For those of us who live far, far away from Tinseltown, which is the setting of SO 5 MINUTES AGO, the rumor always has been that the people there are, well, not very nice.
Certainly, author Hilary De Vries does nothing to contradict that theory in this novel.
De Vries is an excellent writer, and she has a total command of her subject, the intricacies and nuances of the entertainment industry. These two facts, not insignificant, save 5 MINUTES from being a total bust.
It probably would have been difficult to place this novel in its totally distinctive setting and still write it with a sympathetic heroine--and De Vries did not manage to transcend this dilemma.
Her heroine, Alex, is boring as well as nasty--too, too bored, too, too jaded. As a result, her character is almost one-dimensional. Therefore, it was hard to engage in Alex's story, and that should be the primary goal of the author.
The plot, too, is thin, almost to the point of non-existent. Was there a scam that Alex, as our grown-up, 21st century Nancy Drew, singlehandedly discovered? And why would the reader care?
Ultimately, SO 5 MINUTES AGO is an inconsequential book peopled with nasty characters.
Only a fascination with the industry in which it is set--and which the author obviously knows well, knowledge which permeates every page--coupled with her lively writing style, make SO 5 MINUTES AGO even tolerable reading.