Love: A User's Guide

Love: A User's Guide

by Clare Naylor
     
 

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Working for Vogue, Amy spends her days dressing waif models in London's latest apparel while fending off insults from the Gucci-garbed staff. Hardly the glamorous job she hoped it would be. But that won't stop her from fantasizing about the jet-set life she knows she's destined for—or the prince who's bound to redeem her from a less than glowing record in

Overview

Working for Vogue, Amy spends her days dressing waif models in London's latest apparel while fending off insults from the Gucci-garbed staff. Hardly the glamorous job she hoped it would be. But that won't stop her from fantasizing about the jet-set life she knows she's destined for—or the prince who's bound to redeem her from a less than glowing record in romance.

However, beneath her dreamy exterior, Amy has a sure streak of common sense. So when the impossible happens—and her path crosses that of London's hottest film star—she swoons with longing, expecting nothing in return. But Orlando Rock has other ideas. For Amy is just the kind of girl he's after—smart and witty, with a penchant for quoting from the classics, different from the daft supermodels and vain leading ladies he's dated before. Or is she? For with fame, fortune, and true love just around the corner, Amy's head is spinning, her jet-fueled imagination poised for takeoff. Is her love for Orlando stronger than her lust for the limelight—or is she merely fated to be the paparazzi's latest prey . . .?

Hip and hilarious, this enchanting, sizzlingly sexy tale of a winsome twenty-something caught between romance and reality will have you rooting her on through each outrageous mishap and daring plunge toward love. . . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A PERKY TALE OF A GLOSSY MAGAZINE FASHION ASSISTANT'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND."
—The Guardian
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The British Invasion rolls on, with permutations of Bridget Jones popping up everywhere, this time in Naylor's light-hearted and assured debut novel. Twentysomething Amy is a fashion assistant at Vogue, where she dresses undernourished teen models who "look like heroin addicts in bondage gear." Despite the Cinderella nature of her surprisingly unglamorous job, Amy remains staunchly convinced that fame and fortune are in her future. When she meets her Prince Charming in the form of gorgeous film star Orlando Rock, she believes that her dreams of romance and celebrity have finally come true. But then the hitch: although he returns Amy's affections, Orlando is determined to keep their romance a secret from the tabloids, escorting her only to out-of-the-way places not at all consonant with her ideas of the high life. Will Amy be able to forgive the screen god for merely loving her and wanting to be with her? Naylor hilariously details Amy's frenzied preparation for dates with Orlando while providing her with a lively supporting cast, most notably in the person of Amy's boss, who could easily do a stint on Absolutely Fabulous. She's also savvy enough to pepper the plot with the kinds of misunderstandings, complications and flies in the ointment that romantic comedies thrive on. Most importantly, however, she has created a comic heroine with a difference. A fan of Shakespeare, Dostoyevski and Ana s Nin, Amy's romantic expectations are glossed with literary allusions. With the sharply intelligent wit of a modern Elizabeth Bennett and the imagination of Ally McBeal, Amy is the best excuse yet for surrender (temporarily at least) to the Invasion. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A British debut considers the superficiality of stardom with quirky, careless charm. Amy's adventures, relayed in a bright, tongue-in-cheek narrative, begin with a fairly quiet weekend on the Dorset coast. Away from her pins-and-needles job as an assistant at Vogue—the impossible lure of that Prada skirt, the perfect waifish posing of the models, the Eurotrash cattiness of those in charge can really bring a girl down—jet-setter wannabe Amy has few expectations for her country respite, though she quickly learns that fate knocks on the door only when your face is covered in cucumber mask. While frolicking al fresco in the best-dressed sort of way, she's introduced to the impossibly beautiful Orlando Rock, leading man of every Bronte-Hardy-Forster film of recent memory. As luck would have it, the two keep bumping into each other and begin to date—even though, to Amy's horror, Orlando is just a regular Joe: more fond of beer than champagne, greasy spoons than celebrity hot-spots. Amy's hunger for glamour goes quickly undernourished, and she begins to dig her own grave. After a perfect vacation in Australia, she begins bragging about her liaison with Orlando, passing around snaps and relating the details of their love life for all and sundry to hear. Which makes her just the kind of woman publicity-shy Orlando is afraid of, having just divorced a media-slave wife. After a series of mishaps and confusions (contributed to in large part by Amy's evil flatmates), Amy leaves Orlando and hops on the 15-minute roller coaster of fame-by-association. The problem is that Orlando is truly in love with Amy, and she thinks she's probably in love with him, too—the real him, thatis. Lighter than marshmallow Fluff, but also fun à la Bridget Jones's Diary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449005569
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
First American Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

CLARE NAYLOR is the author of The Goddess Rules, Catching Alice, and Dog Handling, and the co-author of The Second Assistant with Mimi Hare. She lives in England.

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