Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Review: "Hollywood is Like High School With Money" Zoey Dean

24- year- old Taylor Henning has moved to Hollywood in the hope of pursuing her dream job- getting movies made. She lands herself a job as the second assistant to Iris Whitaker, a major player in Hollywood. Although she loves the fact that her job allows her access to great Hollywood scripts and insider information, she doesn't like the fact that her co-workers are snobby and try to get her fired. Taylor decides that she has to be agressive to get ahead in the business and she enlists the help of her boss' teenaged daughter, Quinn, to teach her how.

Just when Taylor thinks that she has Hollywood figured out, and that her dreams are within her grasp, everything falls apart. At that point Taylor needs to decide if she wants to be a player in Hollywood and lose everything that makes her herself, or if she needs to step back before she loses herself entirely.

"Hollywood is Like High School With Money" was cute. I could tell that Zoey Dean generally writes books for young adults; the plot was very "young". I found it to be a cross between "The Devil Wears Prada" with Anne Hathaway and "Mean Girls" with Lindsay Lohan. This wasn't a bad thing, it just meant that it was a little young for me personally. Overall it was a nice little read, with a satisfying ending, perfect for young 20- somethings with a love for all things Hollywood. Thank-you to the Hachette Book Group for this review copy!

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