To be honest, I never intended to write a book review today.
I had actually stockpiled an impressive list of websites selling my favorite home accessories.
They were good, really good.
But I was given a book last week that I enjoyed. Surprisingly so.
You see, normally I love a good investigative tale – think Colombian drug cartels or a reclusive heiresses who leaves a myriad of mysterious properties after an intriguing demise.
This title on the other hand – “I’m Your Biggest Fan” (Hachette Books)– details the often excruciatingly embarrassing tale of what author Kate Coyne refers to as “awkward encounters and assorted misadventures in celebrity journalism”.
An Oxford University graduate this girl can write. Like, really write. In a way that means she doesn’t need to create overly complicated sentences or try and over analyze (hello Elizabeth Gilbert ??).
Rather, she manages to tell her story in a way that is deceptively simple in its style but manages to make the reader feel that Kate is actually sitting beside them, hands waving and all. She is impressively self effacing and shares some often hilariously awkward interactions with some of Hollywood’s bold face names.
With an almost supernatural knowledge of pop culture and television (can you name the character names of guest stars in your favorite 80s sitcoms ? Kate can), Coyne started her career at the New York Post’s legendary Page 6 before an eight year stint at Good Housekeeping before moving to what appears to be her spiritual home – People magazine.
For anyone who wondered how such a seemingly simple publication is put together, the “I’m Your Biggest Fan” provides an interesting insight into the politics of celebrity coverage and the rise of the sometimes confusing reality star culture.
Now, this book is in no way going to change your life. It won’t provide any Oprah like “ah ha” moments, and you probably won’t hold on to your copy for future generations.
It will, however, make your smile and have a few laughs.
And lets face it, neither of those are a bad thing.
Images – Machete Books; People magazine; Good Housekeeping magazine.