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I received “Blame It On The Fame” and was shocked at the size of the book. At almost 400 pages, I thought it would take me forever to finish it. I was wrong. It took less than four days for me to devour this book. And I mean DEVOUR. I hated putting it down and rushed through my work (as much as I could) in order to return to reading. Although it was almost 400 pages long, I did not think there was one scene that could be cut. It actually was a fast read, and one I enjoyed immensely.
Without giving away too many details…the story chronicles five actresses nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Oscars. The chapters are written from the perspective of each of the five actresses leading up to the awards ceremony. Because of this, the first couple of chapters confused me. I thought I was going to have a difficult time keeping each actress and accompanying storyline straight. However, by the second set of chapters written in the language of each character, I understood and was hooked. It was like a mini-soap opera in print, which was fun, engaging, and actually made me laugh out loud a few times.
I am glad I’ve already purchased Tracie’s other book, as I enjoyed her style of writing and am looking forward to reading “In Need of Therapy.” If you want to read something that will draw you into the story and make you feel like you’re in the room with the characters, Blame It On The Fame is your book! I highly recommend this book!
Danielle. You think she’s a sweet country girl. Nope. I’m just gonna call a spade a spade and says she’s a spoiled deceiving mega bitch who thinks she’s entitled to the win and will do anything to get to the top. Her poor hubs and kiddos.
Phillipa. Star of stage, screen and television who has minimal reaction to call from agent when nominated. Immediately liked her. She wasn’t full of herself which made a very nice contrast to Danielle. Her movie co-star slash cheating ex-boyfriend was also nominated. He has now decided he wants her back.
Anaya. I wasn’t sure how to feel about her. She’s a model. Often drunk and high. Later on, she seems to be very lonely so I started to feel bad for her. Still undecided though.
Jordan. I liked her from the beginning too. Just trying to do her own thing despite her parents being a famous actress and a director/producer (I forget now…). Her diva mother always insisting that she do what she thinks should be done. We find out Jordan has a lover too! I’ll keep that bit of juicy info to myself for now…
Laurel. Mother in her mid-40s who stepped away from acting to take care of herself after a major breakdown. We see her on an island with her family on vacation where she gets a call from her agent letting her know she’s been nominated for her comeback role. Anxiety overcomes her and she sneaks off to call her shrink. I really felt for her and was very happy with how her story ended despite some intense issues that come to light.
Despite the length, this was a quick read. Jumping between the different nominees made it easy to lose track of time. Blame It on the Fame is another one I’ll be ordering in print and anticipate reading it at least a few more times! I’ll be reading Tracie’s other novel, In Need of Therapy, in the next month. If I remember correctly, Tracie has another book in the works too! Can’t wait. I know I’ll want more after In Need of Therapy! Just love Tracie!!
I also have to give kudos to the author for the amazing amount of research that had to have gone into the process of bringing Blame it on the Fame to market. Details and histories and locations, all vivid and ringing with expertise. Now, I have to admit I don't even enjoy watching the Oscars as I think award shows are superfluous. But... this story really is that good. I guess it's that "aha!" moment when you're reading, and thinking, "I bet that's how it really is." Seriously, you'll feel like you're reading a fantastically juicy memoir. Interesting, captivating and very well written!