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The First Assistant: A Continuing Tale from Behind the Hollywood Curtain

(Lizzie Miller #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  5,103 ratings  ·  125 reviews
The further fortunes of everyone?s favorite assistant as she struggles to keep her footing on Hollywood?s slippery slope

In The Second Assistant, readers fell in love with smart, witty East Coast girl Elizabeth Miller. Now that Lizzie has been promoted, can she still keep her pumps firmly on the ground in the city of stars? With a viperish subordinate after her job, the w
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 22nd 2006 by Viking (first published 2006)
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Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book I read years ago
It was one of the first books I picked up and started reading
Then my reading addiction went on from there
Christi Evans
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy chic lit read. I read "The Second Assistant" first so I was familiar with the story line/characters. I like "Lizzie" (main character) and could relate to some of her inner dialogue ... found myself rooting for her, feeling empathy towards her or just liking the fact that she stayed true to herself.
Don't take it too seriously & just enjoy the story
Karen Nield
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not my cup of tea.
Melinda Elizabeth
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
It would have helped if I had read the title more closely before I started reading this book. On hindsight it's fairly obvious that there is another book that I should have read prior to starting this one, but I got my numbers confused and figured the FIRST ASSISTANT was the FIRST BOOK. oops.

I was expecting some brilliant "devil wears prada" moments in this book. The scheming second assistant ticks those boxes. Snooty English accent and air of superiority? check!

The main issue that I had with
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Second Assistant
Recommended to Brittany by: No one
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Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Lizzie is back. She is not Scott's second assistant any more. She is the first assistant now with more responsibility. She has hired herself a new Second Assistant, Amber. Lara her friend, and Scott's Former First Assistant, is married to Scott and they have a son. Plus, Lizzie is having trouble with her relationship is Luke. Lizzie realizes she has more to figure out in Hollywood. First, she can't trust Amber, then Scott trades Lizzie for a car so that she can go be a personal assistant to Emer ...more
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Combine one part Hollywood Car Wash, one part Devil Wears Prada, and 2 parts Hollywood blackmail mixed with the Oscars and you have yourself the First Assistant.

This book wasn't as good of a read as The Second Assistant, and that for me was disappointing because I really enjoyed the first book. For me it felt as though things just happened too easily for this naive character of Lizzie. Once again here is a character who sticks her head in the sand (instead of filing she burned papers so she cou
Having not read the first book, The Second Assistant: A Tale from the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder, I was unfamiliar with a lot of the back story, although Naylor and Hare do a fairly good job of filling this in as unobtrusively as possible. I do think, however, that knowing the happenings of the first book - specifically the background and process for the film Lizzie produces - would make the ending of this one slightly less unbelievable.

This aside (and it's really more my fault for not havin
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
I read the first book like a million years ago and totally forgot what had happened. And this book didn't really remind me as I forgot how it ended. Same old girl-y trash. Girl is still working at some agency despite having a hot producer boyfriend. For some reason (it's always "some reason") she thinks he is sleeping with his ex-girlfriend, but of course, doesn't let him explain himself before she convinces herself the are broken up. Ugh, something new PLEASE! Stuff happens that is lame and she ...more
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, chick-lit
I enjoyed the sequel to this Hollywood drama more than the first book, but I wonder if it's more because I listened to the book rather than the first one, I read. The narration was really well done...kind of similar to The Devil Wears Prada with the main character having that blase-don't-really-care-for-all-this entertainment drama tone of voice. It was nice that the story truly continued where the first book left off and came back full circle to end the stories of the interwintining lives of Li ...more
The First Assistant is the sequel to The Second Assistant. Although TSA was a cute summer read, it was not strong enough to support a continuation and thus this book suffered. When it comes to mindless fun reads, there is a certain level of predictability that is to be expected, and quite frankly, welcomed. It's one of the joys of reading them. You don't have to be fully committed and you never have to reread paragraphs because you happened to be only half paying attention to it in the first pla ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick lit fans looking for a light book
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one, The Second Assistant: A Tale from the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder. They are both "fluff" books, so they are great when you need a light book. Apparently a lot of people compare these books to The Devil Wears Prada, but I personally enjoyed these books much more than I did The Devil Wears Prada. If you enjoy fluffy, light chick lit and stories of Hollywood, then give these books a shot. Just keep in mind that the titles are backward - the Seco ...more
Jul 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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I would say this is a nice light read for a vacation. If you have an interest in Hollywood it is really great as well. It goes into the inner workings of producers and directors and all the other behind the scenes people. I mean not anyone real, the characters are all fictional, but the women who wrote this did have experience in the business, so I pretty much took their word for it. The actual story I thought was rather weak, but it had a wealth of other things to appreciate, other than the Hol ...more
Shay Noble
Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare have come together to create a great chick-lit read set in the glamorous world of the Red Carpet, where not everything is as beautiful and glittering as it appears. Lizzie comes across many pitfalls and roadblocks on her journey, that are met with enough humour to balance out the rubbish luck she seems to be experiencing, but in true, chick-lit fashion everything seems to fall into place for her. It was an okay book, a generic chick-lit read but I did enjoy it and it k ...more
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I picked this one up from the dollar store, and I can see why. It wasn't fabulously written, and a lot of the so-called tribulations that the main character 'suffered' I found difficult to relate to. They seemed so trivial to me, and I really didn't feel like I understood what was really going on. I was, however, very satisfied when it was over. Maybe I needed to read the first book to really get this one, and because I'd like to think that's the case, I'll say that's why I wouldn't really recom ...more
Holly Booms Walsh
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Fun, silly Hollywood gossip/satire chick-lit book. The heroine is not as useless or as annoying as in most of these books, and it was fun to try to pick out which famous person the author was referring to in the different scenes. The Emerald character (sort of a Lindsay Lohan) was really funny. The ending was too happy and predictable and sort of took the book down a few notches in my estimation - almost to a romance book status. If you like Bridget Jones' Diary and wish you were working in the ...more
Jun 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
surprisingly better than the first book, this one doesn't have such a crappy ending. also, emerald cracks me up. it's more indicting of hollywood than the first book, i felt, but because lizzie has become part of that world by now, it's not so annoying. and part of me totally loves lizzie. though i think lara's the best thing in the book. anyway, worth the read, especially since it's super on sale at every book outlet at the moment because it hasn't come out in paperback yet and they can't sell ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Of course I like this book - so snarky and I am such a big sucker for sequels / series. I am still trying to figure out where the author actually worked.

