Outside In

Outside In From one of America s most beloved television actresses A sharply observed comedic novel about the flipside of fame and a fresh take on Hollywood in all its outrageous entertaining glory On the outs

  • Title: Outside In
  • Author: Courtney Thorne-Smith
  • ISBN: 9780767927499
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From one of America s most beloved television actresses A sharply observed, comedic novel about the flipside of fame and a fresh take on Hollywood in all its outrageous, entertaining glory.On the outside, Kate Keyes Morgan seems to have it all a starring role on the hit television series Generations, a handsome husband who is also her manager, a stick thin figure, and aFrom one of America s most beloved television actresses A sharply observed, comedic novel about the flipside of fame and a fresh take on Hollywood in all its outrageous, entertaining glory.On the outside, Kate Keyes Morgan seems to have it all a starring role on the hit television series Generations, a handsome husband who is also her manager, a stick thin figure, and a career that, after a Kirstie Alley style slide, is finally back on track At the age of thirty, Kate knows what it s like to have the tabloids turn on you, and she never wants it to happen again Thank goodness her husband, Hamilton, is there to manage her every move even if the strict dieting and morning weigh ins are becoming than she can manage But when Hamilton leaves her for another actress on Generations, the ruthless diva Sapphire Rose, Kate suddenly finds herself in charge of her own life Now she must decide whether she s ready to stop playing by the Hollywood rulebook and discover who she really is With the help of her wise cracking friend and tough love hairstylist, Paige, and Michael, a high powered film agent who secretly dreams of becoming a novelist, Kate begins to question her role in an industry that venerates appearance, money, and fame above all else, and that applies ceaseless pressure on women to always be thinner, younger, and beautiful, at any cost.From high fashion to on set antics to the real life whispers about celebrities that even the tabloids never tell, Courtney Thorne Smith depicts the entertainment world as only an insider can Yet beneath the glamorous facade lies a natural born writer with a gift for comic timing and shaping memorable characters If you ve ever wanted to experience life in the spotlight or wondered what goes on behind dressing room doors, Outside In is your invitation into the glittering world of Hollywood s biggest stars.

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    1. Earlier this week, I went to the Harold Washington Library with my good friend Ellen (I live in Chicago now! Potential SURPRISE!). It was AWESOME and so huge! However, we were looking for one book in particular for a book club we were thinking of joining (didn't find it, so didn't join) and therefore basically ended up at one shelf, by which time it was getting late. So, I grabbed two books with authors whose last names start with T.The first of these books is Outside In by Courtney Thorne-Smith [...]

    2. I was pleasantly surprised at Thorne Smith's writing. You just never know what to expect when an actor moves into the writing field (just like when a model says she wants to act most of the time it's a big "Oh no!")The story of hot starlet Katie and how her world turns upside down when her emotionally abusive and controlling husband dumps her is not deep or meaningful, but it is a pleasant diversion. The author obviously knows of whence she speaks, dropping names and tart commentary with equal a [...]

    3. I had high hopes for this. I'd seen some interviews with Courtney Thorne-Smith over the years and she always struck me as smart, articulate, and funny, so I thought there was a chance she'd make a good writer. Alas, while some parts of the book were funny (particularly some of the dialogue), this was pretty much run-of-the-mill chick lit with some incredibly cartoonish characters. I had kind of hoped it would be Thorne-Smith's thinly veiled account of life on the Melrose Place or Ally McBeal set [...]

    4. Yes, that Courtney Thorne Smith! I'll keep you posted. Well, I'd probably give this 1.5 stars if I could. Really just a glorified Harlequin with lots of insider type info about the LA/tv/movie world. Unfortunately, a lot of it revolves around food/dieting/body image, which I imagine, is very true. Kate doesn't so much stand up to her husband Hamilton, as he just leaves her for what looks to be a more malleable actress to control. Kate's subsequent re-hiring to her show as actress/producer is als [...]

    5. This book was fluffy and predictable but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The bad guys were all bad so I hated them and the good guys were all good so I loved them. I would liked to have seen Kate stand up to the bad guys a little bit but she had the last laugh in the end. What I liked the most were the witty conversations. It was easy and fun.

    6. Courtney wrote beautifully. To me it is funny, how many of these weird, inscrutable things actually happen in Hollywood. With many friends in the industry, I am always awed by the wife changeing, life changing and odd behaviors of so many artists and some hacks.Thorne-Smith is a charming addition to the zany world, that often makes up the picture business.

    7. I enjoyed this far more than I care to admit, although the woman could have used a far better copy editor. There are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors, and in a reference to "Star Trek's" Tribbles, they are called Trebles.

    8. Pretty bad book. It was predictable from start to finish - no element of surprise at all, and not even the tiniest plot twist. Also it was hard to read whenever the character "Hamilton" spoke. I'm sorry, but no one, not matter how self-absorbed speaks that way.

    9. Another light and predictible read, but altogether entertaining. I found myself really rooting for the main character. The author is the actress we have heard of, and so I wondered how much of the book was based on her personal experiences.

    10. This was a pretty good read. Hollywood drama, crazy people and some lovable ones too. If you are looking for something that doesn't require you to stay fully presentis is definately a good read.

    11. I really wanted to like this book, but some of the characters were just too unbelievablebut I guess that is the point it was kind of trying to make.ng an '"insider's" p.o.v. There was some good snappy dialogue. I hope she writes another one.

    12. I had to read this book for my book club - and no surprise here - it was horrible. The main character's husband was so rediculous that he wasn't even believable and the main character herself was such a wimp I ended up hating her. I felt like I was reading one of those horrible Lifetime movies.

    13. The mindless fluff I was looking for. Enjoyable although I would have liked more time spent with the "new and improved Kate" than with the "I don't understand why she takes the abuse Kate". I did enjoy it more than I thought I would though.

    14. Read like a Lifetime movie. I actually met her and got the book signed. I think meeting her made the book better.

    15. While I can't say I hated this book, it was very one dimensional and pretty shallow. If you're looking for a quick read, it's not bad.

    16. A quick, easy read. This is a fun, light book. Parts were annoying, but due to the genre, the reader can be comfortable in their confidence that the protagonist will overcome.

    17. Really enjoyed this book up til the end. I couldn't help but thinking how true is this for so many actresses. the last 50 or so pages picked up pace for the story so it was harder to picture.

    18. The author of this book is a well-known actress and the novel follows a path of expectation, with no surprises or turns. This is a typical Hollywood novel with no redeeming value.

    19. It was one of those I had to read, despite my better judgement. And, well, it was no better or worse than I thought it would be.

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