Friday, December 20, 2013

Guest Book Review: Younger, Thinner, Blonder

By Sara Steven

Guilty pleasures of mine: hot celebrity news, and reality-based television. I don’t own up to it, but if you bring me an US Weekly to read while I’ve got Survivor on the boob tube, I’d be one happy lady.

Younger, Thinner, Blonder, by Sue Watson, combines everything I secretly love into one hilariously-written book! It’s the story of Tanya Travis, a 40-something hot celebrity host of her own scandalous talk show (think Jerry Springer) who is suddenly booted to the curb and replaced by her much younger, hotter assistant. Apparently, Tanya isn’t as hot as she thought she was, although she has millions of hits on a recent YouTube video (posted by the conniving ex-assistant) showcasing the dimpled cellulite on her butt, and thighs. There’s no one to trust in Tinseltown, not even her sub-par rocker musician boyfriend. He’s constantly in the tabloids, accused of Lothario-like behavior. The only person she can trust is her rough around the edges agent, who recommends that Tanya save her career by way of a Survivor-like reality television show, Celebrity Spa Trek, created for Z-list celebrities.

Z list? Since when is Tanya on the Z-list?

Celebrity Spa Trek isn’t what she imagined it would be. Where’s the spa? Where are the mud baths, the showers, a bed? Tanya isn’t used to roughing it, and no amount of hand sanitizer (which she is addicted to) will save her. Being borderline OCD, clean-freak Tanya will have to survive the elements, and the surliness of her co-stars. They don’t take her seriously, but really, Tanya doesn’t take herself seriously, either.

Hey, I may not have much in common with Tanya, but reading about her plight fulfilled that celebrity kick I appreciate so much. Even better: you discover that Tanya is a real person, somewhere beneath the expensive moisturizer and make-up. There’s nothing better than character evolvement, and you get that in spades.

I highly recommend Younger, Thinner, Blonder, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give you fair warning: the first few chapters are there to ease you in, but the rest are unstoppable! You won’t be able to put it down!

Thanks to Sue Watson for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Sara Steven is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two rambunctious boys in Bellevue, NE. When she’s not running marathons, or working on her novel, she takes a break and opens up a good book (or turns on her Nook). Find her at her blog.

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Karen said...

I loved Sue Watson's first book and am looking forward to this one. Great review :o)

Sue watson said...

Ah thanks so much Karen. Hope you enjoy Tanya's journey as much as you enjoyed Stella's! xxx

gene said...

Poor starlet.