Alesia Holliday American Idle

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American Idle

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After being knocked unconscious with a frying pan by her celebrity chef boss, Jules decides to turn her life around by taking a job as a production coordinator for a new reality TV show, but she soon finds herself dealing with a judge with bubonic plague, a murderous coworker, an executive producer with a split personality, insane fans, and a handsome guy who believes her to be an alcoholic. Original.

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This humorous, over-the-top satire from first-time author Holliday is just as absurd as the television show it parodies. After being knocked unconscious by a celebrity chef wielding a cast-iron pan, 32-year-old media escort Jules Vernon decides a career change is in order. Jules has a tendency to discard jobs and lifestyles like old outfits, but she may have found the perfect fit in Pop Star Live!, a cheap American Idol imitation. Jules is pleasantly surprised to find herself dealing competently with a boss who thinks he has testicular fungus, a contestant who has a gang history, a producer with a livid fear of his cell phone and much more, even finding time to fall in love with Sam, the show's set constructor. Although Jules's insecurity and cynicism often make her seem brittle and unapproachable, it's hard not to feel a sense of kinship as she marvels at the confidence of inept contestants or shares her insights on the reality TV phenomenon ("It's not reality TV that matters. It's that our only reality that matters is TV"). The manic plot needs reining in, and Holliday's secondary characters could be more fleshed out. Still, this zany debut holds promise.
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Reality television meets chick lit as thirtysomething aspiring writer Jules Vernon takes a job as a production assistant on the reality talent show "Pop Star Live!" and calamity befalls her at every turn. A rejected hopeful sets off a bomb on the set, a date's ex-girlfriend dumps her in a fountain, and a contestant's crazed father kidnaps her. Amid the chaos, Jules starts a steamy affair with hot set designer Sam Blake. The fictional show's judges and producer seemed ripped from the tabloids, so it's Jules' relationships with the noncelebrities in her life that give Holliday's story heart. Jules' quirky parents and saucy best friend make frequent appearances to cheer Jules on and give her advice. And she does the same for her favorite contestants: Carlos, the reformed gang member, and Mary Ann, the Appalachian orphan. The final pages reveal who wins "Pop Star Live!" and who wins Jules' heart, and it's well worth the crazy ride. Aleksandra Kostovski
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