Review of SO 5 MINUTES AGO by Hilary de Vries
Viliard, February 2004
When another publicity agency buys her company, Alex Davidson knows there's going to be office politics. There always is in Hollywood. And when one of her clients turns out to be not very completely rehabed from his drug abuse problems, she suspects she may be on the losing end of those politics. But, strangely, Suzanne, the old boss, and Doug Graydon ('G') are soon battling for Alex's support. The strange thing is, nothing really makes sense. Why would 'G' buy an agency if he didn't want to make it successful? Fortunately for Alex, her super-smart gay assistant is prepared to step in and save the day.
Author Hilary de Vries does chick-lit very well in her debut novel. Alex is a prototypical well-educated woman in the arts, out of Brown University and now living the semi-glamorous world of Hollywood, but from the bottom of the food chain. The setting feels real and de Vries' book will appeal both to chick-lit and to celebrity fans.
de Vries' strong writing propells the story forward and makes the self-absorbed lifestyles of California's elite--and those who serve them--seem fascinating, a bit slimy, and utterly believable. Although the plot was occasionally a bit linear, I couldn't put the book down and read it in an afternoon.
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