Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hollywood is like High School with Money - Book #88

Title Hollywood is like High School with Money
Author Zoey Dean
Genre Fiction
Pages 278
Publisher Grand Central
Copyright 2009

Synopsis (from web-site)
Twenty-four-year old Taylor Henning has just landed her dream job as an assistant at a major movie studio. But when her catty coworkers trick her into almost getting fired, she realizes that the old saying "Hollywood is like school with money" just may be true. The thing is, Taylor wasn't exactly a social butterfly in high school-how is she supposed to do any better the second time around? That's when she meets her boss's popular sixteen-year-old daughter Quinn, and has an epiphany: maybe this teenager can teach her how to use her queen bee tactics to succeed in the Hollywood popularity contest. Quinn comes up with a plan to teach Taylor one lesson a week-everything from "Fake it 'til you make it" to "It's *never* your fault"--and soon Taylor finds herself winning the war against rival assistant Kylie. Until, that is, she's directed to steal Kylie's boyfriend, and something happens that's not in the game plan: Taylor falls for the guy. Now she must do the impossible-- harness her inner mean girl while staying true to herself.

Why I read It
I liked the title. Yes, sometimes that is all it takes.

The Good
Fun, well written, excellent flow, and even a little insightful.

The Bad
Think of any major romantic comedy that you have seen and you have got the plot. Good girl is being treated badly by the bullies, so she decides to become one of them and beat them at their own game. Just as she succeeds the truth comes out and her world crashes down around her. As she stews in the shambles that is left she learns she should have always stayed true to her inner self. It ‘s then that everything works out. You can be a good person and beat the bad people without being bad yourself – Cue the power ballad!

The Ugly (my opinion)
I actually kind of like romantic comedies (The Proposal was fantastic ) so the book was pretty good. I would be surprised if we don’t see it on film one day.

The Truth? (other reviews)
The Review Broads

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography
Zoey Dean is the author of the national bestselling A-LIST books, as well as the TALENT series. Her novel PRIVILEGED inspired the CW TV series by the same name. Zoey divides her time between Beverly Hills and several small islands in the Caribbean. She is currently working on the next juicy A-LIST novel, coming soon!

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