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 suicide. And where Ann's resemblance to Cherry is idea for making Cherry's public appearances, it also makes her a potential target for paparazzi---one in particular, who is obsessed with Cherry Pye. When paparazzo Bang Abbott mistakenly kidnaps Ann instead of Cherry,nonsense follows; especially when Ann catches the fancy of the former governor of Florida--who is currently homeless, a smidge violent, and slightly mentally unstable.
Another rollicking romp through south Florida with Hiassen and a motley assortment of characters; mildly entertaining, with a rather thin plot. Readers will emerge with a chuckle, but I hardly think that this work is Hiassen's best.
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
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 … 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.