My Co-star, My Enemy (Hollywood Wars)

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When innocent Alison and worldly Jamie are hired to play sisters on a new television series, animosity immediately erupts as Jamie plots to get Alison kicked off of the show.

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The Hollywood Wars series gets off to a good start with this solid commercial offering. Shy, bookish but beautiful Alison, 15, accompanies a friend to an audition, but it's she who's offered a role in a new TV sitcom. It takes some doing--and a coincidence or two--to convince her overprotective parents to let her accept the part. However, she's not home free: trouble lurks in the form of Jamie, cast as Alison's TV stepsister. Also 15, Jamie's already a has-been; her long-running TV show was cancelled when she was nine and she hasn't performed since. With earnings mostly squandered by her absentee father, the girl and her family just scrape by. Seeing Alison as a threat and envying Alison's supportive and affluent family, Jamie schemes to get her fired. Cooper, author of the Kennedy School series, allows readers a behind-the-scenes view of television production, taking a quick look also at the difficulties faced by young actors--balancing work and school assignments, dealing with jealousy, etc. Some of the exposition is awkward, and the resolution comes too easily. But sparing Jamie the usual one-dimensionality of villains creates a refreshing spin, which, combined with the glamorous setting, should reinforce the book's appeal. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 5-8-- Alison, 15, accompanies her friend Dana to an audition and ends up being cast for a television series. She's excited, but Jamie, her co-star and a veteran actress, is less than pleased. She would just as soon see the new girl fired and is almost successful in achieving just that. Her plot backfires, however, and it looks as though Alison is around to stay. Much of this book, the first in a series, sets the stage for future entries. Otherwise, the focus of the plot is Jamie's scheme. The characterization is good most of the time, with the exception of precocious child actor Rodney, who is alternately unbelievable or irritating. Jamie, driven by insecurity rather than malice, is made much more sympathetic by the fact of her unstable home life. The Hollywood setting lends a touch of glamour, and the details of life on the set reflect careful research. Libraries looking for a new series would do well to consider this one. --Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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