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Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Spoiled Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan Poppy ISBN-13: 978-0316098250 ─ᴥ─ Brooke Berlin  loves “the smell of retail” and sees shopping as “practically her patriotic duty.” One day Brooke is barging through her luxurious, only-child-of-a-movie-star life, and the next her nemesis, Shelby Kendall, hands her a copy of a tattler rag containing news that Brooke has […]

Spoiled
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Poppy
ISBN-13: 978-0316098250

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Brooke Berlin  loves “the smell of retail” and sees shopping as “practically her patriotic duty.” One day Brooke is barging through her luxurious, only-child-of-a-movie-star life, and the next her nemesis, Shelby Kendall, hands her a copy of a tattler rag containing news that Brooke has a half-sister who’s coming to live with her and Brick, her father. (I like the names, but “Brooke” and “Brick” sound too alike to avoid the occasional confusion.)

A surprise sister is enough to knock Brooke right off her Louboutins. Then she finds out the girl, Molly (seriously?), is her own age. As if Brooke didn’t have enough competition for Brick’s attention, what with all those starlets and the cell phone growing off her father’s ear. He’s busy making arrangements for his next movie – Avalanche! to be filmed in Miami. As for Brooke’s mother, she’s a mystery that never gets solved, leaving room for a sequel, I suppose.

So, along comes Molly, whose mother has just died. Molly just recently found out her father was action movie hero Brick Berlin. She handles the news with shock and grace and hopes for the best. Since her grandparents would rather use their savings on a trip around the world than on raising and educating Molly, and since Brick does want Molly, the choice to live with him in L.A. is simple, if not easy—she has to leave behind the only home, school, BFF, and boyfriend (or is he?) she’s ever known.

Even though Brick is ADD and shallow, and Brooke is fashion-obsessed and shallow, Brick really is a loving, if misguided, father. “You are my daughters,” he says. “You, and Netflix, represent my legacy on this planet.”

Brooke is razor-edged, over the top, yet sympathetic.

All her life, Brooke had told herself that Brick’s inattentiveness was an innate part of his personality—like a form of extreme absentmindedness—rather than a reflection of his feelings about her. But the way he was jumping through hoops for Molly made Brooke wonder if, this whole time, he’d just been waiting for a better daughter to come along.

Molly’s mom may be dead, but she had sixteen years of mother’s love. Brick and Kelly Berlin’s marriage ended twelve years ago, and Brooke hasn’t seen Kelly since. Her competition for Brick’s attention was already just about hopeless. With Molly on the scene, Brooke foresees losing what little she ever got. To top it all off, Molly comes from Indiana—”one of those middle states.”

Not in Brooke’s league when it comes to no-prisoners warfare, Molly is sweet, but no goody-goody. She can and does fight back, not always nicely. Yet she passes up a perfect-for-her Marchesa to please Brooke, and she has a conscience. Surprisingly, so does Brooke. At first the half-sisters are at opposite poles, and I saw no way of their getting together. But Daddy Brick shows nanoseconds of wisdom, and forced proximity helps.

The Hollywood setting, movie star name-drops, and fashion references provide background. They tell us about the characters and add an element of fun and interest without taking over and becoming what the novel is about—a perfect example of using the right, and the right number, of details. The characters and their struggles remain the heart of the story.

Spoiled, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, is a fun and poignant read.

2 responses to “Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan”

  1. sounds like a fun summer read! nice review, Jan!

  2. ACrezo says:

    This book sounds adorable. Thank you, Jan, for sharing your review here. 🙂

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