What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Genre: Adult Romance
Form: Audio Book
Narrator: Julia Gibson
"How did this happen?" Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating.
What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? "Not" go to Vegas . . . "not" run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard . . . and "not" get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life.
It's a paparazzi free-for-all, and Georgie's nonsupporting cast doesn't help. There's Bram's punk-nightmare housekeeper, Georgie's own pushy parent, a suck-up agent, an icy studio head with a private agenda, and her ex-husband's new wife, who can't get enough of doing good deeds and saving the world--the bitch. As for Georgie's leading man, Bram's giving the performance of his life, but he's never cared about anyone except himself, and it's not exactly clear why.
Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.
One Word Summary: Entertaining
Lately when I get my hands on a book that mostly deals with stinkin rich and famous people, I put it down. Something about being that rich, and famous and petty – it doesn’t really amuse me. I obviously made an exception with Glitter Baby and What I Did for Love.
I actually liked Glitter Baby better, because I felt that the problems between the main characters were more real, and a more significant part of the story. In What I Did for Love, it seemed like the main problems were dealing with being famous, and making sure the paparazzi didn’t know the truth. The book was about getting over the past, your past, and moving forward and onward with life. I didn’t like how the characters were extremely self-centered and assumed they knew what was going on about 90% of the time. This was Susan’s intent, because they were suppose to learn not to judge people by their past, but it just got to be annoying after a while. They would make love and then hate each other 5 minutes later.
Regardless of all the things I didn’t like, I still found the book entertaining. I don’t regret listening to it in the slightest. (Although my CDR screwed up when I imported the book to my iPod and I was missing very large chunks of tracks, sometimes more than 5 minutes worth.) I liked how Susan brought back characters not only from Glitter Baby but also from Natural Born Charmer, which I also have listened to. I enjoyed “seeing” them again, no matter how brief.