"Hello, Hollywood" Review

"Hello, Hollywood"
by Janice Thompson

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: Sep 1, 2011 
Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com:  

Athena Pappas is the head writer on one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem scripting the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?

With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as the characters discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.

My Review:

If you love sweet contemporary romances, you will really enjoy this book. The romance is very sweet, but tends to take a backseat to work and family drama.

I enjoyed the insider Hollywood view of Athena's screen-writing team. I also sympathized with Athena feeling like the men on her team weren't listening to her ideas in meetings. I felt her frustration at feeling like she wasn't being heard, and it was told in a non-whiny, realistic way.

Since there's a super cute dog on the cover, I was happy to see that Zeus had a decent sized role in the book. It always feels like false advertising if there is a cute animal on the cover, but not in the story.

Sometimes, the book felt like it was written for a bit of an older audience than myself. That is great, but it might be why I personally didn't completely enjoy it. The romance especially seemed skewed to an older reader.

Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 3/5

Uniqueness: 3/5
Cover: 4/5
Writing: 3/5

Bottom Line: Overall, this is a cute book with a nice romance and lots of family fun. 

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


  1. Sounds cute enough, but the whole feels like it might be targeted at a different age group has me wondering, hm

  2. Great honest review. I'm a sucker for doggy covers.

  3. Like Juju, I'm s sucker for doggy covers!
    This sounds cute but more chick-lit than romance and I'm definitely a romance girl :D

  4. Hmm, sounds too cute. Reminds me of a movie but I can't remember the name of it. I'm terrible at that. I have to thank you for saying you wanted The Catastrophic History of You and Me because I requested it and scored an ARC of it!!! It looks great! Kind of like an Anna and the French Kiss thing. So thanks for putting that on my radar a while back!!


  5. The screenwriting aspect is a little different. I'm curious about how this story plays out. And the cover is too cute. The little pooch is dorable.

  6. Haha. I'm glad to know the dog has a place in the story. Thanks for the introduction.

  7. I'm a sucker for doggies, period! I have two dachshunds (Sasha and Copper) and have used them in my books before, but adding a Greek Domestic dog was a bit more of a challenge! It's a very rare breed...so rare that the publisher had a doozie of a time finding a dog to sit for the cover. If you go to my site: www.janicehannathompson.com and check out my blog, you'll find the story of how Gus the Wonder dog got the "part" of Zeus for my cover. Such fun! And thanks for the sweet review, by the way!

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Janice! The dog on the cover is so adorable so it was worth it :)


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