AMERICAN IDLE

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Fans of reality television, especially American Idol, will enjoy Holliday's fast-paced, laugh-out-loud homage to the popular show. And even non-fans will find much to love in the story of job-hopping, catastrophe-prone Jules Vernon and her stint as a production coordinator for a cheesy new television show that seems set to implode every five seconds.

But it's not all about back-stabbing contestants, insane co-workers and backstage Botox injections. Jules has finally met a man she connects with, hunky set carpenter Sam Blake, whose sensitive, quiet ways seem all wrong for a woman with a tendency toward destroying everything in her path. Sure, the sex is hot, but can Sam deal with all her baggage and lick chocolate mousse off her body?

In the launch novel for Dorchester's chick lit line, Making It, Holliday uses the live television process to juggle a large cast of quirky characters, all broadly drawn but extremely colorful. Especially delightful is judge Roger Scowl, whose hypochondria and pet goldfish keep Jules on the hop. A light romp through La La Land that delivers. (Aug., 336 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Donna Carter