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Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It Perfect Paperback – April 10, 2012
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I loved this book! Whitney Boyd does a fantastic job of creating the story of incredibly famous Mikayla Rivers, who is constantly fighting for a balance between her celebrity life, and her private life. --Steph Hansen, Swing Announcer, Assistant Music Director, Country 105--CKRY FM.
Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It is a modern Notting Hill, told from the celebrity point of view. Instead of following the struggles of the commoner, dating the celebrity, we follow the celebrity, worried about the commoner. I enjoyed that pop star Mikayla is from Calgary, went to the U of C, and visited local Calgary haunts. Too often I see Canadian authors, especially new authors, almost attempt to hide the fact they are Canadian by setting their novels in nameless American locales. Plus, I always like a book that mentions my beloved Calgary Flames in a favourable light. --Bryan Wright, book reviewer, the CBC Eyeopener in Calgary, AM 1010.
Tanned, Toned, and Totally Faking It is an enjoyable romp through the enviable life of a pop princess....with one added challenge: Mikayla Rivers has transformed from college student to superstar overnight. Filled with star-studded cameo appearances from the likes of David Letterman, Nick Lachey, Ellen and Lindsay Lohan, this debut novel accurately portrays the unquenchable appetite of our celebrity-obsessed public. If you ever want to slip into Jessica Simpsons life vicariously, this is the book for you! Recommended usage: slip this rags-to-riches fairytale for grownups into your beach bag between your sunscreen and the latest issue of People, and head for sandy shores! --Heather Blush, singer/songwriter
About the Author
Whitney Boyd was born and raised in Calgary to parents who loved reading and shared that passion with their children. Today, Boyd loves traveling and over the last few years has lived in various parts of the United States including Utah, Florida and Idaho. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Spanish. Boyd married her husband, Stephen, in 2009 and together they enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and spending time together.
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Mikayla is a very lovable girl-next-door. I enjoyed her assessment of her surroundings. She speaks with a dry humour and with a sense of self-irony. While she appreciates the financial aspect and the comfort of having people around her to attend to her needs, she also realises that the downside of her overnight success is being a public person. Wherever she goes, people want a part of her. They refuse to recognise her real personality but project on her what they have been fed by the press. She is struggling hard with those side-effects of her newfound popularity.
Mikayla is constantly being sized up by numerous Hollywood cliché characters who try to shape stars into the kind of icon they think the public wants. Her advisors and managers already got her to change her hair colour and are pushing her to alter her cup size, nose and personality, too.
We meet her at a point in her life where she is starting to wonder how she got herself in a situation where she is not allowed to be herself anymore. Most people around her aren't interested in the person she is but more in how they can make even more money, counting on her good-naturedness. I kept wanting her to just tell them to go to hell.
Having been hung-up on her ex boyfriend who unceremoniously dumped her before she became famous, she finally meets a man who she falls in love with. He isn't keeping up with celebrities and therefore doesn't know she is famous. As his mother has ruined her life by her futile efforts to belong to the celebrity circus, he despises everything involving stardom.
Sneaking out at night to meet with him and living a normal life for a few hours is becoming so precious to Mikayla that she is soon caught between a rock and a hard place: tell him who she really is and risk his rejection or lie to him which makes her feel just as bad.
I won't say any more than that: If you like a funny, easy read, go for it!
Practically every female character is either incompetent, nasty, backstabbing or stupid. But getting a boy back will make it all better.