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Wanted So Much to Like This Book, but...,
This review is from: Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures (Hardcover)
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As I indicated in the title, I wanted so much to like this book but I just struggled to finish it. It was not a difficult read, but it was rather a boring one. Small town girl goes to Hollywood during the days of the Depression and ends up making it big in pictures -- the book follows her career and her marriages up through the early 1980's, but is just lackluster. Yes, the author is familiar with contract players and the old studio system (and how it changed), but as far as I am concerned she never brought the characters to life. Laura was frankly not particularly interesting and her marriages just seemed more like something out of a made-for-television movie for "Lifetime." If Laura brought magic to the screen, as the author suggests, she did not bring magic to the book. And I expected to be treated to long dead actors and actresses who were actually alive and making films during that time period, while for the most part what we got instead were mentions of them. I just found the book rather odd -- there was no real plot, just episodes that happened in different decades of Laura's life and career strung together. Not a terrible novel, just more a disappointing one.