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Monday, July 20, 2009

Hollywood is Like High School with Money by Zoey Dean

Title: Hollywood is Like High School with Money
Author: Zoey Dean
Age Group: Adults
# of Pages: 278
My Rating: 4/5

Taylor Henning's dream is finally coming true! A film enthusiast who recently graduated, she is eager to start her new job as a second assistant at a popular movie studio. But when she realizes that her catty co-worker, Kylie, is sabotaging her, she must bring her down. So she begs her boss's better-than-thou daughter, Quinn, to help her win against Kylie so she can get the creative executor promotion instead.

Things are turning out brilliantly in Taylor's favour as she follows the one-lined lessons she received from Quinn through her iPhone. But what happens when the small white lies get a little too big?

First time reading a Zoey Dean novel, I was expecting something on the Gossip Girl level. A lot of drama, sex, and swearing; which I do not favour so much. But surprisingly, it was much better than I predicted.

Written in a voice of an eager and desperate young woman, this is a great summer read for teens and adults in the female demography. Taylor is not exactly a new character you see around the block, but is interesting enough to keep you wondering about what will happen next in her life. I thought how she asked her boss's teen kid for help was a little pathetic but amusing at the same time. It was a little sad to see a grown woman trying to take lessons on how to be "mean".

The plotline was not unpredictable and I was satisfied on how Taylor learnt her lesson. The ending, however, felt like it could have been better. But at the same time, I saw that it somehow fit together. I particularly liked Dean's writing style. You can really see what the surroundings are like in Taylor's eyes. Overall, I enjoyed my first Zoey Dean's novel and might actually venture into her YA series. Since her teen series, Privileged, became a weekly TV series, I think Hollywood is Like High School with Money can be a potential chick flick movie.

Recommended to movie buffs (there are lots of real celebrities referencing) and those who would like to read a "teen drama for the older audience."

Review copy provided by Hachette Book Group.

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7 comments:

Amanda said...

Hatchette Books sent this to me recently and they weren't supposed to. I'd never even heard of the book, and while the box matched my address, the inside packing label was to someone halfway across the country. I tried to write them, but they didn't respond. I'm not sure what to do about the book. I'm not interested in reading it, but I don't think I ought to give it away since it's not supposed to be mine...? Your review is the first I've seen of it.

Miriam Parker said...

Hi Diana, Glad this was generally entertaining for you. :) I am emailing Amanda right now.

Diana Dang said...

@Amanda: That's unfortunate! But good thing you have left a message; hopefully Miriam will get it cleared up!

towerofbooks said...

I love it when books reference things in real life (including celebrities) that I love. :P

Diana Dang said...

Actually, I'm the opposite! I don't really like when novels have real references. Well, I don't mind but I don't like it when the characters interact with real celebrities. o-o

wdebo said...

Looks so great!!

Diana Dang said...

^^