By Anna David
Anna David turns her reporter's eye for element towards Tinseltown's seedy underbelly all over again and "eloquently and humorously unveil[s] what can be a new subgenre: Chick Lit with a Message" (New York Post). bored with amassing banal charges from the B-list at the sidelines of the purple carpet, Emma Swanson publicly yearns for a extra huge occupation yet privately desires of a hotshot boyfriend to move her into the thrashing center of the Hollywood scene. in its place, she meets Jessica—beautiful, cavalier, manipulative—who shamelessly trades intercourse for the presents it will possibly deliver. confident that writing a narrative approximately Jessica and her ilk could heavily develop her journalistic cred, Emma quickly reveals herself sucked right into a global the place the luxuries of prettied-up prostitution may cost a little greater than she ever anticipated.
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Eric asks, pointing to the TV, where three of the roommates—two girls and a guy—make out in a hot tub. ” Claire suddenly sounds as disapproving as a PTA mom at a rave. She reaches out to grab Eric’s hand. ” I want to remind Claire of the multitude of conversations we’ve had about the fact that our devotion to and obsession with this show is based on the fact that the people on it are always ridiculous and doing things we never would. But there’s really no point. The fact is, Claire’s personality does a complete oneeighty when her husband is around—the funny, opinionated girl who can laugh at outrageousness is replaced by a subservient, judgmental shrew who wouldn’t dream of liking something as silly as The Real World or screaming and tossing kettle corn at the screen, the way she did ﬁve minutes before Eric walked in, when four of the roommates took a shower together.
Three decaf grande lattes later, I’ve made my way through most of a New Yorker article, have just put in an order for a fourth drink, and am beginning to doubt the wisdom of this plan. As I stand at the counter waiting for my drink, I’m eavesdropping on a guy and girl sitting at a nearby table; the girl is claiming she’s never cheated on a boyfriend and the guy is reminding her she actually cheated on her boyfriend with him. I’m just deciding that I’m wasting my time here when suddenly, miraculously it seems, Jessica breezes in.
I once heard that since blushing is the one thing people can’t fake, the way to test a woman’s virtue in the eighteenth century was to see if she blushed if anything inappropriate was said. And where I come from, ﬂirting with someone like him is most deﬁ nitely inappropriate, though I don’t know how virtuous that makes me. The fact is, it’s been ingrained in my head from the time I was a fetus that the only men I should socialize with are ones who have MBAs, law degrees, houses with four-car garages, secretaries, and investment portfolios.
Bought: A Novel by Anna David