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Outside In: A Novel Hardcover – September 18, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767927494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767927499
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,050,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Television actress Thorne-Smith, who has had roles on (among other shows) Melrose Place and According to Jim, delivers a Hollywood novel about a failed movie actress who finds new life as the star of a nighttime soap called Generations. But Kate Keyes-Morgan's life, glamorous on the outside, is still less than perfect. This put-upon heroine has issues with weight and self-worth, and an overly controlling manager/husband to please. Her problems reach a head when she learns that her husband is having an affair with Sapphire Rose, Kate's diva-like co-star. How Kate deals with this dual betrayal forms the dramatic core of a thin story prone to the classically shallow emotional highs and lows associated with soap operas. Except for vibrant Kate, the characters—Kate's eccentric mother, her wisecracking best friend and her nominal love interest (an agent who improbably dreams of being a novelist)—seldom move beyond their stereotypical origins. A typical Hollywood ending caps the story, but getting there is not nearly as much fun as it should be. (Sept.)
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Review

“A remarkably charming, whimsical novel . . . Thorne-Smith has a knack for swift, funny dialogue.” —BookPage

“A satisfying slice of chick lit.”
Entertainment Weekly

“An incisive tell-all about diet- and thinness-obsessed Hollywood.”
Kirkus Reviews

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Funny and clever writing.
Karina V. Correa
The "clever" and contrived dialog and interaction between the unrealistic and exaggerated characters quickly went from amusing to annoying.
Book Addict
I realize that the author really wanted to give this a go and had something to write about... but where were her editors???
mwr

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. John Ichter on September 20, 2007
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I've always been fascinated by the inner workings of Hollywood and now we have a book written by a true insider....I couldn't put it down!! and I can't wait for a sequel...these characters have legs...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Arnett on September 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a great read. Courtney Thorne-Smith creates an interesting character in Kate - with all the complexities of a young woman working in 'the business'. It feels like we're getting a little inside scoop about the ups and downs of working in Hollywood - very enjoyable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Kahn on September 18, 2007
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Courntey Thorne-Smith's novel is a great read. A bright and talented actor who has written an engaging novel. A must read for all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie VINE VOICE on September 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was a fun book to read mostly because it was written by a Hollywood insider. I enjoyed the book very much, but felt disappointed at the end, because I wanted to know what happens to the characters other than Kate. It was tremendous fun to get inside of Courtney Thorne-Smith's head and I recommend it to all of her fans.

Norm Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lain VINE VOICE on October 20, 2008
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I was pleasantly surprised at Thorne Smith's writing. You just never know what to expect when an actor moves into the writing field (just like when a model says she wants to act... most of the time it's a big "Oh no!")

The story of hot starlet Katie and how her world turns upside down when her emotionally abusive and controlling husband dumps her is not deep or meaningful, but it is a pleasant diversion. The author obviously knows of whence she speaks, dropping names and tart commentary with equal aplomb.

The story follows a predictable path with Katie rising above her circumstances and ending up better off than with her jerk of a husband. She gets a new man, a new job, and a new friend in the bargain -- not too bad!

The biggest complaints I have are that the dialog seems a tad too contrived, with the banter too self-conscious. And I really wanted to see the philandering couple get theirs in the end, NOT get a plum movie role.

All in all, though, you could do a lot worse than Outside In.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Piper Dano on September 18, 2007
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A funny and often times piognant story about the struggles of trying to be perfect. Kate has such a perfect life on the outside but has such struggles on the inside it is so hard not to root for her. Her best friend Paige seems to be the only one that gets her and her humour is what really brings Kate out of her bubble. I loved this book and it was very inspiring and easy to read. Hope she writes dozens more!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mwr on December 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am not a literature snob and love a good chick-lit novel and took it out of the library. I realize that the author really wanted to give this a go and had something to write about... but where were her editors??? Before the author attempts to write another novel, (1) she needs to learn how to write (2) needs coaching from an editor
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Courtney Thorne-Smith's long-awaited novel tells the story of Kate, a vulnerable TV star whose life takes a dramatic turn when her husband/manager leaves her for her diva co-star, Sapphire Rose. At her lowest emotional point, Kate finds solace in the friendship of makeup artist Paige and ends up, after going through more humiliating experiences, finding her own inner strength. Introducing a fresh approach to the scene and using her gift for funny dialogues and stereotypical descriptions (Sapphire's whiny moments are absolutely hilarious), Courtney exposes the downsides of Hollywood and isn't afraid to take the industry to task for its superficiality. As a fan who has been following Courtney's career for more than a decade now, I must say that I read on, page after page, chapter after chapter, and kept saying to myself "oh my God!". I promise this book will have you glued! A musthave for anyone who enjoys stylish writing.
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