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Devon, the hottest chart-topping sixteenyear- old diva, has just landed in the south of France to film her Hollywood movie debut. With her French Caribbean beauty and ethereal voice, she aims to secure her newest crown—blockbuster box office—but she discovers sometimes a girl can’t get by without a little help from her friends. So when she befriends Livia Romero, the produ ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published May 15th 2009)
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Lauren
Mar 02, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, Girl Stays In The Picture looked like a classic "rich girl" novel. You know what I'm talking about, right? The type of novel that is like a Gossip Girl or The A- List copy cat since it mainly focus on fashion, money, and boys. Though, don't get me wrong I love those type of novels, but unfortunately they seem to lack in two things: reality and substance. Luckily, Girl In The Picture had those type of drama issues but with substance and girls that you could relate to in one way o ...more
Your Average Bookworms
I actually really enjoyed Girl Stays In the Picture By Melissa De La Cruz. It's one of those books that I thought I wouldn't have liked as much as I did. There were some flaws with the writing and the plot. Mostly in the end, and some parts started to get a little predictable. It's mainly about celebrities, and their lives, how they climb up to the top, and how they come crashing down, the good, the bad, and the tragically ugly in the life of stardom, and how the pressure of stardom can make yo ...more
Debora
May 05, 2016 Debora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, 2016
3.5☆
Yu
May 24, 2016 Yu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
yeah you know what don't even judge i went through a melissa de la cruz phase and i had this downloaded in my kindle.... it was a fast read and i didnt hate it *that* much
Carol(ina)
Jul 07, 2009 Carol(ina) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
There was just something about this book that kept me reading until 3 AM. At around 420-something pages, it took me about three and a half hours to read. I just simply couldn't put it down.

I've read many of Melissa de la Cruz's books and I've noticed that many her books have some of the same things : changing POV, a normal average girl thrown into a new world, and lots of drama.

I liked the rotation of POV between the three main characters: Devon, Livia, and Casey. It allowed me to get a feel fo
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Megan (The Book Babe)
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Girl Stays in the Picture was a fun and fluffy read. Now that's not really true-- it was fun and fluffy, but it was also a tad bit serious at times. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would-- I was worried that this would be a meh read.

I was wrong. It may have been light and fluffy, but on a rainy day this was exactly what I needed to cheer me up. My only real issue with this book is that it's part of a series, and ends on a cliffhanger. Nor
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Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Three gorgeous girls. One sexy location. Girl Stays In The Picture by Melissa de la Cruz tells the story of three girls who are in Saint Tropez for the summer.

Devon is a pop star fresh out of rehab. She has been cast in a movie that is filming in Saint Tropez and she is hoping that she can gain her career and respect back. She is ready to make a change in her life and is determined to stay sober.

Casey is a regular old teenager whose best friend Summer is an up and coming singer and actress. Summ
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Alea
Jun 05, 2009 Alea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
For me, Girl Stays in the Picture was squee-worthy to the tune of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Sleepaway Girls. Pretty much good clean fun. I was surprised at how on their own these teenagers were but I think that goes along with the whole Hollywood lifestyle. I loved the glimpse in to film sets and overworked assistants.

One thing that really excited me about this book was that I couldn't pick a favorite character, usually I gravitate towards one or two that I feel like I understand bet
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Danie P.
Jul 24, 2009 Danie P. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a
It's like reading all the gossip blogs but better.
Carly
Oct 13, 2009 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girly
Love it!
Not your typical girlygirl book.
Was very enjoyable and the ending is left as a cliffhanger!
Darnnn just when it was getting so good too.

