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Talent (Talent #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  2,180 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Mac is niet tevreden over haar luxe leven in Beverly Hills. Ze denkt dat ze geen enkel talent heeft en nergens in kan uitblinken. Mac en haar hartsvriendinnen komen erachter wat belangrijker is, status of vriendschap. Vanaf ca. 13 jaar.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published (first published June 19th 2008)
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Steph (Reviewer X)

Seriously, that's what all of this book's problems boil down to. The characters are unbelievable for twelve-year-olds. You have to be kidding me that so many adults would take preteens as seriously as they're taken here. People don't even take ME this seriously and I'm considerably older and less spoiled than these girls.

Problematic points:

Mac (center of this book) somehow manages to fool a handful of adults while she's playing Emily Mungler's agent. A twel...more
Who knew Hollywood’s twelve year olds even cared about stuff like this? Or that they were manipulative enough to take down a person’s reputation? It actually makes me wonder if I’d been that bad at that age, and reminds me that this is why I don’t read books about anyone younger than age fourteen anymore. That immaturity level has taken a great toll on my brain, so let’s just say that if I were to babysit anyone, it’d be the kids that range from 2-8 years old. Books wise—yeah, I’ll be sticking t...more
Morgan  (=

Talent by Zoey Dean had two main characters': Emily and Mackenzie or Mac. Mac's a girl growing up in Hollywood, California. Mac is accustomed to a extravagant life-style. Her mother is a famous Hollywood agent who "discovers" stars, as in creates the next famous "It person" everyone's dying to be. Mac is used to being Queen of everything and is coming up to eigth-grade in this book. At her school, an eight-grader is elected for Social Chair, which means she's in charge of say uniform policy &...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

You have to have TALENT to make it in this world.

Meet Bel-Air Middle School's social queens: Mackenzie, Evangelina, and Cordelia.

Mackenzie Little-Armstrong has everything, except for one major important thing... talent. It's pretty obvious to Mackenzie that she has no talent, especially when she is compared to her mother, an agent; her father, a screenwriter; her older brother, Jenner, a surfer; and her younger sister, Maude,...more
An Advance Reader's Copy that I picked up at PLA.

A trio of status-obsessed preteen Hollywood girls encounter a visiting midwestern girl with dreams of fame; hijinks, lies, drama, and hurt feelings ensue.

There is so much wrong with this, it's hard to know where to start.

It's unrealistic. What 12 year old, daughter of the rich&famous or not, looks like the girls on this cover? What 12 year old has an iphone, credit card with (seemingly) no limit and no parental restrictions, frequents nightl...more
Meh. The characters were petty. They're all stuck up except for Emily. And Emily is so perfect, you can't even relate to her. Becks... ahhhh! I mean, she is supposedly a good surfer, but really, they never talk about competitions. It seems like she cares more about her "boyfriend" Austin then the actual sport of surfing.
Mac is overbearing and bossy, especially in the later books. Coco was ok, but still, I didn't love her. They were just all so fake. The plot was ok, but at the end of the book e...more
Apr 09, 2008 Monica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clique fans
Shelves: 2008, teen
I picked this up at PLA and read it in two hours while home sick on the couch. It's perfect for that.

Just like the blurb on the back says, its The Clique meets Entourage. Lots of designer name drops and lots of mean girls and rivalries. As usual Zoey Dean peppers her Tiger Beat writing with references to weird grown up Non Sequiturs (these girls know who David Lynch is?) and the right LA brands (at least as far as I can tell from the myriad of gossip blogs I end up reading). This will move at my...more
Talent by Zoey Dean is about a midwestern girl named Emily Mungler. She and her best friend Paige Harrington have been waiting all their lives to meet the famous movie star, Davey Woodwardand they finally have a chance when they travel to LA with Emily's mom. Soon after arriving they realize that Hollywood wax museums are the closest they are getting to meeting any real celebrities, but when tey hear about an after party for the premier of Davey's new movie they decide to sneak out of their hote...more
Emily S.
It was a pretty good book - similar to the Clique series - not so much of the A-List - Zoey Dean's famous and bestselling series. The A-List is pretty good, too - but definitely for TEENS and ONLY TEENS. TALENT is a book about girls who are twelve years old - which is why it's more moderate in terms of teen books - unlike the A-List - which is about girls who are in college.
Jul 01, 2008 Madi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes the clique series
Recommended to Madi by: um...the ad in CosmoGirl
This book is so good! The only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that it is so much like 'The Clique' series. But it's still really good!!
this book looks a lot lke the clique series, but all the same, a great book
Jerina Goyena
When I was twelve, I have been busy making friendship charms and reading book series. I am a fan of Hillary Duff. I still watch Barbie and Mickey Mouse series. I didn't even care what color compliments whatever color back then! The twelve years old kids do not normally act that way. Big people in that kind of industry can't be fooled that way, not by a twelve year old. The point is it's a little bit out of the reality. The story can be enjoyed except that, well, they are that young to be that po...more
I got this book off my sister’s shelf knowing she had read it in fifth grade and expecting an easy read, probably putting it down because I didn’t expect it to be any good. It was. The voice was good and the story was great. It was written for younger readers so there were some times it got a little annoying, but at most times it was a great read. The characters seemed realistic most of the time but at some times they didn’t at all. If I ever wanted to read a book to relax I would definitely co...more
No pain NO gain
Having everything you ever wanted is just effortless for Mac when it come to having talent is harder than anything! In the book Talent by Zoey Dean, Mackenzie Little- Armstrong the daughter of the most powerful agent in L.A, the leader of Bel-air middle school, and know as the “it” girl is found talentless. Desperate for a talent where this turn out to be something even more than Mac, Coco and Beck could even imagine. Talent is filled with competition, talent, and friendship iss...more

