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Girl in Development (Splashproof ed)

by Jordan Roter

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You can always tell when an author writes about a subject they know inside and out. Jordan Roter has managed to bring her experiences in the world of film development and production to life inside the pages of GIRL IN DEVELOPMENT, and I bet if we asked her, she'd agree that parts of her main character, eighteen-year-old Samantha Rose, are comparable to real life, as well.

Sam is the type of girl who likes simple things--reading a good book, spending time with family and friends, being embarrassed by her parents in public. Okay, she doesn't really like that last one, but she's used to it. But when her Uncle Norman gets Sam an internship at Authentic Pictures as a birthday present (and all because her father had happened to mention that she liked movies), Sam's not quite sure what to do. Sure, going to L.A. for eight weeks, working for a movie company, hanging out with her sometimes snobby and always spoiled cousin Kate--that could be fun. Part of her, though, wishes she could just stay home in Northampton and go about her life as usual.

Hollywood, of course, is nothing, and yet everything, like what she expected. She's both appalled and amazed at the goings-on behind the scenes at Authentic Pictures. She's both flattered and nearly repulsed by the male attention she seems to be attracting like flies to honey. And she's definitely not sure if L.A. holds the type of lifestyle she really wants for herself.

Ms. Roter has managed to write a fun, breezy novel that contains true-to-life characters. Sure, I don't actually know anyone who has ever gotten to go work for a film company in Los Angeles, but reading about it sure was fun! The characters in GIRL IN DEVELOPMENT are all three-dimensional, unlike a lot of other teen chick-lit stories that are out there. And, fortunately for the reader, each and every character in the story is allowed to grow throughout the book, so that by the end you'll be rooting for (almost!) all of them. This is an entertaining read that's sure to please, regardless of age. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
The first fifty or so pages were simply generic chick lit and horribly cliche ridden. However, it was worth trekking through the poorly written introduction to get to the "good stuff" later on. It's not literature by any means, and the idea of a brainy girl adapting to a 'cool' setting is overused, but it was enjoyable and I would recommend it for those who occasionally enjoy sitting down with a decent trashy novel. For the rest of the world, you'd be better off leaving this one alone. ( )
  CandyQuackenbush | Mar 13, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142408387, Paperback)

When her uncle arranges a surprise summer internship at a hot film development company, Samantha Rose is not pleased. Sam’s a vintage-chic, East Coast transplant who would so rather be reading Virginia Woolf than Variety—not the Tinseltown type. From her spoiled roommate to the backstabbing staffers and D-girls working in the development department at “Authentic Pictures,” everything about L.A. feels fake. And, although smart, self-protective Sam is loathe to admit it, it’s all a little intimidating. Can this girl in development survive being thrust into the spotlight and realize her very own Hollywood ending, or will the summer be a tragedy of epic proportions, packed with poseurs, party girls, D-girls, and betrayal?

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Kate, a bookish recent high-school graduate from Massachusetts, moves in with her cousin and uncle in California in order to undertake an internship at a Hollywood production company.

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