4 Aug

Spoiled is exactly the kind of YA I look forward to reading, as it is escapist fun without being ridiculous or over the top. Being spoiled isn’t really the focus of the book – I am sure someone just thought it would sell more books with a title like that. Basically sixteen-year-old Molly Dix has always lived a normal boring life in some fly-over state. When her mother dies prematurely, it is revealed that her father is a famous movie star (Brick Berlin) and Molly is given the opportunity to move in with Brick and her half-sister Brooke. Molly is unprepared for the pressures of living in L.A. and going to private school, and she is surprised by the distant and distracted manner Brick exhibits.

Brooke isn’t surprised that her father isn’t there for her, as it has been this way her entire life – plus she was abandoned by her mother, so she is especially bitter. The last thing Brooke wants is some half-sibling taking away from her what little attention she gets from her father. Therefore, Brooke sets off to destroy Molly’s reputation and self-esteem. But Molly is stronger than Brooke realizes, and when Molly teams up with Brooke’s arch enemy, things get interesting. Of course, Molly is also developing a more-than-friends relationship with a boy, but she has a boyfriend back home, so its complicated.

If you are a fan of The Clique series (which I am totally obsessed with), there is a familiar Claire/Massie thing going on here. However, the content is a bit more mature, and Molly is way cooler than Claire. I like that Molly is both fashionable and a good person…that it doesn’t have to be the either/or thing that Alloy-type entertainment tends to push. Spoiled is a fast and fun read, and I look forward to the inevitable sequel. It is also well-written and has more emotional depth than these series tend to have. Not to discredit all the awesome shallow YA reads out there.

Nora’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Publisher: Poppy (June 1, 2011)

2 Responses to “Spoiled”

  1. capillya 09. Aug, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Glad to hear you liked it, Nora! I still have this one sitting on my shelf, sadly. It’s begging to be read!

    • Em 20. Aug, 2011 at 8:09 am #

      Me too! I want to read this someday and I wonder if/when it will happen.

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