Girls on Film: An A-List Novel
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is the second in
series, starring beautiful, bright, privileged Anna Percy, whose life is nonetheless not perfect. Anna's parents are divorced, her older sister Susan is in rehab, and Anna has moved to L.A. to try living with her dad, who's promised her a literary agency internship. The first book introduced Anna to her
, Ben Birnbaum, who then let her down badly - '
' is her new mantra.
s the episode opens, Anna continues to reject Ben's desperate attempts to make amends, while Susan (she and Anna are close though they clash as sisters always do) flunks out of rehab. Anna's L.A.
are a mixed lot - all have a past connection with Ben and they're as likely to do Anna (and each other) a mean turn as a good one. Anna's nemesis from the first book, Sam Sharpe, is the best of the bunch, and she's experiencing some confusion about her sexual orientation. Sam's close friends, Dee and Cammie, from families even more dysfunctional than Anna's, can be downright nasty - manipulative young women taking out their anger on others. And then there's Adam Flood. Decent and from a loving family, he falls hard for Anna. Why can't she be attracted to him more and Ben less?
ife is complicated for this crowd, despite money smoothing their way as they party through life. Anna and Sam make a school project film together, a parody of
The Great Gatsby
, at a luxury desert spa. Its action gets steamy, finally resulting in honest dialog.
Girls on Film
ends with some resolution between Susan and her father, and between Anna and Ben. I recommend
series to older teens, who will appreciate that, even lived in Tinseltown, life is not a movie.
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