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Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva: A Novel Paperback – May 4, 2010
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The characters were so stock. The reader only has the option of loving or hating them. The villains were people who had NO good traits at all, unless you count the ability to willingly overdose on Viagra (Randall). The heroes were people who were built up to be great, awesome, and perfect. And it's just ridiculous. There were some parts of the book that made me think "Really, Victoria Rowell, really? Did you really just write that?"
It's a FUN book. Don't get me wrong.
But it is just a little too trashy. But at least it doesn't get boring... right?
I ordered this book after reading a few pages from it at Borders. But I wish I had looked over the book more carefully, because then I could've spent my money on something better.
I liked Victoria's writing style as it came across in the characters, specifically Calysta. The novel reads like a soap opera with the suspense, scandal, and dramatic flair that one would expect. Victoria gives you the story in first person through Calysta but she also gives you breaking celebrity news a la US Weekly-type reveals. I also liked how the novel deals with Calysta's life before she became a soap star and by placing her grandmother as a strong supporting character you never forget her background. I will admit that the plot moves around a lot and it can be hard to keep up with the numerous colorful characters, but the book is based on a soap opera which has many characters. Some characters you care about and never miss their scenes and some you don't care as much so you don't invest as much in their plot line.
If I may address some of the previous reviewers' opinions that the racism dealt with in this book is unnecessary, I ask them to take a look at the programming that comes on their television sets. Please tally the percentage of African-Americans in starring roles or on shows where they are not the minority and then apply that same tally to White actors. Are the numbers just a tad different? That's what I thought. Until those numbers change, addressing racism will remain relevant in a book that is focusing on television characters. It would be misleading and unrealistic to have an African-American female as the central character in this book and ignore that fact.
I highly recommend this novel if you're looking for an escape. Although I think the storyline with Calysta's real father and deceased mother was spread a little thin, I expect that the sequel will come stronger. I definitely look forward to it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's fun to read. If you like soap operas, I would recommend that you read it.Published 1 month ago by Bree Isabeau III
Terribly written! An embarrassment. The only good thing I can say about this book is that Rowell looks amazing on the front and back cover of this book.Published 15 months ago by writingme
A must read for any Y&R fan and particularly a Drucilla Fan!!Published 18 months ago by Cynthia S. Yale
This book is full of a lot of melodramatic fun. It's a great guilty pleasure read. Definitely recommend it to anyone who likes over the top fun.Published on January 3, 2013 by Timothy Letheic Goins
Could not put this book down! I've read it more than once & it never gets old. It's better than watching the actual soap operasPublished on May 7, 2012 by Tiff-Tiff