Thursday, August 2, 2012

Messy by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

If you are looking for a fun, snarky summer read, Katie has your book:

Messy by by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
I just got home from work and made myself a huge ice cream sundae to celebrate the sunshine and blue skies. Summer is here. And there is no better excuse than long summer days to visit your library and pick up the funniest, snarkiest, and most-celebrity obsessed book of the year: Messy.

The writers behind the brilliant blog Go Fug Yourself are back with another tale of high school drama in the sun-soaked world of Hollywood. Featuring familiar faces from their first book, Spoiled, this time around we get to hang out with Max--the sarcastic, green haired daughter of the principal of Colby-Randall Preparatory School (or CRAPS as Max not-so-affectionately calls it). Surrounded by aspiring actors and actresses, Max just wants to escape LA for New York City where she can take a writing seminar at NYU. But NYU requires money and that’s something Max definitely doesn’t have. Unless she decides to sell her soul to the devil and start ghostwriting for Brooke Berlin--daughter of mega superstar Brick Berlin and aspiring heir to his entertainment empire. It’s a pretty unenticing option on paper, but in reality, Max finds that having a wildly popular outlet in which to poke fun at all the quirks of La-La Land isn’t so bad. And neither is having people obsess over her writing. Except no one knows she’s the one writing it... and well, that seems like it could blow up in her face at some point, especially once Brooke takes on the movie role of Nancy Drew and Max might or might not have a crush on Nancy’s on-screen boyfriend (whose name may or may not be Taylor Swift), which is complicated by the fact that the love of her life may have finally stopped having Twitter fights with his girlfriend and actually be on the market... and well, you know how these things go. Needless to say, hijinx ensue, many a celebrity is skewered by Max (and the author’s sharp wit), and things begin to unravel in ways Max never anticipated.

And there you have it--the plot is fun, the jokes laugh out-out-loud funny, and the setting could not be more different from our regularly scheduled DC-area day. This book was created to be consumed by a pool with a side of People magazine and a bowl of ice cream. Welcome to summer. And Hollywood.

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