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ARC Review – Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

07 Jul

Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

From the back of the book:

“Sixteen year old Molly Dix loves her ordinary life in suburban Indiana. When her single mother passes away, she’s shocked to discover that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular.

Equally intrigued and terrified by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Southern California and plunges headfirst into the deep end of Beverly Hills celebrity life.  Just as Molly thinks her new life and family couldn’t get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous, spoiled half sister, who welcomes Molly to la-la land with a healthy dose of passive-aggressive “sisterly” love.”

I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book. I enjoy most teen/young adult novels, but I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy a story about Paris Hilton wannabes. I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  This was  an emotionally tough read – all the animosity, one mom’s death, and the other mom’s complete lack of care for her daughter – all made this a challenging read, but one that I truly enjoyed.

What I liked about the book: It was very well written, with great pacing and good plotting. It was a real page turner. I liked both sisters, even Brooke, who on the surface, seems nothing more than a spoiled brat. However, Cocks and Morgan have created characters with great depth (well, maybe not Shelby) making it easy for the reader to care about them. The ending was enjoyable as well. Yes, it’s a happy 30 minute sitcom happy ending, but it felt right.

Some reviewers have complained that there are too many mentions of Molly’s dead mom. Considering it has only just been months since she died and taking into account how close Molly was with her mom, it makes sense for her mom’s death to be a dominant theme.

What I didn’t like about the book: The parents. Brick Berlin is such a self centered airhead with no clue about what to do with teenage daughters.  Perhaps that’s a realistic portrayal of Hollywood parents, but it still bothered me. As a parent I was embarrassed for him. Brooke’s mother, whom the reader never meets, is another bad example. Though to be honest, it is Brooker’s reaction to being abandoned by her mother and neglected by her father that give depth to her character.

Readers who enjoy Hollywood tabloid like stories or enjoyed the movie “Mean Girls” will enjoy this book. It’s a good summer beach read.

 

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