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This volume kicks off a new series, Sunset High. There's nothing new here in terms of plot, but the setting will most likely appeal to young teens. Sunset High is a fictional high school in Beverly Hills, ""the only public school in an extraordinarily wealthy community."" It's ""stocked with tons of computers, twenty grand pianos. . .even a planetarium,"" and ""the very, very rich [send] their kids there."" This, of course, is the grabber. The kids at Sunset High know today's beautiful people. Their parents are agents, producers, directors, and actors. The kids are budding talents, and some are already successful performers. Enter Kristin Sullivan, small-town innocent whose family has just moved to Beverly Hills from Minnesota. How will Kristin adjust to Sunset High? Not to worry. Without losing any of her sweet, unglamorous ways, Kristin manages to star in a school dance video, catch the most popular senior boy, put down the school snob, and even make new friends. Intertwined with Kristin's activities are the stories of other Sunset High students, who will be featured in future books. Unfortunately, Nadia, the character with the most potential for sharing a truly glamorous life with the reader (she is rich and beautiful, and her father is a famous producer), falls short of expectation. In her desperate attempts to keep herself on top of the social heap, Nadia seems mostly a pathetic character--she fabricates wild stories about herself and then gets caught at it. She's not even the stock ""bad girl,"" since most of her schemes backfire. Nevertheless, the writing is competent and girls may well get hooked by Sunset High. A teaser at the end of the book introduces installment #2.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1985
Publisher: Fawcett/Ballantine