Harmony Book Reviews

Review: Talent by Zoey Dean

Posted on: September 25, 2008

Title: Talent
Author: Zoey Dean
Rating: 6/10
Summary:(Taken from publisher’s site)

It’s all about talent in LA: who has it, who doesn’t, who wants it, and who can find it first!

When thirteen-year-old Mac Armstrong witnesses newcomer Emily Mungler’s stellar lying-to-gain-entry performance during a movie premiere party at the Roosevelt in Hollywood, it dawns on her that her own talent is to discover it in others! So Mac and her BFFs set out to prove it by turning fresh-from- Cedartown-Iowa Emily into a box office bombshell. They’ll make deals, throw parties, crush on boys, all on the way to discovering that no matter how famous or important you are, friendship always comes first. Well, almost always.

 
My Thoughts:

WHY THE HELL IS THIS BOOK SET IN MIDDLE SCHOOL!?!

Every problem I could possible have with this book is stemmed from that one thing. You see, the characters in this book act like high schoolers, they dress like high schoolers, and they talk like high schoolers. The problem? They’re in MIDDLE SCHOOL. This might be a problem, had the plan the whole novel revolved around not taken place. It did though, which made everything seem a little off in the novel because of their age. I can’t really say I know what the publisher or author were thinking when they made them that young. Maybe they thought it would help sale. Gossip Girl for tweens or something. Okay, but if you’re going to do that, you need to make sure the plot fits their age or it just doesn’t work. What’s even sadder is that this book would have been nearly wonderful if the girls had just been two or three years older.

Now, you’re probably thinking that I hated this book but that’s not really true. I did, obviously, have some problems with it, but in the end, it was a good book. The characters, despite the above problem, were actually quite well-developed and the plot was enjoyable, though slightly predictable. More importantly, however, was the fact that everything came together in the end to make a novel clean enough for younger readers and enjoyable enough that even the older readers will quite enjoy it. I do plan on reading and reviewing the upcoming sequels, in hope that they may get better as they go on.

Want to read it? I suggest getting either a cheap, used copy or finding someone to borrow it from.

(BTW, what do you think of the new review style? Let me know what you think!)

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