Spy x Devon <3 (:
Cailee
Jul 07, 2014 Cailee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the book till the very ending. I hated that it ended the way it did & then there isn't another book to answer the readers questions that come up at the end.
Rena
Apr 26, 2014 Rena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, inside look inside teen celebrity life. I'm kinda bummed there's no plans to finish the series.
Kate
Aug 31, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Girl Stays in the Picture portrays the problems that different people in the show blitz encounter. Devon's role in the upcoming movie is getting shorter and shorter, Casey is an assistant to her best friend Summer, but is Summer still treating Casey as a friend or a nobody? Livia undergone surgery and became skinny. Now she has a perfect boyfriend and perfect life but there's more to this story.

After hearing some good reviews of this book and being a fan of Melissa's Angels on Sunset Boulevard
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MJ
Jun 09, 2012 MJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really on the fence about this one I think 3.75 stars would be appropriate.

Be forewarned if you don't like light reads you'll probably not like this book.

And okay, there is some substance to this book. There are little mysteries here and there, but the book in essence is about a summer in France. On a movie set, no less. But still, it's about living it up in France. Which I love,
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Myka
Mar 25, 2014 Myka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is true what Kirkus Reviews had said about this book: "Readers looking for a Gossip Girl with heart will be thrilled." Although, I don't actually think that it was a dead-ringer to Gossip Girl again. And I've never actually read any of Melissa de la Cruz's chic-lit books since I've only read all of her Blue Bloods novels. But somehow, she came through with this one and she just never ceased to amaze me.
Girl Stays in the Picture was mainly about Hollywood - the life of celebrities and Hollyw
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Georgia
Jun 27, 2013 Georgia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steph Su
Melissa de la Cruz sure knows how to delight readers looking for a guilty-pleasure read, despite the predictable plot and formulaic characters. GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE has everything we could want out of this type of book: sympathetic yet glamorous characters, hot boys, scandals and deception, romance, and exotic locale and costumes.

The changing POV allows readers to embrace Devon, Livia, and Casey as our own friends—friends to which glam and dramatic things happen, of course. We’re meant to c
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Nia
Mar 12, 2011 Nia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really enjoyed Girl Stays In the Picture By Melissa De La Cruz. It's one of those books that I thought I wouldn't have liked as much as I did. There were some flaws with the writing and the plot. Mostly in the end, and some parts started to get a little predictable. It's mainly about celebrities, and their lives, how they climb up to the top, and how they come crashing down, the good, the bad, and the tragically ugly in the life of stardom, and how the pressure of stardom can make yo ...more
Static26
I found this book in the library, I only started reading it because of the summary and decided to give it a try.

This book revolves around three different girls who is entering into the world of show biz, whether they joined in it because they wanted too or fate so happens to bring them in there. I didn't really think this book was spectacular or praise worthy. The plot was interesting on the blurb but when I read through the actual book I was disappointed. But I still kept flipping through the
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Samantha
Jun 02, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed Girl Stays in the Picture. It was a very clever commentary on popular culture and celebrities, and the plotline was very engaging. The story focuses on three girls: Devon, a pop starlet fresh out of rehab; Livia, an Oscar winning producer's daughter; and Casey, assistant to Devon's rival. The trio of heroines all find themselves in the south of France where Devon is shooting a movie. The problem is the studio doesn't trust Devon after her hard-partying ways, and her part in the ...more
Olivia
Jun 10, 2009 Olivia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a light summer read!
This book looked so promising and I have been excited to read this ever since I saw it in the bookstore. I love Melissa de la Cruz's "Blue Blood Series", so I thought this one would be just as good. I will say that this book was good, just not what I was expecting.

The first complaint that I have is that this book is way too long. I sometimes thought I would never get to the end of it. Also some of the plot lines were too dragged out for me. It was just too easy to put this book down and go do s
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 Imani ♥ ☮
Aug 26, 2010 Imani ♥ ☮ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like seventeen magazines >.>
To tell you the truth, this book was hilarious. It was shallow, self-absorbed, and in truth, kind of a horrible book. The first two is why I gave this sorry piece of literature(:/) two stars. While attempting to finish this book(I didn't by the way) I had this odd feeling that I was at the dentist's office, where all they have there are stupid magazines like Seventeen magazine and I was forced to read one out of boredom. And similarly to magazines like Seventeen, I just wanted to laugh the whole ...more
Katie
Solid three star book. It worked for me a lot better than de la Cruz's books normally do. I probably won't remember much about it in . . . oh, say, a week, but it kept me pretty entertained.

