Blame it on the Fame by Tracie Banister
A power-trippin’ bitch, a has-been, a skanky ex-model, a press-shy indie queen, and a British stage actress no one knows – that’s how the Best Actress hopefuls in this year’s too-close-to-call Oscar race cattily describe each other. Which of them will win the much-coveted gold statue and what price will they be forced to pay as they travel the red carpeted-path to Hollywood glory?
Amidst all the press-schmoozing and angsting over which designer gown to wear, these Oscar contenders feud, commiserate, and face a succession of personal crises – scandalous secrets come to light, marriages implode, accidents land two nominees in the hospital while another receives news that could derail her career, all culminating on Tinsel Town’s biggest night when anything can happen, and does.
Five women, all nominated for Best Actress for the upcoming Oscars. I'd like you to meet: Danielle, the power-trippin' bitch; Laurel, the has-been; Anaya, the skanky ex-model; Jordan, the press-shy indie queen; and Philippa, the unknown British stage actress...Five women: each one unique, worthy and fabulous in an evening dress!
I'm not going to lie, I love Hollywood! The glitz, the glamor, the fantasy...oh, and the back-stabbing divas. There's a tiny part of me that wishes I'd chosen a different career path, but instead, I feed my obsession through the media. Let me tell you though, those magazines, TV shows and gossip sites - they have nothing on Tracie Banister's debut novel, Blame it on the Fame. This novel takes you deep inside the life and times of Hollywood's actors and actresses. These five women are "people," real people with problems, emotions, hardships and joys. I was impressed by how well she wrote these characters, to have five main characters, plus a host of supporting cast members, is a feat and one she pulled off with aplomb. I loved how the author wrote a subplot for each character, above and beyond the race for Oscar. Their trials made me care about each of the characters, well except Danielle (did anyone care for her?).
One thing the author did that really made me smile was her use of real-life Hollywood royalty. She interspersed actors, actresses and directors into the story, even movie titles. It really added a sense of authenticity to the story and, I felt, personalized the experience. When you read a fiction novel, you expect the make believe. But when an author can use something or someone or even some place that the reader has heard of before, there's a comfort in that. A sense of belonging and a little bit of wicked glee, like you're viewing them and their world without them knowing.
Make sure you have some tissues on hand, there were several teary moments for me. Many laugh out loud moments. And many moments when I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room because of something Danielle did. A couple of twists and a couple of hills to keep the story moving right along and before too long you'll be on the edge of your seat wondering Who Will Win? Who Will Win? Who.Will.Win?
Aaaaaaaand the winner is....? Sorry, you'll have to read the book to find out!
I will say that when you're finished, you'll wish there was a sequel. Tracie Banister does a fabulous job tying up the stories, but you know there is SO much more to the story of each of the women. This is a book you'll be sad to finish, but finish it you will. So after you've read Blame it on the Fame, and persevered through your depression over finishing the book, be sure to grab yourself a copy of her latest novel, In Need of Therapy. I haven't read it yet, but I'm hearing great things about it, and it's on my TBR list.
Tracie Banister is hard at work on her third novel, and you can find her on Twitter, Facebook and on her Blog! Want more entertainment fun by Tracie Banister? She's just launched The Banister Buzz on her blog. This week's blogisode is all about Dancing With the Stars! According to Tracie's report, it looks like there could be blood spilled on the dance floor this season, if Leah Remini has anything to say about it! And a surprise pregnancy has sent one pro dancer to the wings...and what's this? She's separated from her husband?? Oooh, who's the baby daddy? Tune into The Banister Buzz for more on these developing stories!
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