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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    A good beach read

    Veronica Czaplicki is a single, divorced mom to Ben. By day, she's a substitute teacher at her son's school, hoping to find a permanent position there. By night, well. her life is pretty empty in that area until she meets Jay, Haley Rush's manager.

    Veronica knows she looks like celebrity Haley Rush as she's mistaken for the star quite often. When Haley's manager, Jay, offers her a position to be Haley's stand-in (at $100 per hour!), how could she refuse? Veronica agrees to sign a confidentiality contract and just like that, she's part of Haley's life.

    Everything starts off pretty well for Veronica. Going to Starbucks posing as Haley, eating Pinkberry yogurt, pretending to talk on her cell. As more demands are placed on her, Veronica finds it necessary to avoid friends in order to keep up this charade. When Veronica is asked to stand-in for Haley on a "date" with former boyfriend Brady Ellis, Veronica soon realizes the consequences for her decision.

    Just Like Me, Only Better is a light, chick-lit read. Veronica is a very likable character. It's easy for the reader to understand why she decided to accept this position. As Veronica gets more and more enmeshed with Haley's life, her judgment tends to be a bit clouded, especially with Brady. Although the outcome of their relationship is predictable, Veronica is able to bounce back and find herself on a path to her happy ending.

    Going on a summer vacation? Remember to pack Just Like Me, Only Better. It's a good beach read for those lazy afternoons.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Very Entertaining

    What if you went everywhere and all people saw was how much you looked like someone famous? Thats what happens to Veronica, the main character in Carol Snow's book Just Like Me, Only Better. Veronica looks alot like a teen star by the name of Haley Rush, so much so that her manager talks to Veronica and gets her to "play" Haley for certain events and parties the star is supposed to go to. This is such a change from her post divorce life that she has built for herself and her young son that she has to share custody with. Along the way we learn that Haley is not the freshly scrubbed woman the girls in America think. She barely functions on her own, and has a army of people who all do things for her.
    The basis behind Ms. Snow's book is to show that although we might think that the life of a Hollywood star is perfect and lush, the reality is far from perfect. I like how Veronica befriends so many of Haley's staff and injects at least a little life into the star. I also like how she makes the agent, Jay, come out of his shell so much by the end of the book. There is a nice romance that brews between Veronica and a boy that Haley had once dated, Brady Ellis, but that ends up breaking Veronica's heart once again. The surprising thing is how the book ends, its not the way you might think, but its satisfying none the less. One good thing is that all the money Veronica earned while being Haley Rush is letting her move out of the depressing guest house she was in after her divorce to her ex-husband. In the end we can easily see Veronica as a happy, well adjusted person and maybe, just maybe, still enjoying the fact that once she was Haley Rush.
    This is a great book to take with on vacation or for a quick read. Also great for people to read and see that life inside the bubble might not be the great thing people think it is.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    Great light summer reading.

    This book is a great book to snag just before a long weekend. The plot is very light and funny, and it ends well enough. This book is nothing serious, it will not change your life, but its a perfect book to read while your laying out by the pool on hot summer days. The characters are very entertaining, and the lead character it portrayed in such a way, that you can relate to her, and wish you were in her shoes!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    Live the Hollywood Dream!

    It is said that everyone has a double right? Well, what if your look-alike is a drop-dead gorgeous blonde actress who can't go out because the paparazzi hound her every move both day and night? Hire your look-alike who in this scenario is a newly divorced, struggling California mother and substitute teacher. Veronica. Yes, Veronica is really struggling, hustling to work, be a Mom and driver of her landlord's always late kids.

    Yes, Veronica gets the opportunity of a lifetime, to pose as the star Haley Rush in order to give the real Haley time to have some private moments to do what everyone loves to do in public. But substituting for a hot star means the makeup, the clothes, the mannerisms all have to be duplicated as well. So begins this comically absurd scenario in which it turns out that the superstar's acquaintances, managers and others are initially experienced as a bunch of boobs who are manipulating a product and not a person. That's Hollywood, right?

    Romance begins slowly but then fans into a flame that may or may not sputter out at any moment. Initial perceptions t'aint necessarily true, and Haley's life is really a walking disaster, one step shy of having health problems from her wacky diet and far from what the real world values.

    Veronica after surging her way through this disastrous minefield begins to fall in love and really communicate with a few of the apparent parasites around the star. The end result is a lot of scenes that make the reader roar with laughter and others that give us much more of the Hollywood lifestyle that will either thrill or totally disgust the reader, with very little in-between.

    Just Like Me, Only Better is a light, funny, satirical romantic comedy sure to be an entertaining tale to many who want a real look at the inner workings of Hollywood!

    Reviewed by Viviane Crystal - April 14, 2010

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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