Goodbye Hollywood Nobody

Sunday, May 15, 2011
A red convertible pulls into the parking strip. Its driver wears a scarf and sunglasses, both of which she peels off before disembarking. The Karissa. And another thing, Jesus? Would you let me not be a jerk? Would you let me see Karissa like I see Belle, and Silas, and even Monica, even though she hasn’t said boo to me?

Book: Goodbye Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson, NavPress, 2008
Goodbye, Hollywood Nobody: A Novel 
Genre: Realistic
Target Audience: Girls 13-18
Subjects: Teen Pregnancy, Purpose in life, Relationship with Parents, Loss
Summary: It's time to find out who the Hollywood Nobody really is. Scotty wants to do Jesusy Extraordinary things. Whether that means searching for her mom, serving in an orphanage, showing kindness to a goth, holding a friend accountable, or loving a Hollywood actor that's pretty much a slut and is making a mess of her life, Scotty is willing to do it. It's not easy by any means, but no one ever claimed living for Jesus was!
Notes: Wow! I couldn't pick the issues for this one! This book covers friendships, relationships with parents, boyfriend/girlfriend relationships. It covers figuring out who God wants you to be and what He wants you to do with your life. It covers living in obedience even when it's not fun. It covers showing love to those who seem unlovable and forgiving those who have hurt you. It covers teen pregnancy and drugs. It covers abuse, foster care, and adoption. It even deals with a little bit of the downside of being a Hollywood star. Scotty seems to be involved in or have friends involved in everything! It's a fun book, although a bit sad at some points. But overall, it's truly an enjoyable read, something you don't always find in a book that feels like the characters are real!
Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 5:46 – If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?


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