- File Size: 936 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lachesis Publishing Inc (February 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BM4SENI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marlo, Rhonda, Kim, and Gayla all arrive in Hollywood and find themselves at the same apartment house. All of them want to make it in Hollywood, all are beautiful, all are talented … and to varying extents, all are naive to the con men, the (pick one or several descriptors) self-centered / egotistical / drug-addicted / perverted / criminal individuals who prowl the edges and gutters of Tinseltown preying on the weak and innocent like predators in a nature documentary.
The background of each young woman is different. The decisions that they make regarding the requests and demands that are made upon them determines whether each finds that her dream is achieved, or shattered.
Miss Hudis shows an insider’s knowledge of the successful, the lucky, and the hopeful, as well as the awful and the disgusting, individuals who inhabit and hover around the movie industry. This enhances her ability to tell a compelling and interesting story, whether it concludes with a “happy ever after”, or ends on a tragic note – and since we have 4 leads, each of their tales has the potential to wander in a totally different direction than those of the other 3.
RATING: 4 stars.Read more ›
I am reminded of the film of Arlington Road. The story does not unfold the way you want or might even expect, but you can’t deny the authenticity of the author’s efforts. The fates of the four may not be what you want them to be but there is little room left for argumentation.
The bad news: I believe the book is one edit shy of being at its best. Some of the formatting took me away from the flow of the story and the pacing seems disjointed in certain sections.
Overall: Rubbernecking – a term given to those who are gawking at an accident instead of driving their own vehicle. That is what City of Toys does; it makes it especially difficult to look away and you turn each page out of a curiosity the author creates in between the lines.
"City of Toys" is a gritty story of four women who live in the same apartment building in Hollywood, California. They are all aspiring actress who have dreams and ambitions of making it in the movie industry. Each one has different demons and personalities which lead them on very different paths in their quest for success. If you are squeamish, then this is not the book for you. If you have a sister or daughter who has dreams of Hollywood fame and fortune, give them a copy of this book first, so they can really understand how brutal it really is. Although a work of fiction, the author uses her own personal experience as an actress in Hollywood for her inspiration." Highly recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not my usual fare, but extremely well written. I loved the story's gritty realism. Ms. Hudis gives the reader an insider's view of the life of a struggling actress and pulls... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lexie Craig
Lindy Hudis's City of Toys dramatizes a tragic heroine struggling to break in to film in Hollywood. However far she goes she is trapped between what she used to be and what she... Read morePublished 19 months ago by David L. Hoof
"A dark, disturbing and realistic look at the Hollywood underworld where aspiring actresses find themselves in danger, their sanity and physical safety literally at stake. Ms. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Racquel
This was a really depressing book to read, but it was like a car wreck - I just couldn't look away. These four girls wanted nothing but to be famous, and in some cases they would... Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by K. Herbrand
City of Toys once again showcases Lindy S. Hudis great imagination from which some wacky, memorable characters evolve. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by J&R Michaels