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. Volume XIII Number 22 . . . . June 22, 2007
Vivien Leigh Reid is back in Hollywood and working on the set of the action-adventure series Freak Force. Fortunately, she has been studying yoga and is, therefore, far more calm and enlightened than she used to be! This 'new' Leigh needs all the serenity she possesses in her dealings with an all-male cast and her role as part human/part warthog. Doing difficult stunts in her ridiculous warthog costume is challenging, to say the least. Her problems continue at home where her zany actress-mother has moved in with her fiancé, Jake, thus exposing Leigh to two evil stepsisters who delight in tormenting and taunting her. On a personal level, Leigh is trying hard to get rid of the 'diva' image she acquired during her last acting job and is also endeavoring not to fall for one of her fellow actors.
The New and Improved Vivien Leigh Reid is a continuation of the Vivien Leigh Reid series, and her fans are sure to enjoy the book. The novel can also stand on its own without reading the previous two volumes. Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout have continued the humour of their over-the-top characters who live in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. They are exaggerated, superficial, wacky and also irresistible!
The novel will appeal to young adult readers, especially girls, who are interested in the world of entertainment and acting. The first-person narrative keeps the story lively and fresh, and occasional sections written as lines from a script add a change of pace and the sense of a fantasy world.
Romance, relationships and the lure of 'showbiz' all come together to make this a fun-filled novel which seems almost like watching a TV sitcom. The series may never become 'classics,' but the books are funny and entertaining and will have definite appeal for young teen readers.
Ann Ketcheson, who lives in Ottawa, ON, is a retired teacher-librarian and teacher of high school English and French.
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