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Fun read with some light social satire
on 30 January 2011
Ok, this isn't great literature but I like Weisenberger's light touch and wayward humour. The whole point is that the book is full of people NOT worth knowing - the PR girls, models, celebrities who assume the world revolves around them. Bette's descent into their world is deliberately over the top, exposing the bitchiness, back-stabbing and hypocrisy of which this fake and frivolous lifestyle consists. Offsetting this, are Bette's true friends: her hippy-dippy parents, her old-fashioned girl friends obsessed with Harlequin romances, even her hard-working, talented potential boyfriend.
There are lots of points at which this books feels aimless and directionless, it's almost like a series of magazine columns rather than a fully-plotted novel, but that makes it very easy to pick up and put down - ideal for reading in the bath or just before bed.
So this certainly isn't a page-turning, just-one-more-chapter read, but it's a nice antidote to the idea that celebrity is the high point of anyone's life.