. . . Or so she’s been told. Lucy Butler, former wallflower, lands her dream job working for her idol, world-famous fashion photographer Stefano Lepres. But in a world where getting doused in coffee for not getting the order right is the new normal, she isn’t getting any closer to her ideal of being behind the camera herself.
Then a superstar actress generously takes Lucy under her wing and teaches her the ways of the rich and famous—treating her to racks of designer clothes and introducing her to a life of private planes and penthouse suites. Soon Lucy is dating a rock star, attending the hottest Hollywood parties, and dressing the part.
Lost in the luxury, she loses sight of the things that once mattered most. It’s going to take a hard blow from the high life to send Lucy back to the real life she always wanted.
From an industry insider—and featuring wardrobes personally selected by celebrity stylist Robert Verdi—this is a novel that will keep you guessing and introduce you to a world you know exists; you’ve just never seen it unretouched.
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Snarky, fun romp through the dark side of celebrity culture This book is a total beach read. Seriously folks, it’s the candy corn in your fall reading world. It’s like US magazine in novel format. At the beginning of the book all I could think was “Where was this book when I was 17?!” I would have LOVED it. As it stands my adult reading of the tale became more enjoyable when I decided to enjoy the good bits and ignore everything that wasn’t working – heck the author was, why couldn’t I? Perhaps that last line was snarky… But, this book is about 80% snark. It’s as if fashion, snark, and The Devil Wears Prada had a baby. That baby would be this book. Kingsley has a wonderful and entertaining voice when she’s writing what she knows or what she enjoys. Each chapter where in the heroine Lucy falls deeper and deeper into the celebrity-encrusted drug-laden world gets better and better. The characters are rich, the writing is sharp, and the exploits will make you want to rack your brain for the real celebrity Kingsley is talking about. But resist that urge to Google Kingsley’s previous life as a celebrity friend. Kingsley’s virtual life is tighter than Fort Knox. Even as a professional librarian I gave up the hunt. *Sigh*( I have a fierce hope Bella was really Brittany Spears…) Anyway – Between the nuggets of Pure Goodness there were some stretches of, well, not goodness. You can see where Kingsley is a new author in the following: 1. The Secondary “Friend” Characters were flatter than pancakes and non-existent except when Lucy ‘needed’ them. The friends Lucy pines for, wants to brag to, are generally stand-ins with which to measure her ‘celebrity life’ to the normal life of an L.A.young thing trying to break into the biz. To cut them would have strengthened the tale. They never felt real to me anyway. 2. Time Passage – Warning: There is no accounting for how much time passes in Lucy’s world. Chapters range from beginning either days or moments after the previous chapter to months later with a rare hint at how far we are apart. Don’t be surprised if you start a chapter thinking it’s a day later only to find that weeks have gone by! Using holidays, weather, time stamps – seriously, anything! would have moored the reader chronologically. It was frustrating not knowing the speed at which Lucy’s story was progressing. I did love that this read falls into the “New Adult” category. I personally would have eaten it up in the older teen/new 20′s space. If you love gossip rags you’ll eat this story up! I ended it excited to see what a second, more focused, effort would be from this author. With some practice she could be a great Chick Lit go-to. Rating: 2/5 Snarky, fun romp through the dark side of celebrity culture – A debut author to keep an eye on.
Allie Kingsley's debut novel is a clever, fun read with an inspirational message. Transforming from small-town girl to big city fashionista, I rooted for the novel's main character Lucy to succeed while she navigates her way through the cutthroat world of fashion photography. After completing her geek-to-chic transformation, Kingsley says it best, "Lost in the luxury, she loses sight of the things that once mattered most." This witty and fast-paced book skillfully balances the fun of fashion and outrageous antics with wisdom and positive insight. This book is a fashionable, literary DO - I loved it!
I was transported to hollywood during the time I was resding this book. A fun read and very relatable!