Laura is a journalist on a glossy magazine, who yearns to be as famous as the stars that she interviews. When she successfully auditions for a new entertainment programme, she gets the chance to do just that. Taken under the wing of superstar actress Lucy Lloyd, she embarks on a hedonistic lifestyle of drink, drugs and excessive partying - complete with rock star boyfriend, Ricky Jones. As the lives of Laura and her friends begin to spiral increasingly out of control, Laura finds herself losing touch with reality. Will she ever manage to break away from the pitfalls of fame, or is she in far too deep?
Laura is the main character, and the plot unfolds from her point of view. We follow her from the moment she lands the television presenting gig, with her story up until this point being briefly outlined in dribs and drabs to show more of who she was before fame took hold of her life. This is good to see, as it would be easy to see her as purely a selfish person based on her actions after she becomes famous. Despite her infatuation with her new friends, she seems to be a nice enough character underneath it all and this becomes very apparent at times.
Lucy, Ricky and her other showbiz friends are what I would expect from celebrities - quite arrogant and out of touch with the real world. They exist to party and cannot function without their fix of alcohol and drugs. It is sad to see them drag the impressionable Laura down the same road, but she isn't exactly an innocent victim as it is her choice to partake in the lifestyle too.
Laura does have some friends left over from her pre-fame days and these are the 'good' characters. Nat, Fiona and Adam all try their best to get her back on the straight and narrow and it is quite touching to see how much they obviously care for her despite the fact that she has changed so much as a person. They are the most 'real' characters in the book, although that isn't to say that the likes of Laura, Lucy and Ricky aren't realistic as I'm sure that they are quite representative of some celebrities!
I really enjoyed reading this book. Although it is a fictional story, I can imagine that the antics of characters like Lucy and Ricky (and Laura too, I guess) really do happen a lot in the showbiz world and it was fascinating to read about this even if it did make me feel uncomfortable at the same time. It is essentially a chick lit book but it isn't the usual escapist storyline as the lifestyle that Laura becomes caught up in is really quite disturbing, especially given the direction that Lucy and Ricky's lives ultimately take. Laura has some dark moments too, and these kind of additions make the book much deeper than your average chick lot book. I thoroughly recommend this book, but do be prepared for it not to be like most other chick lits books!