Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

by Jacqueline Susann

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ISBN-13: 9780802135193
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Series: Susann, Jacqueline
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author


Jacqueline Susann left her hometown of Philadelphia at eighteen and moved to New York where she acted extensively and won the Best Dressed Woman in Television award four times. But it was the success of her three blockbuster novels—Valley of the Dolls, The Love Machine and Once Is Not Enough—that transformed her into the Pucci-clad media superstar we remember today. Jacqueline Susann was married to producer Irving Mansfield. She died in 1974.

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Valley of the Dolls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 177 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over Sex and the City because 'Valley of the Dolls' came first. I'm usually not too into the trashy romance/soap opera genre but because Dolls is considered a 'classic' I decided to go for it. I am sooo glad I did. I LOVED this book...I LOVED the characters...I LOVED the NYC setting...I LOVED the plot...I basically LOVED everything about this book. I really invested myself into these characters and their lives...at one point I had a hard time falling asleep because I was so upset about what was happening in the book--haha! Truly, if you are looking for a book that moves like a soap opera but still has something to say, read this book. You will fall in love with the characters and may start to hate them too. My only regret is that Anne didn't stand up for herself!! And Jen was so sweet! So, put your goody goody pants away for a moment and enjoy this cult-classic.
angelgirl21 More than 1 year ago
This interesting stroy of three young women living in New York during the 1940's-1950's, trying to find their way in a new place. Anne,Jennifer, and Neely are tree young women who are making their way in the big city.They are very different in their personalities, Anne is a driven hard working girl who gets a job at Bellemy and Bellows who handle big important clients such as movie stars and actors. Jennifer is a young actress who is on broadway. She is looking for love in all the wrong places and ends up getting her heart broken a few times. Neely is the youngest of the three, she is a up and comming actress and singer and dancer who dreams of making it big. This book tells the story of how they stuggle in thier hard work lives and also with their relationships they create. They don't always have the best judgment when it comes to men. Anne falls for an older attractive man who she struggles to keep the relationship a float. Jennifer who gets married a few times and divorced also ends up giving up children and a happy life. She ends up compensating for this by taking pills and focusing on her looks. Neely ends up going from guy to guy she takes any man she wants and doesnt care if he is already taken. She has two kids with a husband that leaves her. Neely takes pills called dolls to help her function from day to day. She drinks too much and ends up in a hospital. Jennifer finally finds a guy but soon finds out she has breast cancer, she ends up killing herself. Anne is another story her life is mainly focused on her work. She ends up fallind for Lyon Burke. He is the biggest player in New York. She finally gets his to settel down with her and have a kid, but soon after he cheats on her with someone very close to her. She is betayed by her only friend she has after taking care of her for years. Anne is lost and doesnt know where to turn to, all alone in the big city. She stays with him for a while but soon gives in to the beautiful dolls that seem to offer a release. This book was very emotional, anyone who chooses to read this book needs to be prepared for some heartbreaking stories. Jacquelin Susann writes a heart driven story of these young woman who loses themselves while trying to find who they think they want to be. I enjoyed this story, but it pulled my heart strings alot. It was hard to finish I kept wanting to stop, but still if you only push forward its worth the tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Valley of the Dolls is a classic, written in a time when hollywood still had its secrets. When the book was originally released back in the 1950's, it was scorned upon because of it's content, and was viewed as a rebels book. However, it's enjoyable because it's raw and has truth to it. I recommend reading it with an open mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! We snuggled up in front of the fireplace and read to each other over warm strussel. The Castro Distirct is a big fan of the author's writings. Cheers - Teddy L & Partner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just in a word fabulous. Full of drama, it's better than a soap. The characters are as colorful as the glamourous world they live in. I especially loved Neely, she's a trip to say the least. The film intrerpretation in 1967 does no justice to the book, but Sharon Tate and Patty Duke do give it their best with the choppy script. The author is also in the film. The book is a MUST read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of alittle bit of everything, suspense, romance, betrayal, mystery, tradegy. Makes you never want to be famous.
ShelbyRose on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Brilliant. Best book i've read in a while. I was thoroughly captivated by the three main characters and the world they all ended up living in. The two nicest characters coming to an untimely end while the spoilt, selfish character lived on added to the overall brilliance of the book. Jacqueline Susann writes this wonderfully and i was unable to put it down from the moment i picked it up.
