Stars over Sunset Boulevard was a great book to read after All the Light We Cannot See because they were on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Personally, I can’t read heavy book after heavy book, so I like to switch it up and sprinkle some lighter reads in there to give my brain a little break. This book was selected as my book club’s most recent pick and while I wasn’t able to make it to the meet-up to discuss it, I read the book along with my friends.
This book begins in present-day Los Angeles and flashes back to the city in 1938 and tells the story of friendship, secrets and the golden era of Hollywood. Southern belle Violet moves to Los Angeles and becomes roommates with the beautiful, aspiring actress Audrey. Both work as secretaries at Selznick International, a film studio, in the process of filming Gone with the Wind and are trying to re-invent themselves after their own personal and professional heartbreaks. This story follows Audrey and Violet’s friendship into the final years of their lives highlighting all the ups and downs, secrets, regret and arguments that occur. Both make difficult decisions along the way that change the course of their lives and make it so they will be linked forever.
Overall, I liked this book. The flashbacks are done well in that they are infrequent and not many characters introduced in each so that you get mixed up about who is who and which story you’re reading. I love the story of long-lasting friendship between women who are incredibly different from each other. I also liked that this book flashed forward well into the character’s later years, so you see how their life unraveled after the main part of the story was wrapped up. The book is great for discussion amongst friends because the difficult decisions made by each character aren’t black and white and each person in the group may have done something differently had they been in the character’s shoes.
If you’re looking for a great beach or vacation read, check out this book and let’s chat about it! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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