Author: Shannon Nering
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Set behind the scenes of America's most popular guilty pleasure--reality TV--Reality Jane delivers a high-spirited, delicious tale of finding love and a career in Hollywood while juggling lipo envy, singlehood angst, and the resounding results of success.
Reality Jane follows Jane Kaufman, a Canadian journalist who, because of a lucky connection, finds herself in LA as a producer on a hot new reality show. Mingling with rock stars, attending Grammy parties, and visiting the Sex Kitten Mansion, Jane sees her new career as a one-way ticket to the big-time! But for a small-town girl thrust into the cutthroat Hollywood scene, 90- hour work weeks, heartless bosses, and superficial womanizers are a rude awakening.
Just when her love life seems at its bleakest, along come not one but two guys vying for her heart: hunky Alex, a hot up-and-coming reality show host, and Grant, a sweet, sincere cameraman who's unfazed by Hollywood fame. With a sizzling sex life on the horizon, and maybe even true love, Jane's fondest hopes seem en-route to full realization when she lands the cherry gig of all time: a producer's post on TV's hottest new self-help talk show.
But the deeper Jane ventures into reality TV, the more completely un-real her life-personal and professional-becomes. And the realities of life behind-the-scenes-like goading people to confess their deepest, darkest secrets on cue-are chipping away at her very soul.
Lead character (and narrator) Jane embodies the perfect blend of smart-ass sarcasm, weary cynicism, and hopeful romanticism to appeal to today's readers. She also possesses a biting, acerbic wit that casts devilish, laugh-out-loud observations on the Hollywood scene, which are sure to please celeb watchers and reality show junkies alike.
A hugely entertaining glimpse at the world of reality TV from one of its own, who's lived and breathed the business practically since its inception, Reality Jane is the chick-lit novel that reality TV junkies and chick-lit enthusiasts have long been waiting for.”
After reading the blurb I can say I had big expectations for this book, it sounded fun and entertaining, just what I needed when I picked it up. Sadly I was very disappointed with the story, even though it has its funny moments it was a book I had trouble getting into and struggled page after page to keep interested in the story and the characters, to the point that I had to skim a bit towards the end of the story. I considered DNF-ing it but after investing so much time with Jane I wanted to know who was going to be the “lucky guy” that ends with her.
Let me be a bit more specific about what I didn’t like about it. I can say the story starts ok but it goes downhill pretty fast. Jane is not an easy character to connect with or like. She felt too naive and didn’t have an ounce of self-respect. She allows everyone to abuse and mistreat her and goes from one guy to the other like nothing is happening. It’s obvious her first guy, Craig was using her and she is completely oblivious to the situation. Then another guy comes along (Alex) and while being with him she gets involve with another one (Grant) but that’s not all, she is still pinning from Craig while she is dealing with Alex and Grant. One thing that was almost the end of the book for me was when she “decided” to sleep with Alex because he has been expecting to sleep with her for a long time; she doesn’t sleep with him because she wanted to but because Alex has helped her a lot with the job and he wanted to sleep with her for a long time and of course when this happens she is “in love” with Grant.
It was not just this all this over the place feeling about Jane that didn’t work for me, I had also serious issues with the story. The author talks about big events that are going to happen just to turn the page and start a new chapter and realize those events already happened without any explanation, apart from the reference there are completely non-existent in the story. Characters come and go without further explanations and their characterization was completely stereotypical. There was not one character I can say I liked. At the end Jane kind of redeemed herself, same with her best-friend Toni, but sadly it was a little too late.
My Verdict: 2 Paws
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