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Posted October 30, 2006
NO MATTER WHAT, GET THE STORY.
WHAT A GREAT CAT AND MOUSE GAME. JANE HELLER DOES A WONDERFUL JOB WRITING THIS NOVEL. ANN ROTH IS A YOUNG CELEBRITY WRITER FOR THE MAGAZINE FAMOUS. WHEN HER BOSS DEMANDS THAT SHE INTERVIEW HARDNOSE CELEBRITY MALCOLM GODDARD, ALL HELL BRAKES LOOSE. MALCOLM IS FULL OF HIMSELF, AND WILL NOT GRANT AN INTERVIEW TO ANYONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. SO THE GAMES BEGIN WITH ANN DOING ANY AND EVERYTHING TO GET HER STORY.
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Posted April 4, 2011
Posted November 4, 2007
Integrity's got Ann Roth down. As far as celebrity reporters go, she's rare. With honest, down-to-earth decency and sharp smarts, Ann's been top in her field for awhile. But according to her new sharp-nosed boss, these respectful and sweet ways no longer cut it. When he sends her on a mission to score a nearly-impossible interview with a reclusive Hollywood heart-throb and tells her to hone her 'journalistic killer instinct 'or else'' she goes for it. Unfortunately, 'going for it' leave her with cheesecake in the face, a failed assignment and an anxiety attack. Humiliated and jobless, Ann returns to her hometown to live with her mom, aunt and grandmother, three women with enough anxiety and phobias to set anyone over the edge. Luckily, Ann gets another chance to prove her journalistic killer instinct: the reclusive hollywood heart-throb she failed to interview first time around checks into a hospital in her home town. Hungering to prove herself, Ann signs up as a volunteer to get close to him. Up until now, SOME NERVE has been laugh-out-loud funny, fast and entertaining while it continues to be those things, here it also acquires some bittersweet depth. As Ann chases after the actor's story, she also begins to look closely at the other patients. Some her cynicism slackens, and Ann becomes softer and more real to readers. Not only does she fall for Malcolm, but she overcomes many of hear fears by providing comfort to the sick and needy. In her service to others, she begins to find herself. For me, this part of the book really transcended the fun and fast beginning 'which I also loved', and became bigger. Ultimately, Ann had to decide between her career and love, and it's a real mystery which she picks. While she felt like a fun friend before, I actually began to care about her character on a higher level when she's volunteering at the hospital and discovering herself. SOME NERVE is light-hearted and a fun ride, but deals with some issues that set it apart from other similar reads. All in all, I loved it, and will definitely be recommending it to friends-- four 1/2 stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Celebrity gossip columnist, make that writer Ann Roth takes pride that her work is above the typical fluff of her peers. Her current assignment is to obtain an interview with reclusive but hot actor Malcolm Goddard. He offers her one chance flying in his Cesna fear of flying Ann refuses, which infuriates her boss, who fires her.---------------- Stunned, she goes home depressed to Missouri to regain her equilibrium. Not long afterward, Malcolm checks into a Midwest hospital with a dangerous heart condition. Ann sees this as an opportunity to regain her position so she becomes a volunteer at the hospital. She begins seeing Malcolm every day, but he does not recognize her as the cowardly reporter. As Anne finds herself reaching out to the patients, who some are on a lonely death row she begins to fall in love with Malcolm. She knows she must reveal her vocation to him, but that means the story or the love.--------------- Though interesting to follow the antics of a defrocked gossip columnist, neither the deceitful reporter or the supercilious actor come across initially as sympathetic characters that begins to change when the patients open their eyes. Fans of Jane Heller will enjoy watching the cynical journalist and the arrogant actor metamorphose into nicer people while falling in love. The key being that the ambitious Ann would have chosen the article over the man, but as she changes readers will wonder whether she will select the story or the hunk.------------------ Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.