- File Size: 6690 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 48fourteen (November 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PGJ1S9M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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New York Dolls brought me back to a place and time I'd entirely forgotten about: my adolescence, when my awesome big sister would force me to watch chick flicks/romantic comedies with her. Begrudgingly, I usually ended up enjoying them. So I smiled and laughed, and thought of those days the whole time I read through this cute story, feeling like I was curled up on the basement sofa next to my sister watching "How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days" or "The Devil Wears Prada" or "No Reservations."
As per the writing itself, Hensley's descriptions of NYC are breathtaking. She actually made me reconsider the way I feel about the city by effortlessly conveying its charm and appeal in the narrative. She writes with a *lot* of humor, which is refreshing, and I found nearly every one of her characters realistic and likable. I especially nursed a soft-spot for Amber Donovan, the young, redheaded Lyndsay Lohan-esque pop star/party girl. She reminded me so much of one of my oldest friends (you know who you are...), and I thought Hensley did a great job of making her very sympathetic.
Overall, this tale has heart. It's not just about celeb gossip and fashion tabloids, which the author does a great job of both glamorizing yet poking fun at, but a sweet narrative of a young, independent woman in the city just trying to find herself. If you like chick lit, New York City, and stories of friendship among modern young women, this is the book for you.
At first I was reminded slightly of 'Wishful Thinking' - with Chris (Hollywood superstar) and Amber, the off-the-wall press-darling who exerts a mysterious hold over him, as well as a heroine working in publishing. It's also reminiscent of 'The Devil Wears Prada', but I'm happy to say it's very much its own story - and a truly engaging one too. The writing is a cut above what you usually find in the chick lit genre and the author draws you in very quickly and holds you transfixed throughout.
Some of the characters are beautifully drawn. It's impossible to dislike Amber for all her neediness and lack of consideration. She has a vulnerable, childlike quality you have to love and want to protect. She certainly steals the show for me. There are some other delightful characters, too, including Liz, Denton's mentor at Glitter; the fatherly chauffeur/bodyguard Mr John, and Raymond, the chef at Mamie's Bake Shop. Less likeable, in my opinion (though it's not easy to pinpoint why), is the gorgeous hero Chris West. He's a truly nice guy with a caring, protective nature, but remains a little too distant and secretive and, well…perfect, to allow us to get to know him too well. I suppose that's what super-stardom does to some people.
The New York setting is so powerfully drawn, it's almost like another character and really brings the story alive. Coming from the UK and never having been to NYC, this is exactly as I would imagine it, how it is portrayed in the most memorable movies. Catherine Hensley's skill with her descriptions is what lifts 'New York Dolls' above average and makes it a visual and memorable story. I liked the twist at the end, but confess I anticipated it about half-way through. Nonetheless, it was executed well and provided a satisfying conclusion.
For me 'New York Dolls' was a rewarding piece of escapism and for a début novel (which I assume this is) shows enormous promise. I would happily read more from this talented author.
(An e-copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review)
Denton worked as an Editorial Assistant for "Glitter" magazine and her job was to impersonate Anna Creel, a Fashion and Beauty Editor for the same magazine at a fashion show. What happens next is unbelievable and hilarious. Denton went from idolizing Amber Donovan and Chris West (screen actors) to becoming friends with them. The celebrities have no clue about Denton's occupation and Denton is hoping that those two worlds never collide.
Everyone at "Glitter" believes that Denton has known the celebrities before the fashion show, and wondered why she never used them to further her career. This book is character driven in more ways than one. This is not my usual reading material, but I bought it on a recommendation from a friend, and truly enjoyed it.
I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for originality, humor, crazy shit happening to Denton, awesome descriptions (my favorite: paperclips hitting the floor - the sounds the paparazzi's cameras made as they took multiple shots), and the love for the city shining through every page of the novel.
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