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A Hollywood Ending

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  695 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Happy endings don't just happen in Hollywood...

American starlet Paige Carson is off to London to try her hand at Shakespeare, and to prove that she deserves more than bimbo roles and Hollywood hunks who can't see beyond their own reflections. But stage acting is not quite what she expected. Neither is her landlord, Ed Hawkshead, a highfalutin documentary-maker who seems fa
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Plume
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I didn't quite know what to expect from this story, that has been on my to read pile for some time. I hoped to like it, I didn't expect to love it. Paige the American actress sick of her life in Hollywood travels to London to prove her worth in a theatre role, what else but Shakespeare? In London see is living with Ed an Englishman who grows on her. It's good that he's not the stereotype she was expecting from English men. I like how the relationship develops between two polar opposites who find ...more
Alexandra Bayer
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Paige Carson has had to deal with Hollywood drama ever since her acting career took off. After finishing a film with yet another conceited co-star, however, she's finally fed up. She agrees to do some Shakespeare in London, for much less money than she usually makes, just in order to get away from Los Angeles. Ed Hawkshead, her new landlord, isn't exactly thrilled to be housing a celebrity. He's a serious documentary-maker, and he doesn't appreciate the types of movies Paige acts in, nor the di ...more
Amanda Perry
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Predictable but still cute. A superstar is surrounded by people who just want to use her for her fame but finally she goes to London and things change. She meets a guy and she experiences things she wouldn't be able to in America. Things turn out for the best in the end and maybe she finds love;)

Cute and fast story to read
Erin McDermott Versosky
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This book was boring. I skimmed most of it. I bought this book probably 11 years ago and it has been sitting in my shelf that long. If it were not for quarantine and not being able to go to a book store or library it probably would have stayed in the shelf.

Don’t bother with this one. I’m not even going to explain what I didn’t like because there is no point.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just another chick lit novel. It didn't really end with a "moral of the story" defined, so it seemed like there really was no purpose to the whole novel. It was more like a story where things just "happened." ...more
Kate O'Neill
A light read, nothing too intense.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this as a nice light read.
Blank Canvas
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nothing great, end of the book was rushed the main guy only enters the book half way and they meet 2/3 into the book. There wasn’t really any plot.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also posted here:

"Tinseltown. So much on the surface, so little underneath."

