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A Star Is Bored: A Novel Hardcover – July 28, 2020
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"A Star is Bored is an absolute knockout. Riotously funny and wickedly tender. The pitch-perfect absurdity and sharp heartbreak of this story come to life so vividly that the last page left me aching. Completely outrageous and positively lovely."
― Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six
About the Author
- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (July 28, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250266491
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250266491
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.37 x 1.21 x 9.58 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What mystifies me are the raves on the dust jacket (I always wonder if these people actually have read the book or are going on their past experience with the writer) as well as some of them on this page. I cannot imagine what people found so compelling or for that matter, amusing about this torpid and predictable tale.
When I lived in California there was a group of 4 or 5 young, attractive gay men who hung out together and essentially were all clones of some kind of puerile ideal of the perfect young gay male, dressed in identical skinny jeans and clingy white t-shirts. Their contemporaries and a number of the more mature men around them referred to them derisively as the Fabulons. The narrator of this story, whom the reviews imply is a thinly disguised version of the author, writes like he would like to be a Fabulon.
The shallowness of Los Angeles life in general, and in particular, the utterly vapid and meaningless lives led by A-D list celebrities has been far more incisively and hilariously depicted in the past. The film of LA Stories comes to mind and while it certainly skewered Socal social fabric it did so in an interesting, loving, and ultimately humanizing way. 100 pages into A Star is Bored none of that has even begun to occur.
In the end, I will grant that people who plodded through this turgid collection of minimal portraits of characters will have a better idea of whether or not the book ever redeemed its impenetrable beginning. I won't be one that finds out if it does.