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Release Date: July 10, 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Public spectacles, private breakdowns, and terrible choices. How can a beloved Hollywood star feel so unloved?
Twenty-four year old Adra Willows grew up in the spotlight, but navigating the shark infested waters of show business doesn’t get easier with age. Constantly comparing herself to others, Adra has experienced mild success but nothing like the achievement of one of her best friends.
With her manager giving her questionable advice and her relationship with a leading comedic actor on the rocks, Adra finds herself at the crossroads of Virtue and Vice. She can either continue along the path of taking roles that showcase her body instead of her acting skills or she can forge ahead of her competition, ignore the wishes of her manager, and make her own decisions.
The red carpet of life is lined with virtue and vice, but which side will the actress choose to walk along?
Every time I’ve read one of N.K Smith’s novels I have this overwhelming feeling to sit down and pound out something of my own. She inspires me to want to try and write. But I don’t have to patients, time or honestly the attention span to sit and do what needs to be done to write something amazing—or even half assed mediocre. But the fact that she makes me want to? That’s saying something about this wonderful author.
I knew I was going to love this one from the very first page. It instantly drew me in and I couldn’t put it down. N.K really knows how to write a tortured character, but at times I wanted to slap Adra. Yes, she’s an addict and she was acting like an addict would (I’m assuming since the only addicts I’ve ever actually seen is on TV) but there were times it was just too much.
I blame Elsie. She was behind the start of Adra’s downward spiral. A manager is supposed to look out for you, help take care of your career and, in this case, she was supposed to help take care of Adra. Elsie was there when no one else was and therefore like a surrogate parent. She should have acted that way. In my opinion the best part of the book was when Adra finally grew a backbone toward Elsie. And really, I think she got what she deserved in the end.
Can I talk about Peter for a minute? If Adra doesn’t want to treat him right and give him what he deserves you can send him my way. I loved Peter. And I loved that he didn’t have some fucked up issues going on with him. He was the normalcy that Adra needed even if she didn’t realize it at the time. There was a part in the book where Adra was moaning that there were other people in her life that should have known better (or something like that) and helped her. Peter was one of those people. He was there for her over and over again and got shit on for his efforts. I kept waiting for him to just throw his hands up and give up on her because it was exactly what she deserved.
What I really love though? It was Adra that finally woke up and realized only she could change. She wasn’t rescued by Peter like SO many heroines are. She did it all on her own. She wasn’t forced to get the help she needed, or compromised to go there because of her love for someone. She did it for her, and that’s something so rarely done. Usually it’s the hero that convinces the girl to get the help, or gives her the help himself. It’s one of the things I really adore about Smith’s heroines; they’re strong on their own even when they completely fuck up their lives.
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