Title: City of Toys
Author: Lindy S. Hudis
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing Inc
About the book: Four beautiful women seek fame and fortune in Hollywood, the City of Toys, where actresses are like dolls, playing pretend on the big screen.
Marlo: a former child actress from New York City.
Rhonda: a small-town beauty queen.
Kim: a “nice Jewish girl” with a painful childhood.
Guyla: a “serious actress” with a debilitating, stress-induced illness.
Marlo, Rhonda, Kim, and Guyla, become friends living in the same apartment complex, in the city where dreams and disasters go hand-in-hand. They come to rely on each other as they deal with sexual come-ons, crazed stalkers, jealous starlets and the constant pressure of trying to make it in showbiz. But when the pressure gets too much, will their friendship save them or will the City of Toys break them?
My thoughts: This was a really depressing book to read, but it was like a car wreck - I just couldn't look away. These four girls wanted nothing but to be famous, and in some cases they would do anything to get there.
Rhonda and Kim were very naive and often found themselves in situations where they were over their heads - often being forced into compromising situations. Marlo and Guyla were a little more street wise, and while they were more aware of the underbelly of L.A., they still had a hard time overcoming it.
I hate to think that this is what Hollywood and L.A. is really like, but for small town girls just out of high school, I am sure there is a big opportunity for sleazy "managers" and "agents" to prey on.
The book was somewhat confusing and I often had to reread passages to figure out which girl they were referring to. You did get to find out where each girl ended up in the end, but it leaves you hanging as to how they actually got there. I found that a little disappointing.
Warning - this book contains explicit sexual situations and language.
~I received a complimentary eCopy of City of Toys from Sizzling PR in exchange for my unbiased review.~
About the author: Lindy S.Hudis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied drama. She is a former actress, having appeared on such television shows as “Sunset Beach” and “Married with Children”. Her romantic murder mystery, Weekends, is currently available from Lachesis Publishing. She is also a filmmaker, her independent short film “The Lesson”, which she wrote, produced and directed, screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival. She is co-owner of an independent production company called Impact Motion Pictures. She and her husband Steve, a Hollywood stuntman, have just completed the screenplay adaptation of Charmaine Hammond’s best selling book, “On Toby’s Terms.” She lives in California with her family.