As is the case with Kate Alcott's books you learn a little bit of history, get a taste of the times woven with a coming of age story that is ageless. This is doubly true of "The Hollywood Daughter". Jess is the only child of an up and coming studio publicist and a former movie theater ticket taker. As her dad rises up in the ranks Jess and her mom transform from ordinary to a Beverly Hills posh existence.
Jess becomes infatuated with one of her dad's up and coming clients, Ingrid Bergman and as her idolization grows so does Ms. Bergman's rise in popularity until the unthinkable happens. This is the Golden Age of Hollywood as it enters into the terrors of Senator McCarthy's witch hunt which destroyed lives, careers, families and almost destroyed Jess. This is the perfect coming of age story of a girl who tried to be a voice of reason when all around her there were cries of hate and prejudice.
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