The Art of Social War, by Jodi Wing
A successful woman in New York has her life turned upside down when her new husband announces that his company’s latest acquisition (a movie studio) will move them to Los Angeles. She then has to deal not only with the differences of East Coast vs. West Coast, and Hollywood at that, but she also finds that she and her husband are being punished for the takeover by the former studio owners. These 4 characters (although one is hardly mentioned) seem to have an elaborate plan to torture Stacey and her husband, ultimately hoping they’ll tuck tail and run back to New York.
The end of the book was pretty entertaining, once Stacey decides to fight back. The rest of the book? Not so much. She spends a lot of time brooding about the shallow lives of L.A. housewives, and yet she gives in to things like skipping meals to lose weight, big hair, taking sedatives, the clothes… it made the situation confusing, instead of allowing sympathy – which I think is what the author was going for. Who knows. Although I enjoyed it enough to not stop reading, I wasn’t excited about it either.
This was just lukewarm for me. I’d skip it.
(P.S. – I’ve had a few friends recommend Twilight, but I’m currently #30-something in the Request Que for the 4 copies our library owns. So I’ll eventually get there, but it might be a couple of months. Any other recommendations are welcome at any time.)
Next Up: One Fifth Avenue, by Candace Bushnell