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Good-bye To All That: A Novel

Good-bye To All That: A Novel

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by Margo Candela

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When her Hollywood career goes haywire, a young woman must say good-bye to all that . . . or must she?

Raquel Azorian has worked her way from temp to executive assistant and is this close to a promotion to junior marketing exec at Belmore Corporation, the media behemoth she’s devoted herself to. She’s learned to play the Hollywood


When her Hollywood career goes haywire, a young woman must say good-bye to all that . . . or must she?

Raquel Azorian has worked her way from temp to executive assistant and is this close to a promotion to junior marketing exec at Belmore Corporation, the media behemoth she’s devoted herself to. She’s learned to play the Hollywood game—navigate office politics, schmooze the right people, avoid the wrong ones, and maintain a sense of decorum even in the craziest of times. All she needs is for her boss to sign her promotion memo. Instead of putting pen to paper, he suffers a very public meltdown that puts not only his professional future but also Raquel’s on the line.

Getting to the next rung on the Belmore ladder will require every ounce of focus, but that’s not going to be easy. Raquel’s mom has decided to leave her husband and move into Raquel’s apartment, and her older brother seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into depression. Raquel has to keep her job, stop her parents from divorcing, and save her brother. In the chaos of juggling so much, she finally reaches a breaking point: there’s just not enough time for everything or for everyone. She’s going to have to choose—success at work or happiness at home. But then a chance encounter at a bookstore café leads Raquel to start planning her own Hollywood ending . . . on her own terms.

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Publishers Weekly
Getting ahead in Hollywood poses a challenge for Raquel Azorian, a lowly marketing assistant at a major production company, and while she has ambition, energy, and smarts, the heroine of Candela's wry latest doesn't have a mentor or even a boss who can hold it together. Determined to chart a course that will save her job and yield a well-deserved promotion, Raquel goes Working Girl, calls on her few friends, and begins making big plans. When a sexy superior takes an interest in her, there's equal potential for success and disaster; meanwhile, her parents and brother have plenty of problems and lean on Raquel for help. Candela (More Than This) combines a cunning wit with a deep understanding of the office politics specific to the entertainment industry to create a frantic atmosphere and a near breathless momentum as the story barrels toward an ending that's anything but your focusgrouped happy fade-out. (July)

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Margo Candela has made a name for herself with her debut novel, Underneath It All, followed by Life Over Easy. Margo was born and raised in East LA and studied journalism in San Francisco. She lives in Culver City, California. Visit her at www.margocandela.com.

