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The Second Assistant: A Tale from the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder (Lizzie Miller #1)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  9,711 ratings  ·  263 reviews
A fast-paced, breezy read about life at the bottom of the Hollywood food chain

No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone you’ve never met—but you know who they’re sleeping with.A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed
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Paperback, 357 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Plume (first published 2004)
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Christy
Have to say that when I first started this book I didn't think I was going to finish it. It seemed shallow and the hatefulness of some of the characters just put me off. But being me, I kept reading because I always hope it will get better and because I have to know what happens even if it doesn't.

So glad I continued on because it did get better. It was still a bit shallow and full of unredemptive characters; however, I really loved the main character. And I was so glad she got her Hollywood end
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Suzanne
Aug 14, 2007 Suzanne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Eh
This book was eh. After The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, it was very been-there-done-that. Maybe I should write an fictionalized account of my years spent as a camp counselor...
PurplyCookie
Definitely one for by-the-pool or while lounging-under-the-summer-sun kind of light reading.

In the tradition of "The Devil Wears Prada" the now painful truth is re-asserted: that working for the rich/powerful/glamorous can be torturous & definitely not what it's all cut out to be.

Elizabeth Miller gives up an idealistic job as a Washington senator's aide to join the Agency, a super-powerful Hollywood outfit that represents stars, producers and directors. The young L.A. newcomer may not be a
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Katie
I surprisingly really liked this book.

I was drawn to the story by the fact that, even though there are more important things in the world,I really enjoy the movies. It is always interesting to imagine what life would be like in the "glamorous" world of Hollywood. This story seemed to offer a backstage pass. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

After reading it I can say that a lot of the characters and situations were cliche and based on a very superficial and, if I can be honest, quite revoltin
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Erika
It took me I guess over a month to read this book. I just couldn't get into it. It felt like a lot of short stories made into chapters at first. No continuity to anything. Then about 200 pages in, it was like going downhill on a rollercoaster. I thoroughly enjoyed those last 160 pages, but i couldn't believe it took me that long. I am going to give these ladies another try with the follow-up next. Hopefully their writing skills got a little better.
stephanie
classic tale of young idealistic girl who goes to hollywood and finds herself both in over her head, in love, and totally confused about whether she wants to stay in hollywood or not. the ending is too cheesy for words, but lizzie's a cool character. the writing just isn't as good as it could be (and the sequel is much better).
Devorah
This is an odd book. One that wants you to be disgusted with the antics of the Hollywood elite, all while being a homage TO the Hollywood elite. The protagonist spends about six chapters hating the LA world, longing for the meaningful world of politics (heh), but then inexplicably decides she loves her utterly useless job after all.

The truth is that the protagonist, who's oh so beautiful and smart and has every guy longing for her, wants to be in this world far too much. The Devil Wears Prada a
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Kristine
The bleach-blond sun-drenched version of The Devil Wears Prada. While the topics here have been skewered before, theyre so deserving in my mind (especially since I live in LA) that I enjoyed the mindless romp anyway. ...more
Lauren
It wasn't entirely the book's fault I didn't finish it: I made it to page 254 before I left on a trip that I could not take this hardcover along. I was pushing myself to finish but, truth be told, after a book of different characters, I no longer felt compelled to find out what happened to the characters, whether the movie would be made, etc. I think I would rather move on to my next book than return to this one.

I am lucky in that the problems with structure that led to this book's downfall show
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Blodeuedd Finland
I had a strange feeling with this book. It was fun, I giggled, and I read it real fast, but at times I didn't feel it. I don't know, I just didn't feel.

But if we forget that for a moment. This is a book about Elizabeth who leaves the political world and gets a job as a second assistant at a big time agency. But it's a cut-throat world. The famous wants it all and their way, the bosses are mad and she feels lonely. But she does come close to a co-worker and a guy she meets. She fancies a producer
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Kara Jorges
This is definitely the same Hollywood Jackie Collins has written about, but from a much different perspective. It’s the story of Lizzie Miller, who has barely begun her career in politics before it ends, and she winds up by a fluke working for a Hollywood talent agency. She’s the second assistant to Scott Wagner, agent to the stars, and spends her days learning the ropes with drug-addled bosses and vile coworkers, and her evenings discovering the joys of spiked drinks with oversexed Hollywood sl ...more
Leen
Lizzie verhuist naar Hollywood in de hoop om er van helemaal onderaan de ladder hogerop te kunnen klimmen. Ze wordt tweede assistente van een drugsverslaafde agent in een kantoor vol roddeltantes, en haar taken bestaan er voornamelijk uit om telefoontjes te beantwoorden en koffie te halen. Ze mag naar exclusieve feestjes, duikt in bed met de beroemde/beruchte Jake Hudson en leert het glamourleventje van dichtbij kennen. Als ze Jason ontmoet, die in de koffiebar werkt en zelf een script heeft ges ...more
Emily
Elizabeth is thankful for a new job and a new start, moving to Los Angles to be a second assistant to Scott, a young Hollywood Producer, when her job as congressional intern comes to an unexpected end. She has alot to learn in Hollywood, as there are a whole new set of priorities and social structure that Elizabeth has never heard of or considered before. The plot follows Elizabeth through her tasks as she learns, what she has to do, what she is expected to do, and what she really wants to keep ...more
Brittany
Mar 09, 2009 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of insider chick lit
Recommended to Brittany by: Gillian
How I Came To Read This Book: My sister randomly purchased it.

