All Maddy Freed has ever wanted is to act. When the indie film she made wins her a special acting prize, she's thrilled but doesn't yet understand how much it will change her life. Then she catches the eye of Bridget Ostrow, a legendary talent manager whose biggest client is Hollywood heartthrob Steven Weller. Before Maddy knows it, her career has shifted onto the express track.
Bridget secures Maddy an audition for an Oscar-worthy role opposite Steven, and soon the two actors are thrown together amid Europe's Old World charm. Though for years there have been rumors that Steven is gay, it doesn't take long before their professional relationship turns personal. After the passionate whirlwind wedding, though, rumors continue to swirl, and cracks start to appear in their fairytale lives.
©2014 Amy Sohn (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
The parts of the book that have to deal with movies, agents, actors interacting with other actors, the mechanical nature of love scenes and Hollywood deals are really entertaining.
But, the central, overriding question in this actresses life is, by today's standards, ho-hum. We never really get a good sense of what drives this woman to seek fame, how she, without seeming to care, screws over a lot of people, but still thinks highly of herself. Narrator kind of makes the woman a little too sympathetic, but she still does a great job.
Narrator is so good I thought there were three or four different people doing it and, like all the good ones, she keeps it moving along, even when it starts to drag.
Still, I spend hours in the car and, I must admit, this book made them fly by.
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