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Review: Commercial Breaks by P.G. Kain

Title: Commercial Breaks: Famous for Thirty Seconds
Author: P.G. Kain
Year Published: 2012

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 292
Rating: 4 out of 5

Challenges: author request
Geography Connection (my Google Reading map): USA (New York)

FTC Disclosure: I was given this book by the author for review

Summary (from the back of the book): Brittany Rush has been appearing in commercials and print ads since her backside was the official derriere of Simply Dry Diapers. When she showed up at a callback, girls would get up and go home instead of competing with her. But when her family moved to Hong Kong for a year, Brittany was forced to take an agonizing break from her commercial career. Now she is more than ready to return to her steady diet of go-sees, auditions, callbacks, and bookings in New York City. Brittany expects the spotlight to shine on her again, but instead, she finds that she's changed from being the cute kid to watch out for to just one of the many pretty girls waiting her turn. Will Brittany be able to steal back her spotlight? Or will she discover there's more to life than being famous for thirty seconds?

Review: This book is perfect for middle grade students since it is a nice story with good characters, a fun plot and no sex, drugs, drinking, or smoking. Actually, it's very refreshing to read a "nice" book where families get along and the worst thing going is not getting the star role in a commercial.

Brittany is not only talented and well known in the commercial world, she knows it and expects everyone to appreciate her. In fact, her attitude and self-confidence are awe inspiring for most of the book. But, when things stop going her way, she gets quite vindictive. I am glad to report that in the end, things work out well, Brittany sees the worth of a variety of hobbies (not just doing commercials), and it doesn't all feel too quick or too pat.

There is a sequel in the making, with a sneak peek at the end of this book. I think it will be a successful series since I am sure there are girls and parents are both yearning to read books about "normal" girls who aren't vampires, living in dystopian worlds, don't do drugs, and have fun-filled lives. What a concept, right? I really enjoyed reading it and am now going to pass it on to my daughter.

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