Cohn, Rachel. Pop Princess.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Children's Review - Book Review

COHN, Rachel. Pop princess. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 311p. c2004. 1-4169-0263-5. $6.99. JS *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2004: Sexy cover art--the midriff of a lovely girl with a rhinestone in her navel: pop princess indeed. Cohn is the author of the acclaimed Gingerbread and knows how to relate to the YA audience. Wonder Blake (yes, that is her name) is still mourning the death of her older sister, who was headed for success as a songwriter and singer. The sisters were part of a local teen TV show, so Wonder has experience singing and dancing, but her life as the story begins is terrible. The family has moved and Wonder is the tortured new girl at a provincial high school, working at the Dairy Queen for spare change. As she is mopping the floor one evening, dancing and singing at the top of her lungs with her headphones on, a talent agent who knew her sister asks her if she is interested in a recording contract. And so it begins.

YA readers will eagerly absorb the details of Wonder's pop princess career: getting settled in Manhattan, becoming the opening act in a tour starring a pop...

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