I think it's fascinating to get a glimpse of the real life craziness that is Hollywood. I visited there once and loved every minute of it. Of course I could never actually live there - I think I am about 100 lbs heavier than the law would allow :-)
Moon Love
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I let way too much time pass between reading "The Second Assistant" and "The First Assistant." I enjoyed reading about Lizzie Miller and her further travels in "Holly-weird" and it was just as funny and dazzling as the first book. Lizzie went through some crazy things in this book and I like how she emerged relatively unscathed and stronger for it. I don't think there's another book about her continuing journey in Hollywood, but it would be nice if there was!
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was fun - I do like Lizzie's voice. There were a couple times when I rolled my eyes, but even more times where I yelled things akin to "are you SERIOUS?" at the book. Lizzie's life is... Wow. And she brings half of it on herself, a quarter by dumb luck, and another quarter of sheer bad luck. And I loved reading about it. Very entertaining.
Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Well, this book was far better than the first. I guess the duo writers got their writing class on. The heroin was much more realistic and we didn't break up the beginning of the book with many short stories in the first few chapters. All-in-all I recommend the series (because in my book, you can't read one without the other).
Sep 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
I don't really remember much about the first book, but this one, the sequel, was really entertaining. Great easy ready. It's funny to read about a small fraction of "hollywood" from the inside. From arranged marriages with wierd religions that sound entirely too much like Tom Cruise, to all the drama of the Oscars, this book definitely kept me interested.
Cherie Galyon
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
I only chose to read this book as it was on the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble. It became my entertainment on my ski trip to Whistler. More entertaining than I anticipated. I love the main character and went back to B& N to buy The Second Assistant. Too bad I read the second first. Light, laughable fluff that adequately entertains.
Naomi Jade
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-reading
I took this book on my holiday to Egypt and i think it's the perfect easy going summer read for any girl with ambitions, having read the second assistant which I also enjoyed I picked this book up from amazon and couldn't put it down it's so easy to follow the characters are fantastic and their are quite a few plot twists.
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those that read the first book
i was slightly disappointed with this second book but was happy to read the further adventures of the protagonist. there were sections that seemed thrown in for no apparent reason. also, i had to suspend too much belief to get through it.
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was mindless chick-lit, but it was a quick read and kept me entertained for a few hours. It really was pathetic and silly, but if you're looking for mind-numbing ways to spend time, this is one option.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a wonderfully quick read with a very Hollywood Scripted writing style in mind. She uses more metaphors than a mid westerner and southerner combined which is fun but a little overwhelming after a bit. Still it's a frivolous romp and a good chick flick book. I laughed quite a few times.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really good book to dive into and pretend you're a fashionista for an hour or two! Fab references to today's celebrities and recent events. Loved every page of it and didn't want it to end; would make a great film.
Tina Thompson
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The crazy journey that started in Second Assistant continues when Elizabeth rises the ranks to First Assistant and beyond. Shows how the relationships you make in Hollywood can snake around and come back to bite you in good and bad ways.
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