The Plot: Lizzie, tired of her job in the political world, quits and heads out to Hollywood to live the good life...as the second assistant to a major agent to the stars. There isn't too much plot (as with all of these slice of life insider stories) other than Lizzie tries to find a way to ascend in the not-as-cutthroat world of agents (and tries to head towards her dream of being a Hollywood producer) and various love threads.

The Goo
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Heather
Writing style was chick-lit interesting- and fast-moving-enough, but I really dislike the cliched stories about how shallow and horrible everyone is in LA.

I know this is a roman a clef and that this is probably very true to the writers' experience, but my experience of Los Angeles has been 100% different and the perpetuation of this myth that LA is only full of completely vapid plastic assholes really gets under my skin.

There are lots of different people here, and frankly it is easily the most
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Kirsten
I honestly do not understand why this book didn't get more love. In my opinion, the feel of this book is a mix between "Bridget Jones' Diary"- the first one/movie, not the god-awful sequel- and "Valley of the Dolls". It's a well-told tale of a girl's beginning in Hollywood. It is incredibly well-written, and I had to keep my dictionary next to me the whole time because I kept stumbling across words I'd never heard before which made me extremely happy. I give this book 4-5 stars because I need so ...more
Julie
Did not like. But probably due to the vapidness of the characters, even in regards to the protagonist- although I felt she was more clueless than anything else. But what can you expect from a book that explains its premise right from the onset with its subtitle (the only thing about this book which I actually approve of). I should have known better. But in sum, not for me.
Lesleyjl31
The slowest start in the world and a long drag before about midway it starts to get somewhat decent. You feel for the main character, Lizzie. I was also amused by the ending. I started off along the one, two star area but simply because I thought the end was cute, I gave this a four star rating. There are still many elements I did not like and I found some character arcs untrue to the establishment of that particular character - not sure how the Lizzie and Lara dynamic changed but it wasn't a st ...more
Britt Griffith
If you want something deep that will make you do some soul-searching, don't read this book. If, however, you want a fun, completely frivilous read, then I completely recommend it. Its the story of a twenty-something woman who leaves the political world of Washington D.C. for the crazy glamour and backstabbing of Hollywood. There she makes friends and enemies, falls in and out of love, and discovers that her true passions are completely different from what she had originally thought. The only thi ...more
Lena Mingis
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a very quick read and perfect for summer reading. The story line was not very difficult to follow but it also wasn't memorable either. I read this book a couple years ago and while I remember laughing a few times, the actual events and characters quickly left my brain.
Natalie
Dreck. Cheesy. Predictable.

Mary Sue character experiences incredible luck after moving to LA, everyone is in love with her, and she doesn't realize how beautiful she is. I enjoy chick lit sometimes, but this was way too cheesy and predictable.
Z
Jul 10, 2013 Z rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: chick-lit
Lizzie gets laid off political career and her only option is to work in The Agency, the driving force behind Hollywood. She has to deal with the morally corrupt, drugs, everyone sleeping with everyone and trusting no one.

This was a quick light read and to be honest, the book could have been half the length. It was painfully predictable, and most of it just seemed like an excuse to set the scene without really moving the story along, which got annoying.

Mostly, I could see the comparisons to The D
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Meredith
Aug 20, 2007 Meredith rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: chicklit, read_2007
So far I cannot push myself through this book for some reason. I usually love this chick lit stuff but this one just isn't that great in my opinion. I'm only on page 100 though so maybe that will change. I'll update everyone once I get further into it. Update: So I finished the book and it wasn't so bad in the end, just not a book that I would recommend. I felt like I could care less what happened next and there was zero suspense until maybe the last few chapters. I definitely don't think I'll b ...more
Rose Blum
I enjoyed alot of this book ~ chick lit but most of it was fun to read... Our entertainment industry is pretty strange & so many people actually care about it!!!
Rachel
okay, not going to lie. This was a tough book to finish. I feel as though it was not organized very well and it seemed jumbled. I've read a lot of reviews about this book and some compare it to The Devil Wears Prada. Yes, I see a lot of the commonalities, but in the end, it was only the content that compares--not the writing.

Not until the last 180 pages or so did the book actually have somewhat of a plot and not just a girl running around being a second assistant. Not a book I would recommend, b
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Umarie Serrant
This book was intresting and it kept me until the end, but its pages were quite thin. meaning there wasnt any depth in the book. Throughout the book i felt like i was reading a 'Shopaholic' series. It's not bad, and its the first book i ever came across to have two authors. It's funny but not tearing-up funny. Some parts were really typical and i saw it coming a chapter away but others kinda caught me. what im saying is..if you're stuck for something to read or you wanna carry out a little somet ...more
Sabra
Just okay, it was a bit too "The Nanny Wears Prada" - don't get me wrong, I liked both of those books, but it's been done.
Genevieve
Jul 09, 2007 Genevieve rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: career girls
This book was all-n-all a fun read but began to lull after the half-way point. It took to long to climax and left me craving a new aspect to the story. It finally ramped-up @ the second-to-last chapter and exploded w/ almost too much at once.

That said, it was a great girl book for single, career girls that want a fun fantacy.

Looking forward to the series, I heard they are making a TV series out of it! I've also got to pick up "The First Assistant"
Helen Talaniec
Fun read! I like reading about workplace dramas and young women struggling to get by, especially when they triumph in the end!
Debbie
This was like The Devil Wears Prada, but about a movie exec's assistant instead of a fashion magazine exec. assistant, and takes place in LA instead of NY. Both characters are naive girls whose parents don't get why they are doing the job they are doing and both spend a lot of time getting their bosses out of crises and getting expensive lattes from across the street. This book was definately not as good as Devil wears Prada, but I read it in 2 days, so it held my interest more than the angel bo ...more
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