I kind of wish she'd made the characters older, though. They were 16 and it got me thinking how, mostly, the famous real people of that age seem pretty well behaved. No real scandals at all. Or maybe I'm just not reading the right gossip!

It also included one of my, oh, not strong enough to be called a pet pee
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Carol Littlejohn
Oct 10, 2009 Carol Littlejohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s it like being a teen superstar? Okay. If you can’t be a teen superstar, why not become an assistant to a teen superstar? Devon has the lead in a movie; she’s a recording diva turned actress. She also had a drug problem. Livia has lost weight through surgery and now she’s beautiful. But she doesn’t feel beautiful. Casey is an assistant to Summer, another teen superstar. The three girls become friends and sparks begin to fly!
Note: A well-written book about teenagers who are the Beautiful Pe
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Carmen
Jul 04, 2012 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5

Girl Stays in the Picture is about celebrities and their love interest. I felt as if there was not really a plot, except to tell a story and it kept going from girl to girl and her love interest. Multiple times throughout the story I had to go back and ask, "Okay, she like who now?" or, "Who's speaking?" Just like reviews down below, for some it was a book that changed perspective and for others, it wasn't their cup of tea. I fit in with the latter.

I gave it two stars because, well, it was ju
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Jess
Jul 10, 2010 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Predictable and a little bland, "Girl Stays in the Picture" follows three young women throughout their summer in Saint Tropez. Teen pop sensation Devon is trying to prove she's still a bankable star after a stint in rehab; socialite Livia is adjusting to life a couple hundred pounds skinner and figuring out her love life; and fresh faced Casey just got herself an assistant job to her best friend turned spoiled movie star.

"Girl Stays in the Picture" is nothing a frequent YA reader hasn't seen be
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Kari
Jul 25, 2009 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about scandalous and gossip-licious! This story was chalk-full of hookups and dramatic twists.

My Summary: Ever wonder what's behind all the gossip and drama in Hollywood? Now's your chance to dive deep into the lives of Devon and Summer, two competing actresses; Jamie, teen heart-throb; Livia, the producer's daughter; and Casey, Summer's best friend turned assistant, and many more, as they film Juicy. Shooting in France, this colorful crew moves their way through movie sets, parties, and re
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Brittany
I like this author, de la Cruz, and have read others by her in a similar series as this one. This novel involves the intertwining stories of 3 famous/semi famous girls around the age of 17. One of the characters, Devon, is the most famous actress in the novel but has spent time in rehab and has a crazy family life. (She seems to resemble Lindsay Lohan). Livia is the daughter of an Oscar winning producer, but she never resembled one until she had gastric bypass and then became pretty/skinny/stere ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Devon (just Devon) is the next big thing. She’s Disney’s new pop star and now she’s embarking on a movie career. But, in true teen queen fashion, she boozes, parties, and gets high too often. After a stint in rehab, she’s a new girl, but she finds that Summer, the newest next big thing, is now the star and Devon is relegated to a bit player.
In typical de la Cruz fashion, this is a teen melodrama about spoiled little rich kids. But I found it fun and interesting, in spite of myself. When it dis
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Monique
Feb 02, 2011 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I really disliked de la Cruz's The Au Pairs, this one was really enjoyable with fantastic characters I actually cared about. Perhaps it is a sign of her growth as a writer.

Yes, it is not the deepest book I have picked up, but fans of Meg Cabot will enjoy it. There were parts that were seriously amusing and parts where I actually wanted to slap a certain character.

If you are looking for a beach read, this is the way to go.
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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