Sunday, April 19, 2015
The Second Assistant by Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare
No political science degree could prepare Elizabeth Miller for her job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone you've never met - but you know who they're sleeping with.
A former intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner. He's the hottest agent in Hollywood, who devotes his days to playing online poker - that is, when he's not closing a $30 million deal for one of his AAA - list clients.
And while getting six hundred dollar highlights from Cameron's colorist or organising the strippers for George's birthday party comes close to causing heart failure for this East Coast girl, the real dangers lurk elsewhere. But Lizzie is a survivor, and no Machiavellian assistant, lecherous producer, or power struggle at The Agency can douse her dreams of climbing up the Hollywood ladder. But first she has to run down to the Coffee Bean for that triple espresso, or Scott is going to throw something....
This was an impulsive buy at a book sale end of last year. The image on the cover gave an impression that it's a chic lite and I was quite low on chic lite at that time so I gave in to my impulse. For the price I paid for it, The Second Assistant was an extremely good buy.
Like what the synopsis says, Lizzie is new to Hollywood, extreme end of what her life was in Washington. However, she took to it like fish to water and before you know, she's part of the system. Her frequent trips to get coffee for her boss and the rest of the office brought her acquaintance to Jacob a writer who has written a screen and Lizzie ended up trying to produce it while trying her best to be the best second assistant that she can...juggling her time between her boss, the boss's wife, the first assistant as well as other players in the field, a couple of which has romantic interest towards her.
For a chic lite, it was a fun, quirky and relaxing read, a great therapy for a rather crazy and busy weekend.