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The Art of Social War: A Novel Paperback – November 18, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
With news stories of Michael Ovitz and Anthony Pellicano, anyone outside of Hollywood has to wonder about this place run by big egos with big money. Given the mixture, bad behavior is something you might find when you start digging yet you decide to stop because you're afraid of finding out more if you continue. That's just where our heroine Stacey Knight finds herself when she moved to Hollywood from New York after marrying Jamey Makepeace. Behind the facade of social etiquette and leisure lie daggers drawn not by one enemy but over four antagonists (remember the name Julia Mallis, like, Wow!). Stacey made it in New York but can she make it in Hollywood? Not without her old copy of The Art of War -- and certainly not without the latest designer wardrobes, Kabbalah sessions, and celebrity-chef-catered parties.
I won't spoil it for you but you will enjoy what happens at the end. It is something that Sun Tzu would be proud of, namely that cooler heads prevailed, friends can be found in the unlikeliest places, and that karma always wins in the end.
While this is Jodi Wing's first novel, her writing style flows so well that I completed the entire book on my flight from Atlanta to Seattle. The beginning may start off slow to set the scene (sorry I'm slow because I'm neither female nor a resident of a Big City) but the reader is rewarded soon enough as the funny/dramatic/shocking events unfold. That's when the pages turn by themselves.Read more ›
Beyond that what I loved was that we can all apply this story to our own lives. I think we can all learn from a woman that has her priorites straight and uses wit and brains to win over her oppenent. Finally a woman like us, that freaks out and doesn't get it but doesn't let that hold her back.
This book made me laugh till I cried and then it made me feel I could have a little bit of
Stacy in me too!! Very Cool!!!!
I was thrilled when I discovered The Art of Social War, a firt novel by author Jodi Wing.
I liked the basic premise of this chick lit - if you can't join them - beat them - but in a subtle, smart way - hence the references to Sun Tzu's The Art of War. I had never really paid much attention to the original Art of War, but after reading this book, it made me interested in discovering more! This is just another example of how the book world can expand everyone's horizons - I mean, a chick lit book got me interested in reading the classic the Art of War!!!!
However, back to our chick lit book. Our main character Stacey has just gotten married and finds herself living in la-la-land that is Hollywood - she also finds herself pitted up against an old movie studio and all that the movie biz entails - things are not going smoothly and after an extremely long period of "poor me, poor me", Stacey decides to fight smart!
I liked this chick lit, but I found that the whole self-pity, trying desperately to fit in went on for too long. I finally cheered when Stacey finally figured it out! I like my chick lit to have strong-willed, smart heroines!
I also thought that the story moved at a slow pace at times - which removed some of the fun for me. On the other hand, the writing was fun and some of the situations were deliciously set up.
I don't know if its because I am getting older! but I found the print in my copy of this book to be sooooo tiny -
This was a good read.