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The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott
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I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Thank you, NetGalley.

This was not one of my favorite books. Yet I couldn't stop reading it. First of all the writing was well done. Second and more personal, I remember my dad pointing to Ingrid Bergman on the TV and telling me that she was his very favorite actress. I had to agree with him that she was beautiful and I loved how she spoke. I don't know what the show was. Nor do I remember what she said or wore that impressed me.

I think I may be part of the target audience, Baby Boomer. I may be around the same age as the main character, Jessica Malloy, well, a little younger. I wasn't born until, what chapter three or four? And I am a Southern California girl so the location references were personal for me.

And I remember an aunt talking to my mother and I like a Dutch uncle about communism. Mom didn't say much. She usually had plenty to say, so I think this long lecture caught her off-guard.

So it was these personal notes that pulled me in and kept me reading. That and I wrote a teen-meeting-idol book in the sixties about meeting casually the Beatles. So I want to see how it happens to others who have idols in the entertainment industry.

More than that, it was fun watching Jessica grow into a young woman and ridding herself of the demons of growing up.

For me, though, this growing up angst is tiring. Who wants to go back and relive their teens? At least this girl wasn't gaga about this guy and that. It was more about her family and her self -discovery.

I may have to find an Ingrid Bergman movie or two to complete my experience. Others may love this book. But I stick with my three stars as it is better than some but not as good as others. I may actually forget it soon which is what brings it to a four or five-star rating. Try it. Let me know how you feel about it. Maybe I missed something? I do read using text-to-speech.

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Reading Progress

November 20, 2018 – Started Reading
November 20, 2018 – Shelved
November 20, 2018 –
November 23, 2018 – Finished Reading
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: adult
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: herstorical-fiction
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: hollywood
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: history
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: los-angeles
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: motion-pictures-tv
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley

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