Hollywood is Like High School with Money by Zoey Dean

| 19 February , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

Lesson # 1: Fake it till you make it.

Twenty-four-year old Taylor Henning has just landed her dream job as an assistant at a major movie studio. But when her catty coworkers trick her into almost getting fired, she realizes that the old saying “Hollywood is like school with money” just may be true. The thing is, Taylor wasn’t exactly a social butterfly in high school-how is she supposed to do any better the second time around?

That’s when she meets her boss’s popular sixteen-year-old daughter Quinn, and has an epiphany: maybe this teenager can teach her how to use her queen bee tactics to succeed in the Hollywood popularity contest& soon Taylor finds herself winning the war against rival assistant Kylie. Until, that is, she’s directed to steal Kylie’s boyfriend, and something happens that’s not in the game plan: Taylor falls for the guy. Now she must do the impossible— harness her inner mean girl while staying true to herself.

Zoey Dean\’s novel Hollywood is like High School with Money is a light and breezy read – perfect for a warm summer day. A little bit lighter than Gossip Girl and not quite as fierce as The Devil Wears Prada, there is still enough glamour and cattiness to keep readers well entertained.

Though admittedly, not the most original theme, Dean weaves a very honest and engaging look at the life of a Hollywood assistant, including the many tactics often used to get ahead. Taylor is a rather appealing character, that will entice readers to keep reading just so they can find out how Quinn\’s lessons are progressing and what mess she\’ll get tangled up into next.

For fans of the TV show Privileged, aka Dean\’s novel, How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, and those looking for something along the lines of The Devil Wears Prada – this is the book for you. Teens and adults alike will enjoy Dean\’s novel – it is a perfect summer read – light, entertaining and filled with glamour.

Lesson # 7: No matter what, it\’s *never* your fault.

Available now: Hachette RRP$22.99

Tina

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