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Hollyhood Paperback – Bargain Price, May 5, 2009
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Hollyhood is written from the point of view of a young African-American man who has made it big in the Hollywood studios - behind the scenes and behind the camera.
Valerie Joyner has a good take on Hollywood and writes very, very well about the inside goings on of producing a successful tv show. As I was reading the table reading scene in the beginning of the book, I could almost feel as though I was there. I love getting the "dirt" on what really goes on behind the scenes of my tv shows and Joyner pulls no punches as she shows us just how much BS there is going on.
This book is extremely character driven and I have to say, at the beginning, I was a tad confused with all the players - who, thank goodness get clearer as the book develops.
There is the pre-requisite amount of jealousy, sex, romances and what passes for schmoozing in Hollywood.
The storyline was a tad slow, it took the author a whole chapter to introduce us to the players, I felt as though it could have been hasten a little bit, yet, the storyline is compelling and interesting.
Its been a long time since I have read such a fun book on the Hollywood insiders and this book is an easy and fun read.
It's all here, the famous Hollywood egos, larger-than-life personalities, the pressure to stay on top and the desire to get ahead. But Joyner doesn't offer superficial Hollywood caricatures, she skillfully develops each character into a person with human frailties and beauty, playing their roles in the often complex and politically charged arena of showbiz.
With comedy and brutal honesty, Joyner gives us an inside look behind the scenes of network television. And I love every page of it!
It's a quick, easy read that is fun, funny and engaging.
If you're looking for a great book to read this summer while you're poolside, at the beach or backpacking thru Europe, Hollyhood is it!
Hollyhood is an entertaining novel about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood by Valerie Joyner. Joyner gives readers a bird's eye view of what it's like behind the scenes of a black sitcom. This story delves into how difficult it is to try to keep a black sitcom on the air and to win the tv ratings game. You see how much pressure that Tyrone is under not only in his professional life but in his personal life as well. This story shows how your friends can very well become your enemies especially when everyone has their own agenda. Hollyhood is a fast-paced novel that gives the reader an insight into the world of television.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't lie. Half my time I spent hysterically laughing and the remaining time wondering which Hollyhood star might this be? Ahhh... the joys of fiction! Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Bohdi Broussard
It was a good book where we get to follow a journey of a young African-American man who succeeds in Hollywood. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Paula Espinoza
Valerie Joyner offers prose so crisp it practically crackles in this hard-hitting portrayal of life behind-the-scenes in Black Hollywood. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by T. Faye Griffin
Ms. Joyner takes time to create these vivid and deeply developed characters that will linger with you long after putting the book down. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Kelly A. Frank
I really enjoyed HollyHood... It's been awhile since I have read a decent book and wasn't tempted to put it down. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by DeeDee
From the first page, this book had me hooked. It has it all -- well-developed, believeable characters; snappy and funny dialouge; an interesting story and plot; and, most of all,... Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by Storm
The entire time I was reading Hollyhood I felt as if I knew the characters...or someone like them. The author does an amazing job of making the people in this book seem very real. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Rachel Hodge
Written from an insider's perspective, Hollyhood is a charming and funny look at the experiences of African Americans in working in Hollywood's entertainment industry. Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by Teresa
What a perfect summer read!!! As Ms. Joyner pulls back the curtain & gives us the good, bad & ugly of television production-it's also a fun, juicy romp thru the inner workings of... Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Jennifer B