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The Assistants by Robin Lynn Williams tells the story of 5 assistants to stars, producers, and/or agents in the shiny world of Hollywood. All 5 of them have dreams of their own, and are trying to advance their agendas by serving at the beck and call of those who *have* made it. There's Michaela, the blonde, much altered by surgery bit actress who manages the estate/affairs of a famous actress and her tag-along husband. Then we have Jeb, an assistant to a Hollywood agent who comes up with horren
Yes, I read this book and all I have to show for it is..oh, wait, I DIDN'T even get a crappy tee shirt.Actually, it's not THAT bad, and I stuck with it for its slight humor value and the fact that I had to find out what happened. I rarely do not finish a book.Ar first, I was exclaiming at every other page that this was a bald-faced rip-off of John Niven's really excellent book Kill Your Friends, soon to be a motion picture. (I have some slight embarrassment at loving that book and wonder how it
A very reserved three stars.It's going to take a lot of willpower and inner strength to read "The Assistants." It's well-written, steeped deeply in the vernacular, social mores, and peccadilloes of Hollywood and its attendant industries. But you're going to spend most of your time hating so many of the characters and wondering if they're real, if perhaps Robin Lynn Williams is exaggerating. She's not. I lived in Southern California, knew a few people who held minor roles in the movie industry, a...
This book revolves around the lives of 5 different assistants in Hollywood. The main characters are all diverse and slightly jaded in their own way. This was a fun read told from the different perspectives of the five main characters. Every chapter switched to a different point of view. These POV chapters helped if you wanted to read in shorter bursts as you can read a couple and then pick up easily later on. I found myself liking all of the characters of the book, even though some could be cons...
This was a bit of a throwback, having been released in 2005, but in a good way. Made me nostalgic for the good old days of….eight years ago. GAH! Eight years ago! Anyway, I liked that we get four different perspectives from four different Hollywood assistants. I didn’t find it to be incredibly over-the-top with the things these assistants are asked to do—and there is a lot of talk about how Hollywood assistants are asked to do some outrageous things, of which I kind of wished for juicier details...
I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. It was a quick, sometimes fun read, but something about it really bothered me. I found Rachel's character charming, but obnoxiously naive. Michaela was pretty much trash and Kecia was kinda pathetic. I could barely read the chapters about Jeb. He was an oversexed man whore and every time he referred to "the veins" I wanted to throw the book across the room or throw up. I liked Griffin, even though he was a manipulative liar. They weren't even cha...
I first heard about this book when it first came out about a year ago and was intrigued but wasn't willing to shell out the hardcover price on an unknown author. So I grabbed it when it reached the bargain racks and loved it. I read it in under day and fell in love with the quirky characters that Williams created. It also makes me very glad that I don't work in Hollywood and never plan to. While the ending was a little too "happily ever after" and neat, the assistants did give their former bosse...
A nice, light read. Kind of cringe-worthy, and honestly a lot of it is both believable and unbelievable at the same time - you kinda want to believe that celebrities are never as nasty and snotty as rumored, but really it's kind obvious that they are. Anyway.Witty and light. Griffin was my favorite character, he was the most complex, I think. Tasha or Kasha or whatever her name was, annoyed me. Rachel, I loved, just as the author intended for her to be loved. Michaela and Jeb I mostly just felt
So entertaining and so simple! Nothing extravagant, nothing too much over the top, which is so rare in books like these. A group of various assistants in Los Angeles all meet up and share their stories and their lives all overlap, but not in a fake way. Like this could all actually happen. One works for an up and coming actor, one works for the agent, one works for a washed-up actor, one joins the washed-up actors’ team and one works for a big agency. The story was good and entertaining and a go...
This novel doesn't quite fall into the "chick-lit" category, but it certainly is as light. It's Hollywood-gossipy, and very enjoyable as such; however, having five main characters is a bit much, despite the fact that they all interrelate. I found it hard to really care about any of them, and I didn't buy into the too-tidy and too-quick wrap up at the end. This was good to relax with, but certainly not great.
I liked this book, I liked it a lot. Don't know if I like it enough to buy but maybe I will. What I like about this book is that it gives you an honest behind-the-scene look at how Hollywood works. I'm not cut to work in Hollywood, I'm not gonna put out for a small part in a movie/tv show. And it's not guarantee that you'd get the part. I'm not gonna work for spoiled, crazy b!tch. But overall a great book.
It's like a soap opera on acid with an ending so sweetly happy you need to brush your teeth afterward.
Easy read that was a bit boring at first but picked up at the end.
A good, light, quick read.
Fast, easy read but very enjoyable.Kind of made me want to be an assistant ;)
what I learned from this book? Getting your fingernails and toenails pulled out while simultaneously getting a super duper nuclear strength wedgie can't be as painful as reading this piece of crap.
A good beach read or one to take on the plane. Low stress, high drama, and pretty wicked at times. Not too substantial but it will keep you interested
Super quick read. Gossipy. You know, one I'd be embarrassed to read in public.
Entertaining, light read.
Easy read... something that I'd save for a long bus ride.
I really enjoyed this, and I'm glad I came across it at the store. I recommend it for people who like to read stories about show business.
A quirky, up-to-date page-turner that makes me glad NOT to be an assistant!Reviewed by Chase Brooks, author of "Hello, My Love"
Hated the ending!!
Yeah, there's a reason this book was on $3.99 new.