Hollywood life in L.A , no worries, hakuna matata, a rich,
talented, golden celebrity life,right? Wrong, almost all the characters in Zoey Dean's "Talent" have problems. Take(Mac)Makenzie Little-Armstrong for example, the daughter of the powerful agent Adrienne Little-Armstrong. Everyone in Mac's family is talented except for her. Is being a rich eighth grade girl at Bel-Air Middle School count as talented or famous? Mac doesn't think so. Mac and her BFFs, Coco& Becks have been ruling the...more
Chelsea Denisse
Characters: I hated the characters. I didn't like them, they weren't even the type of characters that you loved to hate, no! They were just horrible. I felt that they all pretty much had the same personalities. They were all plain and boring and you could tell Dean tried to add little things to make then different but in my opinion it didn't work. Sometimes I just wanted to reach in the book and scream at them. Sure there were some moments when it wasn't that bad but they were very rare.

Plot: Th...more
This was a good read. I happened across it in my school library while looking for books to read over Spring Break. The story switches between the view-points of Emily Mungler, a 12-year-old girl on vacation in L.A. with her mother and best friend, Paige, Mackenzie Little-Armstrong, known as Mac, daughter of a very powerful talent agent, on a search for something that will guarantee her leadership of the local middle school for her eighth grade year(to be shared with her friends, of course), and...more
I read the book Talent by Zoey Dean. This book is about a clique of girls that have big dreams to become actresses. Also, this clique of glamorous girls have perfect lives. The characters were very believable and realistic. Throughout the book, Mac, the main character, is in charge of getting Emily ready for her auditions. Emily is casted for a role of a guy, so she has to act like one. Emily is very believable because her actions are “boy like”. Additionally, she dresses like a boy, burps out l...more
Nov 01, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Anna by: Annie Bailey
well it is about these 2 girls who got to visit Hollywood for 10 days with Emily's mother. They saved up all of their baby-sitting money to but vintage tees. Well when they were there they heard on the tv that their favorite star was at a party at the hotel next to theirs! So when Emily's mom fell asleep they went out and they fooled to get in. When they got in Mac saw Emily trick her way in and decided to make her a movie star. So they talked to emily. Emily said ok but didn't quite believe the...more
I hated every single character in this book. All they knew how to do was whine and bitch and stab everyone behind their backs.

And REALLY?? I can't imagine that these are 12 or 13 year olds! I mean- when I was in 6th/7th grade; all I was doing was watching Disney channel and eating banana bread- NOT wandering the streets of LA being punks and signing other fellow 6th graders movie deals. That's like a 10 year old drug dealer.

This book was HIGHLY unrealistic, with annoying, mean characters. The m...more
Ik heb in m'n leven al veel boeken aan kinderen voorgelezen, maar dit was ronduit een van de allerergste!:) Doelgroep: giechelende Joepie-lezende meisjes van een jaar of 12, 13! Met in ELKE alinea noodgedwongen de vermelding van een of andere Hollywood-VIP, een kledingmerk of een elitaire winkel! Even kriskras kijkend: Marni-zomerjurk, Jimmy Choo-flatjes, Chloé-tas, Dolce & Gabbana-zonnebril, oversized zilveren Balenciaga-tas, appelgroene Lanvin-flatjes, Marni-jurk met Jimmy Choos, Cynthia R...more
It’s all about TALENT in this world!

Talent is about a girl named Mac Armstrong who is 13 and lives in L.A. In L.A. it's all about TALENT and who has and who doesn't, and who wants it or who finds it first. When Mac witnesses Emily lying to gain entry to a performance during a movie premier party. When Mac sees this it dawns her that her own talent is to discover it in others. So Mac and her friends set out to prove it and become fresh and new girls so they can go back to school in the fall as th...more
Sarah Boucher
I read this one in 2010 when i was in the 6th. It was one of the books i read in 2010 and it was good. i didn't get the sequel, so i read it as a standalone instead.
This book follows the lives of three spoiled California pre-teens, the leader (Mac) being the daughter of a famous Hollywood agent. Enter Emily and Paige, two BBF's from Iowa, visiting LA. When Emily sneaks into a cast party to meet her celeb. crush, her talent at acting is spotted by Mac; who feels as if she has no talent when compared to her family and friends. Mac decides her talent is spotting talent in others and decides she will represent Emily and have her audition for the upcoming movie...more
I absolutely love this book! It may be the dreamer inside of me, but I cannot stop reading it, year after year.
The writing of this book was superb, the characters were engaging. My one and only issue was the age of the characters versus what they were doing. I've read similar books where the characters are in high school. I can see a high schooler walking 9 blocks in LA to crash a party. I can't see a middle schooler doing that. So that is my block. Don't let that keep you all from reading it though.
I liked this book but i think it could have been better. It is about a girl that goes to the west coast to vist her mom, she goes to a movie premiur, and she gets discoverd. Then she meets 4 girls and they become really close. The point to this book i think is that even when times get tough your good friends will always stay by your side. I really wish they would have spent more time on the ending because it would have been a way better book if they didnt hurry and end it, they should have took...more
I absolutely loved this book
This book is a book that you would read if you want to hear about gossip, stardom, backstabbing, and complicated friendships in L.A. If you're a down to earth person, i wouldn;t suggest this book.
I liked this book because it switched off to different perspectives through out the story to make it a little more interesting, so you know what character is thinking what. It made me not getting irritated or annoyed with a charecter because the whole book wasn't just about them, or what they saw throu...more
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The author of The A-List series and How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, which has been renamed and turned into a TV show known as Privileged on the CW in September 2008. Zoey Dean's books are produced by the media packager Alloy Entertainment, which created Gossip Girl, The Clique Series, and The A-List and sold them to Little, Brown and Company.
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