Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan from The Figment Reviewby Blythe Robbins

First, a confession: I am a biased reviewer. I am a HUGE fan of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s sassy sartorial blog gofugyourself.com. I’ve been following it for years, not necessarily because I’m intrigued by what starlets are wearing, but because I love Heather and Jessica’s hilarious and witty Hollywood snark that they direct to anyone and everyone with fashion challenges.

When I heard that they were coming out with a YA novel that takes place in Hollywood, I was hooked without even reading it. I figured if it had even just an ounce of their usual cheek, then the novel would be–even at worst–entertaining. But I so, so underestimated what Spoiled is capable of.

Woven together with Heather and Jessica’s classic sass (which thank goodness is there in abundance), Spoiled is classic fish-out-of-water tale meets extra sudsy soap opera meets Access Hollywood. And it works. On top of that, the characters are interesting, likeable, and fun. And that is no easy task with this cast.

First, there’s Brooke Berlin, daughter of the world-famous actor/director/producer Brick Berlin. Brooke is groomed, gorgeous, and intent on passing her mother’s feat of being the first hand model to wear a Lee Press-On Nail. Oh, this girl dreams big. She wants to act. And she won’t let anyone stop her. Even her newly discovered half-sister.

Enter Molly Dix. Harkening from West Cairo, Indiana, she’s about as normal a girl as you can think of. Except for the fact that she just found out that her father is Brick Berlin, the world’s most famous actor/director/producer. Grieving and alone after her mother dies, Molly agrees to go live with the father that she never knew she had.

Father of Brooke and Molly, Brick Berlin is perhaps the most ridiculous character of the novel. He has appeared in famous films such as Deadly When Prodded and Diaper Andy, and is always making cheesy dramatic statements that he then writes down for his scripts. He is hilarious, and brilliantly written to mock Hollywood’s shallow (if well-intentioned) side.

And that’s just the start of the cast. There’s also Shelby, the daughter of a tabloid king who is Brooke’s arch-nemesis; Arugula, Brooke’s best friend, who looks like a young Tyra Banks but is also a genius; and a whole range of other characters. There’s one thing that’s for sure: This cast is never boring.

Admittedly, we guess from the start that Brooke and Molly are going to butt heads as their worlds are forced to collide. But when Brick forces the girls to share a room (in an enormous mansion, of course) and spend most of their waking lives together, the situation goes from bad to worst to war.

The fun part is watching these girls and their supporting cast manage their crazy lives and each other. I never expected this book to be so much fun. It made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Even though Spoiled just came out, I’m already eagerly waiting for the sequel!

 

Blythe Robbins, a Californian living in New York City, is a geeky editor by day. At night, she can be found reading or writing YA fiction.

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