Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: Slate by Brian Rowe

First line: I am a star.

Why I read this: I was asked by the author to read this book.

Synopsis: Hollywood casting director Vivien Slate thought she had it all, until coming home one day to find her husband cheating on her with a younger woman. With her marriage on the rocks, she decides it's the perfect time to recapture her sexual identity... by finding a younger man of her own.

Vivien realizes she has a dating service right inside her own office; she's a casting director, after all. She devises a scenario to make the town believe her newest film project is as real as any other. She populates the cast with male characters spanning the ages of twenty to forty and begins holding auditions with hundreds of Tinseltown's most eligible bachelors.

Vivien stops at nothing to find her perfect younger man, even if it means leaving her morals behind and ultimately putting her life in danger...

My thoughts: This was an interesting and humorous yet quick read. Vivien is a Hollywood casting director who thought she had the perfect life until she catches her husband cheating on her. After leaving him and trying to get back into the dating scene with no luck, she has an epiphany. She decides that if she can't find the perfect man on the dating scene, she will cast him in a fake movie instead. She gets her assistant to come up with a fake movie script, then she holds auditions for the leading man. There were many characters in this novel, and it was funny that Vivien thought she was too good for anyone to remember their names, even her own interns. I did find it interesting to learn a little about the back story of the movie industry - the casting, the script readings, the editing, and the behind-the-scenes look into a real office life. My only complaint was at times, the sex scenes were a little too explicit. Other than that, it was a funny, laugh-out-loud read that I was able to speed through...if only for the curiosity of  whether Vivien's plan would work.

I received a complimentary copy of the e-book version of Slate by Brian Rowe from the author.
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