Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca "Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world's top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine.Read more...
Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca "Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world's top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes smoothly.
Bec quickly realizes that Parker's "accident" may not have been quite so accidental, and when the First Lady's life is threatened, Bec is determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with bitchy models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who are both vying for her heart.
Can Bec catch the person who's after the First Lady, solve the mystery of Parker's accident, and juggle two cute boys at the same time? "Blonde Ops" is a fun, action-packed romp through the hallways of a fashion magazine and the cobblestone streets of Rome by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman.
- ISBN-13: 9781250030399
- ISBN-10: 1250030390
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
- Publish Date: May 2014
- Page Count: 288
- Reading Level: Ages 13-18
- Dimensions: 8.56 x 5.77 x 0.98 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.81 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-03-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Thrown out of her sixth prep school for hacking its computer system, 16-year-old Bec Jackson is sent to Rome to intern at Edge fashion magazine, whose editor-in-chief, Parker Phillips, is a friend of Bec’s mother. In Italy, Bec is quickly put to work by a demanding managing editor. When Parker is in a near-fatal car accident, connected to a visit from the First Lady of the United States, former supermodel Candace Worthington replaces Parker as editor. Despite the presence of the Secret Service, Bec launches her own investigation into the accident, combining her hacker skills and nascent detective instincts (“Real detectives used a special black powder. I would have to make do with MAC Onyx Dust”). Bennardo and Zaman (the Sirenz books) offer a light mystery filled with fashion tips, entertaining dialogue, a pair of potential romances for Bec, and an alluring Roman setting. What this thriller lacks in character depth it makes up for with an energized pace, ever-shifting suspects, and an intriguing glimpse into the benefits and drawbacks of art and fame. Ages 13–up. Agent: Natalie Lakosil, Bradford Literary Agency. (May)