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Good-bye To All That 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Genna_Sarnak More than 1 year ago
In this cute tale of corporate hierarchies, failed romances, and the delicate intricacies of family relationships, the protagonist, twenty-six-year-old Raquel Azorian manages to navigate the L.A. scene in style. I loved the light and easy-going feel of the book, which make it both relatable and manageable at the same time. The writing is compelling without being redundant, and Candela does a fantastic job of creating well-rounded and captivating characters. On the cusp of a huge (and well-deserved) promotion from her job at Belmore Corporation as a marketing executive assistant, Raquel is forced to fight for her job after her boss suffers a very public mental breakdown. Never one to skip a beat, Raquel focuses her attention towards pulling herself out of the corporate catastrophe that could threaten her three years of hard work. At the same time, Raquel's overbearing (and insanely funny) mother, Marlene, moves in with her to reflect on her marital problems. Raquel suddenly finds herself in the midst of a work crisis, her parent's failing marriage, and her brother problems with his demanding wife. In what can only be described as painfully hilarious, Raquel struggles to maintain her sanity as her job, her social life (or lack thereof), and her family's issues all come crashing down on her head. Other characters not mentioned above include Raquel's crazy sister-in-law, Cricket, the southern-belle turned housewife, Frappa Ivanhoe, Raquel's best friend and agent to the stars (namely anorexic sisters, Cat and Cara), and Kyle Martin, the suave and gorgeous new vice president of Belmore who seems interested in Raquel. Overall, I would suggest Good-bye To All That to anyone looking for a quick, yet entertaining, and well-written book. If you've ever worked in an office before, you will crack up laughing at Candela's honesty and knack for recreating the trials and tribulations of office life!
Cicis_Theories More than 1 year ago
"Good-bye To All That" was my introduction to author Margo Candela and I must say, I am hooked! I really enjoyed my introduction to her writing. I really liked the main character, Raquel Azorian, she really is a quite likable character. Raquel is a very hard working woman, trying to make her way up the corporate ladder in a cut-throat industry. She plays by all the rules, written and implied. She does it all. She's a shoe-in for the promotion she's been eyeing. Who would have thought things would have gone the way they did. Even when her world started to unravel, she was doing all she could to hold it all together without breaking a sweat. Raquel's work life is pretty much her only life. Her family life, well...I think her work life is her only salvation from that craziness. Her family absolutely cracked me up. As crazy as they were, they seemed all too normal for this day and age. A constantly complaining mother, a retired father who finds other things to do so he doesn't have to deal with the constantly complaining mother. A brother trying to do the right thing by the now wife that he 'knocked up'. Raquel and her 'non-life, life' become somewhat of a distraction for her family and their daily dysfunction, especially so for her mother and June Cleaver wanna-be sister-in-law. Raquel is too busy hanging on to her career and any hopes of her promotion to deal with her family's domestic drama. I really like how they all kept her in the epicenter of it all and she did everything and nothing at the same time to keep them all happy. The way things went for Raquel at Belmore I NEVER would have predicted. Believe me...I tried! I thought I had the story nailed as soon as Bert began his little breakdown. Boy was I wrong! I never, ever would have predicted the outcome that Margo Candela so brilliantly wrote! Each character was so easy to envision for me. Who hasn't worked with a jerk like Randi Fuller? Oh my word, I wanted to punch him every time he came into a scene. I really didn't know who Raquel should trust as things started to get complicated for her at Belmore. I began to wonder if Kyle was setting her up or if Frappa was maybe stabbing her in the back. I knew that Randy Fuller was out to get her and get her bad, but I had my suspicions that there might be others. I was so relieved that what I had thought I had predicted turned out to be so far from what actually happened! I can't wait to see if Margo will continue with Raquel's story! I can totally see a bright future for Raquel and would absolutely love it if she encounters some of her Belmore pals along her way up! I have already conjured up scenes with Raquel and Kyle...we all know his marriage is a sham anyway! Wouldn't it be great to see Randy and Raquel cross paths again. Let's certainly not forget Bert, Matthias and Rory! "Good-bye To All That" was a wonderful read. A refreshing break from predictable, standard modern women's fiction. I highly recommend you grab a copy, get cozy and let "Good-bye To All That" take you out west to get lost in the inner workings of Hollywood and all the good juicy things you don't find on gossip TV! "Good-bye To All That" is a great book for book clubs to enjoy together, it will certainly leave you all with more than enough to talk about. I have to be upfront and say that due to some language and sexual content, I do not recommend this book for teens or those
Up-in-the-Fog More than 1 year ago
Margo Candela really knows Los Angeles, Hollywood culture, and corporate culture. If you like Robert Altman's "The Player," you'll like Good-Bye to All That. Her observations and phrasing are laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended.
s2kreno More than 1 year ago
The book was hilarious. Leading character Raquel is alternatively self-deprecating and snarky, running down her employer's stuffy corporate system but successfully playing by the rules nonetheless. If you have actually lived in LA and worked in a place like that you'll know that however over-the-top some of these scenes are they absolutely happen in real life. A fun little romp!
Crazy-for-Books More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: Raquel Azorian is a 25 year-old career-oriented executive assistant to Bert Floss, the bigwig at Belmore Corporation. When Bert has a meltdown at a meeting and goes on an extended "vacation", Raquel finds herself as the office pariah and is in serious jeopardy of having to find alternative employment. Throughout the novel, as Raquel deals with her career issues, her parents separate after 40 years of marriage and Raquel's mother moves in with her; Raquel's brother, Steve, and sister-in-law, Cricket, are having marital issues of their own; and Raquel has become entangled in a relationship of her own with a sexy higher up at Belmore. Through it all, Raquel's sharp wit and humor will keep the reader begging for more and anxiously turning the pages to see how her story will end. My Thoughts: In Goodbye to All That, Margo Candela has penned a fun and witty story with a fabulous lead character. Raquel Azorian. Even her name is awesome! She is a spunky character who doesn't take crap from anyone in the office - but does it in a very professional manner, which I loved! She wears skirt suits and pantyhose to work every day, addresses all of her superiors as Mr./Dr., and generally has control over her aspect of the workplace. That is, until her boss has a complete breakdown during a routine meeting, and Raquel is left to pick up the pieces. Because of her can-do, won't-take-crap attitude, she hasn't made friends with the new guy in charge. The guy whose present mission in life is to see Raquel's boss - and Raquel - crash and burn. But Raquel isn't going down without a fight. And she's got a few tricks up her sleeve. And it doesn't hurt that she's caught the eye of one of the higher-ups at Belmore either! During the mess her career has become, Raquel's mother shows up at her apartment, luggage in tow, announcing that she has left her husband, Raquel's father, after 40 years of marriage. Stunned, Raquel replies: "Left him where?". Raquel becomes the middlewoman between her parents, trying to help them piece their relationship back together. Additionally, her brother, Steve, is not acting like himself, so she is trying to get to the bottom of his issues, which she suspects have to do with his wife, Cricket. Raquel has a lot going on and something's gotta give. But what will it be? I have to say - the ending of this book surprised me. I really expected things to turn out very differently than they did. But, I was surprised in a good way. Some "chick lit" can be formulaic and predictable, but this one was definitely not that way at all. I loved it! I will definitely be checking out Margo's other books. She's going on my authors-to-watch list! I'd definitely recommend this one!