Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell

Title: Killing Monica
Author: Candace Bushnell
From: Netgalley
Genre: Chick Lit
Release Date: 23rd June 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Pandy "PJ" Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt something different: a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy's publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica-as does her greedy husband, Jonny, who's gone deeply in debt to finance his new restaurant in Las Vegas. When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself. But to do so, she will have to reconcile with her ex-best friend and former partner in crime, SondraBeth Schnowzer, who plays Monica on the big screen-and who may have her own reasons to derail Pandy's startling change of plan. In KILLING MONICA, Candace Bushnell spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, this is Bushnell's sharpest, funniest book to date

I have to be honest, I didn't like Killing Monica. I loved the concept, and there was something oddly compelling that made me actually read and finish the book, but all the way through I was kind of a bit detached from it. There were no points where I was anxious to get back to it and finish reading but at the same time it didn't feel like enough of a chore for me to DNF, it was kind of strange in that way. 

My main issue was that I didn't like the MC. I get that this was effectively a satire on celebrity lives and how we all follow them, but Pandy just seemed so fake all the time. The only thing she ever really seemed to care about in the whole book was money. Every now and again there was a peek that she might have deeper interests but it just didn't seem believable for me. 

In fact there was only one character in the book that I even came close to liking and that was Henry. He seemed to be far more down to earth than the rest of them. But he was also kind of off page for most of the antics (which were basically drinking and doing drugs) so that could have been why. 

There was a bit of a twist at the end which I didn't see coming. But I'm not convinced by the plausibility of it. I just wasn't sold on the book.