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Title: Oh! You Pretty Things Author: Shanna Mahin Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Adult Fiction Publisher: Dutton Rating: 4.5Stars Author's website:http://www.shannamahin.com/
Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. So when she upgrades her nowhere barista job to personal assistant for a film composer, she falls as hard for the nearness of fame as she does his perfectly designed kitchen. Jess kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her intensifying urge to dig in to Los Angeles's celebrity buffet.
But then Jess's food garners the attention of Eva Carlton, as actress on the rise, and Jess is all too eager to jump ship to Eva's entourage, a decision that threatens to explode all her personal relationships. And when Jess's mother--a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement--turns up toting a suitcase full of secrets, Jess must confront the truth she's been running from all her life.
What a masterpiece! I really, really, really, enjoyed reading this one! It's very different then what I would normally pick up, but I'm so glad that I did. Dutton sent me this one, and at first I was a little skeptical when I pulled it out of the box, because of the description didn't really sound like something I would like. But then I began to read it, and I couldn't put it down! This one is defiantly more of an adult read, so for my young readers out there, this might not be the one for you. This book is where Mean Girls meets The Help. I loved Shanna's unique writing style and characters. At time this book had me laughing out loud, and at others frustrated what the struggles Jess was going through. I felt that Jess, the main character, was very relatable and insightful into this world of secrets and manipulation. Fast-paced, gripping, and witty; Oh! You Pretty Things is a show-stopper of epic proportions, and I don't regret picking this one up of my never-ending to-be-read shelf.