Finding Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson
Hats off to Lisa Samson for tackling some difficult teenage issues with style and yet not compromising with today’s morals, or rather lack of morals. Samson’s book is very culturally relevant and yet allows no question that Jesus is the only answer.
I read Hollywood Nobody a while back and really enjoyed the fast paced story of Scotty and Charley—on the road, involved with hip-Hollywood personalities, lots of mystery and excitement, all the while both with their own unique style. Samson created characters I had no problem welcoming into my reading experience.
Finding Hollywood Nobody offers the same approach—we are privy to Scotty’s blog, her diary and the thoughts tumbling around in her head. Only this time we are aware that Charley is not really her mother, but her grandmother. There is a new location and Scotty’s nemesis, Karissa Bonano is still around. The man of her dreams, Seth Haas is still in touch, but continues to see her as a little sister he never had. And the “Biker Guy” who’s kept Scotty and Charley on the run is back, continuing to pursue , getting closer. At the same time, Scotty is being pursued by the LORD and learning slowly draw closer to Jesus.
Being a homeschooling mom, I am cringing at Scotty’s approach to education, but given the lifestyle and parental figure she has it is not surprising. I think it confirms that children are natural learners and rarely are satisfied with being average, unless trained to be. I have to admit, I just want to grab hold of Scotty and give her a little guidance. Samson does offer a character who does just that with Scotty—who always manages to find the best people on earth. Being a blogger, I love that Scotty blogs. Charley is a bit lax in her checking up on her teen, but Charley is an old hippy and that fits her personality. Being a Christian I can attest to the fact that God will always present Himself and offer opportunities to draw someone to Him.
This book is tagged as a Young Adult read, but it kept this more than middle-aged mommy blogger engaged. Twists and turns keep the book moving and of course Ms. Samson leaves us hanging at the best part—and impatiently awaiting the third book in the series—Romancing Hollywood Nobody, due out July of this year.
I received this book as a blog tour book and the press release information and an interview with the author is here.