Thursday, July 30, 2009

Review and Giveaway - Hollywood is Like High School with Money by Zoey Dean

Hollywood is Like High School With Money

rating: 4.5/5.0

From the back of the arc:
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. Quinn comes up with a plan to teach Taylor one lesson a week-everything from "Fake it 'til you make it" to "It's *never* your fault"--and 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.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was my first book by Zoey Dean and I will look to her backlist to read some more. She really seems to have her pulse on the younger female trying to make her way in the world (and this is not truly exclusive to the 20-something female - it's true for all females).

From the beginning I liked Taylor - I could identify with her. Wanting to succeed at what she was doing, yet she's not truly a backstabber or an extreme go-getter. However in Hollywood, she has to reinvent herself to get ahead unlike how she was in high school. Enter her boss' daughter who gives her lessons on how to get ahead. Also her co-worker becomes her nemesis and she tries to do all she can to sabotage her, even accidentally falling for her boyfriend.

Even though Taylor begins to change, her true self still shines through. It's a novel about growth and learning to be yourself and still get ahead. There are twists and turns, some laughs and some times I needed a tissue. It's a real story, yet it lets you getaway for awhile. You can be Taylor and feel all her emotions, and that is something that shows a great story.

Check it out - you won't be disappointed.

Binding: Paperback
On-sale Date: July 23, 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 288

I have one copy of the book to giveaway thanks to Miriam Parker. I will open the contest today through August 15. Please enter by:

  1. Commenting on my blog, make sure I have a way to contact you. (+1)
  2. Become a blog follower or let me know if you are already a follower (+1)
  3. Tell me any other Zoey Dean books you have read and enjoyed (+1)
  4. Tweet about this review and giveaway, use @cfulcher in the tweet so I can find it (+1)
  5. Follow me on Twitter (or let me know if you are a current follower) (+1)
  6. Blog about this contest and let me know the link (sidebar or post is fine) (+1)
So there you go - 6 ways to get an entry into this contest. You can leave them in separate posts or one post, it doesn't matter, I will make sure you get your entries, just make sure to let me know what you do.''

Other reviews of Hollywood is Like High School With Money:

Kristi at Books and Needlepoint
Poplin's Lair
Bellas Novella
A Novel Menagerie
The Review Broads
Drey's Library
In Bed With Books
Reading is My Superpower
Merry Weather
Books, Movies and Chinese Food


Leslie said...

1.this is a great contest! email: leslie-lv at hotmail dot com (+1)

2.Following Blog(+1)
3.The A-List (+1)
4.I tweeted but I used the little tweet this thing at the beg of the blog so it didnt put the @ but here's a link:
5.Already a follower that's how i found out about this contest!(+1)
6.Blogged about it here: (+1)

leslie-lv at hotmail dot com

thanks for this giveaway!

trishalynn0708 said...

+ 1 Please enter me,
+ 1 I am a follower.
+ 1 I have read Tall Cool One by her
+ 1 I also follow you on twitter @trishalynn0708


Anonymous said...

great contest..


Julie P. said...

I'd love to win this book!
I am a follower too!

Shon said...

Please enter me as well. I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader.

Melissa said...

Would love to read this.

+ 1 jjameli (at) cableone (dot) net
+ Following blog


Taste Life Twice said...

+1 cool contest
+1 already a follower

Holly said...

This looks good.
I follow in Google Reader!

donnas said...

Please include me.

I am already a follower.

I posted on the sidebar here:

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Debbie F said...

1. Great giveaway! Thanks
2. I follow!
3. I follow you on twitter!
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

elaing8 said...

please enter me in the giveaway

i'm a follower

I've never read a Zoey Dean book.


Ninja Fanpire said...

+1 Commenting
Contact -
+1 Already a Follow
+1 Tweeted:
+1 Following on Twitter
+1 Linked to contest in Blog post:

WordVore Prod said...

Int'l? Then enter me plese!

Anonymous said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Hi again :) you have great giveaways and I like your blog, please enter me to win this book and thank you so very much!

Anonymous said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I am a new follower :) Love your site btw !!!

Shon said...


I posted about your giveaway on my blog. It's listed on my right sidebar.


Taste Life Twice said...

+1 for commenting
+1 for following

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