The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jesse grew up in Hollywood--her dad was THE publicist for Ingrid Bergman. And so Jesse was torn between her parents--her father tried to keep work away from home, since Jesse's mother was a strict Catholic who listened to priests call Hollywood evil.
A little too much of the idolizing Ingrid Bergman and antagonizing about growing up Catholic in Hollywood for my liking, but I know this adult book will have its audience. I enjoyed learning more about the Communism witch hunt and the silly rules that the commission imposed on the movies--three second kisses only! And so that's why the lovers pulled away to talk before kissing again. :)
The majority of the book is about Jesse's high school years, but the ending is all about confronting her past and going back to California to see her Catholic school before its torn down.
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