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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
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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.Read more ›
[Quote from paragraph one of chapter one]:
"You'll have to go up two cup sizes." The man peers at me over his black-rimmed, Gucci reading glasses. "If you can get surgery done between now and then, that would be ideal, but if not, we can provide you with inserts. And if your doctor can fit you in, perhaps he can fix your nose while he's at it."
What's wrong with my nose? And my chest?
I self-consciously feel my nose with my right hand. It feels normal. The same as always. It's not misshapen or anything. Just normal. A normal nose. [end of quote]
I love the voice, the voice of a young woman who immediately lets us know how she feels: "self-conscious." And yet she's a "big star," as we soon discover. What impressed me in the first digital page on my iPad is how skillfully Ms. Boyd, the author, through lively dialogue and character-revealing description introduces the heroine. She's Mikayla, and "the man" talking to her is with Celebrity Magazine. He tells her she has "an image to maintain. Hot, Young. Sexy. You fit that perfectly right now. You are the hottest thing in Hollywood." By the end of chapter one I know why Mikayla's in Hollywood, something of her past in Canada with a boyfriend who snubbed her, her relationship with her sister and with a friend who becomes her Hollywood manager, and how she feels after six months in star-studded L.A., already with a music album out and working on a second one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mikayla is 20, she is gorgeous, she is a Grammy nominated Pop star who writes her own music, but she is so unhappy because her college boyfriend dumped her for another girl 9... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ldub
This is a light read but good for a few laughs. A little bit predictable, but overall a good story.Published on May 13, 2014 by Morgan Martens
Amazing and I loved it. Hope there's more. I loved the plot and characters. So much in a small world.Published on May 2, 2014 by Love_Again2012
Nice light read. Story moved along at a good pace. The characters were believable and it had a happy ending.Published on April 19, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Okay book. Didnt have mr hooked til the middle. Almost stopped reading it, but if u keep going threw the boring part then its worth itPublished on March 26, 2014 by Ivy Campbell
It's about a musician who is struggling with the business side of the music business.I enjoyed reading it . Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by nigel james molyneux
This is probably not a fair rating because I'm 66 years old and I think only teens would really enjoy it.Published on March 3, 2014 by J. Hiltibrand
Found it in a religious fiction category, but didn't fit. It had some language I didn't like, and alluded to sex. It was a good story, but very formulaic.Published on February 3, 2014 by AlliG
If you were a rock star and everyone wanted you, would you wonder what they wanted you for? Would you want to get away from the lights, the microphones, the flashes of cameras and... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Myra Hotchkiss