THE LIAR, THE BITCH AND THE WARDROBE by Allie Kingsley
292 pages, paperback
Available now (September 2012)
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
If you’re going to step on people on your way to the top, you might as well do it in stilettos...
Or so she’s been told. Lucy Butler, former wallflower, lands her dream job working for her idol, world-famous fashion photographer Stefano Lepres. But in a world where getting doused in coffee for not getting the order right is the new normal, she isn’t getting any closer to her ideal of being behind the camera herself. Then a superstar actress generously takes Lucy under her wing and teaches her the ways of the rich and famous—treating her to racks of designer clothes and introducing her to a life of private planes and penthouse suites. Soon Lucy is dating a rock star, attending the hottest Hollywood parties, and dressing the part. Lost in the luxury, she loses sight of the things that once mattered most. It’s going to take a hard blow from the high life to send Lucy back to the real life she always wanted.
Little Lucy goes to the big bad city and, after incredible persistance, lands the job of her dreams...well, not exactly. Personal assistant to her favorite photographer is better than waitressing, like her BFF, right? She's right in the action, she's meeting some amazing people, she's spending all hours running ridiculous errands...what she's not doing is being a photographer or being a good friend. She's losing herself.
Lucy's the typical wide-eyed, naive girl who falls into a crazy, over-the-top, super-glamourous life and completely loses sight of who she is and what she came to L.A. to do. But how could she not get caught up in the glamour of it all? When a mega-rich, infamous actress offers to buy you a ridiculously expensive wardrobe and whisks you away to amazing places, you do it. When an incredibly hot rock star nibbles your ear, you let him. When your idol drags you along to the most ridiculously incredible parties, you go. Don't you?
There are plenty of fabulous outfits, crazy sets and screaming divas of all flavors in this story but there's not a whole lot of depth. The only person we get to know well is Lucy and she loses herself in such a superficial world--one so far removed from the reality of 99.9% of the world--it's hard to really connect with her. But the craziness of that world is fun to peer at from the comfort of your favorite reading spot.
A fan of The Devil Wears Prada? Enjoy a bit of brain candy or light beach reading? Like a plot that's a pretty straight, well-travled five-lane highway with all exits clearly marked and no surprises? Then this book will suit you perfectly.
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