Title: On Location
Author: Jen Calonita
Poppy, May 2007
Genre: Chick lit
Recommended to: Girls, 12 and up
(from Amazon.com): It seems like the summer of dreams come true for Hollywood celebrity princess Kaitlin Burke: the media loves her (again), super-cute and funny Austin Meyers is finally her boyfriend, and she's starring in a blockbuster movie by her all-time favorite director Hutch Adams. What could be sweeter? But life on set is not nearly as perfect as the designer makeup and couture costumes. And with a slimy ex-boyfriend and a scheming new publicist on the scene, it's about to get a whole lot messier...
There. I couldn't sum it up any better. It's been a super-long time since I've read On Location, but the one thing I remember most was how much I loved it: the commercial glamour, glittering descriptions, fun "Hollywood secrets" inserted throughout, colorful characters, simple dialogue, snippets of the movie script, and the overall atmosphere and tone of this light and breezy story. Just as good as Secrets of My Hollywood Life, On Location is the perfect beach read: clean, fast-paced, and with just the right amounts of drama (like catfights with a witchy costar and an evil publicist). Each character was well-developed: my personal favorite is Skye Mackenzie, Kaitlin's onset rival, who is absolutely a blast to hate. I love how Calonita makes her absolutely, well, hateable, from her perfect hair, clothes, and nails right down to her sucking up to the producers and then turning on Kaitlin. However, I find Kaitlin's personality bland, bland, bland. She seems totally plastic: always saying the right thing, doing the right thing....she just seemed a little too perfect and prim. Doesn't she ever do anything wrong? Ergh.
Oh, and isn't the cover just adorable? I love how each one looks like a purse or a journal. Creative, sparkling, and fun, On Location is a great addition to the series!
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