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Raw: A Love Story

by Mark Haskell Smith

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Who knew how much fun it could be to read about completely reprehensible characters? In this satire of a romance novel, worlds collide as low brow reality television "celebrities" spar with--and eventually hook up with--high brow literary writers. No one is exempt from ridicule, and no one is particularly likeable. The reality star, for example, has more integrity than the book critic. There is lots of sex, a few drugs, and even a suspicious death. This book is recommended for public libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jun 16, 2014 |
Sepp Gregory is a reality television star who hasn’t read the novel he supposedly wrote. A San Diego beach volleyball bum, Sepp’s main attribute is his six pack. He’s a simple dude.

Literary critic and blogger Harriet Post decides that Sepp’s book, Totally Reality, is a harbinger of the end of society as she knows it. Harriet likes words and believes in the transcendent power of true literature. Sepp’s book isn’t literature, but it’s too well written for the amiable but clueless Sepp to have had anything to do with it, so Harriet does some digging and decides to uncover the ghostwriter and expose his identity. She does actually find Curtis Berman, an undiscovered Brooklyn novelist who has been well-paid to write Sepp’s book – and that’s when things take a strange twist.

Mark Haskell Smith manages to skewer reality TV (an easy target), the book business, and the current culture of both Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
This is a smart, contemporary, fast moving and extremely witty commentary on media and entertainment – and a great story. ( )
  Hagelstein | May 6, 2014 |
Raw is more than just reading junk food. It got me thinking by providing an unexpected view of reality TV vs. the "real" reality. Harriet (the literary blogger) is so determined to expose the ghostwriter of Sepp (the hot star's) book that along the way she finds her (educated, high brow) ideals brought into question. Could it be that she actually has things in common with the ghostwriter and even (gasp) the stars themselves? As the story unfolds you feel Harriet's exasperation and frustration as she finds herself in one bizarre/ridiculous/absurd situation after another. Sepp on the other hand is facing his own issues (remember the Viagra?). I wasn't sure if I felt sorry for him because he's just so dimwitted or if maybe he's the one who actually has the whole game figured out!

