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Beach Town: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews

Beach Town: A Novel

by Mary Kay Andrews

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excellent book. LA location scout goes to Podunk FL town for filming. Meets jack of all trades guy and after a lot of push and pull and a hookup, they eventually get together. ( )
  lhaines56 | Jul 29, 2017 |
Beach Town is a fast and delightful summer read. In a lightheaded manner the topics of money and power, commercial development, environmental protection and governance are all addressed. Combined with friendships and a bit of romance, this book was an easy to read and enjoy and I would recommend. I give it a 3.5 stars. ( )
  WeeziesBooks | Jun 25, 2017 |
I got this for a swap, and thought it was great because it has a lot of "wishers". I wish I'd read all of the 1 star reviews before I wasted my money & time on this dreck. Now I'm going to get about half of what I paid for it back. This is my first, and last, MKA book. I thought it would be a fun beach read about the movie industry, which I find interesting. It wasn't. It was more of a procedural book in the life of a location manager, working on the world's worst film, for the world's worst director, writer, & actors. Is Greer a total idiot, that she's always requesting "pages" from the script, but never gets them? Yet, she always manages to find perfect locations. One of the locations, a has-been casino, is perfect - to blow up. This makes for "conflict" between the leads. Except it goes nowhere and is pointless, like the idiotic accidents at the end. Pointless & boring. Speaking of Greer, could she be more immature? Running out on the guy after sex, saying she's getting ice cream and will be right back is so tacky and really unforgivable. She's 35, not 18 for goodness sakes.

Also, I was grossed out in her description of the "heart throb" rapper turned actor's severe acne, yet he was relentlessly pursued by a throng of young girls. Oh, and of course, he can't act and just wants to party. I was totally put off by the weird character names, like Lise, Eb Thibideaux, Greer (for a woman), Kregg, and Dearie for the protagonist's grandmother. I've heard of grammies calling people "dearie", but never as their name. Also, it's bizarre that she calls her mother by her first name most of the book. Why? She wasn't estranged from her. She loved and lost her. I can understand her calling her father Clint, though. But, even that's rushed at the end after the way, way over description of macular degeneration. Did we need to know all that? No. It was unpleasant.

Lastly, there's absolutely no chemistry between the 2 main characters, and in fact, their lives wouldn't mesh at all in real life. Did the backwards town, with all it's closed up shops grow on Ms. L.A.? Yeah, no. The ending is so rushed to wrap it up that it feels forced. But it's only fair because I had to force myself to finish this really terrible book. 434 pages of don't bother. ( )
  Fubarahh | Apr 25, 2016 |
Beach town by Mary Kay Andrews
Have liked the author's other works. Greer Hennessey is a ocation scout finds the perfect spot. Her mother also wants her to contact her father as she know with her health she won't be around much longer.
Her father had skipped out on them when Greer was a baby....
Ebin Timonio is the mayor and he's not really up on what they want to do with their movie. money talks though...
The movie event is leaked out to the reporters and she thinks the mayor did it, but they talk....
Anything that can go wrong does, even the weather. They each still stand strong about the casion building ...
Hot sex scenes. Good fun combination of characters that keep the action rolling...she's leaving early with the film crew and he knows she will never return...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Mar 15, 2016 |
There's nothing bad to say of MKA and her outstanding, entertaining books year after year. I never miss one and it never sits on my TBR shelf for long. This year I let two friends read it before me and I still finished before the summer faded! ( )
  mchwest | Sep 8, 2015 |
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