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Totally nailed z-list culture and reality show hype.
I found it funny and would recommend it for a quick lighthearted read.
I'll be keeping an eye out for the author's next book.
Gloria Grayson was a star. Once a big hitting soap phenomena, her star hasn't so much faded than completely fizzled out. Once part of a big celebrity couple with fellow actor Tommy Mack, a spectacular split, culminating in a rather acrimonious divorce has left her comfort eating. I say eating, I really mean bingeing. Both her and constant companion canine Baby-Girl are both pretty obese.
Enter the newest reality TV sensation; Reality Rehab. The clue is in the name and needs no further introduction. Gloria's agent persuades her to accept the job and she agrees with the proviso that Baby-Girl comes too. So, she finds herself locked up with an eclectic mix of D (should that be Z) list "celebrities" all with their own issues. With cameras aplenty, and on a starvation diet, can Gloria win the series and maybe lose a bit of weight along the way?
Things are ticking along okayish but, you know what is coming, what all these series have, yep... there a shock in store as, you guessed it, Gloria's ex-husband is introduced into the house. To say that things hot up on his arrival would be an understatement and pretty obvious. What is less obvious however is what happens next as Gloria and Tommy start "couples counselling" secrets and lies are slowly uncovered and our story takes a pretty swift turn...
I loved this book. There, I've said it and I am proud of it! This sort of book is not only my palate cleanser but it's also my guilty secret passion. I do love getting into the lives of these big characters. It's the reason I won't let myself watch this kind of TV as I get too sucked in to watching everything, reading everything and then it takes over my life. A book however scratches that itch and takes up way less of my life, giving me the fix I need in a controlled way. A rehab tool no less!
The characters in this book were all superb. Obviously, in keeping with the story, they're a bit on the caricature side of things but well described nonetheless. All with their own addictions, some rather interesting, others downright amusing but all serious in their own ways. We see them swap with others with quite interesting results, some making me literally laugh out loud.
As with most things that happen these days, we are also privy to the social media reaction of what is happening in the house. Articles, along with comments pepper the book, complementing what is happening within the house with the reaction without.
There is always a danger with this type of book that it will go too far over the top but here, the author manages to keep it real!? Instead of degenerating too much into farce, it actually ends up being quite a snapshot into what counts for celebrity these days. Very much tongue in cheek but with semi-serious overtones which makes it more satirical rather than farcical. Takes a clever author to manage that.
All in all a lighter read for me which had its deeper and darker moments making it a very satisfying read. This being a debut book means that I will have to wait for the author's follow up to get my next fix. But when it comes, you can bet your life I'll be ready for it!
Gloria Grayson knows what it is like to be the most sought after celebrity but in the past two years, her life has changed dramatically. Out of work, divorced from her drunken ex, and eating everything that she can get her hands on, her only comfort is the love she gets from her spoiled dog, Baby-Girl. But Gloria is adamant that soon the reality-tv obsessed world will see sense and she will be returned to her pedestal complete with adoring fans. But when she is papped in her sloppy dressing gown and her fuller figure is laid bare to the critics of the world, Gloria is forced to really look at what has happened to her life.
When her agent secures her a paying gig on the hit reality tv show, Reality Rehab, Gloria knows that she can kill two birds with one stone - gain some much-needed money and exposure, and lose some of that excess skin that doesn't want to shift itself. But entering the Reality Rehab house for eight weeks will change so much more for Gloria and her fellow celebrity housemates who are all battling their own addictions. And when a surprise guest makes an appearance, the world will be glued to their screens to watch the crazy action unfold...
Firstly I am proud to say that I am a reality tv show addict - from Teen Mom and Made in Chelsea to the Real Housewives franchise and everything in between, I love nothing more than to watch peoples real lives unfold before me (and yes, I do know that a lot of it is staged etc but we won't quibble over it!). So when I came across this story I knew that it was right up my alley - reality tv in book form, Heaven!! - and boy was I right.
Perfectly paced with so many laugh out loud moments, engaging and addictive characters, and a deeper underlying story of love, loss, and heartbreak, REALITY REHAB by Lisa Mary London was the perfect escape for me, and I really enjoyed the layout of the story with the odd online article appearing here and there with the typical Twitter responses listed underneath - comedy gold!
From Doggie Yoga (Doga, and yes it is really a thing) to seances, from betrayals to new beginnings, this novel really does have it all, with that extra special something that really gives it the X factor (yes, I went there LOL). So whether you love reality tv or hate it, this novel has something for you. So what are you waiting for? Go and buy REALITY REHAB by Lisa Mary London now.
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