For the full review and more look here:
http://crochetnirvana.weebly.com/2/post/2014/04/raw-a-love-story-by-mark-haskell... ( )
  RobinBrz | Apr 29, 2014 |
Enjoyable, sharp but also surprisingly sweet satire of the worlds of publishing, book blogging, reality tv, sex and other pastimes which test our notions of what is real. Quite funny.
  Capybara_99 | Dec 29, 2013 |
Synopsis/blurb.........
Reality TV hunk and People magazine's "sexiest man alive", Sepp Gregory goes on a book tour to promote his debut novel, a thinly veiled autobiography. Not that Sepp has actually read the book, he doesn't have to, he lived it! The book becomes a sensation, a New York Times bestseller, and, surprisingly, it even gets rave reviews from serious critics. Aside from Harriet Post, that is.
One of the blogosphere's most respected critics, Harriet hears the host of her favorite, high-brow, radio show gush about Sepp's abdominal muscles on-air and fears the end of civilization is upon us. She takes matters into her own hands and sets off to reveal the truth behind the bestseller and to show Sepp as the buff fraud he really is. But then Harriet reads Totally Reality, Sepp's novel, and it's totally great. Now she needs to find Sepp's ghostwriter and find out why he's wasting his talent.
She finds him, appropriately enough, at the Playboy Mansion, where he's supposed to be interviewing Sepp's former television love Roxy Sandoval for his next, highly lucrative, project. Reality and “reality" collide, and a tragic accident sends Sepp and Harriet off on a sex-fuelled roadtrip through the southwest. The mind meets the body, and both will be changed forever. Raw: A Love Story is Mark Haskell Smith at his best, dangerously sexy and wickedly funny.
This was another book accessed via the useful Net Galley website.
Raw is the author’s fifth book. I read his debut novel Moist some years ago. Moist was tag-lined as....... a comic rampage through the polyglot gutters of modern Los Angeles. Moist revolved around a tattooed severed arm, Mexican mobsters, LAPD’s finest, a cannabis aficianado, a masturbation coach (yes, really) and minimum wage Bob, in a hilarious stew of murder, sex and mobster-style politics. My kind of book really. Two of his following three books made it onto my piles of unread – Delicious and Salty, but alas Baked has thus far eluded me, as Smith kind of slid off my reading radar.
So after a gap of maybe 6 or 7 years, I was eager to see how Smith’s latest panned out for me. Raw wouldn’t qualify as one of my typical noir or hard-boiled crime reads but was a comedic, satirical poke at celebrity and publishing. Absolutely hilarious in places, on several occasions I was laughing like a drain. Smith paints his likeable characters into situations that are absurd but at the same time believable.
We follow Abs-man, hot-reality star, Sepp Gregory on his successful book tour around the US. Sepp, amiable and easy-going is promoting the book he never wrote, whilst embarrassingly suffering erectile dysfunction as a consequence of the public break-up with super-hot, super-fake reality co-star, Roxy. All the women throwing themselves at Sepp and his equipment isn’t working!
We meet, Curtis his ghost-writer. Curtis, an un-published novelist in his own right, is miffed and angered at the plaudits being showered on Sepp for “HIS” best-seller. He’s conflicted, does he take the big bucks on offer for his next project – Roxy’s Magnum Opus shot at the New York Times Best-seller list, or does he try for some literary recognition for himself? That’s an awfully big cheque they’re waving at him.
We meet Harriet, serious book-blogger and critic, an unsuccessful, published novelist. Harriet has her own anger issues; the rise of the celebrity ghost-written novel endangers the whole of western civilisation as she knows it. If she doesn’t expose the charade, her and all legions of aspiring serious, novelists will have to look forward to is a future flipping burgers.
Lastly, we meet Roxy and her plastic breasts, back to exact more revenge and heap further humiliation on Sepp, whilst Curtis interviews her before penning “HER” shot at the best- seller market.
Fast and fun, our combatants collide at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion. Sepp with his parts back in working order ends up on another Reality-road trip with the unlikeliest of companions.
Verdict – savagely funny and satisfying with characters you care about. It’s probably time to dust off the other Mark Haskell Smith books on the pile.
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I accessed this via the Net Galley website. I believe the novel is released in late December. Highly recommended. ( )
  col2910 | Oct 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802122019, Paperback)

"Only an imaginative satirist can outpace the world's absurdity, but Mark Haskell Smith manages it with Raw, a super-fun, super-wild, and sneakily thoughtful take on American literary and entertainment excess."—Steve Hely, author of How I Became a Famous Novelist

Sepp Gregory, a reality-TV hunk and one of People magazine's "sexiest men alive," is on tour to promote his debut novel. Not that Sepp's actually read the book—he doesn't have to, he lived it! And everyone just wants him to take his shirt off.

The book has hit the bestseller list and is even getting rave reviews from serious critics. Aside from Harriet Post, that is. One of the blogosphere's most respected literary minds, Harriet fears that the novel's reception means the end of civilization is upon us. Determined to pen an expose on the publishing industry, Harriet hijacks the book tour and uncovers the ghostwriter. Reality and "reality" collide, and a tragic accident sends Sepp and Harriet off on a sex-fueled roadtrip through the southwest. Raw: A Love Story is Mark Haskell Smith at his raucous best, dangerously sexy and wickedly funny.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:51 -0400)

Sepp Gregory, a reality-TV hunk and one of People magazine's "sexiest men alive," is on tour to promote his debut novel. Not that Sepp has actually read the book. He doesn't have to, he lived it! And everyone just wants him to take his shirt off. The book has hit the bestseller list and is even getting rave reviews from serious critics. Aside from Harriet Post, that is. One of the blogosphere's most respected literary minds, Harriet fears that the novel's reception means the end of civilization is upon us. Determined to pen an expose on the publishing industry, Harriet hijacks the book tour and uncovers the ghostwriter. Reality and "reality" collide, and a tragic accident sends Sepp and Harriet off on a sex-fueled roadtrip through the southwest.… (more)

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