Title: Real Happy Family
Author: Caeli Wolfson Widger
Publisher: New Harvest
Publish Date: March 4, 2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Part-time actress,
full-time party girl Lorelei Branch isn’t famous yet, but she’s
perfected a Hollywood lifestyle full of clubbing, fashion, and the
latest juice cleanse. When Robin, her sister-in-law and agent, throws a
plum job her way, Lorelei jumps at the chance and auditions to be the
new girl on television’s hottest reality show, Flo’s Studio.
Enter Colleen, Lorelei’s pill-popping mother, who wants nothing more
than to see her daughter win the fame and glory she never had a chance
to pursue herself. But Lorelei’s dream of becoming the next reality star
is dashed when she loses the spot on Flo’s Studio to a
stunning African woman. In an attempt to defend her daughter against
what she calls a rigged contest, Colleen goes ballistic and delivers a
racist rant on live television, sparking a national media frenzy.
Lorelei flees the limelight, humiliated and broke, with her slacker
boyfriend Don and heads for Reno where she begins to self-destruct.
the rest of the Branch family starts to come apart at the seams.
Colleen and her husband, Carl, are quietly drifting apart. Darren,
Lorelei’s older half-brother, is stuck in Florida working on a
contentious film set while his wife, Robin, continues the tedious
regimen of fertility drugs meant to help them conceive a child.
Desperate to bring the family together again and make things right,
Colleen hatches a plan to stage an intervention for Lorelei on the
reality show Real Happy Family. Soon the entire Branch family is entangled in a mission to bring the prodigal daughter back into the fold.
Will Lorelei ever forgive Colleen? Will Real Happy Family air their most sensational intervention yet? All roads lead to a seedy Reno hotel room, where a reality TV crew is waiting."
My Two Cents:
Happy Family" is the story of Lorelei, a Hollywood party girl who has
designs on becoming an actress but she keeps getting in the way of
herself. She doesn't want to work and she just wants to party and that
gets her into trouble quickly. Then there is the factor of her family.
Her mother has always given her everything she wanted, which is part of
This book reminded me a lot of some of the fallen
Hollywood stars that we've seen in recent times. Lorelei is part Lindsay
Lohan and part Britney Spears with all of the craziness of her family
and a little less fame. Lorelei's family is so dysfunctional and plays
at the center of this story. I felt bad for Lorelei but on the other
hand, it was hard to find a lot of feeling for her because so many of
the decisions that she made was so messy and so stupid and so bad.
definitely got a strong feeling of schadenfreude from this book. Some
of the things that Lorelei and her mother do made me want to just shut
my eyes but like a car crash, I just could not look away. In many ways,
this book sort of felt like some of the trashy reality t.v. that so many
of us (myself included) get sucked into. This isn't a particularly
revealing story but it is a fun ride!
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