American Idle [NOOK Book]

Overview

Fame, a hypochondriac judge, stage fathers, insane fans, vote-rigging, the Indiana mob, dressing-room Botox, steamy sex between contestants, and a rap star who ?comes out? on live television -- When a rookie production coordinator transforms into the Face Behind Reality TV, can her ?real? life ever compete?

All Jules Vernon ever wanted was to feel like she was really good at something. Anything. With two over-achieving parents and a beautiful ...
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American Idle

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Overview

Fame, a hypochondriac judge, stage fathers, insane fans, vote-rigging, the Indiana mob, dressing-room Botox, steamy sex between contestants, and a rap star who “comes out” on live television -- When a rookie production coordinator transforms into the Face Behind Reality TV, can her “real” life ever compete?

All Jules Vernon ever wanted was to feel like she was really good at something. Anything. With two over-achieving parents and a beautiful best friend who sells adult toys for a living, Jules lives a lot of her life in the shadow of other people’s accomplishments. And after her fiancée dumped her three days before the wedding, she was almost resigned to staying there.

Almost.

But when she lands a job with a cheesy reality TV show and survives an executive producer with a split personality, a judge who thinks he has Bubonic Plague, conniving contestants, and even one of her colleagues’ attempts to kill her with bad mayonnaise, Jules thinks she may have finally found who she is and – even more exciting – what she can become.

(Plus, having three different gorgeous guys after her never hurts with the self-esteem thing.)

Filled with laugh-out-loud humor and biting observations on today’s Reality TV culture, American Idle shares one not-so-perfect woman’s struggle to find happiness and success in a not-so-fairy tale world, where the white knight may be the guy whose shoes you just threw up on and slaying dragons is part of your job description.
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Editorial Reviews

Betty Cox
"American Idle [is] simply fantastic. … Alesia Holliday has my vote for Chick-Lit Queen of the year."
Publishers Weekly
From Publishers Weekly
This humorous, over-the-top satire from first-time author Holliday is just as absurd as the television show it parodies. After being knocked unconscious by a celebrity chef wielding a cast-iron pan, 32-year-old media escort Jules Vernon decides a career change is in order. Jules has a tendency to discard jobs and lifestyles like old outfits, but she may have found the perfect fit in Pop Star Live!, a cheap American Idol imitation. Jules is pleasantly surprised to find
Huntress Reviews
"I'll warn you right now, this is a definite two boxes of tissue book; you'll laugh yourself to tears. Charming characters come to life immediately. This is without a doubt in the top ten books of the year."
Aleksandra Kostovski
Reality television meets chick lit as thirtysomething aspiring writer Jules Vernon takes a job as a production assistant on the reality talent show "Pop Star Live!" and calamity befalls her at every turn. A rejected hopeful sets off a bomb on the set, a date's ex-girlfriend dumps her in a fountain, and a contestant's crazed father kidnaps her. Amid the chaos, Jules starts a steamy affair with hot set designer Sam Blake. The fictional show's judges and producer seemed ripped from the tabloids, so
Jennifer Russell-Hill
"Ready for a smart, funny, totally entertaining contemporary romp? AMERICAN IDLE . . . has all the elements that are sure to make Ms. Holliday’s name pop up on bulletin boards all over the internet circles. A book you don’t want to miss, AMERICAN IDLE is one I . . . couldn’t put down until I’d finished it. Don’t miss this author’s debut book, because I guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot more of her."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013867246
  • Publisher: Alesia Holliday
  • Publication date: 12/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,251,525
  • File size: 912 KB

Meet the Author

Alesia Holliday is the funnier (and much cuter!) alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day. Alesia writes light & funny; Alyssa writes dark & twisty. Both love crazy plots, intense suspense, and characters you'd love to invite over for dinner.

Author's note: American Idle is in the romantic comedy style sometimes known as chick lit; told in Jules's point of view (called first person POV) and as much or more about her crazy life as it is about her romance. Thanks for trying my comedies - I truly love to make readers laugh!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Alesia Holliday Strikes Solid Gold

    I read this for a research paper on chick lit and absolutely loved it from start to finish. Alesia Holliday knows how to give you a heroine you care about then knows how to make you squirm with her or cheer for her every page along the way. I'm looking forward to many more titles from this delightful new talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Laugh Out Loud

    American Idle is a fun pick-me-up with plenty of laugh out loud moments. This playful sendup of the craziness behind reality TV was a terrific way to spend the afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    This one will win awards!

    The truth literally hits Jules Verne on the head, in the form of a cast iron skillet; it's time to find a new job. She jumps at the chance to be a production coordinator on the latest reality show, even though all she really knows about tv is how to turn one on and change channels. Despite this lack, she seems to fit in relatively smoothly among the assorted personalities on the show. The people behind the stage could make for a good comedy show themselves; between the Star Wars quoting Norm, the fit throwing Nellie, taciturn Joe, the British hypochondriac, Q who is threatening to come out on live tv, and Mr. You have my cell number, do NOT call me on my cell, Jules is kept hopping. Then, there are the contestants she babysits; a gang member, a country bumpkin, amorous maniacs, and possible mobsters. She also has a father on the verge of marrying a girl barely older than herself and assorted personal crises. There is a bright spot named Sam, if she doesn't lose him to a Barbie Clone or get killed by a disgruntled kidnapper. ...................... ***** I'll warn you right now, this is a definite two boxes of tissue book; you'll laugh yourself to tears. Charming characters come to life immediately. This is without a doubt in the top ten books of the year. *****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic charmer

    Jules Vernon knows she needs a new job when TV Chef Francesca hits her in the head with an iron sauté pan over sea salt. Her friend, Jerry of JB Employment finds her work as an assistant production coordinator on reality TV show Pop Star Live.................................. Jules quickly learns her job alongside two other PCs is too boring as the PCs audition the talent so that the three TV hosts can listen to a few select auditions before making any decisions on who goes Hollywood. After listening to over 400 stinkeroos in Seattle, the show travels to San Diego. A drinking party leads to Jules puking all over stage designer Sam, who handles her liquids with grace. As they trek to Reno and Columbus, incidents follow Jules everywhere including falling in love. Sam reciprocates as he wants Hurricane Jules at his side forever. However, she was burned just prior to the altar so will she want more than just around the United States in under eighty days like he does?......................... Reality TV fans, chick lit readers, and contemporary romance fans will appreciate the opening gamut of Dorchester¿s new imprint. The delightful Jules is the eye of the storm as she provides often amusing commentary on the world around her even as she seems to land in one fiasco after another. The support cast enables the audience to learn more about the heroine while the auditions thankfully are handled without readers having to suffer like the three PCs do. Hurricane Jules¿ effort to bring order to chaos, much of which is her making, turns AMERICAN IDLE into a fun novel............................. Harriet Klausner

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