Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Accidental Bestseller
My first thoughts when reading this book were, "HOLY BOOKCEPTION!". I mean, come on, the book is about A woman whose writing career falls apart and her 3 best friends (also writers) get together to help her write a book about A woman whose writing career falls apart and her 3 best friends (also writers) get together to help her write a book about...yep, you guessed it! It's a book inside a book, inside a book. 0.o
The four main characters in the book are Kendall, a woman's fiction writer, Tanya, a romance writer, Faye, an inspirational fiction writer, and Mallory, a New York Times Bestselling author. The book starts out with Kendall and her friends at an award ceremony, an award ceremony that she lives empty handed (something she didn't expect). After this, her career is just a giant downfall. Her publishing company tells her that after she writes the final book for their contract she is done, and her husband tells her that he is leaving her for his new girlfriend, one who is at least 20 years younger. Feeling defeated and unable to write, Kendall moves to her cabin in the mountains to get away from it all. At the cabin Kendall becomes obsessed with DIY projects, and much less obsessed with finishing the novel she is in a contract to write. So of course her three best friends come up to help her out. Tanya comes up with the idea that they should all create and write their own characters, and then come together to put it all in one book. The catch is, they are all in contracts with other publishing companies so only Kendall's name will be on the cover. The writers set off writing the book, keeping their stories way too close to the truth. When the book is finished they face scrutiny they never thought possible and find out secrets that lead them to believe they never knew each other at all.
I absolutely loved this book! I do occasionally like to read a chick-lit book but I never get as much enjoyment out of them as I did out of this one. This book gives the nitty-gritty on the world of publishing and writing, and as an aspiring author I ate it right up. I also loved how Wendy Wax changed between each writer and even the publishers point of view. You get a really good vision of whats going on and it's just damn awesome. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone!