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Review: Lulu in La La Land

January 17, 2015

LuLu in La La Land

All down-to-Earth Lulu wants is for her high powered Hollywood parents to come to her eleventh birthday party so she conspires with her older sister to plan a spa-tacular party that no one, not even their parents, can resist.

Lulu in La La Land by Elisabeth Wolf is written like a screenplay because apparently everyone, even ten year olds, in Hollywood is writing one.  It’s told from Lulu’s point of view.  She’s an ordinary sort of girl, who loves science and baking, stuck in a superficial family.  She’s determined to do what it takes to get her parents’ attention.

As much as I loved Lulu for her practical ways, I didn’t love this book.  I thought the screenplay format kept me from relating to the characters and the story, so I didn’t feel fully immersed in it.  I think it gives mixed messages to young girls and I’m afraid they might pick up on the wrong one.  I have a feeling the target audience will enjoy this book more than I did – there’s already a sequel out.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2015 4:08 am

    I enjoyed the review.

  2. January 17, 2015 6:47 am

    Too bad about the mixed messages.

  3. Beth F permalink
    January 17, 2015 6:58 am

    I can understand what you said about the screenplay. I have trouble reading plays for the same reason.

  4. January 17, 2015 9:26 am

    Interesting, but now I’m curious about it! LOL

  5. January 17, 2015 10:49 am

    Thanks for the review…it does sound like a cute story, but I wouldn’t enjoy the screenplay format either.

  6. January 17, 2015 10:50 am

    It sounds like an interesting story. I’m intrigued actually because I love reading screenplays!

  7. January 17, 2015 12:43 pm

    It sounds cute, and the screenplay format is original. I’m intrigued!

  8. Patty permalink
    January 17, 2015 3:46 pm

    Oh well… I hate reading plays, screenplays, or anything like that…sigh

  9. January 17, 2015 3:59 pm

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your true thoughts about this book. I’m not sure how the screenplay format would be for me.

  10. January 18, 2015 1:40 pm

    This book sounds so good, so it’s a pity about the mixed messages. I don’t think I like the screenplay format either.

  11. January 18, 2015 4:27 pm

    If I were reading this book I think I’d feel the same as you. For one thing, I am totally not into books about ‘Hollywood Life” and the screenplay format seems a little like a gimmick. Lulu sounds sweet but I’d have to pass on this one.

  12. January 19, 2015 2:49 pm

    Sounds like one to skip.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    January 24, 2015 9:37 am

    I think I enjoyed this one more than you did!

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