Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife; her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they’re living a picture-perfect celebrity life. But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn’t cover divorce, which is the way Agnes’ life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed.
Those who can’t get enough Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will have great fun with Levangie’s latest send up of the over-the-top lives of Hollywood movers and shakers ... Readers of Levangie’s previous books will find that they’ve 'been there, read that,' given the book’s familiar larger than life characters and exaggerated descriptions of every Hollywood stereotype, but the fast pace and quick change of scenes contribute to the depiction of life in the fast lane. The tale is full of one-liners, sarcasm, and scandal, making it hard not to laugh at Agnes’ woes. Fans of Lauren Weisberger and Candace Bushnell will inhale this in one sitting.
Agnes is more self-aware than many of her contemporaries; she realizes she is living in a bubble, but she likes it there. We get to read her every thought, and she has them at a dizzying pace, making this a quick read—at times humorous, but mostly just exhausting ... The level of Hollywood narcissism shown in Levangie’s novel is astounding and makes it hard to empathize with or even believe the characters in this marital farce. For fans of the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and frothy celebrity memoirs.
Screenwriter Levangie has a keen insight into the inner workings, and foibles, of the Hollywood elite, and her sharp, canny wit drives her mile-a-minute prose and spares no one. Agnes’s voice is wry and funny, and there’s just enough pathos about her to keep the more farcical elements in check. Readers looking for a fast, laugh-out-loud romp will find much to enjoy.