Apr 25, 2011

Beneath a Starlet Sky by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper

Beneath a Starlet Sky
Author:  Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
Genre: Fiction
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Expected Publication:  April 26th 2011

From Goodreads:

Lola Santisi—CEO of a struggling fashion line, reformed Actorholic and daughter of Hollywood Royalty—is now not only bicoastal, she’s Bi-Lolar: That is the condition which causes her to swing like a pendulum between the opposing poles of the fashion world in New York and the real world with her Doctor Boyfriend in Los Angeles. She hardly knows which shoe fits her anymore: the Louboutin stiletto or the Croc. As Lola tries to launch Julian Tennant’s new dress line, it looks like they’re about to get their next big break: his wedding dresses have been chosen to feature in the top film at the Cannes Film Festival. And suddenly Lola is staging a full-blown couture show on a yacht – in the middle of the Med.  Think those super models had trouble walking down the catwalks at Fashion Week?  With an unexpected finale twist, this time it’s Lola who’s tumbling off the runway.  

Having recently endured a disastrous break-up with Lola’s brother Christopher, Kate Woods, Lola’s BFF and CAA’s rising star agent, is newly single, and focused 24-7 on her clients. The only thing worse than thinking it was a good idea for Kate to date Lola’s brother, is thinking it was a good idea for Kate to put one of her most loose-cannon clients, Nic Knight, in Lola’s father’s movie. Among Kate’s other mega star clients is Saffron Sykes whose appearance on the cover of Vain magazine in Julian Tennant could be the difference between Julian Tennant, Inc. weathering the economy or going bust.

As Lola fights to survive the Cannes Film Festival, will she get swept into the French Riviera’s riptide of glamour and superficiality? Are real love and couture mutually exclusive?  Or can Lola have it all – the good doctor and her Louboutins. With her father and brother vying for the same prize, her mother starring in her new reality show, and one heartbroken girlfriend about to declare motherhood, it’s all on Lola to come up with the answers.  And it’s going to take more than one of her mother’s prosperity chants to save the day.


I really thought I was going to love Beneath a Starlet Sky because of my over fascination with Hollywood and everything that goes with it.  Sadly, I just could never care about the characters, and from there it was all downhill. 

It’s hard to really fall into a story when the characters are not great, and in Beneath the Starlet Sky I was hoping the characters would be much more than surface characters.  I have to admit with books about celebrities and Hollywood I go in immediately paying attention to the characters looking to see if they are all Hollywood clichés, and in Beneath the Starlet Sky they were.  I understand  that she was mimicking Hollywood, but I am always looking for something new and different.  I did not get that from this novel.  

One of the things I did enjoy in Beneath A Starlet Sky is the fashion parts.  I love fashion.  I read Vogue, I love looking at the new and exciting trends coming up.  I love buying that one thing I know that no one else will have, you know that slightly bizarre item that nobody I know wants until they see me wearing it.  I’m the girl in a group of friends that they want to take shopping with them because they know fashion.  It seemed sometimes like it would come out of left field and go on a total different path when the fashion was brought up, but I liked it because it took me away from the things that weren’t working for me in the novel. 

Overall, I would recommend this to someone who loves Hollywood with its’ clichés and all or fashion, but I would borrow it from your local library.

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