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Advika and the Hollywood Wives by Kirthana Ramisetti Book Review

Reasons for Reading This Book:

I read Advika and the Hollywood Wives in participation with the Readhead’s June 2023 podcast episode. Going into reading this book I knew it was Jackie’s choice and that it was a new book because I could not get it at my library so I had to purchase it. Going into it I had a feeling it would give Taylor Jenkins-Reid vibes with it being about Hollywood and celebrities. I had no real expectations going in but was excited to read about a book that was set in Hollywood and about the entertainment industry as I have enjoyed books similar to this in the past.

Content of This Book:

Advika is an Indian-American 27 year-old who has never succeeded the way she hoped she would in her dream of being a successful screenwriter. Dealing with her grief and the changing dynamics in her relationships following the tragic death of her twin-sister, she was not yet able to achieve what she wanted to. While working odd jobs in Hollywood to pay rent, Advika meets award-winning Julian film produced at an Oscar’s after party. They fall into a fast pace whirlwind romance that leads to marriage, secrets, pain, and a lavish lifestyle. In her quest to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry Advika discovers Julian is not the man she thought he was.

What I Liked About This Book:

Honestly, there is not much I liked about this book. As someone with a twin sister I appreciated the importance of the bond that they shared and how intertwined their lives’ were. The author provided plenty of backstory and telling of past events to give the reader an idea of who Advika was and why she was the way she was. With that being said, sometimes these flashbacks left me more unsure of who I thought Advika was. I thought that the point of telling these past stories was to show her character and give the reader an idea of how she would react to what she was experiencing in present day, but honestly it was the opposite. I was extremely annoyed by her lack of morality and attempt at self-awareness.

What I Disliked About This Book:

This book was littered with excessive and drawn out details that provided no substance to the actual plot. There were so many instances where details should have been cut. One example that stands out to me is where the dialogue is repeatedly interjected by detailed descriptions of how the cat is moving about the bed/room. This is not beneficial to the plot and ends of being annoying and disruptive to the flow of the dialogue. I did not like a single character in this book. I am not sure if the author intended the characters to be likeable or not, but I did not find any of them to be. It seemed to me that the author tried to make it seem like all of a sudden Avdika had this awakening that something was wrong and she had to figure out how to get out of it, but really she had no awareness and never really made an impact. I was expecting a transformation in Advika as a result of what she experienced but once again I was let down. The author had the opportunity to display a tremendous example of self-discovery, growth, and coming into the person you always wanted to be but that never happened. Simply put, I became more annoyed with this book the further I got into it and had to force myself to finish it. She stated that she was a fraternal twin but then later applies make-up to try and look like her sister and thinks to herself I don't look like Anu. This doesn't make sense because they are not identical twins.

Would I Recommend This Book?

Absolutely not! This book was a waste of my time, money and effort. There were limited redeeming qualities about it. There are much better books out there with similar topics. I recommend Taylor Jenkins-Reid Malibu Rising or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo over this book.

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