Blondetourage, by Allison Rushby

All right, all right. I have to admit it – even for me, little Miss Uber-surly, this is all a tiny bit exciting. Just a tiny bit, mind you. I mean, even though I don’t watch the show, you always see bits and pieces of it on the ads, don’t you? You still hear about it on the news and from friends and stuff. And this is it. Actually it. The kitchen. Romy and Anoushka’s kitchen. The kitchen that millions and millions of viewers all over the world see when they tune into Rich Girls every Sunday night.

Ellie thinks she is the only person who doesn’t think the Rich Girls are hot. Sure, they might have their own reality television show, but surely Romy and Anoushka are over-rated. They are gorgeous, rich and have never worked a day in their lives. What’s so good about that?

Ellie is about to find out, because her mum, chef to the stars, has been employed to be their personal chef. Ellie finds herself first in New York and then in Paris, London and LA as she joins the Rich Girls’ entourage. As well as Elli and her mother, JJ, the blondetourage includes the television production crew, four other teenagers, and their tutor. Being part of such a group is bound to have its problems, but Elli soon discovers that even the rich girls are not all that they seem. Is being rich all that it’s made out to be? And could it be that Elli can help the girls?

Blondetourage is a humorous but insightful look into life behind the facade of reality TV, and deals with issues common to many teens, including friendship and a search for identity. It also has plenty of interest, with diverse settings and a range of teen and adult characters. Suitable for teenage girls aged twelve and over.


Blondetourage, by Allison Rushby
Random House , 2008

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