Once you move away from LA you realize relationships are not meant to be like this & therefore this book is not entertaining. But, this is a slice of LA, probably one that Steve has experienced & he/his pals thought funny made into a movie. That???s all it takes in LA, a ???celebrity??? with an idea???you get it. 2 ?? stars at the most. That???s because the protagonist slams the ???steve??? character, in my view.
Steve Martin's writing unlike his stand up comedy always seems to have a depressing and sad undertone. Yet I still enjoy it, its very real and he has a way of explaining the sadness in every day life. This is yet another one of those books that follow this pattern but I will always want to read them.
I like to read and always looking for a good book
Loved this book I think he did a great job on it I was interested the whole time it kept me guessing the end was something i didnt expect -
Was nice to hear the book version after having seen the Steve Martin movie version.
When you put the two together the story is more interesting with more depth and a deeper perspective that doesn't come across as well in the movie version.
Watch the film, read (or hear) the book for a full experience of what I think the author intends.
I was not impressed with this book. It reminded me to much of a high school essay written for english class. It was not what a expected from a comic great like steve martin.
I was able to get through this story, but it was pretty boring. I was hoping it would pick up at some point or have a good ending, but it just droned on.
It's been a month since I listened to this book and in that time what cream has risen has spoiled.
My lasting impression is I cared for none of the characters who's lives seem to revolve around sex and confussion. Is this life in Hollywood?
A tale of urban waste.
Listen if you wish, he does read it well.
I listened to this book in just two sittings. I loved Martin's story and his direct, deadpan delivery, which makes the bittersweet story funny and believable. I can't wait to watch the movie.
Steve Martin is brilliant at directing attention towards the small events that we glance over. Unfortunately, this talent also creates a liability: a book that has more value for its quirky insights than its characters, plot, or deeper meaning. While "Shopgirl" is an endlessly fascinating foray into the depths of Beverly Hills, and all the psychosis that exists there, the journey ends before you have a chance to be drawn to any of the characters in a meaningful way.
Don't get me wrong. This book is well worth listening too... but only because it isn't worth the time to read it. If you are having any difficutly making your choice, go read War and Peace, but listen to Shopgirl.