7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Classic trashy novel that is just spellbinding,
This review is from: Valley of the Dolls (Paperback)
This is my favorite Jacqueline Susann. I first read all of her books back in the 70's, when their shock value was much greater than today. I picked up all three again when they were re-released and have thoroughly enjoyed them all over again. Susann is the bottom of the junk-trash novel and yet her stories are compelling and interesting. Maybe just for the lack of character all of her characters have.
Dolls starts in New York, where Anne, Neely, and Jennifer have all arrived to climb the ladder of fame and fortune. Anne takes a job with a theatrical attorney, and meets both Neely and Jennifer through her job. They become friends, and so begins their story. From New York to California to Paris, they all become successes and all have to deal with their own deamons. With Neely, it's her drive for success and her addition to drugs. With Jennifer, it's her greedy family and her conviction that her body is the only asset that she has. With Anne, it's her cold, sheltered childhood and her obsession with a self-centered egotistical man.
The other character I must mention is Helen, the Broadway star, who is professional and revered on-stage and a sniping, childlike, phony off-stage. She pulls Anne into her web briefly, but her hard edged tactics soon push Anne away. They reach amazing highs, fall into abyssmal lows, and all crash hard. Yet this book remains an amazing read, you can't put it down though your mouth is gaping open at the excessivness of it all. Plus, it is more enjoyable to this generation, I think, because of the very real environment of the area it was written in. Definately worth price, and don't feel guilty for enjoying it!!