The first installment of the ""Hollywood Daughters"" trilogy presents a former child-star struggling not to be a has-been. Abby ""Cookie"" Baynes, 17 in 1942, despises the little-girl dresses and shoes her mother makes her wear in a desperate effort to ""keep her name before the public."" Abby, who knows that she will never again be the darling Shirley Temple-like star she once was, wants to dress her age, but her stereotypical stage-mother resists, promising that Abby's comeback is imminent. On her own, Abby becomes a chorus girl and lands a job as part of a touring USO show. In the end, readers are very nearly assured that Abby will be a comic actress in the tradition of Carole Lombard. Featherweight plotting, despite the heavy artillery of WW II in the background (and the inclusion of some of Hollywood's war efforts), makes this a pleasant, readable story. Abby's anguish as she comes to terms with her own talent and identity is very real; the setting, a focal point, is less authentic.