Oh! You Pretty Things

By Shanna Mahin

3 out of 5 stars

Jess is working hard to stay afloat in Hollywood. When a job comes up to be an assistant for a famous composer, she jumps at it. He’s quirky, needing things like his coffee with foam but no milk with the foam, just the foam. It’s a job and she needs the money. Jess lives with her best friend Megan, a working actress who pretty much foots the bill for their apartment.  She also has Scout, another friend who is best friends with a very popular actress, Eva. Their relationships are intertwined and of course, involve the ups and downs of being a star in Hollywood.

We also have to talk about Jess and her mother. Her mother was a child star of sorts when she took the place of a child in a sitcom that became rather un-cute. That year of acting, made her mother want even more of the culture for her and for Jess. Her striving to make Jess a star leads to some rather complicated memories in Jess’s life. Her relationship with her mother is a big part of the book, or the way Jess sees her relationship.

When Jess begins working for Eva, she sees exactly what stardom does to a person. Will she ever escape this lifestyle? Will she ever have  a relationship with her mother?

I love a good gossipy story on celebrity. This book has it’s moments where it mixes up real life celebrities with the fictional characters and that was fun. I almost feel that this story goes around in a circle for a while before finally reaching where it’s going. I enjoyed the pop culture references because I am shallow that way and I did like Jess but sometimes she seemed to live on being snarky and rather selfish. But quite honestly, I think every character in the book was a bit selfish. (Except maybe Kirk) If you like snark and Hollywood, this is definitely the book for you.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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