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Hollywood Dream Machine
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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. YA Girl Visits Friend in California, late 80's or early 90's [s]

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Natalie Prado (mightbenatalie) | 2 comments Read around 91-92. A girl from not-California visits a friend who had moved a year or so ago. Friend in California has become more sophisticated and is secretly pregnant. The visiting girl is more naive and falls for a rich local boy who is related to the film industry somehow (son of a director?) but the relationship is strained because she will not sleep with him and he eventually cheats on her. I feel like the cover was ugly and misleading, showing a girl on a carousel horse that was flying, which had nothing to do with the story. I was sure that the title was something like California Dreams, but that (along with similar titles, like Malibu Dreams or Hollywood Dreams) are not pulling up the book.


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Tab (tabbrown) | 4844 comments Hollywood Dream Machine Hollywood Dream Machine by Bonnie Zindel fits.

Kirkus has a loooong review. Here is a short version.

16-year-old Gabrielle Fuller (from Elmont, N.Y.) visits her best friend Buffy, a recent transplant to Southern California. Gabrielle is looking forward to a summer of renewed soulmate-ship. But it's immediately apparent that things are different out in the "ha-ha land" around L.A., with all the ostentation and plastic surgery and glamour. Above all, there's the difference in Buffy--who now has a sleepover boyfriend named Zack, college freshman (come fall) and "Tree People" ecologist. Gabrielle is naturally a little jealous, also more than a little confused.(view spoiler)Gabrielle meets handsome, "huggable," "princely" Brad, a.k.a. "Bear"--the dashing son of a Hollywood producer. (view spoiler)


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Natalie Prado (mightbenatalie) | 2 comments That is COMPLETELY it! Thank you so much!


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