Published: September 4th, 2012 | Berkley Trade
Acquired: Publisher for review.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
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. From an industry insider—and featuring wardrobes personally selected by celebrity stylist Robert Verdi—this is a novel that will keep you guessing and introduce you to a world you know exists; you’ve just never seen it unretouched.My thoughts:
I was given the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review...
Lucy has her heart set on becoming a world renowned photographer & after she lands a job with her idol photographer, she moves to LA and begins her life.
But things in the city of angels aren't always what they seem.
Though the summary for this book was fairly on, it was also a bit exaggerated and made me thing that Lucy was completely delusional most of the time.
Lucy live with her best friend that we know nothing about because she becomes extremely busy with her new job. The photographer she loved and admired isn't really the guy she thought he was. And it takes things like him yelling, cursing, throwing his coffee at her, coke and physically hurting her for her to realize.
The life that Lucy begins to live actually bothered me and I lost all sympathy for her when she took her first huff of coke. To me, that was the defining moment of who she was. Someone who followed instead of lead.
The friendship she builds with the actress Isabella Blackstone, though a bit over the top, seemed genuine and even with craziness (actual crazy), I kind of liked her. And that she always seemed to think of Lucy even with her being a 'nobody' in Hollywood. Lucy's guidance counsellor, James, was there for her in the beginning. Helping her see the future she wanted to see, even going so far as getting her a camera. Giving her a little nudge in the right direction. Even if it wasn't right for her. Because he knew it was what she wanted.
I felt that he had more than just platonic feelings for her in the beginning and hoped there'd be plenty of time with him. Alas, there was not.
She had her head stuck in LaLa Land, believing she had friends that she didn't and dating a rock star she wasn't.
All the 'Hollywood' that was 'exposed' seemed a bit out there for me, that I just couldn't really connect with the characters or the book as a whole!
In my opinion the novel was about drugs, Hollywood, and one girl who took a very long and unnecessary journey through it all for the art of photography.