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Bloomsbury, 2003 - Bildungsroman - 239 pages
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Meet Viva Cohen- a teenage schoolgirl bombshell. Her bedroom walls are plastered with posters of silver-screen legends, and underneath her school uniform she wears vintage thigh-high stockings. Her best friends are a drugged-out beauty queen and an ageing rock star, and she lives in London with her gay uncle, Manny.

Viva spends her days gate-crashing gigs, skiving her exams and trying to live life as glamorously as her number one icon, Elizabeth Taylor. But then she sets out on a pilgrimage- in search of real love, experience and Jack Nicholson. Wicked-tongued, star-fixated, clever and restless, Viva is like no other girl - and this is no ordinary summer...

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User Review  - mjspear - LibraryThing

Quirky first-hand look at a young girl growing up in London. She's obsessed with movie stars and drama. She falls in love with a pop star (a marginal gender-bender) and then, in a triumph of sorts, at ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A punk London schoolgirl discovers some of the many things she doesn't know about life and love in a snappy first novel that's meant to tug at your heartstrings too.If Viva Cohen had a résumé, it ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Emma Forrest began her writing career as a journalist, contributing to the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph magazine. Her second novel, Thin Skin was published by Bloomsbury in 2002. Emma lives in Manhattan.

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