA)
Book comes out June 1st!