Relatively Famous - Jessica Park
Electronic Version - Sent to me by the author
Goodreads Review: Meet Dani McKinley: A typical teen whose world is rocked when she finds out that her father is a famous Hollywood Action star. Now meet Mark Ocean: A self-serving actor with a floundering career who sees that a daughter is just what he needs to reinvent himself as a family man and get back on track. When the two decide to spend the summer together, they must not only wrangle their own love lives, but try to figure out who they really are to themselves and to each other.
Now armed with credit cards, club memberships, and a new wardrobe, Dani learns that what Mark has in wealth, he sorely lacks in parenting skills. Trying to show Mark that parenting is about more than loading her up with Prada bags and taking her to movie premieres is challenging enough, but she's also got her hands full with her new friends. Oh, and the boys... Dani meets Jason, a gorgeous young personal trainer who is easy on the eyes and wildly flirtatious. But is this smug hottie the one for her? Or will she ignore her friends eye-rolling and go for the goofy but sweet surfer?
While juggling her own complicated love life, Dani tries to set her father up with someone less likely to appear on a VH1 reality show, and someone more... well, normal. And age-appropriate. And dressed in anything but a thong bikini. But whether Mark is able to heal old wounds and move forward with anything more than a meaningless fling remains to be seen.
Can Dani fit in with this new, fast-moving California crowd without losing herself? With the world at her fingertips and hot boys now after her, staying grounded gets tough. And can Mark drop his egocentric approach to life and learn to appreciate how truly wonderful his daughter is? As driven as he is to get that A-list acting role, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get there, even if it means using his daughter. Or is he...? Mark and Dani's relationship hits a few highs, but the question becomes whether the lows are too much.
This book was sent to me by the author, Jessica Park. I found a tweet by her (@JessicaParkYA) saying that she was sending out copies of this book for review. I jumped on it, and I am so glad that I did. This is the first book that I've reviewed for the author!
I immediately fell in love with the main character, Dani. She is your average teenager, but there is nothing not to like about her. Honestly, I was a little jealous of her -- I mean, REALLY, your dad is a famous actor!? How cool is that!?
When we meet Mark, Dani's father, you can tell he is just a typical Hollywood type. I was definitely disappointed in Mark for some of the decisions that he made in the book, but by the end, I loved him too.
I thought this was a great book about a young girl dealing with something that I think is every kid's (who doesn't know their biological father) dream! It was great to see Dani going from a smaller town girl, to this big city, Hollywood chic girl---but it was also great to see that she still knew who she was deep down.
I laughed a lot throughout this book and I loved all of the references to pop culture things that are going on today. The writing style in the book is easy going, and it is a light, quick read. The message that I think Jessica Park was trying to get across was just that no matter what, it is important to know who you are, and where you come from. I know that most teens (I'm definitely including myself in this one) go through the phase where they are trying to figure out what they want, who they are and all that fun stuff. I think this was a great take on it! I will certainly be looking for more books by Jessica Park, and you should too!
Recommendation: I recommend this to any YA lovers, and anyone looking for a great, light read.