"Beautiful People"

"Beautiful People"
by Wendy Holden

Source: provided by Danielle at Sourcebooks

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I wouldn't even begin to a do a detailed summary of "Beautiful People", because I want this review to be spoiler-free. But this story is about a handful of strangers all mixed together in some juicy Hollywood scandals. Some are already divas fully immersed in the Hollywood culture, others are reluctant newcomers to this dazzling world. There's never a dull moment in this one and I flew through all 400 pages!

There are so many characters and all of their lives become intertwined in the most unexplainable ways. It's like a soap opera and you never know who will be thrown together next.

I loved Emma, the nanny, and Orlando, the dreamy guy who wants to avoid the Hollywood spectacle even with agents hounding him. These characters were so down to earth and almost naive and innocent, they really helped to keep the book in perspective. I loved to hate Belle (and her equally evil chihuahua, Sugar) and Christian! They were so typical of the dark underside of Hollywood's most "beautiful people." Still, their escapades were fun to live vicariously through. I liked being able to indulge that scandalous side with Belle and Christian but still see characters more like myself in Emma and Orlando, and also Darcy and Marco.

Whenever there are so many varied characters there are bound to be some that are uninteresting. I wasn't a fan of the Hollywood agent or the model scout even in a 'love to hate them' way. They just didn't interest me at all.

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 3/5
Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 4/5

Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line:
This book is the perfect scandalous guilty pleasure. The lines are clearly drawn between the good characters and bad characters, so the outrageousness is nicely balanced out.


Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Scandals are intriguing...sounds like a fun book! Awesome review :)

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds fun, looks fun, and could be something I could enjoy :)

CelticLady said...

Wendy Holden writes a good story...this one looks fun!!

Nina said...

Love drama! Sounds like the perfect book on a summerday. :) Great review.

Karen said...

I'll be looking forward to it - looks like a fun read!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh I love this review and your bottom line :) Way cute and way cute cover :)

Anna ♥ said...

Wow, it sounds like a delightful read! The subject matter of Hollywood scandals sounds like oodles of fun. Great review! :D

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I have to admit, I love scandalous books like this! Sugar sounds hilarious. I've never had good experiences with chihuahuas. One chased me home as a child, nipping at my heels the entire way, like a demon dog! And then a few months ago, my cousin's chi took a big chunk out of my hand just because I got close to him! Talk about e-vil!

I just might have to read this book this summer...thanks for the rec! :-)

Darlyn said...

Yup, it has very cute cover with a baby blue and pinky color.And sounds like a melodrama scandal going on =)

Cleverly Inked said...

guilty pleasure..I am all in!

Pam said...

Oooh! i love guilty pleasure books!

reader said...

Your review is pushing me to read this book!!! The cover is adorable!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thank you so much for the comments, everyone!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I enjoyed this one too! It was my first Wendy Holden!

blueicegal said...

Oooh sounds like a ton of fun, great review carrie :)

Audrey; (AyC) said...

huh, I could use some crazy-dramatic books... nice review! I've got an award for you on my blog :)

booksploring said...

Ooh...I do love a good juicy scandal :-)

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