Monday, December 1, 2008

2008 Book 103: Don't Look Down

Book #:103

Book Title:Don't Look Down

Author:Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

Publisher:St. Martin's Press

Pub. Date:2006


Started:November 29, 2008

Finished:December 1, 2008

Time to Read:3 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Lucy Armstrong is a director of television commercials who's just been recruited to finish a four-day action-movie shoot. But she arrives on the set to discover that the directing staff has quit, the makeup artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an advisor a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.

Green Beret captain J.T. Wilder had thought that hiring on as a military consultant for a movie star was a good deal: easy money and easier starlets. Instead, he has to baby-sit the bumbling comedian, dodge low-flying helicopters, and resist his attraction to a director who bears a distracting resemblance to Wonder Woman. Then the CIA calls, and he realizes that somebody is taking "shooting a movie" much to literally."


Review:First, I have to tell you that you need to be in a certain frame of mind to read the book. If I had tried to read this book as a serious work of literature, I would have rated it with 1 star and told you to walk away. But forget that - read this book for what it is: absurdist humor, where all of life is a cliche and anything can happen at any time for any reason and be hilariously wonderful.

I truly mean that this book is 100% cliche. The characters fit stereotypes you'll find yourself nodding along with. The movie industry is done up in full and unflattering glory. And the hint of scandal and untoward motives is deliciously predictable and perfect.

This is the book to read when you've had a long day, don't know how you're going to handle a tough situation, or just need a break from reality. I didn't stop chuckling the entire time - definitely recommend!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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