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Misadventures in the 213

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  216 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Dennis Hensley's Misadventures in the (213) is like the best kind of gossip--something you might hear from a friend who heard it from a friend who knows someone who does Tori Spelling's hair--and it's just bitchy enough to be very, very funny. Aspiring screenwriter Craig Clybourn arrives in Hollywood and is soon sucked into a series of giddy escapades involving a phone boo ...more
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Published July 28th 1999 by Publishing Mills (first published July 7th 1998)
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Brent Hartinger
Jun 25, 2015 Brent Hartinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember that television series from a few years back about Jennifer Grey trying to make it in Hollywood? This book is everything that show wasn't: clever, hilarious, satirical, and--dare I say it?--insightful. It's all about trying to make it in the insane entertainment industry of Los Angeles, and the tone is frothy and superficial, exactly like Los Angeles itself! Hensley shows us the city and the industry from the inside, and he's clearly a fan. Unlike Hensley (and Randy Newman), I hate L.A. ...more
Heather
Nov 13, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely one of my favorite books ever.

I came upon this book at a restaurant in Union, CT off of I-84 in 2003, the summer between eighth grade and high school. The premise of the place was that you eat and pick out a book. I happened upon a hard cover edition of this.

I read and re-read this many a time in the first few months. I adored the story - even back then I was a pop culture junkie, and I enjoyed all the references - even though at that point the book had been out for 5 years, and was s
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Jessica
Jan 10, 2015 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I couldn't care about the characters if I tried. While it did have its amusing spots, I was looking for something a little more laugh out loud. It just seemed like it was trying too hard. Like most of L.A. So I guess, nailed it?
Victoria
Feb 25, 2008 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fiction
probably one of my favorite books
Chris
Mar 16, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a "slight, funny" read, I found this both overlong (by about 100 pages) and I didn't laugh...once. Plot both bloated and slight at the same time. What is funny is that it takes place in the late 90s--funny how so many of the celebrities are exactly the same but technology certainly isn't--one plot twist involves someone not having email...um.
Groovygaby
Apr 19, 2016 Groovygaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and couldn't stop laughing.
Naomi
Aug 08, 2015 Naomi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had some cute one-liners, but [groans]. ...more
Cat.
Jul 19, 2012 Cat. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
Rather amusing, but seems to be trying too hard. About a guy who is good friends with a TV star a la Friends or Baywatch. Very silly--she's a real piece of work--and the people are all pretty shallow & icky. So of course they'll make a movie of it!
Jason
I was given this book by someone who told me that I was exaclty like one of the characters in the book. After reading it, I shuddered to guess which one he thought was me.

In any case, this was a fun read.. Recommended for any Los Angelenos...
Jess Moss
I really couldn't get into this book. I didn't find myself caring about the characters until the final few chapters. This was somewhat of a "trashy" novel. I finished the book only because I hate to start a book and not finish it.
Dana
Jan 31, 2008 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never go to the bookstore hungry. You end up buying books that have the nutritional value of a supersize order of extra greasy french fries — good for about 5 minutes and then you just feel kinda nasty.
Maureen
Jul 16, 2009 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: la-reading-list
I love how I could picture all the things in this fantastical book happening here in lovely LA. The craziness is real, in a Hollywood sort of way. It was funny and clever and enduring.
Anne
May 15, 2008 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this, like this author. Not as funny as Screening Party, but worth a read to get that 'left coast' viewpoint.
Kent
Sep 27, 2007 Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Very funny and well written. This was a very good start for Hensley. Wish he'd been able to keep it going.
Ryan
Apr 01, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that is crying out for a follow up or a T.V. Show. Very entertaining.
John
Oct 03, 2009 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Shallow and silly ... but sometimes that not such a bad thing.
Alisha
Aug 14, 2007 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a "laugh so hard you will pee in your pants" sort of book.
Susan
A film maker can write a really entertaining book.
Chris
Nov 10, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious look at life in LA. Non-stop laugh riot. Read it.
Cary O'Dell
Aug 13, 2012 Cary O'Dell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud funny novel. A pleasure to read.
Jennie
Aug 29, 2008 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pop culture fans
This book is totally hilarious!
Dan Cote
Aug 14, 2007 Dan Cote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love this book. very funny!
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