Saturday, November 12, 2011

Review: Reality Jane by Shannon Nering

Title:  Reality Jane
Author:  Shannon Nering
Genre:  Contemporary
Pages:  304
Published:  October 2011
Publisher:  Bancroft
Source:  via NetGalley

Synopsis: (via GoodReads)

Set behind the scenes of America's most popular guilty pleasure--reality TV--Reality Jane delivers a high-spirited, delicious tale of finding love and a career in Hollywood while juggling lipo envy, singlehood angst, and the resounding results of success.

Reality Jane follows Jane Kaufman, a Canadian journalist who, because of a lucky connection, finds herself in LA as a producer on a hot new reality show. Mingling with rock stars, attending Grammy parties, and visiting the Sex Kitten Mansion, Jane sees her new career as a one-way ticket to the big-time! But for a small-town girl thrust into the cutthroat Hollywood scene, 90- hour work weeks, heartless bosses, and superficial womanizers are a rude awakening.

Just when her love life seems at its bleakest, along come not one but two guys vying for her heart: hunky Alex, a hot up-and-coming reality show host, and Grant, a sweet, sincere cameraman who's unfazed by Hollywood fame. With a sizzling sex life on the horizon, and maybe even true love, Jane's fondest hopes seem en-route to full realization when she lands the cherry gig of all time: a producer's post on TV's hottest new self-help talk show.

But the deeper Jane ventures into reality TV, the more completely un-real her life-personal and professional-becomes. And the realities of life behind-the-scenes-like goading people to confess their deepest, darkest secrets on cue-are chipping away at her very soul.

Lead character (and narrator) Jane embodies the perfect blend of smart-ass sarcasm, weary cynicism, and hopeful romanticism to appeal to today's readers. She also possesses a biting, acerbic wit that casts devilish, laugh-out-loud observations on the Hollywood scene, which are sure to please celeb watchers and reality show junkies alike.

A hugely entertaining glimpse at the world of reality TV from one of its own, who's lived and breathed the business practically since its inception, Reality Jane is the chick-lit novel that reality TV junkies and chick-lit enthusiasts have long been waiting for.
This was an interesting read.  Not normally something I would pick up but I was intrigued.

Jane is a young journalist from Canada (which I thought was great since I am Canadian!) who lands a fantastic job in Los Angeles.  She packs up her small town life and moves to the big city.  Jane is a fun character, she's young, hip and wants to be a big time producer.

While this book had some great moments and was well written - I had a hard time getting into it.  I think part of my problem was that I'm not a reality TV fan.  I found parts of the book jumped all over.  Jane moves too quickly from one job to another that I was a bit confused.  The dialogue was witty and funny, but some of the characters were a bit over the top.  Which is exactly how reality TV stars are!

I was really torn with this book, the writing was fantastic but I wasn't big on what the story was about.  The right person will love this story, unfortunately that wasn't me.

No comments:

Post a Comment

This blog is an award free zone. The gesture is appreciated, but you stopping by is reward enough!

I love comments! I will try to respond to as many as I can.

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.