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Life As a Poser: The 310    by Beth Killian order for
Life As a Poser
by Beth Killian
Order:  USA  Can
MTV, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Seventeen-year-old Eva Cordes graduates high school early, puts college on hold and flies to LA to live with her aunt, a renowned talent agent. Eva grew up in Arden, Massachusetts with her grandparents, not knowing who her dad is and rarely seeing her mother, who was a once famous model. After the embarrassing scandal which rocked her senior year, show biz looks good to Eva and if anyone can make her a star, Aunt Laurel can. Eva wants nothing more than to make everyone in Arden, Massachusetts drool with jealousy.

Instead of taking Eva to her house in Beverly Hills, Aunt Laurel installs her in an apartment complex full of other underage talent. Eva is expected to keep bad-girl socialite, Jacinda Crane-Lard, out of trouble. Eva realizes that isn't likely as soon as she meets her precocious roommate. Coelle, roommate number two, is a regular on a soap opera, in demand for commercial shoots, and spends all her free time studying for the college SAT. Although she has as much work as she can handle, Coelle's plan is to chuck it all, get into a good college, and become a veterinarian.

Eva discovers that her absentee mother is living with Aunt Laurel and demands to see her. Although she doesn't expect much from her truant mother, Eva is still hurt when her mother tells her no one knows she has a seventeen-year-old daughter and she intends to keep it that way.

Life As a Poser is the first book in the new MTV The 310 series. With LA as a backdrop, and filled with celebrity names and all the latest celebrity hangouts, Eva's story is promising but unfinished. Not all of Eva's conflicts are solved, but readers can look forward to the next episode, as a sneak preview of Everything She Wants is included at the end.

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