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Cat McAllister is turning twenty five (again), her birthday wish is to marry a rich man to supplement her depleted trust fund. A frivolous trust fund baby, she loves fashion and playing the role of an A-list actor. Although she now rates closer to the D- list she focuses on regaining the fame experienced as an infant model for Pampers. The diapers are long gone, as are the childhood sitcoms and television sets she grew up on.
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Cat has managed to collect loads of worn clothing from Hollywood's elite and the star from the 90s is always dressed to a tee. Even if her credit is shot and she's about to be homeless, she wants to look the part of money. Cat scams her way into red-carpet events refusing to release her facade of purpose and talent.

Her best friend India is a drag-queen who gets work doing shows, and listens with empathy to Cat's whining. Together they hatch a plan to get Cat a well-to-do-man who can ease her financial woes and give her the princess treatment she feels she deserves.

Cat hires an undocumented worker from Sri Lanka to be her personal assistant, almost working the poor girl to death. Banerjee, is not stupid just greedy like Cat. As she makes plans for Cat, she schedules her own A-list appearances and is soon working as a female escort servicing lonely, but very rich men.

Cat decides that the best way to get publicity is to throw herself a fabulous 25th year birthday bash. She learns, that a rich guy with a royal title is in town. Stephan, “Heir to the Throne of Westonia” is in her city and Cat plans on meeting him. Stephan is as fake as Cat, he's made up his title and legacy from pieces of information found on the Internet. They both create elaborate schemes, the heir to get himself invited, and Cat to get an invitation to him.

Cat misses her party because she goes home to change having worn a full body covering and head wrap, in hopes of impressing Stephan. When she can't find anything in her fashionista closet suitable for royalty, she heads back to the party only to find she is too late. Stephan has left and the tabloids print stories of the mysterious Cat who throws herself a party but is all but a no-show at her own gig.

One disaster down, and running head first into the next, Cat and the Stephan meet shortly after the party fiasco and he wines and dines her with credit cards and advances from sketchy sources. Cat and Bannerjee take their scheming to another level adopting a child to fit in with a group that is helping to give orphans a shot at a better life, by bringing them to America. Sadly, Cat doesn't have time for the baby, and Bannerjee is less interested in changing diapers than her boss.

Cat approaches her fake heir with a request for money to pull herself out of debt. He almost faints, coming clean and sharing that he has no money and that he is not royalty. He wanted Cat for what he believed she could do for him and vice-versa. Their lies sit in the middle of the floor laughing at their foolishness.

Bannerjee is deported back to her home country when social services are tipped off by concerned neighbors who feel the child is being neglected. Court records of Cat's text messages to her staff show her asking Bannerjee, “Do you think you might be able to feed the child, today?”

Cat tries to bring Bannerjee back to the states as she begins planning her twenty-sixth birthday party and wishing for better results.
Best part of story, including ending: I did not like the juvenile language of the story. It was not realistic.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Cat and Stephan both recognized that they were caught in their ridiculous lies.

Opinion about the main character: I disliked Cat's shallowness and how easily she took advantage of others.

The review of this Book prepared by C. Imani Williams a Level 13 Blue-Winged Teal scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   a criminal (definitely)

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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