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Beautiful People

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  631 ratings  ·  106 reviews
"When she's good, she's very, very good, and Beautiful People finds Holden on steroids. Unmissable."
-Daily Mirror A witty, utterly addictive novel from bestselling author Wendy Holden, Beautiful People is a tale wicked in its observations yet buoyant at its heart: an irresistible confection you'll want to devour immediately.

Darcy-a struggling English rose actress when The...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2009)
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I wouldn't even begin to a do a detailed summary of "Beautiful People", because I want this review to be spoiler-free. But this story is about a handful of strangers all mixed together in some juicy Hollywood scandals. Some are already divas fully immersed in the Hollywood culture, others are reluctant newcomers to this dazzling world. There's never a dull moment in this one and I flew through all 400 pages!

There are so many characters and all of their lives become intertwined in the most unexpl...more
wooh* OK, let's get going on this review. I for one thought that the beginning was a little bit slow going and had too many characters. If you're one of those people that put down a book after 100 pages because you aren't liking it then I encourage you to keep reading on this one.
Now remember, I'm being totally honest here! I was confused at the start; trying to figure out the whirlwind of characters were going to relate to each other was not happening for me. Oh...but Wendy Holden surprises yo...more
This was one behemoth Love Actually of a book, but not in a good way. Remember the movie Valentine's Day? The movie sagged under the weight of too many stars, yes, but it also suffered from extreme shallowness by way of not enough time spent fleshing out its thousands of characters. I'm a fast reader, but it took me weeks to finish off this one. Beautiful People has maybe two somewhat multidimensional characters: Mitch, the fat agent, and Niall/Graham, the burly Scottish "serious actor" phony wh...more
Belle Murphy was supposed to be Hollywood’s hottest young star, but it all fell apart when her latest movie flopped spectacularly. To try and get herself back into the media’s good books, Belle heads off to London, via an African adoption agency, to star in Shakespeare. Can she claw her way back to the top of the Hollywood pile again? Darcy Prince is a beautiful English rose, who has her heart set on being a “proper” actress, when the call comes from Hollywood – LA’s hottest director wants her i...more
I've been a Wendy Holden fan for years now having read several of her earlier works. Ms. Holden's latest book, Beautiful People, is delightful and I'd dare to say her best book to date! Beautiful People intricately weaves the lives of several characters in the U.K. and L.A. together through a series of unexpected events. Holden lays the foundation of each character's mindset, relationships, and circumstances early in the novel and builds on them as they all somehow ebb, flow, and swap places wit...more
The back-cover description pretty much covers it all. The story doesn’t go much deeper than that and you can probably guess the answers to those questions.

Holden weaves a story in which each of her many characters cross-paths and get unexpectedly involved in each others lives’. The problem is there is nothing unexpected about the plot for the reader. It’s highly clichéd and full of stereotyped characters.

There is Orlando, the teenager who was once awkward and pimply, but almost overnight turns...more
I gobbled up Beautiful People, a fun story of the acting industry on both sides of the pond, Hollywood and the London stage. Darcy, a young British actress is the daughter of an acting family where the stage is the ultimate form of their craft and film is a lower form of the art. Belle is a young Hollywood actress desperate for a come-back after her recent meteoric rise and then sudden crash-and-burn. The lives of these two extremely different young actresses intersect in Southern Italy, along w...more
First of all, do not read this book if you are on a diet!!! I mean, I love food, especially Italian, but the second half of the book it is an endless boring blabber about food. Not what I look for in a chick lit.
Plus the story is a bit far-fetched


I mean the protagonist, an aspiring actress, being happy when the blockbuster movie where she was the lead female character is cancelled? That in my opinion is going a bit too far….
Too many characters in this book. The chapters with Ken the photographer were largely unnecessary. The entire introduction of Marco was a lot of interesting, griping text, but was, again a bit too much if you ask me. Was very confused at the beginning why I was reading about two people named Sam and Orlando when they weren't mentioned in the book cover summary as main characters. Was irritated by Belle character-- which is, I'm sure, how the writer intended it. But found most of her chapters SO...more
Thoroughly enjoyable and well written. I know I use the word entertaining A LOT, but hey, it's fitting and it is one of my top requirements in reading. But enough about me and more about Wendy Holden.

It reminded me of a Robert Altman movie and as such, you have to keep reading in order to get involved in the plot. At first it was rough because there was a matter of introducing the characters. After that, it was a smooth ride into good reading.

It is about a bunch of people, some beautiful in the...more
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If you looking for Hollywood drama and characters you love to hate, you'll have a great time reading Beautiful People by Wendy Holden.

