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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I So Don't Do Famous by Barrie Summy: Book Review

I So Don't Do Famous
by Barrie Summy
Delacorte Press (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-73790-6
Suggested Age: 9-12
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Description: Having a boyfriend in eighth grade makes me kind of a celebrity at school. I'm also known throughout the spirit world--I've helped my ghost mom solve some tough cases. And now I'm on my biggest one of all . . . in Hollywood!

Everyone is so famous here. But there's no time for stargazing. Somehow I managed to stumble upon a mystery right on Hollywood Boulevard. Homes of young celebs are being burglarized, and it's up to me to figure out who's behind the million dollar crimes--and prove it to the Beverly Hills police. And to complicate things? The ghost of a teen star is dying to help me. One thing you never hear in the land of glitz & glamour? I so don't do famous.

The Good Stuff

  • Realistic relationships between Sherry and her friends and family
  • Like the relationship she has between Sherry and her stepmom - very realistic but loving
  • Adorable engaging heroine - you just want to hug her, going to have to check out the rest of the series
  • Nice light mystery for the younger set - Perfect for the suggested age group
  • Full of fun Hollywood trivia and pop culture references
  • Short quick moving story will hold the interests of even the most reluctant reader
  • Middle school girls will be able to relate to a lot of Sherry's emotions ( I vaguely remember them)
The Not so Good Stuff
  • As an adult reading it, I wanted to roll my eyes a couple of time, but just kept telling myself this book isn't written for a 40 yr old women
  • Not a lot of conflict so the more mature middle school girl might get frustrated or bored
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Hmpf." he says. "I can think of some music that would really get this place hopping."
"Dad, Celine Dion is not the musical answer to all situations." I say.

"I can't believe I just rode in an elevator with my dad and my ghost mom. And didn't think about how bizarre it was, especially given that my dad is totally oblivious to  my mom's presence."
"Lorraine, Stef and I traipse to the restroom together, because even burglary girls hit the restroom in groups"
What I Learned

  • That I wish I could talk to the ghost of my dead Mom
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Perfect for middle school girls, I would have loved to read it at that age
  • Not for the more mature middle school girl, as it is sort of light and fluffy (and that is not a bad thing, just a heads up)
4 Dewey's
I received this from Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review

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