Friday, July 31, 2009

Hollywood Is Like High School With Money

Hollywood Is like High School with Money --

From Real Simple: Author Zoey Dean first fed readers’ appetite for behind-the-scenes looks at the überwealthy with How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls (made into the TV show Privileged). Now she takes on the glitz and glam of the movie industry with nice-girl Taylor, who’s struggling to navigate Hollywood. When a group of mean girls terrorize her at work, she realizes that L.A. is eerily similar to the caste system of high school―which might be her way to the top.

From Publishers Weekly: Dean delivers another pop artifact in her latest riff on the Gossip Girl generation, this time dressing up the goings-on with a very Devil Wears Prada vibe. Landing a job as second assistant to Iris Whitaker, a Metronome Studios hotshot, sounds like a dream come true for Ohio native Taylor Henning, who naturally wants to make it big in Hollywood. But this fish out of water needs to learn quickly how to swim with the sharks, as Iris's first assistant, Kylie Arthur, would prefer she drowns. Thankfully, a fairy godmother appears in the fierce form of Quinn, Iris's 16-year-old daughter, who suggests Taylor follow her surefire high school rules: fake it till you make it; speak up in class; make one cool friend; and realize lunch is a battleground. But there are unforeseen consequences for Taylor, who remembers some age-old advice just in time. It's a slick little novel: catty, glitzy and just mean enough.

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