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Girl Stays in the Picture: A Girl Novel


Girl Stays in the Picture: A Girl Novel

Melissa de la Cruz begins another hot new series with GIRL STAYS IN THE PICTURE, the story of three women in the South of France who work in the movie industry. Devon is on her last chance with the film Juicy, which is supposed to be her breakout role. Livia can’t get used to her new slim self after lap-band surgery removed 100-plus pounds from her frame. Casey is thrilled to be spending her summer as Summer’s assistant for the movie. What could be wrong in the stylish and famous Cote d’Azur? 

While Devon is like many stars in People or Entertainment Weekly, readers will quickly sympathize with her. She is fresh from rehab and knows she has a drinking problem. But it’s not as bad as her mom’s, whose fragile episodes keep Devon hopping. The movie was mainly shot when Devon had to go to rehab the previous year, and in this new location with lots of new people, her character is being cut way down. As in cameos.

Livia’s father, who is producing the movie, is one of the biggest players in Hollywood. Now that she’s thin, her family doesn’t know what to do with her. Her mother keeps trying to force her to eat forbidden comfort food. She is happy to spend the summer with her high school boyfriend, popular Trevor, but he never talks about anything except how hot she is. Cutie French local Bruno is a friend from previous summers, and while they talk about the science fiction they both love, she realizes that maybe one person has seen who she is all along.

Casey was captain of her cheerleading squad, president of her class, and Homecoming Queen. Summer went to the same high school, but now has a huge chance at stardom with her role in Juicy. Her pop album did not do as well as Devon’s, but she is making sure everyone knows she is the Diva of Now, with hot actor boyfriend Jamie and all the right looks. Casey brings her coffee and picks up her dry cleaning while being treated like dirt. 

None of these three can find their footing or a way to stand up for themselves among several phony people trying to bring them down. They become friends as parties and the movie throw them together. As with de la Cruz’s The Au Pairs, friendship is the strength of the book. Readers will fantasize about yacht parties, movie work, designer fittings and all the trimmings of the luxe life in this glamorous setting. But the girls’ lives stumble as they make several mistakes and support each other toward happiness. While the setting is going to be realistic to few readers, these characters’ insecurities and the way they help each other may be more familiar. The ending clearly sets up at least another volume in what is sure to be another popular series for de la Cruz.


Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Girl Stays in the Picture: A Girl Novel
by Melissa de la Cruz

  • Publication Date: June 2, 2009
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 1416960961
  • ISBN-13: 9781416960966