Oh! You Pretty Things

Oh! You Pretty Things

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"A Hollywood native from the wrong side of the Walk of Fame makes a play for star status" ( Cosmopolitan ) in Shanna Mahin's acclaimed novel, called "quite a breakout"  by The New York Times .

Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she's got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she's a dead girl walking.

Enter Jess's mother--a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter's downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade.

As a personal assistant for a famous (and secretly agoraphobic) film composer, Jess's workdays are now filled with shopping for luxury goods and cooking in his perfectly designed kitchen. Jess kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her intensifying urge to dig in to Los Angeles's celebrity buffet.

When her food garners the attention of an actress on the rise, well, she's all too willing to throw it in with the composer and upgrade again, a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications that could explode all her relationships.

All the while, her mother looms ever closer, forcing Jess to confront the traumatic secrets she's been running from all her life. 

Oh! You Pretty Things  is a dizzying ride at the carnival of fame, a fast-paced and sharply funny work that dares to imagine what happens when we go over the top in a town of gilded excess.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525955047
0525955046
Branch Call Number: FIC Mahin
Characteristics: 358 pages

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KHaney Jun 20, 2015

Compulsively readable in a Kardashian sort of way. #guilty pleasures!


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multcolib_rossb Jul 13, 2015

Think the people in your life are demanding? It won't seem so bad after you read this book's description of working as a personal assistant to celebrities in Los Angeles. It's stressful, awesome, ridiculous, funny, and even a little sad.

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bronteside
Jul 13, 2015

This may sound like a beach book..or a PEOPLE mag-like novella..but it's not.
The characters may live in L.A.
but their real-life counterparts exist across the universe.
Who doesn't know a Donna or Eva and their sickening grasp for power; their abuse of those younger or weaker; wielding that power with a firm amoral grip.
This young writer tells a morality tale, and while it may be wrapped in Hollywood tissue, it is an excellent read...unlikable characters and all.

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bluehydrangea
Jul 10, 2015

A readable yet flawed book with a specific sense of place: Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica. The broken mother-daughter relationship that I expected to hold the centre of the story didn't do that for me (it's more about friendship) & some interesting characters get used up along the way, without reappearing in a meaningful way (I missed them!). Uneven, entertaining, with a very high ick factor.

KHaney Jun 20, 2015

Compulsively readable in a Kardashian sort of way. #guilty pleasures!

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