Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Blind Item’.

I know I briefly reported having some care troubles a few weeks ago, and even though I took it to the shop, they couldn’t figure out what was wrong. So, I have been driving it ever since and thankfully, it has been working fine.

Until last night when I tried to go to Barre. It wouldn’t start, and unlike the other times when it would eventually start, I never could get it started. The added fun part was that my ANNOYING upstairs neighbor was just standing there watching me try and start it in the 104-degree heat.

I had many, many explicit words to say to him, but I (literally) sipped my iced tea and went back into my apartment without resolve.

The good thing about not having a 9-5 job is that there’s really no need to panic when car troubles strike — I don’t have anywhere I need to be. Yes, Barre certainly would have been nice, but there’s a gym and a pool at my apartment should it not start today.

But of course, car troubles of any kind are stressful, often because they are costly and really, really inconvenient.

The good news is, I have everything I need at home: food in the fridge, fuzzy kitty, and piles of books to read! Before I headed on vacation, I finished reading Blanche’s Book Club’s latest pick: “Blind Item” by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan.

Here is the book’s description from GoodReads:

No one knows her name, but now everyone wants to.

As an assistant publicist in Hollywood, Nicola spends her days (and nights) sweeping up the scandals of singers, movie stars, and TV actors. Fresh from Ohio, she’s rapidly discovering the real Hollywood is rotten under its glittering skin. Everyone is a hustler with a hard bottom line and a soap opera sob story.

When she breaks her own rules and starts dating a movie star, the Los Angeles scene starts to spill into her own life. As the paparazzi begin the hunt for sexy star Seamus O’Riordan’s new mystery girl, Nicola’s best friend Billy has her back while he prowls parties for the latest scoop to sell to the tabloids. Her roommate Kara keeps tabs on things too—in between befriending a former child star and transforming herself from stylist to reality TV sensation.

As the scandals pile up behind them, their pasts will be exposed… And every secret can be sold.

Written by two Hollywood insiders, the jaw-dropping scandals are real, but the names are not. And they’ll never tell.

I’m going to be honest here, I judged this book by its cover. I saw it on an end cap at the library with its sparkles and odd banana… and when I picked it up, I saw the quote on the cover from Kristin Cavallari. SOLD!

I’m so glad I saw it because it was a fun read, in the same way that Jackie Collins’ novels are fun. There’s money, fame, and scandal — what more do you need?

We are publicists. We get our hands filthy and we roll around in dirty laundry all day, every day. And when we do a good job, we get rewarded. Whether it’s a press release, a smoke screen, or a blow job, it doesn’t matter. We keep our clients happy, and we keep their scandals out of the tabloids and out of the courtrooms at all costs.

Blind Item

When I finished reading the book, I was Googling the authors just to see if they had written anything else. And, there is a SEQUEL! I’m excited to add it to my list and see what happens with these characters.

The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

If you have it in you, send good vibes to my car which is clearly suffering in these last few days of Mercury’s retrograde. Heck, I think we could all use a little more good vibes.

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