Monday, June 1, 2009

Traveling to Teens Blog Tour: Exclusively Chloe by J.A. Yang

Traveling to Teens

This review & interview is part of a blog tour for Traveling to Teens. You can win a copy of Exclusively Chloe by checking out the Travling to Teens blog here!

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 5/14/09

About the Book: (from Amazon): Chloe-Grace can’t help it—she’s spectacular. How could she not be with celebrity parents who have been the queen and king of Hollywood for years? And Chloe is a celebrity all unto herself as well— she’s the first celebrity-adopted kid in Hollywood. But now Chloe’s sixteen, and she is tired of every undesired moment of the world’s attention. She wonders what it would be like to be a “normal” kid in a regular school. To really understand it, though, she would need to go undercover. So after getting a “make-under” at the hands of her mother’s fabulous stylist, she enters the “real” world. But she soon finds out that there is just as much drama there as there is in Hollywood….

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, I admit it, I read the headlines on the magazines when I'm standing in line and I watch E! News. This book was a cute light read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a look into Hollywood, so if you know the names of celebrities and their children, you'll probably enjoy this book.

Chloe is relatable and even though she has a famous, expensive and fashionable lifestyle, she's nice and sweet and wasn't rich snotty girl, which I liked. I got annoyed that Chloe didn't seem to realize that Rachelle wasn't that great of a friend-she was the character that bugged me the most and she seemed to only want to be near Chloe because of her fame. Vicki and Jana on the other hand were great friends and I'm glad Chloe recognized their true friendship.

This book really felt like it had two parts-it was about halfway into the book before Chloe actually got to her undcover make-under, which I had been looking forward to reading about. It really seemed like it was two books combined into one-Chloe the famous girl and Chloe the normal girl. Because it took so long to get to Chloe the normal girl, the romance wasn't as built up as I would have liked. Jack was still pretty adorable though, even with the short amount of book time he was given. The ending also felt a little rushed-I wish there could have been more in the second half dealing with Chloe's normal life.

Since this was a pretty clean read-(Chloe does go out to a club, but she herself doesn't drink)-I'd give this one to younger teens or tweens looking for a book on the rich and fabulous. If you're looking for a light beach read that reads like a gossip magazine, I would pick up Exclusively Chloe.

J.A.Yang has slummed it in the valley with the Wakefield twins; slumber partied with Huey, Dewey and Louie; joined Krakow in stalking Angela; and climbed every mountain with the Von Trapps. Originally from San Diego, he's lived and traveled the world (okay, not all of it) in pursuit of that most elusive of targets -- inspiration. He's authored and published a book, written for online and offline publications, and maintained a variety of popular blogs on subjects ranging from movies and technology to personal stories and amateur musings. He's just wrapped up his second book, a fiction novel for teens, and is hard at work on his third one.

1. Chloe-Grace is the child of celebrities and is famous for being famous. There are so many celebrity kids right now that everyone seems to be watching. If you were going to read a memoir about a celebrity child, whose would you want to read?

Well, the craziest memoir would probably be Sean Preston Spears', simply because of how huge and crazy Britney and K-Fed's story has been. However, the most interesting to me would definitely be Maddox Jolie-Pitt's memoir.

I mean, this kid will have had a life right? Being adopted by Angelina, then getting a new sibling every few years (months), and also having insider stories about Brangelina. We could see what it was like to grow up as an international multi-cultural celebrity family as well as possibly shedding some light on exactly what happned on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. No brainer right?

2. What's the best magazine for all the juiciest celeb gossip? Do you read it proudly or do you keep the celeb magazine a secret?

Oh the best magazine is definitely US Magazine. It's the gold standard of celeb gossip magazines. It's not quite as salacious (or outright untruthful) as Star and fills its pages with iconic features like "They're Just Like Us!" or "Who Wore It Best!"

Oh I don't hide my celeb magazine reading a secret. Maybe before but nowadays it's impossible to pretend that you don't thumb through the copy lying on the coffee table, just because it's there. But I'm a proud subscriber and fan of US Weekly and look forward to every Friday when it arrives. "Research" you know?

3. Did you base Chloe's parents on anyone specific or are they a combination of famous actors/singers?

Chloe's Oscar winning actress mom and fading rock star dad were just constructions of my imagination. Visually, for Chloe-Grace's mom, I pictured someone classy and sort of unbelievably beautiful, like a Catherine Zeta-Jones. Her dad definitely has a constant five o'clock shadow and wears some outdated getups but I didn't have anyone's face in mind. So no, they weren't based on specific people or combinations of people.

4. Your life story is being turned into a made for TV movie and you get to do the casting. What actor would play you?

Well, keeping ethnicity in the picture, I actually have the perfect answer for this. There's this actor who's named "Jon Yang" and he's been my cyber-nemesis for years. See, his website is located at (thus forcing me to .org). I would want him to play me, out of loyalty to the name. And maybe that would also be his big Hollywood break.

Confusion would abound, Googling us would be even more challenging, and maybe in the process we could meet and I could ask to use his web address. Just a thought.

5. Chloe frequents Cartier and uses it several times as her store to escape to (I'm super jealous!). What's your escape store?

If I'm at the mall, I'd escape to the Apple Store, but if it's too chaotic there, I'll run into a nearby Ruehl. Not necessarily for the clothes but just because it's so dark and moody in there. I'd plop down on a couch and pretend to be engrossed in a magazine (I hope they carry US Magazine). A really honest answer is I would probably escape straight to the food court because nothing heals like fast mall food.


  1. Great review! & Happy Belated Birthday!

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