Carol Wolper's witty bestselling novel The Cigarette Girl, now available as an eBook for the first time ever, is the hilarious and refreshing story of a Hollywood screenwriter's search for Mr. Right in a city where men traffic in bimbos.
A Los Angeles screenwriter like her protagonist, Wolper seasons her slick and accomplished debut with enough new phrases to create a Seinfeldesque vocabulary. At 28, Elizabeth West is entering the Zone, that period between 28 and 35 when women go from being happily single to depressingly single, feeling biologically compelled to settle the issues of marriage and children. But Elizabeth, who scripts action movies and can talk MP5 semiautomatic carbines with the best of them, is reasonable enough not to be looking for Mr. Right. Content to settle for Mr. Maybe, she seeks him among a group of men who include the unattainable director of her film, an architect who "knows all the moves" and her ex-boyfriend, a snake who gives the British a bad name. As she moves closer to completing her selection, however, she must compete with a pack of beautiful bimbos who would make almost any woman feel like a "subfemale gender," even the kind of ultramodern heroine who refuses to play by the infamous man-trapping Rules. Set against a backdrop that includes Lakers games and Oscar parties, the novel is packed with caustic wit, insider knowledge and raunchy girl talk. The dialogue is straight from the hip, with Wolper confidently lampooning the cult of celebrity in a town where the next best thing to knowing Jack Nicholson is knowing a great story about him. Not surprisingly, Elizabeth scripts herself the kind of pyrotechnically bizarre twist of a happy ending that lets the reader know there's a screenwriter in the house, while at the same time proving that there's more than one blueprint for life in the '90s.
Okay I guess, kept waiting for more
This book was fun a handful of times for brief pages. Overall I kept waiting for this character to become more, or stronger, or less pathetic. Or maybe I was just wanting more and better from the whole story. It just felt lacking. It could have been more fun and less pitiful. And that ending.... Really? Thats all???? Glad it was in the bargain books because it wasn't worth any more than its small price.
Light but Very Witty
Makes for a quick read and many laughs. Many quotable lines and a complete mockery of not only Hollywood but LA and Orange County as well.
Worst read ever!!!
I could not relate to or like the main character at all! I kept hoping she would get more like able and less slutty, but it never happened! No surprise ending here. Looks like she got what she deserved! Total waste of time and money!