Their lives are a soap opera- on screen AND off!

They say girls always want boyfriends who are just like their fathers. In this case, Katie takes that very literally.

I gave this series another shot. Seriously, for gals who are supposed to have such an exciting life,…my Saturday nights spent talking to my cat are more thrilling.

Really, you don’t need to know much. Katie is finally dating Mitch, after six books of him verbally abusing her. Mitch has his own huge loft to himself in Soho I think, because he’s estranged from his family. Katie lives with her parents. I don’t know how this is all going to work out. Mitch and Katie have the typical YA relationship- they don’t talk about much, and Mitch talks in a husky voice and they make out. Once again, angering me because if I read this when it was age-appropriate to read this, it would give me no information about how to act in relationships. God forbid I wanted to ask a guy about his feelings on Operation Desert Storm; real conversations were not to be had with boyfriends unless it was about the relationship. Many seasons of reality dating shows are based on this concept.

Oh, right. Er, um, Katie thinks everything is great with Mitch, until his ex-girlfriend from the sticks, Nikki,  shows up in town and is staying with Mitch until she can get a job. Mitch claims he is helping out a friend, but we gals know that all other females lurking around our men are totally evil predators and must be eradicated. Nikki stole a car and let Mitch take the fall for it, or something dramatic like that. Katie, the insecure gal that she is, is totally jealous and keeps getting mad and Mitch and never gives him time to explain. Just as she is about to go to him to forgive him, she just coincidentally walks into a situation that construes some cheating and gets mad all over again. Seriously, this happens eighty times. All one of them needs to say is “hey, we seem to have a misunderstanding. Let’s have a calm conversation and this will be resolved.” But then we wouldn’t have a series, right?

So Katie’s little sister Jewell decides to investigate for Katie, and makes friends with Nikki to expose her to Mitch. Because someone needed to fill in plot. She catches Nikki shoplifting or something, I don’t know. Meanwhile there is a rather random subplot where Katie’s character on the show seduces one of her teachers. There are crazy right wing protesters against the plot, and Katie’s dad is also furious that Katie is playing the part. WELL POPS YOU SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE YOU EXPLOITED YOUR CHILD AND PUT HER ON TELEVISION. Katie stands up to the writers and makes them rewrite the part so that Katie does the right thing. Aw, morality for the win! Somehow this is parallel to Katie taking a stand about some floozy stealing her man.

Really, All That Glitters? Really? This is the best you can do? A series about child stars could be so much more awesome! Where’s the late nights at Studio 54? The drug addictions?

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9 thoughts on “Their lives are a soap opera- on screen AND off!

  1. Rio says:

    “Mitch and Katie have the typical YA relationship- they don’t talk about much, and Mitch talks in a husky voice and they make out.”

    Always the husky voice, huh? I don’t think I’ve ever described anyone’s tone of voice with that word. It’s the name of a goddamn gas station.

    “God forbid I wanted to ask a guy about his feelings on Operation Desert Storm; real conversations were not to be had with boyfriends unless it was about the relationship.”

    Amen to that. By YA logic, all of the conversations I’ve had with my boyfriend about economics make us the most boring, unfeeling couple on the planet.

    Side note: The “Possibly Related Post” above (about Katie “Jordan” Price planning to encourage her daughter to pose topless in newspapers) is incredibly disturbing. Alice Wakefield would be clutching her pearls if she read it.

  2. sunstreakedblonde says:

    YA authors really are in love with the word “husky,” aren’t they? It’s like Stephenie Meyer and “chagrin.”

    This series sounds so awesomely bad. At least it makes for funny recaps!

  3. Vanessa Saxton says:

    Husky. I love it. I remember that word used to mean plus size for boys but now I associate it with YA lit. I also love the word “crestfallen.” Francie’s team used it a lot and then I think Ann Martin’s crew used it in a few BSC books. Must have been the word of the 80’s.

  4. maybeimamazed02 says:

    I totally remember “crestfallen!”

    I’m writing a YA novel right now, and books like this remind me to have the protagonists converse as much as or more than they make out.

    Never read this series (for some reason, I hated books with photos on the cover–I was a snotty kid like that), but love this recap.

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