Goodbye, Hollywood Nobody, Hollywood Nobody Series #4  -     By: Lisa Samson
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NavPress / 2008 / Paperback

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Charley's off to Scotland with her new beau, and Scotty and her dad travel to Maine in search of Scotty's mom. When they land on her mother's last known trail, will their questions finally be answered?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1600062229
ISBN-13: 9781600062223
Availability: In Stock
Series: Hollywood Nobody

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Publisher's Description

Charley’s off to Scotland with her new beau, and Scotty and her dad travel to Maine in search of Scotty’s mom. When they land on her mother’s last known trail, will their questions finally be answered?

Author Bio

Lisa Samson is the author of twenty books, including the Christy Award–winning Songbird . Goodbye, Hollywood Nobody is the final book in the Hollywood series. Lisa is the mother of three children. To learn more, visit lisasamson.typepad.com.

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Lisa Samson’s Goodbye, Hollywood Nobody is a fun, teenage adventure with a sweet family side. As it completes the Hollywood Nobody series, concluding the story of Scotty Fitzgerald, an enthusiastic, bright teenaged girl who is learning to find both her identity and her motivations in God.

Scotty, newly reunited with her father, has abandoned the blogging and the Hollywood blur to go search for her mother, whom she’s almost certain must still be alive somewhere. Based on a tip from one of her father’s FBI contacts, the two take off for Maine to see what they can discover. Meeting a dead end, Scotty decides to help out at a children’s foster home down south, where she meets her nemesis once again and has to learn God’s lessons about change and forgiveness. Charley, her grandmother, heads overseas to seeking romance. But is there still a chance for the family Scotty didn’t think existed to be reunited?

Because Scotty has given up the blogging effort, the book’s overall presentation contains more prose, and the text less sectioned and broken up than previous books in the series. This, in turn, allows for fewer pop culture references. It is fitting because of Scotty’s development as a character and her realization that she doesn’t need to spend valuable time reporting on others’ actions, but readers who are accustomed to the smattering of celebrity gossip through the other books will note this as a change in style. However, other story points effectively fill in any gap that may have been left by this change.

As Scotty’s story presses forward to its resolution, readers will discover that her growing faith is refreshing. Even though the book is still considered Christian young adult literature, and contains many familiar threads from that genre, this story will leave readers both touched and amused at its conclusion. – Lyndi Markus, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. donaldmurdo
    Isle of Lewis
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    fun filled and relevant
    April 23, 2011
    donaldmurdo
    Isle of Lewis
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love this book. Can I just start by saying that. This book, while being the last part of a ‘Hollywood Nobody' trilogy, stands up very well on its own and is a fascinating and engaging read. I know that novels aimed at the teen market sometimes seem formulaic and deliberate, but this stands out as being a ‘good read'. This, like the previous novel in the series ‘Finding Hollywood Nobody' is ‘on tempo' and meaningful.

    You'll find this book with phrases we'll recognise used daily by teenagers - ‘ that sure is the truth', ‘it's pretty much the best I can do', ‘it's a start, right' and ‘this is totally not brilliant' being phrases early in the book. Producing a novel with well thought out characters with recognisable flaws is not easy but readers with a few quirks f their own will love this book. Young people with a passion for creating lasting friendships based on trust, responsibility sharing and love will adore this because it has something very special - an immediacy that others books strive for and fall short of. Youths who love to pick up books that engage, excite and stimulate them to create images out of a wonderfully rich and modern vocabulary will really take to this.

    It is a novel about looking and finding things about your parent's past and about clarifying things for your own future. It engages the reader with thoughts about prayer, direction and supportive friendships without being preachy, but does not fail to ask questions of its characters about life, good and bad, justice and mercy and reflects the fact that the answers are not always easy. Written in a zippy diary and journal style, it is engaging and attractive to read with its pacey and sometimes reflective narrative. At its heart it has a captivating story and characters who you cannot but help warm to for their eccentricities and affection for each other.

    It is a book that will get a positive reaction from teenagers because it is this type of book that fills a gap in the marketplace for literature with an affirming message. Not only would I give this book a ‘highly recommended' seal of approval, I would encourage readers to seek out other Lisa Samson books, look for other authors emulating her style and demand more books like this from your booksellers as teenagers need more books like this today - books that engage, enliven and challenge our young people to live a practical faith while expressing their God given individuality.
  2. Phillis Mitchell
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 23, 2009
    Phillis Mitchell
    I love this series--I'm a lot older than a teenager! My daughter-in-law loves them--nice to pass them to younger gals at our church. I do love this author.
  3. Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 25, 2008
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Sigh! Its the perfect ending to an amazing story. In Goodbye Hollywood Nobody, by Lisa Samson, Scotty and her dad are on a mission: find Babette, Scottys mom. But the journey to Maine only seems to give another dead end. Scotty pushes her sorrow to the back of her mind as she heads to the Red River Home for Children in Kentucky to volunteer, in search of ways to be more Jesusy. Seth Haas calls and mentions that his ex, Karissa, is in trouble. Scotty, in a very Jesusy moment, invites Karissa to the Red River Home, hoping that the actress might find God herself. Scotty loves the children at the home, especially baby Silas. She feels a connection to her mother as she holds the baby. God is good.Karissa shows up in a red convertible, toting enough luggage for a European cruise. The workers at the childrens home quickly put her in her place, but its not until Karissa carelessness causes a major accident that the actress wakes up. Can Scotty do the most Jesusy thing yet and forgive the Karissa for everything? Ever since book one, Lisa Sampson has created a story that tops itself. Where this one wasnt as funny as the first, its rightly so. Scotty is still as charming as ever, but shes discovering whats important in life. As she nears her eighteenth birthday, Scotty is proof that all a girl really needs in her life is a relationship with Jesus.Standing ovation.
  4. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 14, 2008
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This book was bittersweet for me. I loved it as much if not more than the other books in this series, but I have that nagging feeling that this is the end of the line for these characters and its like saying good-bye to a bunch of friends. This is one YA series that you should read no matter what age you are - it is not inappropriate for the younger crowd (my daughter Sarah - 12) and yet it is truly enjoyable for the mid crowd (me - 33) and the older crowd (my mother-in-law - 63). They are a good investment :-) Just as this book came in and I breezed through it and then my mother-in-law did likewise, Sarah started the first book. She couldn't hardly put it down and went immediately into the second book "Finding Hollywood Nobody". I expect her to be diving into "Romancing Hollywood Nobody" anytime now and I know she's thrilled that I have this last one so she won't have to wait to find out how everything ends. Basically my review comes down to this - I'm not sure I've read another series that I can so highly recommend to any age group - I totally love it!
  5. MJ
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 11, 2008
    MJ
    What a way to end the HN saga! So much has happened in the life of our Scotty Fitzgerald Dawn that it's hard to write a review without spoilers. GHN is the fourth and final installment of the HN series. This is a wonderful series that should be read by tweens, teens, and young adult girls alike. I actually doubt you could put an age limitation on the enjoyment found in these short novels. Scotty is just a girl in an interesting life trying to figure things out. She puts it well that she "seems to collect people". All around the US Scotty makes friends in different situations and she learns valuable life lessons from all of them.GHN answers some long awaited questions for Scotty, family, and friends. It ends in a perfectly adorable fashion. In this story, at 17 you can definitely see how Scotty has aged and matured. Scotty has always been mature in some ways, but very innocent childlike in others. It is from being around Scotty that people benefit and learn things about themselves. She is a good example of a person to be. I highly recommend the Hollywood Nobody series to anyone and everyone.
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