Flavor of the Month Author:Olivia Goldsmith Tell-all patter from a fictional gossip columnist spikes this deliciously juicy novel about Hollywood celebrities and secrets. In the beginning is Mary Jane Moran, a talented New York actress whose lumpish face and figure corral her in the small-time. Then she spends $67,000 on plastic surgery, becomes drop-dead beautiful and moves to L.A. where... more », reborn as Jahne Moore, she's instantly cast in a sizzling TV series. Co-starring are Lila Kyle, towering bitch-goddess daughter of an aging screen star, and corn-fed Texan Sharleen Smith, who's been on the lam since she and her half-brother Dean left their abusive father for dead. Goldsmith ("The First Wives Club") spins out a dizzying whirl of subplots - Lila's crazy mother cooking up a comeback; Jahne's second chance at love with the director who broke her heart back when she was Mary Jane; an embittered comic who starts stalking Lila - and she enlivens each with a twist. While Goldsmith has little truck with realism, she perfectly conjures up the envy and insecurity, the toadying and backstabbing associated with the celebrity circuit. Raucous energy speeds the tale to a climax in which hitherto buried secrets (including one final lollapalooza) bring the stars crashing down.« less
Great big, chewy novel about beauty and revenge and the entertainment industry. There is an unintended irony here, in that Goldsmith uses cosmetic surgery as a major plot point, only to later lose her own life to complications following a face lift. Good book anyway.
Absolutely LOVED this book! I liked the insight into plastic surgery and the heroine's dedication to pursuing her weight loss goal. It gave a peek into what could happen if you could turn fabulous and then run back into an ex. Great fun!