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Beneath a Starlet Sky Hardcover – April 26, 2011
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“Absolutely mandatory reading for red-carpet junkies. Goldberg and Hopper are masterful storytellers.” ―Cara Lockwood, USA Today bestselling author of I Do (But I Don't)
“Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper have that rare gift...a sense of humor. Their two main characters are bright and confident, full of wisecracks.” ―Janet Maslin, New York Times
“You'd be hard-pressed to find a celebrity satire that out-name-drops Beneath a Starlet Sky and does it with such perceptive humor… Beneath a Starlet Sky celebrates Hollywood culture and makes authoritative fun of it.” ―Washington Post
“The noise and celebrity wattage is seductive and silly fun, but the message tucked inside all the gab and glitz is simplicity itself: less acting and more being.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A star-studded treat--glam, witty and deliciously fun.” ―Sarah Mlynowski, author of Milkrun and Fishbowl
“The authors write with a sweet honesty and grounding that reinforces their message about what's really important in life.” ―USA Today
“Hollywood junkies and Vogue fanatics will drool at the descriptions of clothing and designer products, travel, the Cannes Film Festival, and much more.” ―Examiner.com--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In "Beneath a Starlet Sky", Lola Santisi, who is the daughter of famous director Paulie Santisi (think Francis Ford Coppola or Martin Scorsese), is trying to get the bridal fashion line of her friend and designer Julian Tennant of the ground. This involves successfully getting his designs into the latest Baz Lurhmann film, trying to get his designs on the cover of Vain magazine, while at the same time trying to dodge the sabotage efforts of Coz, Vain's senior editor, who is trying to promote new "designer" Chili (whose designer involve putting real time Twitter & Facebook feeds on dresses). The book also deals with Lola's budding relationship with her non-actor boyfriend, Cricket who is a budding starlet, Kate Woods who is Lola's best friend and who is also a successful CAA agent, Christopher who is Lola's brother and an upcoming writer and director, Lola's mother who is starring in a "Real Housewives" type of reality show, and Nic Knight, a movie star represented by Kate and who Lola's father is taking a chance by putting him in a movie because Nic is an actor who loves his alcohol. The action builds up as the stage of the Cannes Film Festival is set as the place where the careers of the characters in the novel can be made or broken.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Lola is a likeable main character. I wanted to root for her and was hoping that it work out well for her career and personal life.Read more ›
The book is the ideal example of style over substance; while the book contains juicy and brutally accurate details of Hollywood society (not that I would know, since I'm not an LA insider), the plot falls flat and leaves the reader (in this case, unfortunately, me) restless. Written by Amanda Goldberg (a movie producer) and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper (a famous actor's daughter), it is evident the content that goes into the novel are real-life points of view. However, not all (or many) movie producers are fit to write novels; the cinema industry and book industry are completely different realms. Goldberg may have a successful film career, thanks to her bright imagination and vision statement, but her words penned down on paper fall undeniably flat. And as for Hopper, the only achievement she's made outside of being a celebrity herself, is co-write a previous book with Goldberg titled Celebutantes, which, I have not read, but can imagine is about.
Lola's journey as a rising A-lister in the captivating but deceptive Hollywood world is interesting, at best. Not even entertaining, because half the book describes in great detail, an outfit, or an interior design, or a power couple relationship. Maybe good for tabloids, but not a novel. I myself, am a fan of People and Cosmopolitan, which is why I found a lot of the celebrity observations interesting.Read more ›
Beneath the Starlet Sky will suck in any celebrity junkie from the very start. It's a entertaining look into Hollywood, through the eyes of someone trying to escape its grasp, is snappy and addictive. Lola is immediately lovable and readers will find themselves rooting for her at every turn. With "cameos" from many well known celebrities, along with fictional movie and reality stars, fame has never looked so decadently and, well, dirty.
I loved just about everything in Beneath a Starlet Sky. Unfortunately it lost me occasionally when Lola's job was the focus. Fashion isn't my thing and I feel many readers will be confused. It seems as though the authors assumed that common folk would be know current trends in the fashion world and have a subscription to Vogue. Those who possess this type of knowledge will be fine. Those like myself, not so much. While I know of Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik, I can't tell the difference between them. When fashion took the stage during the book, I felt less involved in the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was recommended on The View but I do not like it. Some people will enjoy it, I just wasn't one of those who liked it.Published on April 24, 2014 by D. K. Ennis
"Beneath a Starlet Sky" by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper, St. Martin's Griffin, ISBN 978-0-312-54443-0: The sky is dark, the temperature outside is cool, and it is... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by aggiewriter70
I truly enjoy reading and always try to read a book till the end. However, this is the first book in my entire life I'm unable to finish. It's jut too painful. Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by A reader
As others mentioned, I expected more. The book is an easy and fun read but boring at times. The story wasn't developped enough. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by May
First off- I didn't read Celebutantes, but heard of this book from the NY Times Summer Reading list. I expected it to be easy, fun, entertaining yet intelligent beach reading. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Steven Taylor
Lola Santisi, daughter of Hollywood royalty, is stuck between two worlds. On one hand, she has LA- with her doctor boyfriend who finally isn't an actor, who seems he could be The... Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Samantha J
I'm going keep it real here for a minute. I really did NOT want to read or like this book. I put off reading it because I thought, hell, it'll just be like Bergdorf Blondes despite... Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by Alli Perry