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Return to the 1980s blockbuster - but with a curiously adorable heroine
on 16 July 2010
This is a slightly rambling novel that can't quite seem to decide whether it's a family saga or a glitzy romance. So the first part tracks the dysfunctional family of an ageing Hollywood movie star, before focusing on his grand-daughter, Siena.
Full of all the big emotions (sex, love, betrayal, violence) this isn't a subtle book at all and all the emotion is on the surface. Despite that, Sienna is a curiously attractive heroine for all her spoilt-brattishness and I really wanted her to have a happy end with her lover.
Set in a world of actors, directors and models, this is curiously unforthcoming about the world in which they live and, despite the language and crudeness of some of the sex scenes, has an oddly old-fashioned morality about it.
This won't challenge your brain in the slightest but it does work as pure escapism.