First things first. I know I shouldn't judge a book by the cover, but that doesn't mean I can't judge the cover, right? I am grateful that Sourcebooks sent me this book, but I don't think the cover would have attracted my attention in a book store. I actually like...more
I loved and hated this book at the same time for some reason. It follows a collection of characters. Focusing on three females Bella (think Britney Spears with her updownupdown career), Darcy (a stage actress who has to decide if she is going to answer hollywood's call) and Emma (a nanny who kind of keeps us all grounded with the simpler people). Then there is the cast of characters that keep these characters moving, interweaving all of their lives. The characters move to different parts of thei...more
A fun but meaty read, which also happens to take you inside the world of modeling, Hollywood agenting, casting, and on location shoots. I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to get absorbed into a real meaty but light topic read. The antagonist, Belle Murphy, is excellently done -- she's a stick thin, aging, crazy Hollywood diva. She adopts an African baby just to gain sympathy in the press. I enjoyed reading her antics. I will admit that I put this book down about 1/3rd of the way through. Wh...more
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This book starts out strong. It is filled with interesting characters--a reluctant male model, a self-centered golden boy of Hollywood, an actress whose sparkling career is behind her, and a English rose who is plucked from obscurity when offered a role in a major film. But the more time spent with these characters, the less interesting they become. The writing is snappy and at times clever and cheeky. The chapters are the perfect le...more
Jenny Lynn
This could have been an interesting book if there just weren't so many characters and too many points of view (especially when the reader would suddenly be jarred into someone else's point of view within the same sentence). I liked some of the characters though only a few with any consistency (namely Emma and Orlando because, unlike Darcy, they didn't suddenly turn from intelligent people to blithering idiots because of some big Hollywood star). Also, it seemed that very little happened in the b...more
Whew - finished - 695 pages - HATED several of the characters - liked three or four - so reading the stories from the dreadful, selfish ones was really tough slugging - but I made it. Predictable happy ending - very glad the way it turned out ... would have been upset had it not. All good characters lived 'happily' ever after. All nasty characters - not so much. I don't know anything about celebrities and the Hollywood scene - and if it is anything like this book portrays it and them ... I'm so...more
This is one of those stories where there are half a dozen or so individual story lines that end up tying together in the end.

Over 100 pages in and only one of the two characters mentioned in the blurb had been refered to and I was starting to feel like maybe this wasn't the book for me.

But I kept reading and I'm glad that I did. I liked the characters and I liked the conflicting descriptions of the characters from the point of view of other characters. (view spoiler)...more
Wendy Holden is a brilliant writer, however I found this romp rather long in view of its essential lack of emotional substance. Yes, it is funny, witty, slick and she sends up both Hollywood and British values to hilarious effect, but, for me, it is too light for a novel of nearly 700 pages in length.
The plot follows the escapades of two prominent characters - Darcy and Belle - both actresses - one a reluctantly rising star, the other addicted to sex and stardom, but whose career is on the wane....more
Catherine McMullan
Beautiful People is a beautifully written fluff piece that really helped me decompress this last week. Holden's novel follows multiple characters whose lives end up completely intertwined. The novel kept you on your toes because you never knew who was going to meet who next! The novel's specifically follows the lives of Darcy, a struggling classical actress from London who get a big Hollywood movie deal, Belle, a big Hollywood star or at least she was, and Emma, an English nanny struggling to ke...more
Megan Jordan
A fun book filled with eccentric and fun characters, I enjoyed this read as a nice bit of relaxing in between heavier tomes of Game of Thrones. Holden has a way with characters, and her humor shows in her writing. Enjoyable!
Hsiau Wei
The book remind me so much of Jackie Collin's writing ;) Obsession over money, fame and size zero surpasses their own needs and those of the close ones. It was rather absurd to see the extent one can goes to as in the case of Bella who went ahead an adopt a little boy in the hope of maintaining a compassionate front and gaining back the popularity votes that she is losing. Random (?!) sleeping or sleeping around in the hope of getting notice by the media has become a norm in the story where one...more
Khim Anne (someonepurpleblooded)
Strangefully entertaining, a bit confusing and a tad to wonderful and juicy to ignore. The story might be too long and well strange but eventually one will get it and realize.
This novel took too much effort. Seemed the author was attempting to recreate a movie with multiple interchanging plot lines but the difference vein that those characters share a common space or element (i.e school, town/city, holiday celebrations) and end up affecting one another. This novel's characters seemed to be overindulgent with certain character archetypes. Also it doesn't help that the author seems to understand VERY little about American culture and preferred to exacerbate the very ou...more
A step up (maybe) from the last mindless book that I read. Some of it was so unbelievable that I had to laugh out loud. Somewhat entertaining.
Made it to page 90. May try again later but 20 main characters is too many. They're all one-dimensional characters.
I enjoyed the interweaving of storylines, but the characters were so unlikeable it made the whole book tedious.
3.5 rating

This was a light, frothy, gossipy book--just what I needed after reading several heavier books. It was pure fun. I felt like I was reading a tabloid or a gossip magazine.

While I found some characters annoying like Belle and Christian (although I think we are supposed to dislike them) I liked several of the other characters such as Darcy, Marco, Emma, and Orlando. I liked how, at the beginning the stories all seemed to be separate and then at the end the lives of the characters were al...more
I always find Wendy Holden's books good for few hours entertainment, and this is no exception. That said, I felt like I had already met the characters in previous books. The most obvious was Belle, who was clearly an American version of Champagne. Darcy and Emma seemed very similar to previous heroines in their outlook and behaviour, if not their back stories.

The peripheral characters endeared themselves to me more, like Orlando, the boy running away from attention and the paparazzo walking away...more
A book where I was constantly asking myself why the heck I was reading it. I was more then once tempted to put it aside and let it dust away only the curiosity of how it will end for 2-3 of the characters kept me going. Though in the end it wasn't worth it anyway cause it was too predictable. And what really offended me several times was the language it was written in. My English isn't the best - but the writing was on such a low level that it was an insult even to my knowledge. If you have in y...more
Holden has created a trifecta of very different but fun characters. We have Darcy, the serious British theater actress who has just been offered the chance of a lifetime; to play the lead in a Hollywood movie. Belle, an actress whose career has has some serious ups and downs the last year. She is shallow, blond, made of plastic parts and a bit slutty. Then there is Emma, the sweet and capable nanny that has somehow gotten into a situation that really sucks for her.

Kind of trashy, highly entertai...more
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Wendy Holden grew up in Yorkshire, and studied English at Girton College, Cambridge. She worked in magazines for many years before joining Tatler's in 1997 as deputy editor, and later moved to the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, which she left in 2000 to concentrate on writing. She regularly writes features for newspapers and magazines on a range of social, topical and lifestyle subjects and is als...more
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