Amzzz on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Set primarily in the 1940s, this book covers how fame, power and money affect different women, and the relationships that they have with one another, and with men. Very hard to put down, but very depressing as well.
nikkitm on LibraryThing 23 days ago
The ultimate guilty pleasure which I felt was justified after it was serialised on radio 4. I laughed and cried and loved every minute.
SaraFist on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Fan-fucking-tastic. The ultimate summer trashy novel; I read it every year. Jacquie Susann popped out a roman a clef of the entertainment industries of her time, and though the characters and prose are laughable, it's still an absorbing read. Read it on the beach or the plane when you need a light distraction.
kepkanation on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Delicious, wicked fun!
bookweaver on LibraryThing 26 days ago
A classic cheese fest...but in the right mood, I still like it!
melancholy on LibraryThing 26 days ago
fantastically wonderful filth.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 26 days ago
James T. Kirk: You'll find it in all the literature of the period.Spock: For example?James T. Kirk: Oh, the neglected works of Jacqueline Susann, the novels of Harold Robbins....Spock: Ah... The giants.--Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeActually, although I blush a bit to admit it, I really relished reading Valley of the Dolls--which I basically gobbled down in one sitting--all 400 odd pages. Trash it may be, it's good trash--a compulsively readable, sometimes cheesy soap opera. With admittedly eye-rolling moments. And a voyeuristic vibe since you get the feeling characters are based on real people such as Ethel Merman, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. A blurb inside the cover from The Village Voice calls it "proto-feminist" and I can see that, even if more in a cautionary tale than girl power sense. This is set in the age of Mad Men, in New York City from September of 1945 to January of 1965 and was published in 1966. The "dolls" of the title are pills. The red Seconals, the yellow Nembutals, the "little green" Dexedrines and unnamed blues and blue-striped. It's the women, too--ambitious, beautiful, and hollowed out. The central character is Anne Welles. She comes to New York City straight out of Radcliffe determined to leave her small town New England roots behind and resists being subsumed by rich men demanding she give up her dreams for a career--only to find that the man she does want feels "castrated" by her success. Then there are her friends and roommates who are destined for success in show business. Neely O'Hara is only seventeen when she gets her first break on Broadway, and by the time she's twenty she'll be taking a rainbow of pills to keep her slim, keep her up and bring her down. Jennifer North, in her mid-twenties when the book begins, lives and dies by her face and figure. This is by no means a happy tale and quite cynical really. But Jacqueline Susann and her husband were both involved in show business, and many of the details in her portrait of it rings true enough. The books seems quite risque for its time; there are homosexual affairs, infidelities, mental illnesses, suicides, abortions, plastic surgeries and more. There's also a lot of the picture of life in post-World War II New York City that interested me--such as the near impossibility of finding a good apartment and how that little box called television changed the rules. The picture of a sanitarium in the book was particularly scary and surreal. And yes, I did care about these characters. So, even if I do find it hard to picture this book being read 250 years from now, no Susann doesn't deserve to be lumped in with the likes of Harold Robbins. Although, you know which Susann book I out and out adored when I was really young? Every Night, Jossephine! Her non-fiction book about her and her poodle. Yes, really.
mrn945 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Oh, the pretty little dolls. Or, it is creepy to call them dolls? After all, we are talking about drugs - uppers, downers, diet pills.Now, I'm sure most people have probably read this book at one point or another, or at least seen the movie version. Just in case though I'll give you a brief synopsis. During the 60's, three young girls become swept up in the excitement and addiction of fame and fortune in New York's entertainment industry. Noneof them end up unscathed. Multiple marriages, drug addictions, alcoholism, cheating and a couple of wanted and unwanted children later the group of once close friends has dwindled. They are more than a little worse for the wear and, unfortunately, not a lot wiser for all their troubles.Although this novel is as scandalous as it promises, it holds up surprisingly well considering it was written 40 years ago. Maybe it's not the best written book ever but the action, dialogue and intrigue of the novel is wonderfully fun. I still maintain that it would be a great summer indulgent beach novel, even after all of this time.
MelissaAnneS on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is a fast read, a book that takes us on the journey of a young woman making her way through many layers of New York, New York.
