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Reality Boulevard

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When Oscar-winning producer Marty Maltzman’s award-winning non-fiction series Lights and Sirens is suddenly cancelled after 16 seasons, the quirky documentary film-maker and his colorful staff find themselves unemployed and out on the streets in an artificial new Hollywood filled with Kardashians, Survivors and Real Housewives. As the collection of oddball characters adapt ...more
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published February 11th 2013 by Apostrophe Books (first published February 10th 2013)
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Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fun and yet horrifying take on world of reality show productions. Melissa clearly knows her subject and did a great job of threading the plots, which made it difficult to put the book down. She brought the characters to life with compelling ethical dilemmas.

On a completely separate note, this was my first iBook and I learned a few things - don't lose the charger and don't let husband use it for streaming TV shows. The fact these hurdles frustrated me is just another indicator that this is a grea
Victoria Adams
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm starting to download more and more ebooks that aren't in hard copy yet and I've really found some gems. This is one of them. This is what I would consider a great beach-read (what's the equivalent in winter...A good "snuggler"?), because its fast-paced and has a compelling cast of characters. But is also well -written which matters to me most of all. Also I love a book that makes me laugh-- and this one made me laugh out loud, and often. Lots of the observations are clearly based on the auth ...more
Lisa Logan
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reality Boulevard was a fun and insightful read. No one can ever accuse this writer of underdeveloped characters! One of the best treatments of characters I've ever read. You feel like you get to know each character personally. The satire of the reality television industry is done in a tasteful and fun way. She isn't cruel to her characters like a lot of satirists. As you read you're both empathetic to the characters and also laughing your head off at them, too. I really like how she portrays th ...more
Alice Fusco
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ALL this book gives you is:

- Brilliantly constructed characters.

- A highly engaging, skillfully written plot.

- A page-turning experience written from an inside-view perspective.

- An unforgettable read.

This is the kind of book that just rides around in your head even after you have finished it. The characters are SO real - and I love how Ms. Peltier skillfully weaves this story, taking us through the development, discoveries, and adventures of the protagonist. ANYONE can relate to this book. Bril
Pamela Hudson
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Harder to look away from than a bad car wreck on the freeway. This wickedly funny book confirms any and all suspicions about the nature of the machine that churns out the endless sausage known as reality TV programming. The characters are too spot on for them not to be, well, um, from reality! For anyone who has ever felt their IQ plunge as they cursor their remote through the ever- diminishing menu of worthwhile television programming, this book administers an antidote for the disgust and ennui ...more
B.J. Neblett
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to B.J. by: Melissa
Tongue planted firmly and deceptively in cheek, Melissa delivers to the reader a Hollywood that only a Hollywood insider - one who survived to escape and tell about it - could deliver. Forget reality TV. What goes on behind the scenes is faster, flightier, fancier, funnier and more frivolous than anything you can imagine. Although tagged 'fiction', I have two strong feelings about Reality Boulevard: 1) the goings on revealed in the pages of Reality Boulevard are the realities of Hollywood Boulev ...more
Lynne Moses
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Jo Peltier's time in the reality TV trenches, as well as her writing talent, are on full display in this page-turning novel. Reading it reminded me of that "watching a traffic accident" feel I used to get from the brilliant/scary HBO series "Entourage." The worst of Hollywood reality concentrated into a thrilling, horrifying ride. Peltier's protagonists are so well crafted, we empathize as they struggle to pursue their dreams and ambitions in a dream factory that too often feels more lik ...more
Carolyn Doyle
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You will not be able to put this book down. Melissa Peltier, professional author and producer, has the personal experience to tell her tale of what it's really like in the "reality television world." She pulls together all her creative talent in this entertaining novel. You will fall in love with the characters. You will laugh and cry and agonize with them in this unique plot centered around the reality television industry. Wild and crazy and fun!
John Gray
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful - fast paced and packed with great characters and outrageous situations - all of which ring absolutely true if you know about or are a fan of reality TV. Lots of laugh out loud moments, a lot of heart, and a lot of smart, snarky insights into an insane world that most people never get a look inside of. Highly recommend.
Rebecca Black
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded Reality Boulevard and gulped it right up. I was delighted by the rich characters, visceral descriptions of idiomatic places (for example, the reference to Samuel French bookstore), and the outrageous and hilarious plot twists. It is a highly entertaining book, and I recommend it to everyone!
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Reality Boulevard! Hollywood usually does Hollywood so badly, but Melissa NAILED IT! She boldly captures the fetid under-scent of the crazy business I've been a part of for 35 years and perfectly illustrates the dangers of putting that first foot on the golden treadmill. What a fun book to read.
Leslie Murphy
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Huge fan of this book and I'm only about half way through! A super easy read because the subject matter is so unbelievable and the writing is smooth and effortless. Definitely recommend to any and all of you!
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fun, snarky treatise on the state of reality TV from someone who knows what she's talking about. Greed has trumped quality, and faked reality is what sells on TV today.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great fun....
Anne Marie
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Great book about reality-TV making, L.A. entertainment culture, and Hollywood in general. Well-paced novel that follows several engaging story arcs focused on the creative people and executives behind reality television shows. Only issue was with the distracting lack of proofreading, where I had to frequently reread sentences with extra pronouns or misspelled versions of words (i.e. two vs. too) to decode what was being said.
Leta McCurry
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at the sleazy underbelly of the TV entertainment industry. There are numerous characters, each with interesting stories that weave the fabric of the whole. They are all either clawing their way to their minute of fame, clawing to prolong their minute of fame or clawing to get back their diminishing or lost moment of fame. The real main character of the book is the TV entertainment industry itself. The author weaves through the story the classic question of the chicken or the e ...more
Susie Cooper
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for "Reality Boulevard"! I loved it! This is a clever and deliciously revealing look at the world of reality T.V., penned by the witty Melissa Jo Peltier. Written as a satire, but based on the author's true experiences working in the reality television genre, you'll never look at reality T.V. shows the same way again and will find that despite the familiar term, most reality shows are far from being anything close to reality.

Ms. Peltier brings the secrets of show business out in the o
Valerie Frankfeldt
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What I loved most about this novel was the author's authentically detailed, yet colorful and quirky cast of characters. They were all so real. While their outrageous actions and the fast-moving plot twists made me laugh out loud, somehow, I believed in all of them, and found myself thinking about them even when I wasn't actually reading, particularly Marty. You just can't help but love Marty! I'm not a fan of reality TV, but this 'behind the scenes' view of life among the people who create the s ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hollywood
We have met the enemy and he is us. This is novel about the rise of terrible, soft scripted, reality television. About Hollywood backstabbing, and the frightening number of people whose only desire is to famous no matter how they get there.
Melissa Peltier
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
well written/great story

An extremely enjoyable read. A fascinating look at reality TV. Confirms what I thought was going on out in Hollywood. Thanks for a very entertaining story.
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Peltier is a New Yorker these days, born a New Englander who made a 20-year detour through Hollywood after graduating Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Most recently, she is the author of the darkly comic Hollywood novel, "Reality Boulevard". She is also the co-author of six non-fiction works: "The Mommy Docs Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth"; plus five books ...more
“Today’s generation didn’t want to watch ancient actors reciting the same tired lines. They wanted to see themselves reflected onscreen –rude, raw, entitled. These kids needed to believe that they themselves were only one daring, controversial act away from being up on that screen themselves. ” 6 likes
“Well, fame is a drug and when you take it away from an addict, things can get ugly.” 4 likes
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