My pick this week is:
Doesn't this look/sound spectacular?! I think so! (I LOVE the pink hair of the girl on the cover, and from the summary it seems like the main character has pink hair as well.) Plus, it's been receiving a ton of raving reviews since it's debut last August in Australia (some include Adele's at Persnickety Snark and Steph's at Steph Bowe's Hey! Teenager of the Year). Sadly enough, people in the US don't get to read John Belushi Is Dead until August 24, 2010.
Pink-haired Hilda and endearing punk Benji, both seventeen, have an obsessive hobby—they haunt the places where Hollywood celebrities have died.
In rundown Echo Park, once the hub of the movie business, they find the squalid apartment where a second-rate silent movie star stabbed himself to death with nail scissors. Its current tenant is Hank, an old man with a mysterious past.
While Benji dives deeper into the cult of celebrity death, Hank and Hilda make an unlikely pair. Then Jake the screenwriter turns up. What’s his story?
Kathy Charles has talent to burn and takes the reader into the heart of the movie world, and the shadows of our own personal histories. Hollywood Ending is a thriller, a comedy about the weirdness of growing up, and a wry love-letter to Los Angeles.