I am between 2 stars and 3 stars on this book as I liked the way it was written and the idea of family dynamics changing as you grow up, plus some ofI am between 2 stars and 3 stars on this book as I liked the way it was written and the idea of family dynamics changing as you grow up, plus some of the passages about family rang really true. But after I read more than 1/2 the book on the plan ride home from my Christmas vacation it took me until almost Valentine's Day to read the final 80 pages as I HATED every character in this book besides the two most undeveloped ones.
The members of the Post family were all the worst people - one more dull, ungrateful and immature than the next. Totally selfish, spoiled, delusional and ungrateful (I will say that again, you are on a two week vacation in paradise at a mansion and all bitter about it the whole time-I would kill for that trip with my family). Bad things (kind of) happened to them leading up to the trip but I wish even worse things happened to them since they were so terrible. I mean the author couldn't have possibly wanted us to like these people, right?
I enjoyed the plot and premise/set-up of the book, but if Franny, Sylvia, Jim, the Miami brother (who's name I have blocked out, I loathed him the most) actually learned a lesson it would have been a far better book. Jim is the only one who even SLIGHTLY gleaned anything on his vacation or began to show changes in the book.
Carmen was lucky to not be related to these people, and Lawrence should never let his baby he is trying to adopt with Charles around these fools....more
"Actors Anonymous" it was a quick read filled with Hollywood excess and struggling people trying to get by in any way they can--which usually means in"Actors Anonymous" it was a quick read filled with Hollywood excess and struggling people trying to get by in any way they can--which usually means in the slimiest way possible for Franco. I was hoping for something a little more gossipy, not only "insider" Hollywood treats, but maybe actually saying something of meaning about the Hollywood Machine. I did enjoy the almost trivia and factoids that make-up entire chapters in the beginning of the book about various famous actors getting their breaks and their downfalls: but what are basically old rumors about Jack Nicholson and Easy Rider, etc. do not a novel make. I felt like the SHOCKING (but not as shocking as Franco likes to think they are) stories of pedophilia, or turning tricks in a fast food restaurant that were graphic for no real payoff were really just attempts to rip off better darker and transgressive authors like Chuck Palahniuk or Dennis Cooper.
I enjoyed this "novel" much more than his first published collection "Palo Alto", which is not saying much, but the stories in "Palo Alto" was more fully realized and more well written than this debut novel by actor, James Franco. I loathed "Palo Alto" as it wasn't about teenagers being misogynistic perverts and coaches molesting students and entitled teens hanging out around doing drugs and masturbating, not exactly gripping material. That being said, do not think that the people in "AA" are anymore likable than the kids in "Palo Alto". I do not think that James Franco is capable or even has the desire to write something that has characters that have any redeeming qualities or are engaging in activities meant to shock, but only for the sake of being shocking. No one learns any lessons in a Franco story. I think this also reeks of entitlement, of being published since you are James Franco, not because of the quality of the work.
I think Franco was attempting to do something that was "unconventional" in the structure of some parts of "AA", but while that is commendable it falls short: he is no Lydia Davis or Jennifer Egan. This book was decent for riding on my 10 minute train commute as it breaks up easily and you do not think about it once the pages are closed. I can only recommend it for someone who wants to read something mindless and a bit trashy....more
I have read every book JC has written and this one was great! I can't even begin to think about what will happen once there will be no more new JackieI have read every book JC has written and this one was great! I can't even begin to think about what will happen once there will be no more new Jackie Collins books to read. No one does it like Jackie!...more
A great summer read. I liked it better than the Nanny Diaries. Thought it seemed like the entire plot was cribbed from Britney Spears between 2005-200A great summer read. I liked it better than the Nanny Diaries. Thought it seemed like the entire plot was cribbed from Britney Spears between 2005-2009 it was a great Hollywood themed look at inside the rich and glamorous peoples lives....more
"I now want to explain these things to her but I know I never will, the most important one being: I never liked anyone and I'm afraid of people."
I lov"I now want to explain these things to her but I know I never will, the most important one being: I never liked anyone and I'm afraid of people."
I loved the ominous feeling carried through out. As always, I connected with the starkness and the alienation that permeates BBE's books. If anything the conspicuous consumptions (leading to further sense of separation of one's self) of today's modern society is even more pronounced than it was in the 80's.
The only thing keeping me from a 5 star review rather than a 4star review is the sense that I was aware of while reading the entire book, but especially the last ten or so pages of the book was this being Dennis Cooper-lite (ala The Sluts, etc). ...more