From the earliest days of her career, supermodel Fleur Savagar has been nicknamed the Glitter Baby.
The illegitimate daughter of a world-famous movie star, she had been brought up by her mother and stepfather and deliberately starved of emotional love.
So much so that she has spent most of her nineteen years looking for it in all the wrong places.
Fleur is an ugly duckling who refuses to believe she's turned into a swan.
Now an actress, she finds herself falling for her co-star, tough guy Jake Koranda.
However, all her illusions are shattered when she discovers that she has been betrayed by those closest to her.
Disillusioned and destitute, Fleur embarks on a voyage of self discovery, determined to reinvent herself...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/01/2009
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9780749939212
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Review by FlanneryAC
There were parts I loathed--most of what Belinda did, and that creepster Alexi, and parts that I really enjoyed--the relationship between Jake and Fleur, Fleur's entire comeback. (Hey, I'm a huge sucker for a makeover...or, in this case, a re-makeover) And her web of friends was great.<br/><br/>I think this is a 3.5 star SEP. <br/><br/>
Review by MlleEhreen
GLITTER BABY is more saga than romance, a kind of book that doesn't get published often these days. As other reviewers have mentioned, Phillips starts us off from the mother’s POV and only switches over to Fleur after sixty pages or so, once she’s chronicles out heroine’s conception. Phillips sort of speed-walks us through Fleur’s childhood and teenage years, slowing down a bit when Fleur emerges as a sixteen-year-old supermodel. <br/><br/>I think the pacing of the book, skipping through the years as it does, covers a multitude of sins. Belinda, for example. The mother. With the book’s epic scope Phillips never has to stop and really dwell on the plausibility of Belinda’s character. We’re supposed to believe that she’s childlike, a perpetual innocent who’s also deeply manipulative and selfish. Belinda worships celebrities and has no regard for anyone else. The early chapters of the book make it hard to hate Belinda, although I got there eventually, but mostly I thought a real person who acted like she did would have to be either mentally handicapped or properly psychopathic. But Belinda isn’t presented as either.<br/><br/>Same with Alexi, whose complexities disappear into a sea of mustache-twirling. He’s a genuinely terrifying character but a lot of his attempts to sabotage Fleur can be written off as pranks. With his power and motivation, why does he hold back?<br/><br/>Jake, the romantic lead, suffers the most from Phillips’ skimming. We don’t get any real insight into his character until very late in the book. Up to a key turning point, it’s hard to understand who he is, what he wants, how he feels about Fleur or why. It doesn’t help that we see hardly anything of him in the first half of the book; he’s absent a lot more than he’s present. (It’s also hard to buy a character who’s a salt-of-the-earth manly man, a top-billing actor, and a Pulitzer prize winning playwright…)<br/><br/>The first scene we get with Fleur describes her as a rebel. Really wild and daring, a kid who flouts the rules and defies convention. I only started to get her as a character, and think she made sense, when I realized that first scene is an anomaly. After it’s over, Phillips introduces the real Fleur and she’s not a rebel at all. She’s conventional, staid almost, with a desperate need for approval. A born follower who has a very hard time achieving mental, emotional, and financial independence. That’s the essential story of the book and it’s well-told.<br/><br/>I picked up GLITTER BABY because I like star-studded romances. GLITTER BABY qualifies, what with Fleur’s celebrity and Jake’s acting, but Belinda’s presence alone leeches all the fun out of that; it’s impossible to moon over celebrities with her oozing around. And Fleur’s legal father spends most of the book trying to seduce her. The ick factor is really, really high.<br/><br/>Go ahead and pick it up if this sounds like your cup of tea; just know what you’re getting into.<br/>