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The Twins of Tribeca

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Karen Jacobs has landed the job of a lifetime at New York’s hottest film studio, Glorious Pictures, which is headed by a pair of famously competitive and ambitious brothers, Phil and Tony Waxman. The young publicist quickly finds herself with an all-access pass to the tantrums, whims, follies, neuroses, and unimaginable egos of the celebrities who star in Glorious’s films ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 14th 2006 by Miramax (first published June 1st 2005)
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Feb 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book followed in the Devil Wears Prada's footsteps. It did not hold my attention so I did not finish it.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, reviews, unhauled
DNF on page 242.

From page 3, I knew I didn’t really want to continue reading this. I knew even then that this book was going to receive a low rating from me. I bought this book for $2. My friend also bought a copy because we were going to buddy read it, and I started it, but then she hadn’t yet so I was waiting for her to start and then we got busy with school and then she lost interest. I have been meaning to get back to it for a long time, since it's been on my currently reading shelf for over
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read
I tried to read this book, I really did. However I did not even make it 70 pages in. Growing up as someone who LOVED the movie Devil Wears Prada I thought I might like this book...but no. I feel as though this book is a cheap remake, I mean some of the dialogue is practically word for word the same...
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Good fun. 'The Devil Wears Prada' for the film industry.
Dale Martin
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun read! Behind the scenes look at what is most definitely the Weinstein company.
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I want to mention that I wasn���t too excited about this book before I started reading it. I didn���t expect it to be a WOW book mostly because I haven���t heard/read anything about it or about its author. This is explained by the fact that it���s the author���s first and only book so far.

Now, after having read it, I can honestly say that The Twins of TriBeCa is one of the most edgy and hilarious books I���ve read. The main character, Karen Jacobs, thinks that she���s been offered the opportunit
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the 'I survived hell and wrote a book about it' career books as mentioned in my review...
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
How I Came To Read This Book: It was $5 on Chapters. Need I say more?

The Plot: Karen is a slightly misguided twenty-something who takes a fancy job at Glorious Pictures, a fictional studio based largely on Miramax (where author Rachel Pine used to work). Rather than an actual discernible plot the book moreso follows the trials and tribulations of a movie studio underling as she becomes increasingly disillusioned with the industry. Sound familiar? It should. The Devil Wears Prada, Nanny Diaries,
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who love tabloid stuff.
Shelves: 2006booklist
First-time novelist Rachel Pine was a publicity assistant at Miramax Films, the movie company run by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Pine's novel centers on Karen Jacobs, a publicity assistant at Glorious Pictures, headed by Phil and Tony Waxman, "the notorious, larger-than-life twin brothers who run their company with ... iron fists." Why Pine even bothered to change the Weinsteins' names is something of a mystery, especially since Miramax itself is publishing the book AND has bought the rig ...more
Nov 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Like The Devil Wears Prada and Because She Can, The Twins of Tribeca tells the story of a young, optimistic and naive young woman taking a job in a notoriously difficult environment because she is certain (a) the stories are exaggerated, and (b) the experience will be worth it. This light book obviously tracks working for the Weinstein brothers at Miramax, and is an enjoyable enough read especially anyone interested in or involved with the movie industry.

For me, the narrative never reached th
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: beach-books
This book was such a quick, trashy red, I loved it. After reading Night, I needed something light. This book was it.

Similar to , TTOT takes place in a movie studio setting, not unlike Miramax and the Weinstein Brothers. It follows Karen, a former researcher for CNN, as she works for the publicity department of the studio. Backstabbing, gossip, and rumors abound and Karen finds herself becoming more involved. After a year of being with the company, she realizes there is no one she can really tru
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
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Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
I'm curious as to whether this was published after "The Devil Wears Prada", because if it was, holy copyright infringement batman. OK, we're in a different industry - film-making, rather than fashion magazines - but other than that, you know the story. Young girl, a bit lost as to her life's direction, with a job history in serious journalism, gets a position as a lowly second assistant to a very high maintenance and deranged female boss. She fetches and carries, manages a ridiculously complicat ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Hm. It so closely mimics the world created in The Devil Wears Prada, that there is even a cameo by Miranda Preistley in the book.

This novel is basically The Devils Make Movies, same horror stories of fresh-faced Manhattanite with a toe-hold on her morals as she name-drops through her year working in the film industry. I give her a couple of stars for her honest description of working in publicity and marketing -- it relieves me to know nonsensical b.s. for the sake of promoting people, places a
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This probably benefited from being abridged on CD.This was a lot like "The Devil Wears Prada", I assume this book is about working for the Weinstein brothers at Miramax, oddly Miramax was the publisher of the book. Typical chick lit story of a girl who goes to work for a big company in the entertainment industry and gets verbally abused by everyone above her.

