Sunday, March 13, 2011

Another review : A sweet, funny look at Hollywood, behind the scenes!

Backstage Pass
Stars Collide
By Janice Thompson
Before reading this book, I took a quick look at the cover and thought to myself. " Oh no, a silly romance in Hollywood! Meaningless! Why did I ever choose to review it?"
BUT...my opinion quickly changed, as I started to read this book. Yes, it had a romantic theme, used comedy to lighten the situations encountered by the main characters, however, there were some very deep, thoughtful themes and ideas throughout this book.
Janice is a talented writer who used silly moments to make light of some extremely serious issues, and did it in a delightful fashion.
The story begins with Kat, the main character, an actress , and Scott, who is the leading man in a movie- secretly in love, not really realizing it. They are acting out a  film in which they eventually become engaged and are married on the set. While this is movie is being produced, in comes another main character, Kat's grandmother who has raised her. She just happens to be an eccentric star from Hollywood's golden age. What we discover is that she is becoming mentally unstable , with likely early onset of Altzheimers disease. She has difficulty differentiating reality from fantasy shows, thinks things that really did not happen and causes great upheaval in Kat's life.
Kat dearly loves her grandma and Scott becomes involved in the  situation. Love grows, in more than one direction, however, I will tell you no more, it would be a definite spoiler.
Janice's ability to create and describe these quirky characters is to be admired. You can't help but laugh at one moment then empathize at others.
Tender emotions are underwritten throughout this story. What a fabulous read!
" Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications , Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller from Revell,  a division of Baker Publishing Group."

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