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Celebutantes Paperback – February 3, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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“New York has 'Bergdorf Blondes,' 'Sex and the City' and 'The Nanny Diaries.' And now L.A. has 'Celebutantes'...” ―Los Angeles Times
“Witty and revealing... a walk-up to that blessed event: the Oscars. You'll feel like you were there.” ―People (3.5 stars)
“A frothy serving of chick lit... delectable.” ―Entertainment Weekly (A Summer Reading Must Paperback)
“A fast-paced satire of Hollywood's awards season in all its crazy glory.” ―New York Daily News
“A witty and humorous read that takes a revealing look at what really goes on inside the lives of young Hollywood.” ―Star Magazine
“Gawker.com meets Glamour in this insider's look at Oscar week penned by L.A. junior royalty….There's up-to-the-minute star chatter and fashion name-checking throughout.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A featherweight Tinseltown send-up with a surprisingly well-balanced heroine.” ―Kirkus
“A terrifying comedy of Hollywood royalty: Celebutantes proves that A-list vanities are still the preserve of the very beautiful, the very brave, or the very, very silly.” ―Plum Sykes, author of The Debutante Divorcee
“In Hollywood, Academy Awards week is a bigger deal than Christmas week is elsewhere. I've been attending for over thirty years, and the excitement and craziness has never abated. In Celebutantes, two daughters of Hollywood, Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Hopper, take us through the Oscar rituals of that mad and magical week with all the inside knowledge that they have grown up knowing. They are remarkably adroit and witty story tellers. Beneath the utter sophistication and gloriously natural name-dropping, there beats a very warm heart.” ―Dominick Dunne
“Stylish intrigue, glamorous machinations and such juicy fun. No one but Hollywood insiders like Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Hopper could tell the tale so perfectly.” ―Michael Kors
“A hilarious ride through the bumpy Hollywood Hills, complete with a trillion genius nuggets of true insider dish and a silver screen ending.” ―Jill Kargman, author of Momzillas
“Fashion, film stars and great fun―a young insider's view of Hollywood!”” ―Anjelica Huston
“Celebutantes is a witty, incisive, under-the-sheets look at the chaos that is Oscar week. I loved it.” ―Jackie Collins
“An irreverent satire on Hollywood celebrity, delivered with a keen eye for the absurd, Celebutantes is a wise and witty page-turner.” ―Arianna Huffington
“Nothing is stranger than reality and the reality of Hollywood and our celebrity obsessed culture is brilliantly captured in Celebutantes. Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Hopper, both Hollywood insiders, use their wicked sense of humor and keen insight to craft a piercingly intelligent, funny and at times tragic satire of modern-day Hollywood. The authors simultaneously elevate the lives of the beautiful and the famous while also pointing out the emptiness and absurdity of contemporary values.” ―Tom Ford
Top Customer Reviews
The writers fall short of expectations that weren't high to begin with. They jump on the bandwagon of high class hijinx but say nothing that we don't already know, plus the writing is EXHAUSTINGLY PAINFUL. The draining prose keeps this cute premise from being any fun. Entire chapters are devoted to name-dropping and brand references, but not to advancing the story. The plot is paper-thin, or, in my parody of their writing style, "thinner than the last remaining limited edition gold Dolce & Gabbana Motorola Razr I wrestled out of ScarJo's well-manicured hands (varnished with Chanel Black Satin Polish, natch) at last year's Vanity Fair Oscar Party gifting suite." If you can stand that cluttered prose, you and your four brain cells might have fun with this.
For those who always defend these types of books by saying "enjoy it for what it is" - my question is, how can you enjoy something that is 300 pages of nails on chalkboard? Just because it's not trying to be heavy and literary doesn't mean it automatically succeeds as light entertainment. These writers are further examples as to how it's easy for the well-connected to succeed in business without really trying.
Skip the book and watch the far superior video trailer.
Note to the writers: an index about your characters would be helpful. You mix so many real actors with names I've never heard of & I have no idea if they're real people or not, or who they're supposed to be. Perhaps your California friends get it but I don't live there so I'm confused, & I'm sure many non-Californians who try to read your book are too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is fabulous. It's no Kite Runner (in so many ways), but its funny, and witty and simultaneously mocks and exalts celebrity lifestyles. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth
So bad it gave me a headache. I had no idea it was possible to make such light subject matter so tedious and painful. I mean, how do you even do that? Read morePublished 24 months ago by tamtambythesea
Let me preface this by saying that I can read almost anything. ANYTHING. This, however, was like trying to read the ramblings of a name-dropping, coked-out ditz with severe ADD. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Lisa Marie
For any fan of Oscar Sunday this is a must read! Fun, fast and funny, what started out as predictable pulp ("poor little rich girl") ends up being an insightful look into the... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Ian
I have never stopped reading a book since I purchased my kindle I saw these authors on TV so I thought from their interview this might me intriguing boy was I wrong!!!Published on September 15, 2011 by N. Beigel
Service was excellent. I thought I had gotten a "book club" edition. I had gone to a bookstore & it was the same as I had received.Published on July 14, 2011 by Maureen Sharon Rook
Anyone who enjoys pop culture, Hollywood, and the world of celebrity will enjoy this book. It's surprisingly funny and keeps you entertained from beginning to end. Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by mn378
Listening to the audiobook was truly a guilty pleasure. I would have been very embarrassed to turn it on in the car if my other passenger wasn't a very understanding Labrador, but... Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by MM Rouse
I read 40 pages and put this down. The constant name-dropping makes this book absolutely unreadable, and the plot (at least, from what I could tell) was non-existent. Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by P. Snyders