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The Twins of Tribeca

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Karen Jacobs has landed the job of a lifetime at New York's hottest film studio, Glorious Pictures, which is headed by a pair of famously competitive and ambitious brothers, Phil and Tony Waxman. The young publicist quickly finds herself with an all-access pass to the tantrums, whims, follies, neuroses, and unimaginable egos of the celebrities who star in Glorious's films ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 14th 2006 by Miramax Books (first published June 1st 2005)
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Laurieculleton
Feb 07, 2008 Laurieculleton rated it did not like it
This book followed in the Devil Wears Prada's footsteps. It did not hold my attention so I did not finish it.
Brittany
Nov 10, 2008 Brittany rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the 'I survived hell and wrote a book about it' career books as mentioned in my review...
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
How I Came To Read This Book: It was $5 on Chapters. Need I say more?

The Plot: Karen is a slightly misguided twenty-something who takes a fancy job at Glorious Pictures, a fictional studio based largely on Miramax (where author Rachel Pine used to work). Rather than an actual discernible plot the book moreso follows the trials and tribulations of a movie studio underling as she becomes increasingly disillusioned with the industry. Sound familiar? It should. The Devil Wears Prada, Nanny Diaries,
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Stef
Oct 13, 2012 Stef rated it liked it
I want to mention that I wasnt too excited about this book before I started reading it. I didnt expect it to be a WOW book mostly because I havent heard/read anything about it or about its author. This is explained by the fact that its the authors first and only book so far.

Now, after having read it, I can honestly say that The Twins of TriBeCa is one of the most edgy and hilarious books Ive read. The main character, Karen Jacobs, thinks that shes been offered the opportunity of a life time when
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Kristal
Mar 24, 2016 Kristal rated it really liked it
As someone who has worked in the film industry, I found this fictionalized account of working at Miramax Films (in the book called Glorious Films) under the infamous Weinsteins (in the book called the Waxmans) incredibly interesting and hard to put down. Half the fun is trying to figure out which celebrities the author is dishing on by deciphering their thinly veiled aliases. It's not rocket science and definitely not the best thing I've ever read but I was thoroughly entertained.
Sherrie
Jul 17, 2007 Sherrie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who love tabloid stuff.
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First-time novelist Rachel Pine was a publicity assistant at Miramax Films, the movie company run by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Pine's novel centers on Karen Jacobs, a publicity assistant at Glorious Pictures, headed by Phil and Tony Waxman, "the notorious, larger-than-life twin brothers who run their company with ... iron fists." Why Pine even bothered to change the Weinsteins' names is something of a mystery, especially since Miramax itself is publishing the book AND has bought the rig ...more
Colleen
Nov 04, 2008 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Like The Devil Wears Prada and Because She Can, The Twins of Tribeca tells the story of a young, optimistic and naive young woman taking a job in a notoriously difficult environment because she is certain (a) the stories are exaggerated, and (b) the experience will be worth it. This light book obviously tracks working for the Weinstein brothers at Miramax, and is an enjoyable enough read especially anyone interested in or involved with the movie industry.

For me, the narrative never reached th
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Allie Schembra
Jun 04, 2011 Allie Schembra rated it liked it
Shelves: beach-books
This book was such a quick, trashy red, I loved it. After reading Night, I needed something light. This book was it.

Similar to , TTOT takes place in a movie studio setting, not unlike Miramax and the Weinstein Brothers. It follows Karen, a former researcher for CNN, as she works for the publicity department of the studio. Backstabbing, gossip, and rumors abound and Karen finds herself becoming more involved. After a year of being with the company, she realizes there is no one she can really tru
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Marcy
Jul 05, 2016 Marcy rated it it was ok
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Celia Powell
Aug 09, 2008 Celia Powell rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
I'm curious as to whether this was published after "The Devil Wears Prada", because if it was, holy copyright infringement batman. OK, we're in a different industry - film-making, rather than fashion magazines - but other than that, you know the story. Young girl, a bit lost as to her life's direction, with a job history in serious journalism, gets a position as a lowly second assistant to a very high maintenance and deranged female boss. She fetches and carries, manages a ridiculously complicat ...more
Melissa
May 04, 2010 Melissa rated it it was ok
Hm. It so closely mimics the world created in The Devil Wears Prada, that there is even a cameo by Miranda Preistley in the book.

This novel is basically The Devils Make Movies, same horror stories of fresh-faced Manhattanite with a toe-hold on her morals as she name-drops through her year working in the film industry. I give her a couple of stars for her honest description of working in publicity and marketing -- it relieves me to know nonsensical b.s. for the sake of promoting people, places a
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Virna
Apr 09, 2015 Virna rated it did not like it
I liked it but did not love it. It just didn't seem realistic and it felt kinda rushed, but it was ok.
Could have gone on a few more chapters and done more the ending
Rebekkila
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This probably benefited from being abridged on CD.This was a lot like "The Devil Wears Prada", I assume this book is about working for the Weinstein brothers at Miramax, oddly Miramax was the publisher of the book. Typical chick lit story of a girl who goes to work for a big company in the entertainment industry and gets verbally abused by everyone above her.

