By Anna David

Anna David turns her reporter's eye for element towards Tinseltown's seedy underbelly over again and "eloquently and humorously unveil[s] what can be a new subgenre: Chick Lit with a Message" (New York Post). uninterested in amassing banal costs from the B-list at the sidelines of the pink carpet, Emma Swanson publicly yearns for a extra monstrous occupation yet privately goals of a hotshot boyfriend to move her into the thrashing center of the Hollywood scene. as a substitute, she meets Jessica—beautiful, cavalier, manipulative—who shamelessly trades intercourse for the presents it might probably deliver. confident that writing a narrative approximately Jessica and her ilk might heavily develop her journalistic cred, Emma quickly unearths herself sucked right into a global the place the luxuries of prettied-up prostitution may cost a little greater than she ever anticipated.

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Well then, go look it up,” she snarls as she saunters away. Embarrassingly, tears start stinging my eyes and one even drops down my cheek. God, why do I have to be such a wimp? I tell myself that she’s a nasty French actress who probably has hairy pits and secret rolls of fat from too many croissants and I should in no way let her make me cry. Then I accept the fact that it’s too late for that so I amend the statement and tell myself I should in no way let Jack see this horrible French actress make me cry.

I’d been telling him in between his trips to the bathroom that as soon as he saw a girl he thought might be friendly, I wanted him to introduce me, insinuate that I wanted entrée into her world, make himself 56 Anna David disappear, and trust me to fi nd my own way home. I hadn’t really expected this to work—Antonio is so ultraprotective that he likes me to call him when I get home from press lines just to let him know that I haven’t been accosted by some random lunatic or crashed on the freeway.

It sounded antiquated and old-fashioned, but since I’d been living in Hollywood, it had always been the case for me: whenever I’d first start dating someone, he’d be dutiful, almost submissive, and endlessly interested in everything I had to say. But once I slept with him—whether it was after three dates or three months—I’d feel his interest start to wane and the power shift. Yet maybe that was only true for women who wanted some sort of emotional commitment from the men they slept with—those who hoped the men would want to date or even marry them.

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