Sunday, 23 May 2010

Review: The Second Assistant

The Second Assistant by Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare
A tale from the bottom of the Hollywood ladder

Genre: Chick-lit
Pages: 357
Published: 2005

The heroine of this gossipy tale is Elizabeth Miller, a young, former campaign worker for a US congressman who finds herself between employment opportunities. Unable to obtain any more socially responsible work, Lizzie is lured into the job of second assistant to an executive at a glitzy Hollywood agency. Once there, she's hit with all the "pick-up my dry cleaning," "walk my dog," "hire strippers for my party" torment that the higher-ups can dish out. At first Elizabeth is isolated, out-of-place, and under dressed in her new world, but she makes friends, builds her wardrobe, and eventually grows to care for her menial job, her Ritalin-snorting boss, and the entertainment industry in general. Finally, she reaches the conclusion that thousands of other Californians have before her: what she really wants to do is produce. 

I had a strange feeling with this book. It was fun, I giggled, and I read it real fast, but at times I didn't feel it.  I don't know, I just didn't feel.

But if we forget that for a moment. This is a book about Elizabeth who leaves the political world and gets a job as a second assistant at a big time agency. But it's a cut-throat world. The famous wants it all and their way, the bosses are mad and she feels lonely. But she does come close to a co-worker and a guy she meets. She fancies a producer, and she makes a fool of herself with another one. But as time goes by she grows to like this crazy world.

I liked Lizzy even if things at times sure fell into her lap, she was lucky even if she was unlucky too. The guys sure seemed to like her too. But still, she was nice, but she sure could have been a bit less naive, I mean it is Hollywood.

The people at the agency were just as I could have pictured them. Angry bosses that are never in, and pretty young assistants that did something.

The love then, well first there is the producer crush, but he is a bit of a slut. There is the nice guy she meets at the coffee place, the sleazy guy she meets at a party, and the guy she fancies at a distant. Yes there is love, and I had my hopes for who she should end up with

The book gave me some laughs, because you know there will be comedy in a chick-lit book that takes place in LA. There was love, and backstabbing. A cute and funny book that I read a lazy Saturday.

I just wished the ending could have been a bit more, we were left off so soon, but then there is a part 2.

Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: I do like chick-lit covers.
Reason for reading: Library book
Final thoughts: Funny


  1. Did you enjoy it enough to read the next book?

  2. I haven't heard of this book before. At least you know there's a part 2 to hopefully tie up any loose strings from part 1.

    I love what you've done with your blog design. So nice!

  3. I've seen this one around and thought it looked cute. Thank you for the honest review, I'll probably skip it.

  4. Chris,
    Well that is the big question, yes if I could find it at the library I would go for it at once...but nope not enough for me to buy the next one. I am too cheap top buy books, I do not even buy great books

  5. Mary
    Yup, but I kind of read it gets really stereotypical chick-lit there. People break up, go away and end up together again, hm

    You're welcome :=)
    Cute, normal, nothing mindblowing but then I do not need much from this genre

  6. Mary
    Oh forgot, thanks :D It is all thanks to the wonderful Lea

  7. Even though it had some setbacks, it does sound like a fun read. Great review!

  8. Sounds like a quick easy read but sort of stereotypical too about Hollywood.Probably a good book for the beach!

  9. Just popping in to say hi honey! I hope you had a great weekend!! Here is to a wonderful Monday Morning for you! Hugs to you honey!

  10. Sounds cute, but not one I'll go out of my way to find.

  11. I don't think this is my kind of book, but I thoroughly appreciate that sometimes reading should just be light and fun and not make you think and this is one of those!

  12. Naida
    Chick-lit is almost always fun, so I do not mind if it doesn't blow me away :)

    I didn't think about that, but yes would have been great for the beach.

    Thanks hon! I am finally online today, have had class from 9-17, read something and had dinner with my classmates, lol, missed my blog ;)

    Perhaps if you stumble upon it at the library

    Totally agree, espeically I need those books sometimes

  13. I have to admit, it has to be a really good book for me to like this genre these days. I much prefer fantasy! ;)

  14. Sounds like a quick, fluffy read. Hmmm, sometimes chiclit can be fun, but I'm not sure about this one.

  15. Well, I think this is the kind of book you want on the beach. Just mindless fun reading and easy to pick up where you left off :)

    BTW Blodeuedd, I LURV your new blog button and snaging it to flash it in my *rockin' the blog block* sidebar feature :)

  16. Sassy
    Fantasy is the best genre ever :)

    It sure can,. and this one, well I can't help you there.

    All thanks to the lovely Lea!!! :D She has made this place so pretty.



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