Review: Hollywood High by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams

Hollywood High by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher:  Kensington
Pages: 300
Source:  Publisher

They’re the daughters of celebrities – the kind all the celebrity blogs gossip about! But the It Girls of Hollywood High are about to discover that fame has a price. And no friendship – or romance – is safe.


Review:  Four girls, London, Rich, Spencer, and Heather, going to Hollywood High wearing their bling, roaring up in customized cars, and flashing their smiles…underneath all the glamour are four very selfish girls trying to outdo the other. London’s father is a high-profile lawyer and her mom a supermodel. Rich’s parents are a poor rapper turned business mogul and her mom a former groupie. Spencer’s parents are never around and her closest family is the housekeeper. Heather’s mom is a washed-up wannabe drunk and won’t tell her who her dad is…

As you get to know the girls and all their drama, you find out that they are selfish because it’s all they know. There are no nice family vacations with loving parents and siblings. There are no memories of being tucked in at night after being read to. There are daily scale weigh-ins with sighs of disappointment from a mom, mother-daughter fights involving pills and booze, as well as lonely nights with no parents around.

At school, it’s on! The girls are constantly watched and in the middle of all sorts of drama involving boys, cell phone pics, videos, and who is with who. As you read their stories, each chapter told by a different girl, you begin to care for them and hope that they can make it through the maze of their lives. At the end, a reference is made to watch out for more from Hollywood High which would be great as many questions are left unanswered.

I did find that the story flowed and I enjoyed it but did feel a disconnect from the girls’ lavish lifestyles. Also, for mature teen readers 16+ due to sexual situations.

Favorite Quote:  My life was nothing about me.
It was all about them.
Their money.
Their image.
Their dreams.
Their wishes.
Their plans for me.