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Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin

Oh! You Pretty Things

by Shanna Mahin

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Easy, breezy, quick to digest.
A Hollywood version of "The Devil Wears Prada."
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  dcmr | Jul 4, 2017 |
Wanted to love.... Not for me.
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
so.... hmm. the author includes a fairly interesting acknowledgments section at the back of this novel. as i was reading her personal commentary, i kept thinking her real life story (which seems to be slightly woven into O!YPT) would make for an excellent memoir (along the lines of Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir), and probably be a better read that Oh! You Pretty Things. (sorry!) while there is definitely entertainment value to mahin's book, i didn't find it very original. it also felt a bit simplistic and clichéd. anyway, it's a quick read. i was left feeling like mahin has great potential, but missed some opportunities in her debut novel. for many, this will be worth your consideration for vacation or summer reading. ( )
  Booktrovert | Jun 11, 2015 |
I enjoyed this story of a young woman trying to find her way amongst A B & C list celebrities in Hollywood. It was not a deep read, but the story of Jess and her path from barista to PA for a spoiled movie star was well written and had characters I was cheering for. ( )
  carriehh | May 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525955046, Hardcover)

From a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow comes a charming and disarming tale of Los Angeles that navigates the fringe of celebrity excess from the other side of Sunset Boulevard.

Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she’s got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she’s a dead girl walking.

Enter Jess’s mother—a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter’s downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade.

As a personal assistant for a famous (and secretly agoraphobic) film composer, Jess’s workdays are now filled with shopping for luxury goods and cooking in his perfectly designed kitchen. Jess kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her intensifying urge to dig in to Los Angeles’s celebrity buffet.

When her food garners the attention of an actress on the rise, well, she’s all too willing to throw it in with the composer and upgrade again, a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications that could explode all her relationships.

All the while, her mother looms ever closer, forcing Jess to confront the traumatic secrets she’s been running from all her life. 

Oh! You Pretty Things is a dizzying ride at the carnival of fame, a fast-paced and sharply funny work that dares to imagine what happens when we go over the top in a town of gilded excess.

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