This novel is a story of two parts, not only in terms of structure but also in terms of writing. The first half of the book, set in L.A, I found myself struggling to get through. The main character, Hollywood actress Paige Carson, is purposely presented as self-righteous and arrogant, but it's exaggerated to the point where I had no sympathy whatsoever for her situation and almost ga
Hope Corizzo
Jun 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: friends who read for a break
Recommended to Hope by: the store
I'm about finished with this book and I'm pleasantly surprised. I needed a cheap chic-lit for a little cotton candy for the brain, and I've found this author to provide more nutrients than what the cover offers.
Paige is a movie star ( a mix of Liv Tyler and Marisa Tomei) who is wrapped up in the lifestyle, but seems to be declining in popularity in Hollywood (at 29, she's too old and a bit demanding). She takes a job as Rosalind in As You Like It in England to take a break. Here she's finding th
Apr 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Paige Carson is frustrated with Hollywood life. In a bid to gain more respect as an actress, she moves to London to take part in a small production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. Her landlord is a stuffy documentary filmaker named Ed. The two immediately butt heads, but soon come to find the better qualities in each other. The story is enjoyable and the main characters are fun. I just found that for all the long set up, the last quarter of the book just galloped to the inevitable happy ending. ...more
Jul 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance_novels
This one just BARELY escaped being relegated to the "Couldn't Finish" shelf. The first third makes the heroine appear selfish, clueless and completely unself-aware. I had just about decided I didn't want to waste any more time on her when the perspective changed to the male protagonist, whom I found more interesting. Paige seemed to gain a few IQ points just by finally arriving in England, and become somewhat less irritating. I finished this while sitting outside in the sun, drinking some coffee ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
The book is separated into two parts. The first part Paige Carson is in the United States and floundering as an actress. I was tempted to return the book to the library because she was whining so much about her life. Her self-confidence was almost nothing and her decision making was poor. I am glad that i gritted through the first part because when she went to London it was so much better. She tried harder and she make an effort to better herself. He father, mother and best friend are all rock ...more
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I didn't like this as much as Weekend in Paris - it started off kind of slow and I felt like I was being kind of whacked over the head with "this character is spoiled! and selfish! and kind of a Hollywood brat!" and was ready to move on and get to something else... It was a cute story, though, and I still love how she describes things - I really feel like I'm there with the characters and I adore that. ...more
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Barely okay. It appeared that the author purposely made the main character have plenty of room for growth at the beginning. She started with an annoying self-centered, somewhat ignorant, star that drove me nuts and made me almost quit reading. If it wasn't for the book group I am in I would not have bothered to finish. It seemed very formulaic and awkward. It did make me want to visit the Lake Country in England though. ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Picked this up on a whim. Most of the book gives one an insight into the narcisstic environment of Hollywood as I think the main character could be a composite of a Hollywood star who at the age of 29 is already threatened by the younger rising starlets. Not my usual style and almost put it away unfinished but stuck with it and was pleasantly surprised by the ending. Almost two stories in one.
Light reading - good for the beach or when one is bored by the "soaps".
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
"I picked this up in the library by just browsing the shelves. I was looking for a quick read. Something cute and funny. I couldn't even finish this!!! I kept reading and reading hoping something would happen. Chapter after chapter...nothing. After almost halfway through a book the reader should get interested enough to keep going, and that didn't happen with me. That will be the last time I read a book without checking reviews first." ...more
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
i thought this book was a goner in the beginning. paige carson grated on my nerves for the 1st half of the book. she was totally childish, selfish and entitled. the book definitely improved with the move to london & the introduction of ed (& maddy). ended up not being a bad little chick-lit/brain candy book.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Very nearly gave up on this book whilst reading the Hollywood part. Paige's character was just so unlikable, it was a struggle to read. However, I was glad that I kept going with it, as when it came to the London part, the story changed. I loved how Paige changed aswell, and understood why the author wrote her the way she did in the first part.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book takes a long time to get into, almost the first half is purely setting up the rest of the storyline. It then seems that everything past that point is rushed, skipping days and weeks at a time whilst leaving out important information. The big plot twist is confusing and unexplained and seems rushed just like everything else in the second half.
Marina Caner
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Although I've liked this one more than Weekend in Paris, it hasn't been as exciting, spicy, ruff, sensual and funny as a good chick lit novel must be. The characters, fine, I've liked the male one better; story good enough. But fiercy and challenging romance? No way. So I could say its a 6 out of 10. ...more
Cheri Howard
May 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Eh, fans of chick-lit I guess.
Recommended to Cheri Howard by: Lea, Jennifer
Totally predictable, decently written, sometimes funny, sometimes not. A character that you mostly want to strangle, but you still want her to fall madly in love with the prince charming of the story. Quick, easy read...
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Bubblegum ChikLit.As the title suggests its about film stars and the emotional and sensitive ego's that that entails. Rushed through it.Wasn't an enjoyble experience for me. Read her "Just Friends" which is a much better book. ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Almost didn't finish. Not a fan of the book at all. The first half of the book sets up the main character as someone who is trivial,selfish and pretty unlikeable. The Hollywood Ending part happens way too quickly. Definitely in the chick-lit category...... ...more
Elizabeth G
Aug 24, 2010 rated it liked it
This one was a little hard to get into. I found the main character very anoying. In one scene, she'd complain that she wished people wouldn't think of her as a spoiled princess and in the next scene she'd be acting like a spoiled princess. ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I was going to give up on this book but after reading that everyone else was going to give up until they got to the end, I'll give it another try this evening. It seems that Paige is just a spoiled hollywood chick that is extremely self-centered caring little about anyone else. ...more
A.B. Shepherd
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jul 31, 2011 added it
This was not the greatest book. I am not even halfway through the book and I can`t finish it and I normally finish everything. This and Eat Pray Love are the 2 few books that I have not been able to finish. The characters don`t appeal to me the story doesn`t appeal to me either.
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
The premise of this story had a lot of potential. I feel, however, Robyn Sisman did not meet said potential.

For me, the timeline of the events didn't match the tension needed to bring the hero and the heroine together.
Nikki Harriet
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Took me over a month to finish this I could congratulate myself for actually doing so. The Hollywood part was a pain to read but I found the London part a lot better. It was an okay story, quite predictable with characters that are hard to relate to.
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