About the Book
Tia Morales is used to calling the shots. She’s the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide, and her life on set is calculated and orderly. Well, most of the time. But her life outside the studio is another matter. If only she could get her family to behave as well as her stars do When she starts butting heads with handsome camera operator Jason Harris, it’s enough to send a girl over the edge. Will she ever learn to let go and take life–and love–as it comes?
Full of the humor and crazy family dynamics Janice Thompson fans have come to love, this colorful story gives readers an inside look at Hollywood and a healthy dose of romance.
If you have a fascination with behind the scenes Hollywood and sitcoms, then this is a must-read for you. With just as much drama happening off-stage as their is on-stage, The Director’s Cut mixes Old Hollywood charm with the modern celebrity craze. Once you scratch beneath the surface, there is also a character driven story-almost a belated coming-of-age -that adds substance and theme to the plot.
To be honest, this book was not love at first page for me. I am not one who is attracted by Hollywood sensationalism or the idolization of celebrities. I am a huge movie lover and when I find a show I adore I follow it faithfully, but I do not stalk the lives of actors or hyperventilate at the thought of touching the hem of their garments. This may be why I had a disconnect and aversion towards Erin’s (Tia’s assistant) character since her over-exuberance about the industry was foreign to me. Her antics (including breaking out in song) and hyper-positivity felt like a starring role from the Disney channel. I understand the intention of placing a seemingly flawless and permanently happy character in the midst of Tia’s jaded and uptight world, but it read almost superficially.
Initially the dialogue in the opening scenes, such as the round table meeting, felt disingenuous. There was a lot of repetitive phrasing and descriptions in the first few chapters, such as eyes brimming with tears, blinking back more tears and lingering gazes. The whole cast seemed to be emotionally combustible! However, by page 100 the story hit its stride and I was hooked to Tia’s character development. Her genuine struggle with indebtedness towards her family and being on the fast track to burnout resonated with me in its honesty and depth.
My initial frustration definitely changed to enjoyment by the end of the this book. Tia’s independence and success are refreshing in a inspirational fiction heroine. Her gradual humbling and softening were heartfelt and had my cheering her on in her journey towards happiness and consolidation of her past with her present.
**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**