I did like this better than "Devil...Prada" but not by
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This was your typical girl-in-the-city chick lit, with this particular heroine working for a big Hollywood production company. And eventually, each girl in the novel comes to the same conclusion, that their jobs aren't worth their lives, their friendships, etc. This novel was very enjoyable and was a quick read. I always gravitate towards chick lit when my mind needs an escape. TWINS did slide easily into the genre, but I really enjoyed it despite its many similarities to all of these other nove ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay, I feel like someone needs to defend this poor book. Yes, it does very much resemble Devil Wears Prada, but while I found every other book written by that author completely unreadable, this was actually decent! If not well written, at all. How the story was told, the tone it had, the structure, all of it was pitted against this book. It just wasn't good.

I was very interested in how a studio office in NYC would be compared to LA and that part was kind of interesting, but obviously not enough
May 09, 2008 rated it liked it
When I first brought this book home, for some reason I thought it was going to be a babysitter's tales of caring for twins in NYC. Once I started reading the first chapter I was immediately confused. I then realized I was completely wrong and it was about a girl who was working for a major motion picture company in NYC. The tales of her work drama mirror so much of the silliness in my own life so I found this book interesting. It was a simple, quick read with some comical situations and an appro ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I listened to this book on CD. It is chick lit, but the heroine is actually focused on work and career rather than the career being a path to meeting the right guy. She does kind of find the right guy in the end, but he is not what you would expect and it is almost an after-thought to the arc of her professional career. Which (SPOILER) ends as a failure, despite her killing herself to provide all the services she was supposed to provide... Really a feminist book despite the rom-com trappings. A ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
As someone who has worked in the film industry, I found this fictionalized account of working at Miramax Films (in the book called Glorious Films) under the infamous Weinsteins (in the book called the Waxmans) incredibly interesting and hard to put down. Half the fun is trying to figure out which celebrities the author is dishing on by deciphering their thinly veiled aliases. It's not rocket science and definitely not the best thing I've ever read but I was thoroughly entertained.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is one of the few books I actually finished but rate at one star. Definitely an easy "fluff" read, but what annoying and shallow characters! After I finished it, I read that it was loosely based on the author's experience at Miramax. I couldn't help but laugh because my biggest complaint about the book was that "people just don't act like that." I guess I should revise that statement--I really just don't care about people that act like that.
Apr 29, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: No one
What a terrible book! I refuse to waste my time finishing it, I struggled every night but I finally quit a little less than halfway through. Poorly written, repetitive, and painful. The author kept on including details in the plot that could have gone somewhere but they didn't. They died, just like my heart every time I picked it up.
susanb79 Busch
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
What a fun trashy read this was. It's basically the Devil Wears Prada of the film world. The thinly veiled references were a fun insight into the inner workings of Miramax and I sadly actually knew where she was coming from some of the time. Turns on actors and musicians really ARE cut from the same cloth.
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's very similar to The Devil Wears Prada, but thankfully no bad-acting smug Anne Hathaway. It's set in the world of movies, not magazines, and there is no end of shitty things said and done by shitty people. There remains just enough humanity to keep me from throwing the book out the window though.
Cris Algeo
It was pure fluff. Wish there had been a really awful person to hate like in the Devil Wears Prada, but there wasn't. None of the characters really stood out. It was amusing but also disappointing. I had just finished Unbroken so I needed something mindless and this filled the bill.
Don't pass it by, just don't expect great literature.
A lot like "The Devil Wears Prada", this is the story of a lowly assistant working for a big film company. The "fictional" characters are strongly based on the Weinstein brothers and Miramax. It's a funny story, and mostly light, but it made me wonder how anyone could want to work in film.

Good for people who are interested in the inner-workings of show business.
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Even I could figure out this is a thinly veiled Miramax/Weinstein brothers story. It's even published by Miramax Books. They must enjoy their reputations. Remind me not to work in the film industry.

This book is an entertaining quick read - keep expectations low and you'll find it a good beach book.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
"The Devil Wears Prada" in the film industry, but not quite as redeeming an experience. The deepest realization this protagonist has is she prefers the "real world" of hard news to the faux finish of entertainment film. Enjoyable enough for summer reading though, especially matching the thinly veiled characters with real life identities.
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. A fictionalized and thinly-veiled account of what it's like working at Miramax. The names are changed, but it's pretty obvious what films and actors she's talking about. I wonder how many of the stories are true? Who knew Ralph Fiennes was such a diva?
Aug 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Young woman trying to make her career in the film-making industry. If you hate your job, this book will make you feel better about it. Reminded me a little of Sammy's Hill - not quite as good. The celeb stories were a bit corny but still an entertaining read.
Margaret Schugt
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Ok I was on vacation and this little trashy book threw itself into my bag and said "read me bitches." And so I did. Working in hollywood it made me laugh esp. at the thinly veiled 'reimagining" of real people and real movies. Nice way to spend an afternoon with Margaritas
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