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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Own Personal Soap Opera by Libby Malin (Book Review)

Title: My Own Personal Soap Opera
Author: Libby Malin
Publisher: Sourcebooks

About the book:  Frankie McNally has found the perfect solution for life's perplexing problems: as head writer for the daytime soap Lust for Life, she works them out on the air!

Meanwhile, Frankie's being courted simultaneously by the dashing older man sent in to save the show's sagging ratings and by the soap's totally hot leading man.  And just when Frankie thinks the plot couldn't get more complicated, a jewel thief starts copying the show's storyline -- a development that could send the show's ratings soaring, if it doesn't get Frankie arrested first.

Can Frankie write her way out of this one? And can she put make-believe aside long enough to discover the truth of her own heart?

In her signature blending of the hilarious with the poignant, Libby Malin's latest light-hearted novel combines the best of life and of fiction into an entertaining and incredibly satisfying read.

My thoughts:  This book was right up my alley.  I am a big fan of soap opera's (All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital) and have actually been watching GH since I was about 14.  We won't say how many years ago that has been...  So it was a lot of fun to read this book and learn all about the behind-the-scenes machinations of a soap opera.  I am not sure how Frankie really got the job as head writer, as she has very low self-esteem in the beginning of the book. As her storylines begin to really come together though and her writing team starts to mesh, her self-confidence rises and she really comes into her own.  I like the strong character she was at the end of the novel. 

This had a great supporting cast of characters but Kayla really drove me nuts.  She was Frankie's assistant - but I would have to say that is in name only!  She was never where she was supposed to be, and even if she was she usually wasn't doing what she was supposed to be doing!  Somebody needed to assist her right out the door!

This would be a great summer read.  It has some romance, some humor and who is that jewel thief?  I would recommend you put this one in your beach bag!

~I received this book free for review from Sourcebooks.~

My Own Personal Soap Opera
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks, April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-2942-8
326 pages

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

Even though I don't watch soap operas, I do think this sounds like a fun beach read.

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