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Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor

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I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars

I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Joss Byrd is a young actress whose life is far from the glitz and glamour that one might expect of a Hollywood starlet. As she films her latest project, an indie film called The Locals, she comes to realize a few things about Hollywood….and herself.

I read this book in one day. I got so engrossed in the story that I completely lost track of time and just blew right through it. Joss Byrd is a wonderful character who just about anyone could relate to. Although a young star on the rise, her character is so grounded and mature beyond her years while still having the naivety one would expect for a girl her age . You really feel for her having to deal with being the money maker for the family at the young age of 12 while at the same time struggling with the pressures of Hollywood and having to keep a secret that could cost her the career that her mother longs for her to have. As far as the relationship between her and her mother, that can only be described as complicated. Not a terribly likeable character, her mother seems to think she’s doing things that are in her daughters best interest. I personally didn’t care for her and had a hard time finding anything redeeming  about Viva, but without her the story wouldn’t have been the same.

It’s easy to believe that the author has worked with young Hollywood stars. The story was well written and realistic with characters that seemed all too real. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this book.

Total pages: 211, paperback

Available on Amazon at the link below:

Unscripted Joss Byrd

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