From Publishers Weekly
Originally self-published last summer and rumored to be a roman à clef by a Katie Holmes insider, this primer on selling your soul chronicles the rise and abrupt fall of talented, fresh-faced actress Amy Spencer, star of a wholesome breakout TV hit. The Michigan co-ed lucks into the lead role of a Dawson’s Creek–like series and then immediately gets tossed into the Hollywood sausage maker. Amy might have the soul of an indie chick, but she’s been an emotional robot since her beloved dad died, and her grief is no match for the temptation of fame, money and a studio-selected, contractual boyfriend with a not-surprising secret life. But can the simple Michigan girl-next-door keep up the grueling Hollywood life? Amy finds her Tinseltown antidote, but the rescue for her sullied soul ends up being far more mundane. Glammy, dishy and disposable—a beach book shoo-in. (May)
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In this dishy debut, a midwestern college student finds herself the star of a hit TV show. Amy Spencer, a drama student who aspires to make indie films, goes to an audition for a new television show and, to her surprise, ends up beating out typical Hollywood beauties to get the part. The network claims to want a girl with a “midwestern look” in the role, but no sooner is Amy cast than the demonic network executive overseeing her show presents a laundry list of demands, including that Amy lose weight, get plastic surgery, and even change her name. Though she is put off by the superficiality and pressure, Amy acquiesces, lured by the novelty of lavish free gifts and paychecks she can use to help her mother. But when Amy’s agent pushes her into a deal with a handsome film star that requires her to fake a relationship, Amy starts to wonder just how far she is willing to go. Anyone who has paged through a celebrity gossip rag will devour this juicy exposé. –Kristine Huntley