Or How I Conquered My Addiction To Celebrities And Got A Life
My name is Eliza and I'm a celebraholic.
So begins this cautionary tale of how celebrity worship can ruin one's life - or at least one's 20s.
Once, Eliza dreamed of walking down the aisle (at the Oscars) and having a meaningful existence (every minute of which would be chronicled by People Magazine). But by her 20s, her soaring ambitions have been reduced to friendships with two people who have some small chance at fame: Danny, a gorgeous and sadly untalented actor, and the unscrupulous Dinah, who has no attribute she will not exploit.
Oh, and a lot of E! Hollywood True Stories, and the National Enquirer.
But when her boyfriend dumps her because she has no life, Eliza resolves to try and kick her celebraholism once and for all. Consulting a sham shrink and going cold turkey on People, Eliza seems to be on the rough road to recovery when the unexpected happens: Dinah's boyfriend, white rapper Lylo, is involved in a hit-and-run accident that claims the life of a beloved citizen - bringing Dinah tantalizingly close to fame - and jail.
Can Eliza save Dinah from taking the fall? Can she get Danny his big break as cute-but-expendable sidekick in action flicks? Above all, can she find happiness without fame?
Hip and self-aware, this novel parodies today's celebrity culture with humor and sympathy. It even comes with quizzes and lists, so you, too, can discover if you're a celebraholic.
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"An extremely witty, supremely cringe-worthy and highly original take on the cult of celebrity - from a desperate wanna-be's point of view. While the book's wily heroine mightn't deserve fame and fortune, expect its author to be catapulted into the limelight soon."
"What gives Fatal Distraction an unexpected subtlety is the heroine's bone-deep loneliness. The author captures the emotionally unmoored quality of the star-struck.... Fatal Distraction is a funny, light novel. Yet underneath the one-liners, the author issues a gentle warning. A minor interest in celebs is fun. But when your "relationships" with the stars outnumber your bonds with real people, admit you have an addiction and start chanting: 'I am powerless over Entertainment Tonight.'"
"Hilarious and high-spirited."
"A fun-filled foray into a plague that is sweeping the nation. For anyone who's ever voted for an American Idol, used the word Bennifer in a sentence, and can correctly name all of Julia Roberts's ex-fiances, Fredericks deftly captures the wanna-be in us all."
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