The It Girl and Me: A novel of Clara Bow

The It Girl and Me: A novel of Clara Bow

by Laini Giles


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ISBN-13: 9780994734938
Publisher: Sepia Stories Publishing
Publication date: 03/09/2017
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

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The It Girl and Me: A novel of Clara Bow 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BirdhouseBooks More than 1 year ago
Fascinating novel about old time Hollywood - recommended! The It Girl and Me intrigued me from first mention. I love silent movies and used to belong to a silent film society in my city. Going into this novel I knew who Clara Bow, "the It Girl," was, and what her persona was like onscreen. What I didn't know was the very dramatic story of her life. This novel tells the story of Daisy DeVoe, a poor girl from Kentucky who ends up as a Hollywood hairdresser. She becomes friends with Clara Bow, a poor girl from Brooklyn who just happens to be one of the world's most famous (and scandalous!) movie stars. At its heart, this book tells the story of their friendship. It is at times rollicking and dishy, but also quite sad because Daisy and Clara seemed like they would (and should) be lifelong friends. The It Girl and Me is engagingly written. It is told from the perspective of Daisy, and readers experience old time Hollywood as she does. The author does an especially good job at delineating the different personalities of Daisy and Clara. The historical details are fascinating. I loved the sense of time and place in this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed The It Girl and Me, and intend to read The Forgotten Flapper by Laini Giles in the near future. I recommend this book highly to anyone who loves silent movies, old time Hollywood, the 1920's - 1930's, and to fans of well written, engrossing historical fiction.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I was not sure if I would like The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow. I am pleasantly surprised how great of a read it is. I was hooked from the first page and was intrigued all the way to the end. I did not know much about Clara Bow before and after reading this, I found myself googling her name to learn more about her. The author sure did do her research! Wow! I liked how she used Clara’s best friend and confidante, Daisy DeVoe, as the main character. I just loved Daisy and rooted for her throughout. Great book!! I highly recommend it and give 5 plus stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
First I just want to say that I had no idea that Daisy DeVoe was a real person when I started to read this book. I was looking forward to reading a fictional tale about Clara Bow. It wasn't until around halfway through when I googled Clara Bow and realized that this is based on a true story (yes I totally missed that this is a biographical fiction I just saw the cover, Clara Bow and knew I had to read the book since I love books set in the 1920s). Anyway, The It Girl and Me is a fabulous book, from the very start until the end. What really thrilled me about this book is how authentic it felt to read. From the phraseology to the way people behaved. This made the story so much better because it really felt like you were transported back to the 20s. To Hollywood and all the glam. But, it's now all roses and glam. It's actually a very tragic story in many ways. Both Daisy and Clara had to overcome much in life and their friendship was strong. However, Clara's desperate need for love and her love affairs damaged her career and her reputation. And, the consequences for Daisy are also grim. To be honest, towards the end did I have a hard time feeling sorry for Clara. Sure there were times when she was annoying in the book, but she was also very charming. But, her actions towards the end, what she did to Daisy. Well, that wasn't very nice. The It Girl and Me is a book you just must read if you like me love the 1920s. It's a fabulous book that gives a glimpse into Tinseltown. I particularly loved to read about the problems that arise when movies went from silent to sound. Clara's problem really made me think about Singin' in the Rain.