RebeccaLee on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Ahead of it's time! Great quick read but a little sad.
pinkcrayon99 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I was compelled to read The Valley of the Dolls after my mom asked me to order her the VHS tape of the movie. After reading a few reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, I decided that I had to read it. I was held captive in the Valley until the very end. I did not expect this book to be so ¿profound¿ and ¿current.¿ In the Valley of the Dolls the ¿fame monster¿ destroyed lives, friendships, and families forever.We begin the story with Anne Welles moving from small town Lawrenceville to the big city of New York. She soon befriends a young girl in her building, Neely O¿Hara. Neely and Anne become best friends instantly. Anne is the refined yet rigid New England girl while Neely is the young, vibrant, and immensely talented ¿discarded¿ teen. Anne lands a job as secretary at the famed Bellamy and Bellows Agency which represents some of the top names in show business. From Bellamy and Bellows, Anne engineers Neely¿s success and falls in love with Lyon Burke. While working with various shows both ladies befriend Jennifer North. The story is narrated by all three friends and you soon find yourself caught up in this whirlwind of drama.Anne comes across as the most grounded and well put together of the three but we soon come to realize that she is weak and failing in love. Anne had what seemed as the ¿perfect¿ life but she never had ¿peace of mind.¿ She made huge sacrifices in relationships but they repaid in hurt and pain. Neely was one of the most self destructive characters I have ever read about. She captures your heart at first but by the end of the story fame has eaten away at her humanity until she is unrecognizable. Jennifer was the most endearing of all. On the outside she had it all but her inner demons consumed her. The love affairs of these women were of rollercoaster proportions like their emotions. The drugs and alcohol that they all eventually turned to-to cope with their emotions gradually overwhelmed them. Susann tackled issues of sexuality, abortion, women¿s mental health, and women in the work place head on considering all were very controversial in 1966.The reviews I read prior to reading this book mainly focused on the ¿dolls¿ the name given by the ladies to describe their prescription drugs. The ¿dolls¿ were ever present but in my opinion the theme of the book was heartless deception and betrayal. By the end I was heartbroken. This book was heart wrenching yet well written and well paced. Highly Recommended
booknurse11 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is an amazing book. I really like the books that make you fall in live with the main character so deeply you feel her pain. This is it. I cried and I was angry for her. You follow her thru making it in the big city, to losing it ALL, and coming back again. I strongly recommend Shadow of the Dolls, its by a different author who picked up where J. Susann left off with Valley after she died. I was just as good.
ericnguyen09 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Given her background¿a television starlet, who didn't quite make it to the top¿it was impossible that Jacqueline Susann had written a novel. It was even more impossible that she had written anything worth reading. However, as it figures out, Jacqueline Susann didn't care about logic, and instead of the smutty predecessor of the modern chick lit novel, we get a socially conscious, audaciously feminist literary novel underneath the veil of a roman á clef in the now infamous and classic 1966 Valley of the Dolls. Chronicling the lives of three friends in a twenty year period, from 1945 to 1965, as they strive to reach the top in the social world of men, Susann's novel is stirring and beckons the reader to turn the page¿again and again. Yet most striking, and what makes its readers continue, are her characters: Anne, the plainly beautiful protagonist who just wants to make a life of her own; Neely, a small but powerful lady with a voice to match; and Jennifer, the gorgeous lady who wields her power with her youthful body, all of whom are drawn out so completely, in their flaws, perfections, and most of all their power and claim to it, that readers have not choice but to believe and most importantly care. Simply put, Susann is a masterful storyteller. Running through the plot are themes of woman empowerment, the ability to choose, and the disdainful society treat women who have mastered these concepts. Sadly, this is lost in Susann's legacy of shock and scandal and perhaps at her sometimes (very) unskillful and clumsy writing, or as Truman Capote phrased it "typing." However, in the same vain that Jennifer Weiner claimed that chick lit was an elitist term, perhaps holding and labeling Susann's novel as merely romance (which is it not for many reasons) and popular literature of no use for serious readers is an elitist practice that bars us from socially active literature such as this 400-page volume of a story.
moonstormer on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I know it's 'trashy', but I loved this book! It was so dark, and the brilliant thing is how it stands the test of time - despite it being written so many years ago, it is still relevant and fantastic!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, keeps you interested but the typos in this verion are awful. So much so that it's distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the. Most boring books I have read