The Truth about My Success

The Truth about My Success

3.44 (209 ratings by Goodreads)
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What happens when a bratty teenage star and a hardworking waitress get a taste of each other's worlds? Featuring the best-selling Dyan Sheldon at her snarky, entertaining best. Paloma Rose is sixteen and already a major TV star. She has money, franchises, adoring fans -- and an agent and parents who are dependent on her success to sustain their very comfortable lives. But all that could come to an end when Paloma becomes more famous for her bad behavior than for her acting and her show's sponsors threaten to cancel the upcoming season if things don't improve. Meanwhile, Paloma's worried agent happens upon Oona Ginness working in a coffee shop. Maybe she's not as tall or as blond as Paloma, but details aside, they really might be twins. So a plan is born: What if they send Paloma to a brat camp to become a better person and put the malleable and much nicer Oona in her place? Oona thinks it's a stupid idea, but the money is hard to resist, given her family's dire circumstances. What does she have to lose? Of course, plans don't always work out the way they're supposed to. . . .
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 28mm | 454g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0763672726
  • 9780763672720

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Constantly funny, splendidly witty: a bull's-eye.
--Kirkus Reviews Sheldon's latest outing mashes elements of Pretty Woman with The Prince and the Pauper to create a twenty-first-century answer to The Slums of Beverly Hills. ... Recommend this to teens who appreciate wry commentary on contemporary life.
--Booklist Entertaining ... Teen girls will enjoy the peek into the life of the rich and famous.
--VOYA The book's slightly larger-than-life characters and plot offer some hilarious scenarios as both teens learn a bit about power, greed, compassion, and what they want in life.
--Publishers Weekly This novel will be an easy sell to teens who enjoyed Mean Girls and are looking for light drama.
--School Library Journal Readers will appreciate the lack of condescension, both in tone and outcome, where even Paloma and Oona's joining forces against the conniving adults feels neither saccharine nor gratuitously vindictive. Send this one with beach-bound teens for added SoCal feeling--they'll appreciate it.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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About Dyan Sheldon

Dyan Sheldon is the author of many novels for young readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, which was made into a major motion picture, The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love, and One or Two Things I Learned About Love. Dyan Sheldon was born in Brooklyn and now lives in North London.
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Rating details

209 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 18% (38)
4 31% (64)
3 32% (67)
2 16% (33)
1 3% (7)
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