I did like this better than "Devil...Prada" but not by
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Meagan
Jan 24, 2013 Meagan rated it it was ok
Okay, I feel like someone needs to defend this poor book. Yes, it does very much resemble Devil Wears Prada, but while I found every other book written by that author completely unreadable, this was actually decent! If not well written, at all. How the story was told, the tone it had, the structure, all of it was pitted against this book. It just wasn't good.

I was very interested in how a studio office in NYC would be compared to LA and that part was kind of interesting, but obviously not enough
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Kat
Oct 11, 2012 Kat rated it liked it
I listened to this book on CD. It is chick lit, but the heroine is actually focused on work and career rather than the career being a path to meeting the right guy. She does kind of find the right guy in the end, but he is not what you would expect and it is almost an after-thought to the arc of her professional career. Which (SPOILER) ends as a failure, despite her killing herself to provide all the services she was supposed to provide... Really a feminist book despite the rom-com trappings. A ...more
Channelle
Nov 08, 2008 Channelle rated it liked it
When I first brought this book home, for some reason I thought it was going to be a babysitter's tales of caring for twins in NYC. Once I started reading the first chapter I was immediately confused. I then realized I was completely wrong and it was about a girl who was working for a major motion picture company in NYC. The tales of her work drama mirror so much of the silliness in my own life so I found this book interesting. It was a simple, quick read with some comical situations and an appro ...more
Brandyn
Apr 30, 2010 Brandyn rated it did not like it
This is one of the few books I actually finished but rate at one star. Definitely an easy "fluff" read, but what annoying and shallow characters! After I finished it, I read that it was loosely based on the author's experience at Miramax. I couldn't help but laugh because my biggest complaint about the book was that "people just don't act like that." I guess I should revise that statement--I really just don't care about people that act like that.
Lindsey
A lot like "The Devil Wears Prada", this is the story of a lowly assistant working for a big film company. The "fictional" characters are strongly based on the Weinstein brothers and Miramax. It's a funny story, and mostly light, but it made me wonder how anyone could want to work in film.

Good for people who are interested in the inner-workings of show business.
Julie
May 31, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's very similar to The Devil Wears Prada, but thankfully no bad-acting smug Anne Hathaway. It's set in the world of movies, not magazines, and there is no end of shitty things said and done by shitty people. There remains just enough humanity to keep me from throwing the book out the window though.
Dawn
Jul 30, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it
"The Devil Wears Prada" in the film industry, but not quite as redeeming an experience. The deepest realization this protagonist has is she prefers the "real world" of hard news to the faux finish of entertainment film. Enjoyable enough for summer reading though, especially matching the thinly veiled characters with real life identities.
Cris Algeo
It was pure fluff. Wish there had been a really awful person to hate like in the Devil Wears Prada, but there wasn't. None of the characters really stood out. It was amusing but also disappointing. I had just finished Unbroken so I needed something mindless and this filled the bill.
Don't pass it by, just don't expect great literature.
Alyssa
May 28, 2008 Alyssa added it
Recommends it for: No one
What a terrible book! I refuse to waste my time finishing it, I struggled every night but I finally quit a little less than halfway through. Poorly written, repetitive, and painful. The author kept on including details in the plot that could have gone somewhere but they didn't. They died, just like my heart every time I picked it up.
Nancy
Jan 03, 2010 Nancy rated it it was ok
Even I could figure out this is a thinly veiled Miramax/Weinstein brothers story. It's even published by Miramax Books. They must enjoy their reputations. Remind me not to work in the film industry.

This book is an entertaining quick read - keep expectations low and you'll find it a good beach book.
susanb79 Busch
Sep 04, 2007 susanb79 Busch rated it really liked it
What a fun trashy read this was. It's basically the Devil Wears Prada of the film world. The thinly veiled references were a fun insight into the inner workings of Miramax and I sadly actually knew where she was coming from some of the time. Turns on actors and musicians really ARE cut from the same cloth.
Margaret Schugt
Aug 12, 2009 Margaret Schugt rated it liked it
Ok I was on vacation and this little trashy book threw itself into my bag and said "read me bitches." And so I did. Working in hollywood it made me laugh esp. at the thinly veiled 'reimagining" of real people and real movies. Nice way to spend an afternoon with Margaritas
Melissa
Mar 24, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. A fictionalized and thinly-veiled account of what it's like working at Miramax. The names are changed, but it's pretty obvious what films and actors she's talking about. I wonder how many of the stories are true? Who knew Ralph Fiennes was such a diva?
Marylou
Sep 03, 2008 Marylou rated it liked it
Young woman trying to make her career in the film-making industry. If you hate your job, this book will make you feel better about it. Reminded me a little of Sammy's Hill - not quite as good. The celeb stories were a bit corny but still an entertaining read.
Jennifer Plante
Jan 07, 2014 Jennifer Plante rated it it was ok
It was fine as an audiobook for my commute; nothing shocking or enlightening, just decent entertainment.
Monica
Jun 20, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Funny, smart, and ridiculous, this book reminded me of Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing, and yet it didn't feel too cliché. I really, really enjoyed it.
Amy (amyb2332)
This was very similar to Everyone Worth Knowing or the Devil Wears Prada. Girl gets job, it ends up being crappy, etc. I didn't care for the "love story" in this one either.
Paola
Sep 13, 2013 Paola added it
Entertaining, even though it kind of falls apart towards the end. Most of the references to which names have been changed are pretty clear to figure out
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