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American Girls: A Novel by Alison Umminger
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American Girls: A Novel (edition 2016)

by Alison Umminger (Author)

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Fifteen-year-old Anna runs away to Los Angeles where her half-sister takes her in, but after spending days on television and movie sets, she learns LA is not the glamorous escape she imagined.
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Title:American Girls: A Novel
Authors:Alison Umminger (Author)
Info:Flatiron Books (2016), 305 pages
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4.5 stars. Alison Umminger does a great job of capturing a teen girl's voice, and the narrator Anna will stick with me for some time. While the Manson girls material is dark and some moments are heartbreaking, this novel was laugh-out-loud funny in several places. It's both a fun read and a telling observation on America's obsessions with celebrity, beauty, Hollywood, crime, and sensationalism. At its best, AMERICAN GIRLS is up there with Rainbow Rowell's ELEANOR & PARK and Gary D. Schmidt's OKAY FOR NOW. Highly recommend. ( )
  ChristopherSwann | May 15, 2020 |
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  Jonez | Oct 24, 2019 |
This was unexpectedly good. This was a book that focused on the messed-up things that can happen to girls, the messed-up things that they can do, and I loved reading about it. I learned a lot about Charles Manson and I think that it's a really interesting comparison, physical violence to emotional violence.

All the girls were so well-characterized, even those who hadn't even appeared in the story, like Paige. The boys were there to further the storylines of the girls. It was nice. It does focus on American girls, as the title says. I loved Anna's character especially - she seems so true to being what a fifteen year old girl is. This is one of the few instances where a character is selfish and ungrateful but realizes it and is redeemed at the end, and I love it. Anna isn't perfect. She can be cruel and whiny and selfish. It's very authentic.

I also liked Jeremy, who was cute and a good love interest. I'm quite pleased with the romance because it ended on a note where it could go further but it's slow and organic. ( )
  jwmchen | Nov 4, 2017 |
This book is about a 15 year old girl and she hates her mom and step-mom. Her mom wished that she never had her, she said that when her and her wife had a second kid that was her make over and that she was getting a second chance. She has this problem and has live with it for two years now and found a solution. She ran away all the way from Atlanta to Hollywood and is living with her sister. She is an actress who only drinks smoothies so Anne has nothing to eat there. She gets to go to here screenings and audition. They have great times but all she can think about is how her mom is not thinking about her and has cut her out of her life.
Overall I would give this book a 5 star rating because of how funny, sad, and often surprising. Its has ups and downs, lefts and rights, twists and turns. Its like it takes you on a mini adventure into the life of Anne and her sister, Delia. and all through D-List L.A. You really get a taste of how L.A. really is. Its not as glamours as Anne expected. ( )
  Skylar.RB1 | Mar 29, 2017 |
I really enjoyed the book, except for one thing. It is "the Manson girls" and their relationships with Charlie, the grizzly murders and more. I think those things add nothing to the book, but bring it down. It was not enough to take away from my enjoyment of Anna and Jeremy. Her sister, Delia is a bit of a downer for Anna.

Anna's mom divorced her dad and married Leslie. Anna saw Leslie's purse one day and used her credit card to fly from Atlanta to L.A., where her sister, Delia, lives. She just shows up at her door. To pay Leslie back and avoid more trouble, Delia gets Anna a job working for her boyfriend, Dex. Delia is making a movie with her ex-boyfriend, Roger. Dex takes Anna to his tv set where she meets Jeremy (he and his brother are the show's stars), who likes to drive Anna around L.A.

Roger also gave Anna a research assistant job to write all she can about the Manson girls for his movie. She does make enough money to pay Leslie back. She also finds out that someone is angrily stalking her sister. Anna stays with Delia at her apartment for the summer, and does some not so normal things. All in all, it is a good y.a. book to read for fun.

Thank you Alison Umminger and Goodreads First Reads for letting me win a free book to read and give my honest review. ( )
  Connie57103 | Sep 1, 2016 |
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