Friday, August 24, 2012

Hollywood Screenwriters Take Note! Your next Blockbuster is.....

Attention all Hollywood screenwriters! If you are looking for the next big blockbuster chick flick, you are in luck! Your search is over! Take note right now. Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It is exactly what your viewing public will pay to see!

Basically, it's a modern day Notting Hill, told from the celebrity's perspective. Hooked already? You should be. There are secrets, lies, break ups, psychotic managers, cheating ex boyfriends and a quirky best friend with questionable fashion taste. It's the perfect book to make into a movie.

Even better? I already have my dream cast selected. Amazing, right?

Emma Roberts to play Mikayla Rivers, pop star and female Justin Bieber.  Blonde, sweet, in too deep and trying to come up for air. Gets caught up in all the lies and secrets and has to find a way out.

Joseph Gordon Leavitt to play Jordan Baker. Gorgeous law student at UCLA, he's the first genuine person Mikayla's found in Hollywood. Only problem? He hates the materialistic attitude found in LA. Mikayla doesn't think he'll be too impressed if he finds out her career choice. So the secrets start building up...
Blake Lively  to play Cheryl, slightly crazy, plastic surgery addict and also Mikayla's manager. So obsessed with making it in Hollywood that she is willing to betray anyone to get there. Blake could defintely channel her inner diva to make this part shine.
Toby Hemingway  to play Kurt. Kurt is Mikayla's personal trainer slash best friend. He loves shopping, trying on her clothes, and helping her out with her relationship problems. Kurt is loyal to a fault, even though he can also be pointed and catty with great one liners when he needs to be.
Chace Crawford  to play Matt, the cheating ex boyfriend and bad boy, intent on getting back into Mikayla's life now that she is famous... even if it means destroying her relationship with Jordan in the process. Chace definitely has the bad boy air about him that would make him ideal for this part.
Not to mention, there are so many star studded celebrity sightings in this book, it would make the movie lots of fun. With people from Nick Lachey, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan, to Ellen Degeneres, Ryan Seacrest and David Letterman, this is like the Valentine's Day  movie only with an actual plot.
There you have it. You can thank me later, Hollywood. :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I've Got Your Number - Book Review

I hate having to buy a book in hard cover, except for the John Grisham ones that line my bookshelf and make me feel smarter for having them there. Normally, when forced to buy a hard cover book because a) they haven't released the soft cover ones yet and I am impatient, or b) they are out of the soft covered ones, I always feels like I am wasting my money. Super frustrating.

So anyway... Stephen bought me a hard covered copy of Sophie Kinsella's newest book, I've Got Your Number,  for our anniversary gift... and I would buy it again. And again. All in hard cover. Because this book is that good.


What's it about?

Poppy Wyatt is about to marry her dream guy, Magnus Tavish, but out of nowhere, her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. She loses her family heirloom engagement ring in a hotel fire drill and, in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life. Soon a relationship develops between the two as they struggle to sort out their lives, making a bit of an intrusive mess in the others while they are at it.

This book was brilliant. Poppy was the most intelligent and sweet heroine I've met in a long time. She was spunky, yet kind, intelligent, yet humble. Stephen gave me the book at 1:00 this afternoon and by 5:30 I was done. I could not put the book down. I only wish it would have been longer.... :)

I thought at first glance that it would be a bit predictable. Sophie Kinsella, while one of my absolute favourite authors, usually has a bit of a formula in her books, but this one kept me guessing. I loved the ending. I loved the beginning. I was captivated from page one.

The book was clean, uplifting and pure enjoyment. 5 out of 5 stars, although I would give it more if I could!


PS - After you've read this excellent book, read another that, according to one reviewer, is "Canada's answer to Sophie Kinsella", with "characters that are funny, fresh, sometimes flawed, but always believable." Check out this summer's hottest summer novel,  Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It today!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Book Review - Roxanne in La La Land

Just finished a chick lit-esq book, Roxanne in La La Land, by L.A. DeVaul and figured I'd scribble down a quick review of it.

Roxanne is the main character, eighteen and heading to LA to become the "Madonna of the acting world". Only problem? She can't make an audition to save her life. So a coworker at the clothing shop tells her to try modelling... so she does, just to earn some money while waiting for her big break. Suddenly she's a sought-after model and is jetting off to Fashion Week in New York where she learns that her churchy, good girl image may have to be thrown out the window. Is it worth it?

Over all, it is an interesting book. I read it in two days, but it wasn't a keep-me-up-until-3-am type book. The writing style was a bit all over the place (it jumped from day to day, from one physical location to the next quite abruptly) and some of the language was a bit foreign to what I or my friends would say in daily speech. (Example, I think the last time I heard the word "nincompoop" was by my mother... which is fine... but she's not an 18 year old, you know?)

The book was clean. There were some profound thoughts every now and again. I laughed in a few spots. And there was a good overall moral. The ending was abrupt and totally came out of nowhere (not a hug fan of how it ended) but it was enjoyable.

Would I read it again? Probably not. Am I glad I read it though? Absolutely. It's quick, it's fun and it was a nice look at what happens to a good girl in the world of high fashion. I give it a 4 star rating out of 5. Well done!

PS- If you're in the mood for another chick lit novel about a popstar who gets caught in a love triangle with secrets, betrayal and a psychotic manager and fashion-less best friend, check out the summer's hottest novel, Tanned, Toned and Totally Faking It.