Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre | Book Review

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Reading Group: M for Mature

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Given Summary: Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there's a new bad boy in town. Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him. From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me. Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.

Cover: The cover of this novel shows Summer standing in front of an empty field, but in the distance there are the flashing lights of paparazzi.  I took it as her walking into a new life of fame that the movie was going to being her, but you can tell by the way her hand is placed on top of her head that she's not super confident or comfortable with it.  I think that goes towards her attitude that even though she was a main character in a huge film, she didn't want to make a career out of acting, but she was willing to be in the lifestyle enough to be with Cole.

My Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.  I really like the two-worlds-colliding theme it had going on and the love-hate relationship between Summer and Cole because as I was reading I was impatient for them to get together, but at the same time I liked that it took a while for them to finally admit that they loved each other.  Also, the Rehearsal Dinner from Hell was such an ordeal.  In the grand scheme of the book it wasn't that big of a deal, it was a part of Summer's past, but the way the book led up to it with the little hints and everyone knowing before the reader, made it so suspenseful. Plus, the actual act itself was great.  I personally thought it was a perfectly balanced way to get back at a cheating fiancé because it was big enough that it ruined the night and definitely got the point across, but not big enough that it totally destroyed someone's life or seriously hurt them.  Both Cole and Summer were complex characters that were used to putting up fronts with people, but when they were together they were able to see the other person as their true selves and I think that was an important message in the book.  We all have different personas depending on our situations, but when you're finally able to find someone who can get to know and love the real you, that's the person you want to keep around.  

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