It’s my favorite time of the year! The 84th Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, February 26 on ABC and I cannot wait. If you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to take a look at all the talented actors, actresses, producers, directors, and more nominated this year. While I don’t consider myself a tried and true movie buff, I definitely watch my fair share of movies, from really bad movies with awful graphics to the silly and cartoonish. There’s something exciting about seeing my favorite celebrities all decked out in their finest, about moaning and groaning through the overly long speeches, and wondering how they are going to dramatize the “in remembrance” portion of the evening. Yep, I’m an Oscars junkie and proud of it!
If you’re anything like me, you may be interested in reading some fun teen lit that focuses on the glitz and glamour of the movies and celebrities. There are a plethora of great titles out there so read on to find out some of the highlights and be sure to add your own suggestions in the comments! Perhaps you want to make an Oscar themed book display or have an Oscar YA party. These books will help you bring on your own inner star.
YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks list is a great place to start. The 2009 Fame and Fortune list is a great resource to “read all about teens aspiring to make it big.” This list focuses on several of the talents celebrities are famous for including acting, music, and modeling. And to add to that great YALSA list, be sure to check out the 2012 Fabulous Films for Young Adults: Song and Dance list. Combining books and movies is always a winning combination for any movie buff.
Some other recent books that deal with the teen aspirations to celebrity include Brent Crawford’s Carter’s Big Break featuring a hilarious protagonist who gets caught up in the celebrity buzz when he is cast in a new film. Will he let celebrity go to his head?
Jenny B. Jones tackles another teen idol and God in her new release There You’ll Find Me. There’s a teen vampire movie, a teen hottie and a girl who is grieving the death of her brother. Not necessarily the most light-hearted celebrity book available but it does tackle Hollywood in a new angle.
Janette Rallison’s Just One Wish features a sister who will do anything for her brother about to undergo a surgery for his cancer and that includes sweet talking her brother’s idol into visiting him in the hospital. It should all be easy, but unfortunately the paparazzi have their own plans for this teen celeb.
Be on the lookout for Allison Rushby’s Shooting Stars, which comes out at the end of February and features a teenager who makes fast cash by taking pictures of celebrities. When she is forced to go undercover to take pictures of a teen superstar undergoing rehab, the main character starts to question if she is doing the right thing.
It’s impossible not to think about those teens who are forced into “celebrity” as is the case of Katniss and Peeta in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, a 2009 Teens’ Top Ten winner. This is fifteen minutes of fame that no one wants. And with the movie release so near, this makes a great read (if you can find it on shelves).
It’s impossible to forget that part of the fun of the Oscars is the dresses! Fashion is just as much a part of the Oscar experience as the stars themselves. There are several books that teens interested in fashion can pursue including Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris and Breakfast at Bloomingdales by Kristen Kemp. For some historical fashion related books there is, of course, The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen but there is also The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky.
For the amateur musician, be sure to check out Tara Kelly’s most recent release, Amplified! It’s all about making it big in the music world. Jasmine is very serious about her music and she has the talent to make it far if only she can overcome her fear of performing in front of others.
The Oscars are a great combination of fashion, celebrity, and music. If you have Oscar madness, these books will carry you through until the big broadcast.
— Sarah Wethern, currently listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and read by Wil Wheaton (!! And it’s good!)