Just Like Me, Only Better

Just Like Me, Only Better

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by Carol Snow
     
 

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From the author of Here Today, Gone to Maui, the story of a woman who finally got a life...some else's.

Ever since Veronica's husband found the love of his life-not her-she's been a walking zombie with runny mascara. It doesn't help that she keeps getting mistaken for Haley Rush-the Hollywood starlet whose dazzling life is plastered on every

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From the author of Here Today, Gone to Maui, the story of a woman who finally got a life...some else's.

Ever since Veronica's husband found the love of his life-not her-she's been a walking zombie with runny mascara. It doesn't help that she keeps getting mistaken for Haley Rush-the Hollywood starlet whose dazzling life is plastered on every magazine.

When Haley's manager offers Veronica a job as a celebrity double, it only takes a moment before she says yes. Veronica gets to drive Haley's car, wear her phenomenal clothes-and have fun with her hot celebrity boyfriend, Brady Ellis. Too bad the job's only part-time, and at the end of the day she has to return to her life as a cash-strapped substitute teacher and cub scout mom.

But when real sparks fly with Brady, is it a fantasy come true or a disaster in disguise?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A divorced Orange County suburbanite's life gets a delicious jolt in Snow's superb romantic comedy. After Veronica Czaplicki's husband leaves her for a mega-rich realtor, she scrapes by, substitute teaching at her son Ben's elementary school and renting a guest house from an overbearing couple. In a fun twist of fate, Veronica's resemblance to young superstar Haley Rush (think: Miley Cyrus meets Lindsay Lohan) attracts Haley's manager, who offers Veronica $100 an hour to pretend to be Haley for photo ops. At first Veronica loves getting a makeover and “dating” Brady Ellis, Haley's hot ex-boyfriend and co-star. The good times, of course, can't last, and romantic treachery lurks. Snow (Here Today, Gone to Maui) turns what could've been just another single mom mope fest into a wonderfully witty reminder that celebrity always carries a price tag. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425232484
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
426,031
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Carol Snow a former contributor to Salon.com, lives in California with her family. This is her first novel.

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Just Like Me, Only Better 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
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.
Angelina Stipech More than 1 year ago
Mrs Snow never disappoints, great read. I could not put it down so I read it in one day!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Orange County, Hank Czaplicki informs his wife Veronica that he has found his soulmate in realtor Darcy DaCosta, a much older woman. Hank dumps Veronica and their son Ben. Veronica keeps food on the table for her and their son by being a substitute teacher at Ben's elementary school Las Palmas. However, thanks to the food coach of the Kitty and Katz show Haley Rush, the actress' manager Jay meets Veronica and realizes she is almost an identical twin in spite of running mascara. He hires her to pretend to be Haley at an easy $100 an hour plus bennies for photo ops. Veronica enjoys the attention and going out with hunk Brady Ellis, but each night she goes home to her rental and raising her beloved Ben. This is an intelligent tongue in cheek mommy goes Hollywood chick lit tale. Veronica makes the fun story line work, but it is the underlying theme of celebrities pay a deep price for their fame that grips the audience. With a charming twisting romance, readers will relish Just Like Me, Only Better as, like in Here Today, Gone to Maui, Veronica gets to play the part of someone else's more exciting life that makes her real life seem so boringly suburban mom. Harriet Klausner
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
When Veronica's husband leaves her for a woman who is rolling in the dough with her realtor work. Veronica is struggling with only a substitute teaching position, she has no idea how she is going to survive. When a young starlets manager sees Veronica, he is taken aback because of how much she resembles his client, Haley Rush. When he offers her $100 an hour just to pretend to be Haley for some photo shoots, she takes him up on his offer. It's fun at first but all good things must come to an end. I loved this book! I totally connected with Veronica because she's such a lovable character. This is a fast read so I suggest making sure you can read it all in one sitting because you won't want to put it down.