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Title: Killing Monica
Author: Candace Bushnell
Pandy “PJ” Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt something different: a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy’s publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica-as does her greedy husband, Jonny, who’s gone deeply in debt to finance his new restaurant in Las Vegas.
When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself. But to do so, she will have to reconcile with her ex-best friend and former partner in crime, SondraBeth Schnowzer, who plays Monica on the big screen-and who may have her own reasons to derail Pandy’s startling change of plan.
In KILLING MONICA, Candace Bushnell spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, this is Bushnell’s sharpest, funniest book to date.
Contemporary / Comedy – This is a fun, juicy read with lots of laughs. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was entertaining.
Bushnell is definitely a gravitational writer. I wasn’t crazy about the characters in this one (see character building), but the writing was good enough that I wanted to finish it.
I read this book in just under a week. So that goes to show you just how gravitational the writing was! All you readers know that if a character annoys you, it is difficult to want to finish the book.
Character / World Building:
Ok. Here we go! It is rare that I find a book where I don’t like the characters. I found PJ to be downright annoying and immature – along with her friend Sondrabeth. I hated when they called each other “sista” – I don’t know why that annoyed me so much. They were full of themselves and very materialistic. But I suppose that was what the author was trying to portray? In the end, I didn’t find much character growth, and there was a twist in the end about another character that I didn’t find necessary.
Trigger: There is language in this book! It goes along with the world and characters in the book, but if you do not like reading with cursing, steer clear of this one. This is the first time ever that I finished a book and immediately listed it somewhere to be sold. It sold by the end of the day, and I will not be reading this one again! It was entertaining while I was reading it, but it is definitely not a reread for me.
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