by Jordan Parker
Publisher: Jordan Parker
★★★★★ (5 / 5 stars)
The Hollywood Scoop, a wonderfully-written, fun YA/NA story that takes place in 1940s Hollywood, is told by sixteen year-old Joey, an amateur reporter and photographer who’s looking for the next big scoop. She stumbles across a mystery when a prized script is stolen from a big-time producer, and she uses some sleuthing skills, with the help of her best friend, Frannie, to find the culprit.
I really loved this story. It was a breath of fresh air to read, and felt a lot like one of those old AMC movies. The mystery sprinkled in gave it a Nancy Drew kind of feel. The characters were fun and believable, each of them having a bit of wit and charm. There was a lot of heart-wrenching moments, since this story takes place in the heart of the war. Joey goes through an emotional time because her brother, Anthony had been shipped overseas. Their relationship is amazing.
There’s also a bit of romance in this book as well. Joey is caught up in a bit of a love triangle between her, Elliot and Frannie. Elliot was a lovable character. The things he did sometimes didn’t make sense, but after learning a bit more of his background further in the story, you learn to understand him and why he did what he did.
The sweet HEA at the end will leave you feeling good. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading mysteries, Hollywood in the 1940s era, or just looking for a fun, clean YA/NA book, because this book has it all and more.