Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Ending

by Lucie Simone

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ISBN-13: 9780615399096
Publisher: Simon and Fig
Publication date: 09/19/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

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Hollywood Ending 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LauraMoore on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Trina Stewart is trying to live the hollywood dream. She's not trying to become an actress but instead wants to be on the otherside behind the camera. Her 100,000 debt will prove that she's taken the necessary steps to get where she wants so why can't she find that dream job to get her where she wants to be. When a sexy neighbor moves in the vacant apartment upstairs but too bad he seems repelled by Trina.Unfortantlly the characters didn't invest too much important for me. I found them to be almost on the verge of annoying, and I couldn't stay focused in the storyline and plot I felt it kinda moved all over the place. I didn't enjoy the relationship between Trina and Matiu, it fustrated me honestly and felt their arguements were petty didn't warrant the outcomes that they did.On the up-side, I did find this book to be humourous and there are parts in this story that are laugh out loud funny. Lucie Simone definitely understands the chick-lit genre and this book has a little bit of everything, drama, hilarity, and romance. I wouldn't say you need to run out and buy this book, but it was worth a read, and i'm glad that I had the oppurtunity to read it.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing 22 days ago
How many hundreds or thousands of people leave their hometowns lured by the bright lights and possibility of stardom in Hollywood? Trina is one of those people. She's been in Hollywood stiving for stardom for the past ten years but her big break is proving amazingly elusive. While waiting, she teaches English as a second language, a job she doesn't love and which feels stultifying. But she can't give up her dream. At least things are starting to look up for Trina on the relationship front. She's met a attractive and available limo driver who is proving to be a big distraction and a delicious man has moved in upstairs from her too. Matiu upstairs is a Maori, in Hollywood from New Zealand to take some set design classes before heading back to his home and closely knit family. As Trina and Matiu navigate the treacherous and shallow waters of Hollywood wannabes, they face an assortment of mishaps great and small: identity theft, agent smarminess, superficiality, disappointment, and frustration. But despite all of this and despite their initial wrong footing, they also find love. What remains to be seen is whether they will each find the glittering Hollywood success they both want so dearly. The tone of the book is very light and humorous. Trina is an average everyday kind of girl while Matiu's whiff of the exotic adds interest to his character. The problem is that aside from his longing to go back to New Zealand and a small mention of the closeness of the Maori people and their dislike of subterfuge, there's not much reason to have Matiu be Maori. He could be any foreigner suffering homesickness, equal parts enchanted with Hollywood's possibilities and repelled by its seaminess. Most of Trina and Matiu's interactions are entertaining in their misinterpretations so while the ending doesn't come as a surprise (what romance ever has a surprise ending?), it feels rushed, especially given the reiterations of Trina's ten years in the salt mines before the book opens. And somehow, given all their misunderstandings and the short time frame of the book itself, I just didn't see a real and abiding love develop, more a hormone-charged lust that might or might not develop into the real thing. Most reviews I've seen have been overwhelmingly positive so while there was something missing for me, take a look at what others had to say. The book is steamy and has some graphic sexual content but would be a good choice for readers of contemporary romantic comedy and those who want something light and frothy to get through the cold winter days.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Having just read a fantastic chick lit by Adriana Trigiani, I was happy to review this chick lit book ,too. But, after reading Hollywood Ending, I was a little let down. Don't get me wrong, I did like it. Just not near as much. This one was little more "steamy" and threw me for a loop. The language was a bit more in this book, too.There is laugh out loud humor in this book, as Trina tries to find her niche in Hollywood. That doesn't happen though and she's "stuck" with a going-no-where teaching job instead of the happily-ever-after acting job she was in search of, seeking the attention of her new boyfriend, the limo driver she met when out with a friend. But what does Trina come against when the hot new neighbor, Matiu moves in? There's certainly attraction there. Will things heat up for Trina? Or is she destined to be a single, English teacher forever?While I wasn't totally "into" this book, there was possibility! It's not one that I would read over and over again simply because it was to "hot" for me and didn't fit my tastes completely therefore I can only give it 3 stars , but I will recommend it to those who enjoy those really steamy romances filled with humor, twists, and one crazy plot line!
shanaelyse on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Oh, this is really like 2.5 stars. I'm sorry. I don't savor publishing lackluster reviews of books. However, I wanted to like Hollywood Ending so much more than I did. Lucie Simone's inherent sense of humor is undisputed. I laughed at some lines where I least expected them, and I found that refreshing. Sadly, this book seems disjointed in areas and the character development is a little clunky. Trina is a bit one-dimensional, although there are moments, such as those where her family background is discussed, where Trina becomes more likeable and endearing. Matiu, Trina's love interest from New Zealand, conveys a beautiful Maori folktale, but I didn't find his actions to be similarly in-depth. Maybe I was hoping he would be more of a prince? The Hollywood ending occurs, but the journey towards it wasn't as rewarding as I had hoped. I do, though, hope Lucie Simone keeps writing, as I think she has a lot of potential--she could have a very powerful and popular voice in chick lit.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Some really fun elements here, and lots of Hollywood location-dropping, starting with an apartment that has a view of the Hollywood sign that taunts not-yet-employed-in-entertainment-despite-$100k-in-film-school Trina Stewart. Instead of working her way up in the biz, she's teaching ESL and lusting after temporary new neighbor Matiu Wolf. Matiu's from New Zealand and only in town for six weeks, so despite his attraction to Trina, he thinks it's not fair to get involved with her. Suddenly - and I wasn't sure why - he has a change of heart. Now he's pursuing Trina - and he's not the only one. This was cute, and light, and a fast read, but all the elements didn't come together for me. Trina felt overly needy and desperate, and then, she was totally confident? Matiu was a decent guy who didn't want to lead her on, and suddenly he's a semi-stalker? They both seemed more bi-polar and quickly swinging from extreme to extreme, than falling in love, and this was part of why I liked, but did not love them.
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anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
This is a Hollywood love story, ok well it's more like a story of two regular Joes looking to break into the business-but an ending with true Hollywood style. Trina Stewart and Matiu Wulf are both looking to make a name for themselves in Tinsel Town. Well trying to make a name doesn't pay the bills. Trina teaches English as a second language as her day job, but has been dreaming of breaking into the business for the last ten years-and according to her best bud what Trina really needs is a good man! Good guy, Matiu, is in Hollywood for six weeks to take a class and head back home to New Zealand. He is not looking for any entanglements just looking to build his resume with some Hollywood credentials. But all bets are off when Trina banged on his front door. Hollywood Ending is a really quick read. The story is easy to follow has a few surprises along the way. The language was a little stronger than what I normally read, but it added color to the story and characters. In the beginning of the book I wasn't a huge Trina, but mid-way through the story when Trina quit chasing after Matiu I really began to like her. Near the end, I felt sorry for Trina as she tries to figure out her heart. The end of story lives up to its title. I found I liked the book the more I read. I found this to be a fun lighthearted book. I can't wait to see what Lucie publishes next.