The first book in a new teen series, Lisa Samson's Hollywood Nobody gives readers a peek into the life of someone famous from the perspective of a smart and sassy 15-year-old girl, Scotty. The heroine's full name, Frances Scott Fitzgerald Dawn, only begins the list of unusual characteristics that have set Scotty apart for as long as she can remember. Her mother, who insists on being called “Charley” instead of “Mom,” works in the movie industry as a food stylist, creating different dishes to be used on-screen. Charley drags Scotty from movie set to movie set in an old RV, insisting that she adhere to a strict vegan diet and manage her own home schooling.
Yet, as strange as her life seems, Scotty doesn't mind the everyday quirks as much as she hates knowing Charley has a secret. Having adjusted well to her self-education and perfected the art of sneaking cheese into the kitchen, Scotty only wishes she knew why Charley whispers on the phone and always seems to be on the run. In the meantime, Scotty posts her opinions about celebrities on her anonymous blog, and her favorite heartthrob, Seth Haas, just happens to be working on the same movie as her mother.
If there's one thing Samson has perfected in her writing voice, it is the art of speaking bluntly when a situation calls for it. The character she has created in Scotty Dawn allows the perfect opportunity for straight-forward, no-nonsense (and sometimes sarcastic) looks at the Hollywood culture. More importantly, Samson includes profound messages about body image, self esteem, and integrity through Scotty's witty critiques of the movie industry. Samson's style shines in Hollywood Nobody.
Though the plot seems scattered and almost too mysterious at first, the snappy dialogue keeps it interesting, and the story pays off in the end with a satisfying explanation for all the secrets. Another thing Samson handles well is the incorporation of God and church themes. Scotty doesn't know if she believes in God, but her questions on the matter don't seem forced or thrown in as afterthoughts. Samson creates a believable picture of what a young girl may go through in searching for truth.
Book One finishes with just the right balance of closure and “cliff-hanger” to leave readers content, yet excited about the rest of the series. Hollywood Nobody begs to be read by young teens especially, but it is recommended to anyone interested in a unique story and an honest look at the rich and the famous. Amanda Branyan, Christian Book Previews.com
Scotty Dawn has all the freedom a fifteen-year-old girl could want. As she and her mom, Charley, travel to movie sets for Charley’s work, Scotty’s allowed to go anywhere and be anything. But there are costs to such a life. Scotty doesn’t know who she is, where she comes from, or who to trust. And who is the mysterious man they’ve been running from? Does he hold the clue to Charley’s big secret?
Scotty writes in her Hollywood Nobody blog, and the answers she finds are darker than she had expected. Will she discover who she can trust and finally make sense of her world?