A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream
Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying.
Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can't land an agent, she's running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online-with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj-and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?
Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she'll learn there's more than one way to achieve her dream.
Readers will love every page of this funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.
After Becca Harrington is rejected by every college she applies to, she moves to Los Angeles with a single goal: become an actress within a year, hoping it will boost her resume when she reapplies for school. Becca assumed that Alex, her boyfriend of two years, would be her rock, but plans change when he breaks up with her after dropping her off in Southern California with her cousin. So Becca draws up a 12-point list on how to get started on the path to success; steps include "Get an agent!" and "Get a job to make $$$!" Howland (Nantucket Blue) expertly navigates the ups and downs of a struggling actress in Hollywood. While she doesn't skimp on the glamour (labels, parties, beautiful people), the narrative focuses on how Becca evolves into a confident and self-sufficient young woman. Howland portrays a grounded version of Hollywood (in a classic move, Becca takes a job as a waitress to make ends meet) while keeping the story fun, engaging, and splashed with romance and wish fulfillment. Ages 14 up. \n