04 January 2015

A Touch of Stardust; Kate Alcott

A Touch of StardustA Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another book where the author has two good ideas and yet mashes them together poorly. The larger book, about the making of "Gone With the Wind" as seen through the eyes of a sweet young thing new to Hollywood, is quite good. The mash-in, about her Jewish boyfriend/lover's awareness and angst about the dawn of Nazi Germany, is not so good and seriously detracts from the former. How Julie gains confidence, develops a career and becomes friends with Carole Lombard (and Clark Gable) is a great story, as is the backstage part of the making of the movie. Her re-write of a movie was a fun section, and more of that would have been even more fun. But Andy's reaction to what was going on in Germany, while real and probably representative of what was going on for people in Hollywood at that time, seriously detracted from Julie's story and somehow lessened it.

ARC provided by publisher.

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