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Beneath a Starlet Sky Hardcover – April 26, 2011

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Tinseltown princesses Goldberg and Hopper (Celebutantes) are back with another softball skewering of the unbridled egos of fashion, film, and TV reality stars. It's a sweet-natured muddle for much of the hijinks, with enough celebrity name-dropping to make a paparazzo swoon as Lola—a Hollywood blueblood much like her creators—kicks into overdrive as she juggles her latest career as CEO of best-friend Julian Tenant's fashion line, her engagement to dashing doc Lev, her would-be auteur brother's ambitions, her mom's reality TV dreams, her film director dad's conflicted loyalties, and her best friend's breakup. Playing deliciously mean minor roles are magazine cutthroat Coz and rising 16-year-old fashion wunderkind Chili. 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. (May)
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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312544421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312544423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Danielle VINE VOICE on March 21, 2011
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Lola Santisi is back. Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper are returning to the world of Hollywood and fashion that they created in the book "Celebutantes". I read "Celebutantes" a couple years ago and enjoyed the book. Although it may be helpful to read the first book, it really isn't necessary to do so in order to read this book.

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.
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What Stephanie Thought: I expected to enjoy Beneath a Starlet Sky a lot more than I actually did, since it looked so glamorous and pretty and all that. Even the blurb (though pretty much summarizing the entire book) wasn't that bad. And it wasn't a bad read at all. But I couldn't find myself to quite love it either.

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.
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I read Celbutantes, the prequel to Beneath a Starlet Sky, and really enjoyed it. This book did not live up to its predecessor. I had to force myself to read past the first few chapters. It picked up, but not enough. I think the characters lacked development, which made it hard to keep up with who was who. I keep up with celebrity gossip and info, and found those parts both enjoyable and entertaining. This is not a book I would recommend to friends, even for a light beach read.
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Wherever I learned of Beneath a Starlet Sky, be it Vogue, Bazaar or VF, some PR agent sure did a good selling job. I too had high expectations for an entertaining laugh / look into Hollywood scene. Instead I find it painful to continue reading, often having distracting dialogue in my head about how trite the scenarios and reference to current Hollywood stories really is. Anyone can string along pop culture stories mixing famous names with the fictitious story line characters. I have a rule about finishing a book no matter what, but Beneath a Starlet Sky is really challenging this lifelong rule.
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Beneath a Starlet Sky is a wonderfully fun and often times outrageous novel that will appeal to readers who can't help but be mesmerized by Hollywood gossip. Lola's father is a famous movie director. She's done with dating actors and the whole Hollywood scene. She wants nothing more than to success in the fashion world as the CEO of her best gay friend's clothing line and to settle down with her doctor boyfriend. But when her mom gets her own reality show, her brother's film gets accepted to Cannes (to compete against their father's film), her boyfriend gets a taste of fame and her company has one disaster after another, Lola is sucked back into the cutthroat Hollywood world again and again.

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.
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