Sunday, 7 August 2011

Million Dollar Mates: Paparazzi Princess by Cathy Hopkins, (9 years +)

January 2011, Simon and Schuster
208 pages, paperback

Review copy

                                                        Children's 9+/teen

Themes: Wealth, rich and famous, pampered children, journalists, shopping, secrets. Betrayal, life lessons, teen mistakes, family, some minor teen crushes, charity, volunteering

Summary from Simon and Schuster

It's the end of term and Jess is excited about all the new faces due to arrive at Number 1, Porchester Park for the holidays. Outside the apartment block, the usual paparazzi lie in wait hoping for a story or photo. Jess knows she should avoid them, and when new resident Riko arrives, they enjoy dodgin the cameras together. But is Riko all she appears to be - or is this million dollar mate a fake?
Distracted by two boys: handsome A-lister, JJ, and school babe-magnet, Tom - neither of whom are making their intentions totally clear - Jess is finding it really hard to know who to trust right now.
And getting it wrong could prove to be a costly mistake...

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Jess..apart from sharing the same name, I love the opportunities for volungeering jess gets, even if she isn't so keen on them at first. Wasn't so fond of the romance side. 

          How evil/nasty is the enemy? It's not fun being used by people, or having them fake friendship only to betray their trust. 

Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? I never knew what was coming next. The story focused a little less on Rico than the book blurb suggestrd, putting the focus on charity which was important but occasionally it felt as though it was being bashed into my head rather than weaving in subtly. 

One of my favourite parts was...when Jess found happiness in helping others. Charity truly is priceless. 8/10 for this fun read 

Suggested read 
Group of girls who solve mysteries at an exclusive hotel are a younger version of Jess in The Mayfair Mysteries by Alex Carter

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