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JAMIE SUZANNE
Brooke And Her Rock-Star Mum


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Bantam Books, London, 1992
(price: 1.99; 138 pages)
(originally published in the USA by Bantam Skylark Books)

dedication: To the children of Rosie and Harry's Place


The blurb on the back:

A mum with a secret...
Brooke Dennis's dream has come true. Her mother, who has been living in Paris, is moving back to Sweet Valley. When she returns, Brooke's mother has a new family - and a new career. It turns out that she is Coco, the incredible new rock singer all Sweet Valley is talking about!
When Brooke finds out that her mum is the cool new singer, she's ecstatic - until she learns that she must keep her mother's identity a secret. Coco's agent thinks that if the public finds out that Coco has a family, it will ruin her image.
How is Brooke going to keep something so fabulous a secret - especially when all her friends are going Coco crazy!


I'm not sure that I'm in any way equipped to assess this. The Sweet Valley Twins series (this is book #55) is clearly aimed at 12-year-old girls and it feels almost paedophiliac, as a 39-year-old man, to be reading this stuff. Anyway, for what it's worth, I reckon it's dreadful, a really poor bit of writing. But maybe by the standards of children's literature, this is challenging stuff. I don't know. I'm not even convinced by the arguments:

Married rock stars, especially married rock stars with children, are absolutely boring. And the sad truth is that rock stars who are boring stop being rock stars.

Explain Phil Collins then.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
1/5


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