This is a contemporary novel where we see a young Hollywood starlet constantly going into rehab for drugs and alcohol. In a story that could have been taken from the front pages to today's newspaper, we see the life of Cherry Pye, aka Cheryl Bunterman.
Cherry is now age twenty-two. Since she was age fourteen, she has been a pop star with a love of excitement and the drugs and alcohol that comes with it.
She's currently attempting a come back after a drug related scene in Boston. She's had so many relapses that her parents, record producer, Maury Lykes, and publicists, have hired a double, Ann DeLusia, to fill in for Cherry when she is "indisposed."
A member of the paparazzi, Bang Abbott, feels that Cherry is headed for the same unfortunate ending as Michael Jackson and follows her around in attempt to get photos at the stages of her downward spiral.
Abbott meets Chery and takes some photos but she escapes with his photos and cell phone.
Ann is driving in Florida when she has an accident and an encounter with the eccentric environmentalist, named Shink. Shink had been a former Governor of Florida and is taken with Ann.
Ann is kidnapped in a mistaken identity for Cheryl and the novel follows the path of the kidnapping, Cheryl's family's attempt to gain from it and a bodyguard with a weed-whacker arm, searching for her, as Shink attempts to rescue her.
Carl Hiaasen is one of my "must read" authors, as I enjoy his wacky southern Florida-based novels. His latest craziness is Star Island, and I finally made it to the top of the hold list at the library. This was an enjoyable read, filled with off-beat characters and situations that could only happen in Florida. But the edge that's normally part of a Hiaasen novel seemed to be missing this time. I didn't find myself having to keep reading far beyond my bedtime. … more
The emergency medical technicians have been called to a hotel in South Beach, responding to call concerning a twenty-two year old female who has swallowed a "mix of vodka, Red Bull, hydrocodone, birdseed, and stool softener." A rather typical call for South Beach with the exception of the appearance of Bang Abbott, an overweight, intrusive paparazzo. He wants to have exclusive right to the pictures of the woman on the stretcher. However, when the EMT's wheel out the woman, he realizes … more
You know what they say confession is good for...so here I go: I'm a huge fan of Carl Hiaasen, hence this probably will not be an unbiased review. He always makes me smile, and I'm constantly amazed by his imagination, his productivity. After all, this is an author who not only pens bestsellers, but popular children's books, and writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald. If he has a vitamin regime - hope he'll share it. Second, there is another admission: … more
The answer, obviously, is no, although the author keeps the reader guessing about that, or even if Skink is the father of AnnDeLusia (I love that name; think a part of Spain). Once again we are treated to the usual motley collection of freaks, zanies, evil real estate moguls, and the other characters that the author claims populate Southern Florida. This time he has a different class of persons to skewer, the "pop-star" and her entourage. Cherry Pye (love that … more
The precarious career of starlit Cherry Pye is perilously close to taking a nose dive. Suffering from an appalling lack of talent coupled with a dangerous appetite for booze, drugs, and illicit sex, the former Cheryl Bunterman is often in no shape to make public appearances. Enter one Ann DeLusia, employed as a stand in/double for Cherry--unbeknownst to the beleaguered star. WIth the exception of eye color, Ann is the spitting image of Cherry--and is the only thing standing between Cherry and career … more
Ann DeLuisa, body double for drug-addled pop star Cherry Pye, is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo, and Cherry's entourage must rescue her while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public--and from Cherry herself.