Sunday, August 9, 2009

Book Review- Hollywood Is Like High School With Money

I finished reading Hollywood Is Like High School With Money by Zoey Dean last night.

From the back cover:

Twenty-four-year-old Taylor Henning has just landed her dream job as an assistant at a major movie studio. Immediately, her catty coworkers undermine her, and she realizes the saying "Hollywood is like high school with money" is absolutely true. But Taylor wasn't exactly a social butterfly in high school. How is she supposed to do any better now?

Then she meets her boss's popular daughter, Quinn, and has an epiphany: Maybe this queen-bee teenager can teach her the tactics she needs to succeed in the movie business. The shrewd Quinn takes Taylor under her wing and soon she's racking up victories against rival assistant Kylie. But when Taylor is directed to steal Kylie's boyfriend, something happens that's not in the script: She falls for him. Can Taylor harness her inner mean girl while staying true to herself?

This was another midwest-girl-moves-to-the-big-city-to-try-to-make-it-big story. But I really liked it! I couldn't get enough! There was a unique side to this story, with Taylor asking the teenage Quinn for help.

I liked the characters- I thought for the most part, Taylor kept true to herself --until the promotion was up for grabs. But even then I could still see signs of her true self. And there was a time that I felt sorry for Kylie--like she used to be a nice girl but only became mean because she was trying to get her dream. And I had high hopes that maybe Quinn would turn out to not be such a spoiled brat--although that probably wouldn't have made for such a fun story.

Overall, this was a quick, cute read. It was gossipy and fun and some of the lessons Quinn gave Taylor ring true in the real world, as long as you stay true to yourself while following them!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for this copy to review.

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