Saturday, July 28, 2007

Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of the Diva by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

This is the first book of a series. Vivien Leigh Reid, who goes by Leigh, is being forced to spend her summer in Ireland with her estranged mother (Annika) on the set of a new movie. Armed with a bitter attitude, Leigh figures this will be the worst summer possible, especially since all she gets to do is sit around the sent and watch her mother act. When she meets Sean, the hot co-star, things seem to brighten up, especially when she realizes he's her soul mate. Even though he's six years older and only sees her as a kid, she knows that they're meant to be together. Suddenly the actress meant to play his sister contracts Mono and Leigh was asked to fill her shoes. Her new role makes things a touch more strained between Leigh and her mother and when Leigh suspects Annika of stealing Sean from her, the full strength of her anger and resentment is revealed.

Leigh is a great character, very relateable with a bit of a snarky personality. All of the supporting characters are lovable and easy to bond with. The story itself is enjoyable and a nice read. I like how it incorporated the script, both from the movie and the imaginary script that Leigh creates as she imagines scenes playing out in her head. One of my only problems with the book was the text messages. While it is totally natural for a teen to stay in contact with her best friend, possibly using text messages, the lingo wasn't always decipherable. It was more than the occasional "lol" or "l8r" but what does "L%kz" mean? Sure after a while you figure it out, but not everyone knows the shorthand of texting so it became annoying to read those short messages. But maybe that's just me. This was overall an enjoyable book and I see this turning into a fun series.

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