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3.0 out of 5 stars There's No Business Like Show Business, May 25, 2004
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This review is from: Temporary Insanity (Paperback)
I read Temporary Insanity with some trepidation. I was not a fan of Ms. Carroll's previous books, Reality Check and Miss Match, finding them cliched, but Temporary Insanity is a big step forward in the right direction. Chick-lit is Ms. Carroll's niche. Alice Finnegan is in her thirties and trying to juggle a day job, while pursuing her first love acting and taking care of her elderly grandmother, a former showgirl. The heart of the book is Alice's relationship with her grandmother, their's is the real love story in the book. Alice's grandmother has nurtured her theatrical ambitions by giving her unconditional love and support. Alice also has two best friends Izzy and Dorian, fellow performers, who call themselves the Three Muskateers, all for one and one for all. Alice's temp jobs are sharply drawn as she richochets from one bad temp job to another. All the details are there, the guilt one feels at pursuing your dream while on someone else's payroll, the boredom of extra work. Most of the book has heart, something missing from Ms. Carroll's previous works. The only weaknesses in the book are once again Ms. Carroll's lack of research. It's unusual for anyone who temps to only temp with one temp agency. If you're temping, you work for the agency, not the company you're temping for, so if you go on unemployment, the temp agency would be the one to refuse benefits not the company (I should know I was on unemployment most of last year.) Also, soap operas don't have seasons and an Executive Producer would never be able to run the show from across the country. But those are minor quibbles. If Ms. Carroll keeps up the effort with her next book, she might just become an author of note.
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