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Talent (Talent #1)

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It's all about talent in LA: who has it, who doesn't, who wants it, and who can find it first!

When thirteen-year-old Mac Armstrong witnesses newcomer Emily Mungler's stellar lying-to-gain-entry performance during a movie premiere party at the Roosevelt in Hollywood, it dawns on her that her own talent is to discover it in others! So Mac and her BFFs set out to prove it by
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 19th 2008 by Razorbill
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Steph (Reviewer X)
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Why
is
this
book
set
in
the
middle
school
scene?

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
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Nancy
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
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
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,
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Marie
Apr 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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Morgan  (=
Sep 27, 2009 rated it liked it

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 &a
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Audrey
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Monica
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Emily S.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Macklin
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Sigh...Costco+ 12 year old. These books were a lot of fun to a preteen me. Now I am kind of embarrassed that I read them.
Madi
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Emily
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
this book looks a lot lke the clique series, but all the same, a great book
Jan
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun look into Hollywood and how "the other half" lives.
Alyssa
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Mac Armstrong, and she deals with challenges throughout the story. Between friendship, boys, and a movie premiere party at the Roosevelt in Hollywood. Mac has to make tough choices that can destroy her relationship between her best friend. Mac starts hanging with a girl that some don't like and she is keeping it from her bff. Mac is also lying to her friends about things that she shouldn't. In the book, Mac realizes she has a talent. I like the part when Mac was d ...more
Grace K.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was really good except i didn't like that they were supposed to be 12. They sound like they are 17.
C.A.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was okay. Cliche and basic, but entertaining at times. I didn't like any of the characters, though. And I definitely won't be reading the rest of this series. But I got what I was pretty much expecting with the cover and synopsis and everything. And I guess if you're into superficial catty teenage girl drama with first world problems-correction-upper class problems, then this is the book for you.
Maggie
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sravya
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
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Madelynne
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Haley
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Brina Williams
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-read
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Chelsea Denisse
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
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Emily
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Luisa
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Talent by Dean - Mackenzie Little-Armstrong (known as Mac) will be the Social Chair at BAMS (Bel-Air Middle School) no matter what it takes. She’s the daughter of two Hollywood heavyweights, and she has Coco and Becks, her equally wealthy and powerful BFFs, to help her get there. The three are reunited after a summer apart and are accosted at a at Davey Woodward’s Premier party at Tommy’s by Ruby Goldman who looks great and wants the Social Chair position as much as Mac. Feeling talentless compa ...more
Anna
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Maddie
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mips
Mar 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kinderen-jeugd, 2012
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
Madeleine
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Ashleigh
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Kristenp
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Ashlync
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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.
Zoey is currently working on The Talent series. She is
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