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The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription

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Sean Harrigan is a writer/actor on the fringes of Hollywood, stuck in two relationships going nowhere: one with his girlfriend and one with his improvisational comedy troupe, The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription.  When movie star Finn Brooks, the former “Fifth Gigolo”, enlists his help in dealing with a blackmailer, Sean finds himself using his improv skills in ways he never im ...more
Paperback, First, 450 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Sophisticated Rogue Media
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Maggi
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book provoked a particular reaction, which I have seldom experienced, in a lifetime of reading: at a critical juncture of the story, a set-up was created, tension was building, and one character either was or was not going to walk in on another character, with profound consequences for their relationship. I could feel my pulse building in my temple, my foot was tapping hectically, and suddenly, I couldn't bear it any more -- I snapped the book shut, signed heavily, and had to stare off into ...more
Mark Hein
This book is a delightful surprise.

I imagined (and the opening chapters fed the fantasy)
that we'd be in for a fond look back at late youth,
set in the world of aspiring LA actors.

Surprise #1 -- The "Gigolos" offer a look inside
improv comedy, a world many know of but few know.
And the tour is shaped, made into felt experience,
by our connection to the characters.
So what could have been a wallow in nostalgia
becomes instead an exploration of a fascinating new world --
one that by its nature carries the
...more
Heather4Ever
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Meh.

The gullible "average Joe" main character is hoodwinked into various shenanigans as he tries his best to make himself an accomplished author.

The book as a whole felt bloated with stuff that doesn't really matter, and the storyline isn't worth 450 pages. The climax, my favorite part of any book, was well executed though just a tad under my expectations. The love sub-plot felt shallow, and had almost no bearing on the plot as a whole, with the exception of the climax. But to be honest, we coul
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Anne
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What are friends for if not to help out an old friend – even if it complicates (to put it mildly) your already unsettled life? Vanilla Gigolo Prescription takes us through the twists and turns of life in LA as told by Sean, a member of a LA based improv group, whose life is increasingly complicated when he reunites with a now famous former group member. Sean, never one to lose his sense of irony, makes the reader laugh and cheer for him as he takes us vividly along for the ride. While doing so w ...more
Carmen
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
Twists, turns, corkscrews, some loopty-loops - I realized halfway through the book that I didn't what was really going on and the feeling continued until the very last chapter. The interaction between the members of the Vanilla Gigolo Prescription improv group was excellent - passive aggressive and snarky, with some actual brotherhoodness behind it. The plot was well paced, not too slow and not too fast. This book was intelligent and well-written. Two quibbles - the title (doesn't exactly roll o ...more
Lauren
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Note: I received this book from the author through a giveaway.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did if I'm honest. I found it witty and enjoyed the Hollywood/LA references and the dynamic between the group. Sean is a likeable main character even with his complete lack of self esteem at the beginning of the book and there's a great twist with the ending. The only quibbles I have with the story is Sean's stay at the Marmont and Sean's delay in standing up to Finn, as it ends up a
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Greg K
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superbly fun debut novel that moves and entertains. Especially for those of us who have experience The Industry in any shape or form, much of this is relevant and recognizable. Definitely recommended.
Charlotte Julie
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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It took me a bit to get into the story but by the end I couldn't put it down.
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A graduate of Regis High School in New York City and Duke University, William Norrett is the author of several plays, including The Sophisticated Rogue, The Dealer Was Showing Six, and Brendan O’Lenihan Leaves Three Daughters. He is also the writer/director of the short film collection You Know What This Song’s About? He still lives in Los Angeles.