- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atria; First edition (August 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743493729
- ISBN-13: 978-0743493727
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,218,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star: A Novel Hardcover – August 3, 2004
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About the Author
Pamela Anderson is one of the most recognizable women in the world. She has two children and lives in a small town on the California coast. 'Ghostwriter' Eric Shaw Quinn lives and works in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
In Anderson's lighter-than-air debut, our titular heroine bears more than a passing resemblance to the author herself. Aspiring cosmetologist Esther Wood Leigh, nicknamed "Star" as a kid for her irresistible charm, is impossibly naïve, untenably good-hearted and utterly pneumatic when a marketing exec from Zax beer discovers her, um, magnetism at a football game. In remarkably Anderson-like fashion, Star goes on to grace the cover of a Playboy-like magazine, land a role in a Baywatch-like television series and get entangled with a string of Tommy Lee– and Kid Rock–like rock stars. Naturally, her path to A-list celebrity is punctuated by a steady stream of lighthearted, cringe-inducing sexual adventures with actors ("not the most imaginative lover, but like a favorite dildo, he was always ready to go"), moguls ("the strained notes of the aria trailed up and concluded in concert with their own activity"), mechanics (" 'So which of these has the most comfortable backseat?' she asked, ad-libbing wildly") and the occasional gang of naked strangers ("Star was still having sex, but she no longer had any idea with who"). Anderson's range is predictably limited, and she abandons quite a few unrealized plot threads along the way. This thinly veiled novelization of her own life doesn't pretend to be anything but trashy and cheesy, which gives it an amiable charm.
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Top Customer Reviews
But that only goes so far as everyone she meets in LA loves her, wants to help her, and also wants to sleep with her. And right when the book should be the most exciting, it becomes too repetitive. She goes from the small town girl you root for to the, well, the Pam Anderson caricature of herself that she currently is.
Did I like some parts of this book? Yes. But they are few and far between as the book goes on and I was happy to finish the book. Forget the hype. Don't read this book unless you have a specific interest in Pam Anderson. I agree with other reviewers. If you're going to write an autobiography, just right it.
Instead this book is worse than a romance novel. In fact most romance novel authors could write something better than this book in their sleep. There didn't seem to be any depth to it. It just went on and on about how people tried to "stand in Star's way, but with luck things just worked out". The book depicts "Star" as this "incredibly innocent" young girl from Florida who makes it to the big city of LA and just takes it by storm because people are just so intrigued by how innocent she is.
Sorry but I just could buy the story. Even the most naive people have more sense than this character.
I really don't like the message that this book sends - what's scary is that something tells me that Anderson really saw herself as this character.
The only good thing about this book is that it's a fast and easy read that a 13 year old could easily comprehend. In fact I have a feeling that most 13 year olds would even think that aside from the weak sex scenes this is more of a "fairy tale" than anything else.
This book has totally slanted my once positive view of Anderson. If she is ANYTHING like this character, it just tells me that she's willing to "go with it" regardless of the situation just to "see what happens" rather than actually thinking something through. Being spontaneous is fine but COME ON!
The last thing I'm gonna say about this book is that what irritated me the most was the complete lack of effort put into it. Anderson - I get that you want to make some money the "legit" way, but at LEAST hire a better co-writer who will actually make your book worth while.