cover image My Double Life

My Double Life

Janette Rallison, Putnam, $16.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-399-25262-4

When ambitious Alexia Garcia is given the opportunity to work as a double for rock star Kari Kingsley, to whom she bears a strong resemblance, she hesitates at first, not wishing to disappoint her protective mother, who struggles to provide for her and warns her about the pitfalls of fame ("Your self-respect shouldn't have a price tag"). But after meeting with Kari, she realizes that Kari's musician father, Alex Kingsley, is also her own absentee father. Resentful of her mother's secrecy and determined to meet him, Alexia packs her bags for Hollywood, where she trains to be Kari and falls in love with Kari's hot nemesis, singer Grant Delray. Unfortunately, Grant believes she is Kari, as does the press, which reports that Kari is cheating on her boyfriend. Alexia's voice offers an appealing mix of compassion and street smarts, as she struggles with her role as imposter and how to find her authentic self, making Rallison's (How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend) Cinderella-perfect ending to this frothy journey all the more gratifying. Ages 12–up. (May)