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A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream
Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying.
Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she's running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?
Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.
Readers will love every page of this funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.
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Top Ten Guilty Pleasures
- Ice cream
So cliche, but true! There are two awesome artisinal ice cream shops in walking distance from my home. Salt and Straw takes it to a whole new level with their bizarre flavors (Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese, anyone?), but to me, their classic Sea Salt and Caramel Ribbons is unbeatable. Across the street at Jeni’s my go to choice is the lemon frozen yogurt. They nail that balance of tart and sweet.
- Hotel pools
LA gets hot, hot, hot in the summertime, and it can feel pretty relentless, especially when the season lasts into November. I love a pool of any sort, but a gorgeous hotel pool, heated to an ideal temp, with a good friend, a stack of magazines or page turner ? Perfection!
- Target runs (by myself!)
No kids please! Let me wander the aisles and spend as long as I like contemplating towels and I’ll be a happy woman for a solid day–a Starbucks in hand is de riguer. Warning: all phone calls will be ignored during this walking mediation.
- Open houses
It’s so fun to check out other people’s taste. Fantasizing about what my life would be like if I lived in another house is one of my oldest and dearest pastimes.
- Estate sales
I live on the border of one of LA’s most stately neighborhoods. Many of the homes several blocks south of me call to mind old Hollywood splendor. Every now and then, when these estates change hands, the doors open to sell the contents. More often than not there’s a faded glory inside that hints at a rich and storied history. I just love peeking in!
- Planning vacations (I’ll probably never take)
Just yesterday I planned a Christmastime trip to Hawaii. I’d selected the perfect AirBnB–it’s walking distance to the beach and the funky surf town with authentic restaurants. Will I really spend the holidays in Hawaii? Doubt it, but planning is its own pleasure.
- In depth research on DIY projects (most of which I’ll never do)
Along the same lines…my most recent DIY ambition was a stock tank pool, which is basically a cattle feed bin converted into a pool (see above for more about my love of pools). By the time this particular obsession petered out, I had plans for a saltwater filtration system and sketches for surrounding landscaping. Sadly, I don’t think my landlords want a stock tank with eight hundred gallons of water in the backyard, but it was fun to think about for a while.
- The Original Farmer’s Market/The Grove
The Original Farmer’s Market on 3rd & Fairfax has been around since the 1930s. There are so many types of food here, from fruit stands to kimchi, and live music on Fridays. And right next door is an outdoor mall with a huge Barnes and Noble. I can spend hours here!
I’m all about a steam, a scrub, and a soak in the tub. One of the best things about living in LA is its diversity. There’s a huge Korean population, and the spas in K-town are meccas for those of us who like to indulge in a day of beauty.
- An evening of nothing but reading
I can be a bit of a hermit. Nine times out of ten, all I want to do at the end of the day is climb into bed with a good book. The book I most recently finished was The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn. Dunn’s first book, Big Love, was one of the inspired me to try and write my own novel, and her latest did not disappoint. It made me laugh so hard that I cried! Highly recommend!
A graduate of Georgetown University, LEILA HOWLAND spent five years acting in New York in everything from an MTV public service announcement for safe sex to a John Guare play at Lincoln Center, and was a proud company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. Currently, she is a school librarian in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family. Visit her online at leilahowland.com or on Twitter @leilahowland.
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- Monday, July 10th: Who R U, Review
- Tuesday, July 11th: Page Turners, Author Guest Post
- Wednesday, July 12th: The Lovely Books, Review
- Thursday, July 13th: YA Books Central, Playlist Post
- Friday, July 14th: Fiktshun, Review
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- Tuesday, July 18th: The Book Addict’s Guide, Interview
- Wednesday, July 19th: Book Crushin’, Review
- Thursday, July 20th: Across the Words, Dream Casting Post
- Friday, July 21st: The Reading Nook Reviews, Spotlight Post