|Posted by Lane on June 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM|
I've been a fan of the Fug Girls (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan) for at least decade, following them to Go Fug Yourself from various places on the web. I was excited to hear they were publishing their first YA novel, and was looking forward to seeing my favorite scenes from Dynasty, and Lace, the original 90210, and Sweet Valley High playing themselves out on the modern page. I was not disappointed.
Cocks and Morgan create a soapily believable world of privileged teens with Black Amex cards and first cars that cost more than what you make in a year, and you know that's no mean feat. The fun is in getting to see small town girl Molly Dix (who plays the part of the good girl/interloper) and her newfound sister, Brooke Berlin (who plays the titular role--Spoiled) battle it out between themselves, and their mini-Alexis Morell Colby Carrington Dexter Dexter Rowan nemesis, Shelby Kendall. And, while no one ends up in the fountain, there is at least one slapping scene, a slow clap, and plenty of teenaged subterfuge. I'll admit to being disappointed that no one ended up in the fountain.
It isn't a YA novel without some tears, though, and the Disneyesque plot device of getting rid of the mothers allows many an opportunity for you to sniffle and pretend your contacts are bothering you when your husband gawks at you in disbelief and asks, "Are you crying?!" If she isn't dead, or hasn't disappeared, the mothers in the book are only mentioned in conversational passing, leaving these girls to fend for themselves in the deep forests of their closets and the wilds of Rodeo Drive. I felt very sorry for these children, and hoped for a cameo by Angelina Jolie, offering to adopt them. Maybe in the sequel?
Oh, yes, friends. We end on a cliffhanger of Dynastic proportion, and I am not ashamed to say that I will be queueing up to find out what happens next.
This is a fun little read. I could easily see it on the big screen and was casting in my mind as I read. I'm not sure that the book is truly aimed at the YA audience, since it was clearly a junior version of my favorite soaps from the 80s and 90s, but I'm not complaining at all. It got written, I got to read it, and that is what is important!
4 stars out of 5 (I'd have given it 5, but...dead mothers! Bambi!)