Review: Spoiled by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Title: Spoiled

Author: Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Genre/Pages: YA/368

Publisher: Poppy

Release Date: June 1, 2011

Rating: 3.5 bookmarks

Source: Publisher

Nat’s One-Sentence Synopsis: In their debut YA novel that has a killer cover, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan of Go Fug Yourself fame deliver a jaunty romp that makes a perfect beach read.

As a long-time reader of Go Fug Yourself, a humor blog that skewers the faux pas and lauds the ‘well played’ of celebrity fashion, I was eager to get my paws on a copy of the girls’ newest venture: a YA novel.  Cocks and Morgan are handy with satire on their blog, and despite the fact that I don’t follow celebrities or haute couture, their biting wit entertains me, and I spend happy minutes reading their rants about split-hooved boots, rompers, and leggings.

I went into Spoiled looking for an escape–something light and beachy–with a healthy side of the Fug Girls’ trademark snark.  While this one isn’t quite a literary masterpiece, it does tell a fun (but far-fetched) story that I read in one sitting.  I also recommended it to several students because it’s light on profanity and hanky-panky but heavy on the Amex Black Card lifestyle that some teenagers dream about.

During her mom’s deathbed confession, 16-year-old Molly Dix learns that her father isn’t dead as she’s long believed but is actually hearty and hale, living life in the fast lane 2,000 miles away in LA.   Her mother’s dying wish is for Molly to move in with her father.  Brick Berlin is one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, and he’s known about Molly for her entire life, respecting her mom’s wishes to shield her from the public eye.  Brick welcomes Molly with open arms to his palatial manse in Beverly Hills.

Unfortunately, Molly’s half-sister, Brooke, is less than thrilled with Molly’s existence and arrival.  Brooke wages a campaign of terror on her unsuspecting, harmless sib and hi-jinx and rivalry ensue.  Molly is left feeling like she’s in limbo–she doesn’t fit into the Beverly Hills scene but can’t go back to Indiana now that she’s the daughter of a huge celebrity.

As Molly and Brooke work toward making peace, their shaky truce is put to the test more than once.  Brooke’s deepest secrets are revealed, and Molly’s relationship with her “home-town honey” is on the line after a compromising photo is taken showing her in the arms of another boy.

Armed with their insider info, the Fug Girls drop social, cultural, and fashion references that offer the hoi-polloi a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.  Their classic one-liners had me laughing but some of the teen dialogue was a bit forced and unrealistic.

The characters didn’t always win me over and many story lines are left unresolved (perhaps there’s a sequel in the works?) but it was a perfect transitory read for me from school books to summer fun.  I’d recommend this to the young-at-heart, Fug Girls fans, and those who don’t mind their YA a bit on the fluffy side.

10 Comments

  • At 2011.06.15 07:24, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    I have a feeling this is for a younger audience than me!

    • At 2011.06.15 12:40, toothybooks said:

      i love reading go fug yourself so i’m going to have to give this book a try. and it does sound like the perfect summer/beach read!
      toothybooks´s last blog post ..Review- Don’t Breathe a Word

      • At 2011.06.15 14:44, Belle Wong said:

        I have this out from the library right now. I’ve been on a bit of a mystery-reading-streak, so was hesitant about reading this before it has to be returned. I think I’ll start it tonight!

        • At 2011.06.15 14:47, Dishy said:

          Nat, your reviews always leave me eager to READ! Pretty amazing since I rarely pick up anything other than cookbooks. Hah! And esp. amazing since I haven’t read a YA book since ~age 15. XO
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          • At 2011.06.15 19:30, Jody said:

            CRAP! My library doesn’t have it. I’ll have to request it as it sounds right up my sink-into-and-forget-life type of read.
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            • At 2011.06.15 20:30, Jenners said:

              That cover is fantastic! I bet it grabs quite a few readers.
              Jenners´s last blog post ..A Prayer for the Stay-At-Home Mom During Summertime

              • At 2011.06.16 08:55, Meg said:

                I’ll admit that I’d never heard of Go Fug Yourself until I saw another review of this one — and am temporarily suspending my own License To Internet. The site is hilarious! I spent many an afternoon skimming through last week and am now eager to grab this one. Sounds fun!
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                • At 2011.06.17 14:29, Amused said:

                  I love Go Fug Yourself too! This cover is awesome so it’s unfortunate the story didn’t quite live up to your expectations. I’ll have to check out their earlier book though.
                  Amused´s last blog post ..Guest Post- Annoyed By Books!

                  • At 2011.06.17 18:12, kay said:

                    Go Fug Yourself is one of my daily stops on the web and I just can’t wait to read Spoiled! Your description makes it sound a bit like I expected it to be : a fun beach read. Perfect for summer!
                    kay´s last blog post ..Comic – Nonsense

                    • At 2011.06.19 15:23, Jennifer said:

                      This sounds like a really fun summer beach read and I just love the cover!!!
                      I have not yet discovered Go Fug Yourself but I am heading off to check it out now!

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