Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel by Lygia Day PeñaflorUnscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel

byLygia Day Peñaflor

Hardcover | August 23, 2016

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Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is "fiercely emotional," a young actress with "complete conviction," and a "powerhouse."

Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother's expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Lygia Day Peñaflor is a private academic teacher for young Hollywood stars. Her students have included the young casts of Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire, as well as I Am Legend. Unscripted Joss Byrd is her debut novel. She lives on Long Island in New York.
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Title:Unscripted Joss Byrd: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.62 × 5.78 × 0.86 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:Roaring Brook PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626723699

ISBN - 13:9781626723696

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really enjoyed this one but I had a couple issues with it. I thought that Joss's voice sounded too old for her age and I was a little confused about the time period, even with the modern day references thrown in. The writing to me made it feel like it was from the 90s rather than present day and that Joss was a least double her age instead of a pre-teen. But I really enjoyed the story and seeing how Joss grew up because of someone else's experiences in a sense. I thought the relationship she had with her mother was really interesting. It seemed as though at some points Joss was the mother and Viva was the child. I feel like Viva didn't really respect Joss and her choices but rather she just wanted Joss to keep making money for her to spend on ridiculous things. I understand it is a bit more complicated than that, but really not much. I think for me, the majority of what was keeping me from loving it was Joss's voice. I felt as though she was older and reflecting back on being 12 rather than actually being 12. As well, there were some reactions she had that made her seem really childish - much younger than 12. So I wasn't quite sure how to handle those either. I feel like this is especially true with the flashbacks that were both when Joss was starting out (at 5) and when she was reflecting on getting her current job. These flashbacks made me question just how old Joss was and why she sounded so old considering her age. Sure, she has seen a lot of things and been in an industry that causes people to age quickly, but I felt like she was in her mid-20s rather than a mature 12 year old. I enjoyed the story but I thought that the voice of Joss was off. It left me feeling like I was supposed to learn something but that missed me completely because of how she didn't sound 12. I think if she had been older, say 16 or 17, I wouldn't have had quite the same issue. However, the rest of the novel: Joss deciding that she's had enough of other people telling her what to do, realizing her power on set, and understanding that some people are just bad people, were all fantastically done. I really felt for Joss and Norah in this one.
Date published: 2016-08-31