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Oscar Season

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  135 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Hollywood is about to get
its wake-up call.
Everyone goes a little crazy during "Oscar Season" -- the campaigns, the parties, the seductions, the paybacks. Hollywood is never so cutthroat as it is at the turn of each year, when celebrities and their millions of fans across the globe begin their weeks-long, exclusive obsession with the Academy Awards. With so much money, so m...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 1st 2007)
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Laura
If you couldn't smack your head against a wall sooner.
Great start to the book, really got me into it.
Interesting characters and sub-plots. Had me thinking "will she, wont she" until the last 10 or so pages.
It was about as pleasant as biting into a wormy apple - it was too late to spit it out.
Disappointing end to what could have been a terrific thriller-meets-chick-lit book. I found there was far more to be explored and that the protagonist was not fully developed. She had a repour with other cha...more
Simon Taylor
Oscar Season, which opens with a superstar found dead in the water right before a big awards ceremony, was originally planned for 2012 but was pulled from the schedule after an unfortunate case of life imitating art right after it started. So here we are, finally getting to see what happens.

Juliette Greyson is the mega wonderful second-in-command of a busy Hollywood hotel who will be hosting a menagerie of stars over the Oscars. Two issues emerge. Issue 1: people start getting killed. Issue 2: J...more
Jennie
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Jessica
May 30, 2008 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone who is very bored and cannot get to a library or bookstore
Oscar season in LA's trendy Pinnacle hotel is busy and intense. Juliette is an important member of the hotel, working closely with the handsome GM. But this year's Oscars turn morbid when a man is found floating in the hotel's swimming pool. In between helping a favorite Hollywood leading man through chemo and making sure the two months between the Oscar nominations and the Academy Awards run smoothly, she drives herself crazy trying to uncover what she believes is a conspiracy to ruin Hollywood...more
Sarah
Despite not caring for the writing style in this book, McNamara managed to get me to want to know the ending. That being said, I found the ending to be disappointing and the big reveal to be anticlimactic. The reveal happened too fast by the time it did happen, and while the non-reaction was the point, it was completely unsatisfying. Perhaps, the book would have been better if Juliette discovered who the murderer was early on, and the rest of the book had her coping with Hollywood and those who...more
Lori Lawson
The author is a long time Hollywood reporter and sprinkles the book with fun tidbits about real and fictional movie stars. It's a fascinating inside look at how a swanky hotel operates during their busiest month of the year and how the movie industry and the awards committee and ceremony really work. There is also a murder mystery aspect, but I think the book is more enjoyable if you view it as a novel rather than a mystery to be solved. The author has spent time backstage during the Oscar cerem...more
Helen
I found this book at a favorite small bookstore down the street that specializes in the mystery genre. They have a section in the back for resale books. Quite brilliantly they set up a table of recommended authors they had chosen out of the used book stacks. These were authors I probably wold have never found on my own or thought to read if I had. So for very little money I found some really goodreads.

Oscar Season is the first book by Mary McNamara. I'm about half-way through and know that if sh...more
Meaghan
as i begin working on my second oscars show, this book appealed to me SO much. i love the behind the scenes stuff at the hotel and the mystery of the whodunit. i liked this one a lot.
neverbereplaced
hate the ending. full of questions!
Tiara_mh
To start, I'll say that when it comes to Beverly Hills hotel life this book is SPOT ON. I read this while working at one of the book's mentioned properties (during awards season for fun) and found myself LOL'ing at the accuracy. That was the most entertaining part for me. I really wanted to love this book. It started off so strong but lost it's momentum somewhere in the middle. I was really disappointed in the ending, which seemed rushed and was a disservice to the story's characters. A fun read...more
Sarah Reanna
a very appropriate reading since it is an Oscar week
Sara
Silly and fun. The kind of book you can't remember one hour after you finish.
Jessica
In spite of the seemingly fluff premise, there's some real meat here - it's not a beach book in the traditional sense. McNamara's a solid writer and the more-than-surface look at celebrity culture works well. My sole gripe is that Juliette moves in and out of the mystery at intervals, which makes it a bit disjointed in places - hopefully just some first-book kinks.
Stephanie Tanton
This was a fun read during Oscar season as I live in southern California. Interesting setting in a hotel hosting the stars. With the author's background as an LA Times reporter, many of the subplots are probably true. Good escape reading.
Jane
Nice mix of Hollywood glitz and mystery (with a little romance thrown in). It's clear the author has some knowledge of the doings in Tinseltown but I was a little disappointed in the wrap-up of the mystery - not as satisfying as I'd hoped.
Jessie
Wow, if this really happened at the Oscars there would be so much shock and astonishment. I would get a job that involves the Oscar's if this actually happened. It is a sad situation, but you would never get tired of your job!
Erin
Fun for the name-dropping and Oscar season detail, but a total muddle as a mystery novel. A proliferation of red herrings and a very unclear motive for murder make it a difficult story to follow or care about.
Susan
I would not have bought this book, but i received it for free-froth and fun and a lovely respite for what is going on in the world. Hollywood as a cut throat business where realty is not as real as a movie.
Marianne Jay
I honestly don't know what to say about this book. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't good.

The plot wasn't horrible - but it wasn't good.

I didn't hate the characters - but I didn't like them either.
Susan
A fun novel to read at this time of the year. The inside scoop on Oscar season (hey! good title for a book!) from a seasoned journalist who covered this beat.
Megan
easy to read... i forgot who all the charachters were though bc they have long complicated names. but, obviously easy enough to figure out!!
Katie Garvin
Kinda neat but i'm really into movies of course. I also have worked in a hotel so its intreasting to see how others portray it.
Cathleen
It's never a good sign when you find yourself half-way through a several-hundred page book and still not caring how it ends.
Kelsey (The Lost Book Reports)
Although It is not an Oscar winning book, the story is upbeat and intriguing. It is a fun chick lit, murder mystery.
Jenn
This novel read like it was waiting to be adapted to a screenplay and wrapped up too neatly.
Marissa Joyce
I really liked this book. Not every ending has to be tied up with a bow...
Rachael
Fun, mystery novel surrounding a hotel property in Hollywood.
Anna
Perfect read before the OScars
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