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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 Original edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0594510236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0594510239
  • ASIN: B0046LUEV4
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,925,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In Hollyhood, Valerie Joyner delivers all the juice that’s fit to print. She craftily untangles the lives of Hollywood’s rich and so-so famous with enough sass, smarts and savvy to make you care for these sometimes twisted souls from beginning to end.” (Cori Murray, Entertainment Director, Essence )

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Well-written and full of wit, Hollyhood is a good read.
Teresa
It has it all -- well-developed, believeable characters; snappy and funny dialouge; an interesting story and plot; and, most of all, excellent writing.
Storm
I really enjoyed HollyHood... It's been awhile since I have read a decent book and wasn't tempted to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reading Hollyhood reminded me of the books I use to read in the 80's when the subject matter focused intently on Hollywood and the inner workings of the studios, etc.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Fly 8 on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Valerie Joyner has a quality in her writing that any great author strives for-to pull the reader into the story with colorful characters that we my recognize ourselves in them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.A. on July 10, 2009
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Valerie Joyner tells it like it is in this novel, revealing the often bizarre, not-so-glamorous world of Hollywood.

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!
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By J.D. on May 17, 2009
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This novel was refreshingly more complex than I expected. For those of us who work behind the scenes in the television production industry, life is definitely not always as glamorous as it may seem to be in front of the camera. This novel takes place over one week of production for a network african-american based sitcom television show and depicts the complex day to day operations of what happens in the production office and on set. Although it's fictional, the author does explain this show with both intelligent and accurate explanations about what people are constantly dealing with both internally as they struggle to balance their ambitions and emotions with the external factors that really fight against everything they hope to accomplish as artists and creative people. It's Show Business and I believe that is clearly depicted here. When you think the actors and creator/showrunner of the show have it made, you see it's a constant battle to remember their humble roots, fight becoming a pampered, hedonistic spoiled brat, and stop themselves from becoming totally paranoid from all those who want to take advantage of their positions to leverage their own careers and possibly destroy them in the process. The women characters are all making choices whether to use their body to get ahead or their intellect, and will they be able to live with themselves with the decisions they ultimately choose. Employees who are just running day to day office business are in a constant battle for the best position to achieve their own Hollywood story and the agendas are as diverse as the people. This could very well be any sitcom on the networks, but the fact that it's an african-american show also seasons in the conflict of race.Read more ›
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Tyrone Hart is at the top of his game as the only black executive producer at Rex TV with a hit television show under his belt. But Tyrone soon finds out that it's difficult to stay at the top when his show goes through a slight dip in the ratings. Things get out of control quickly when the higher-ups at Rex TV want to make some outrageous changes to Tyrone's black sitcom. He also is getting tired of dealing with his always temperamental stars of his show. Tyrone has his hands full with his girl friend Sasha whose hedonistic lifestyle threatens their relationship. Tyrone's best friend and writer Maxwell has his own plans to head his own show unbeknownst to Tyrone. But Maxwell's secret addiction may do him in before he gets the chance at superstardom.

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.
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