November 04, 2010

Review: Relatively Famous By Jessica Park

Meet Dani McKinley: A typical teen whose world is rocked when she finds out that her father is a famous Hollywood Action star. Now meet Mark Ocean: A self-serving actor with a floundering career who sees that a daughter is just what he needs to reinvent himself as a family man and get back on track. When the two decide to spend the summer together, they must not only wrangle their own love lives, but try to figure out who they really are to themselves and to each other.

Now armed with credit cards, club memberships, and a new wardrobe, Dani learns that what Mark has in wealth, he sorely lacks in parenting skills. Trying to show Mark that parenting is about more than loading her up with Prada bags and taking her to movie premieres is challenging enough, but she's also got her hands full with her new friends. Oh, and the boys... Dani meets Jason, a gorgeous young personal trainer who is easy on the eyes and wildly flirtatious. But is this smug hottie the one for her? Or will she ignore her friends eye-rolling and go for the goofy but sweet surfer?

While juggling her own complicated love life, Dani tries to set her father up with someone less likely to appear on a VH1 reality show, and someone more... well, normal. And age-appropriate. And dressed in anything but a thong bikini. But whether Mark is able to heal old wounds and move forward with anything more than a meaningless fling remains to be seen.

Can Dani fit in with this new, fast-moving California crowd without losing herself? With the world at her fingertips and hot boys now after her, staying grounded gets tough. And can Mark drop his egocentric approach to life and learn to appreciate how truly wonderful his daughter is? As driven as he is to get that A-list acting role, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get there, even if it means using his daughter. Or is he...? Mark and Dani's relationship hits a few highs, but the question becomes whether the lows are too much.

My Thoughts:

"Relatively Famous" was a sweet and entertaining read. It's a story about a young teenage girl Dani McKinley that is raised by her single mom who shows a lot of respect to her mom and her mom's boyfriend. Which is surprising, because let's face it. Teenage girls now a days, have nothing but attitude problems. So Dani is your typical teenager who has a best friend and both are a little boy crazy.

Then one day the carpet was snatch from under her feet when she began having paparazzi's chasing her and taking pictures and claiming her to be the daughter of a famous Hollywood actor. Whose movies lately has been sucking. LOL. So here's where the plot thickens. After going through her emotions of finding out her daddy is Mark Ocean. Hollywood's most handsome and available bachelor. She gets to finally know the truth that her mom didn't tell her.

Having just found out she has a famous actor as a father, he then wants to meet her but for his own selfish reasons. Now trying to improve his Hollywood image from a being a "Playboy" to devoted father, he begins to show Dani the life Hollywood has to offer. To which she adjusted quite well into.

What girl wouldn't want to have unlimited funds to her credit cards? So Dani is showered with lots and lots of material stuff, but she's lacking a emotional bond with her dad. To which her is practically incapable of, but Dani and him work on their relationship throughout the book. You see their relationship blossoming and well as seeing Dani growing and learning new life lessons herself.

This is a good book. I enjoyed it, from beginning to end. It grabs you immediately as you begin to read. Jessica is a talented author and I will be looking into reading more of her previous published novels. This is a definite Good Choice for Reading.


  1. I have enjoyed reading Relatively Famous, too. I hope Miss Jessica will write a sequel to it. Thanks for the review!

  2. You're welcome Lassie...I'll ask her if she's writing a sequel and get back to you.


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