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Blonde Ambition: An A-List Novel

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Blonde Ambition: An A-List Novel

The
third novel in Zoey Dean's A-List series begins with Anna Percy
having lost her virginity to Ben Birnbaum in a hotel. From there
she sees her sister off to rehab, gets fired and rehired on her
internship, and meets a hot new guy. Anna is now working for Clark
Sheppard, producer of a new hit TV show and father of Cammie, who
hates Anna. She has some feelings for her father's driver, the
mysterious Django, as well as a guy who works on the TV program,
and tries to be friends with Adam, who still loves her. Keeping up
with all these changes is quite a challenge.


Many of the delicious details of the wealthy lifestyle that have
drawn readers to this series are present here. We still experience
drinks after school at the Beverly Hills Hotel and designer
bathrobes and underwear. But interesting characters need to inhabit
that lifestyle to keep it fresh, and there is too much plot here to
leave much room. For example, Anna's friendship with filmmaker Sam,
a highlight from GIRLS ON FILM, takes a backseat to her flirtations
in this book. Her new relationship with Ben is shallow, after what
should have been a huge step for her. Cammie has conflicted
feelings about a new stepsister, but that quickly dissolves over
her machinations to get some sort of revenge on Anna.


The guys in BLONDE AMBITION seem pretty two-dimensional as well.
Ben becomes way too intense too quickly, then suddenly changes
again and heads back to school. Adam, the interesting down-to-earth
boy from the Midwest, is flirted with by both Sam and then Cammie.
All men other than fathers appear to be sex objects, while the
girls come off as untrustworthy to each other.


Anna seems to be changing in ways that aren't good during her fresh
start in LA. A fourth book is alluded to in the author description;
hopefully this next installment will feature improved
characters.


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Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Blonde Ambition: An A-List Novel
by Zoey Dean

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy
  • ISBN-10: 0316734748
  • ISBN-13: 9780316734745