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The Reece Malcolm List - Amy Spalding Devan's whole life turns upside down when her dad dies and she's whisked off to California to live with her biological mother, Reece Malcolm. Suddenly, Devan's living her dream -- attending a top performing arts school, auditioning for show choir and the school musical and being taken on shopping sprees by Reece, a bestselling author.But Reece is kind of a private person -- a recluse, really. Devan starts spying on her to find out what makes her tick, and making The Reece Malcolm List: things she knows about her mother.The Reece Malcolm list was a fun book to read. There's a LOT of theater stuff -- which will be a huge draw for some readers -- and yet I wished the book had spent a little more time on the book's real characters and what they were feeling. In the whirlwind of callbacks and costume fittings, a lot of BIG issues are glossed over -- Devan's reaction to her father's death, the fact that her biological mom basically ignored her for 16 years, the fact that she was taken away from the woman who raised her.I did love the relationship between Reece and Devan, and the character of Reece, who's far from the picture-perfect mom that Devan may have imagined.Definitely recommended for fans of Smash, Glee, Fame, and musical theater in general!See review on my blog, YA Romantics