FATAL DISTRACTION by M.E. Fredericks

FATAL DISTRACTION

Or How I Conquered My Addiction to Celebrities and Got a Life
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Young Adult author Fredericks moves up to join the hollow-eyed adult crowd on the edges of the red carpet rolled out for the awards ceremony (you know, the one for those copyrighted awards).

Can’t get enough of celebrities? Try watching hours of entertainment “news” until your head falls off and life as you know it dissolves into a fog of celebrity worship, film-at-eleven, and clips of stars walking dogs, stars without makeup, stars behaving badly—everything that really happens when the stars come out. Or twelve-step back to sanity with this rather glum parable about unlucky losers addicted to a daily fix of vicarious fame and fortune, starring (well, kind of) a young veteran of little theater productions with a dead-end job and a lackluster love life. Eliza is not only not famous, she doesn’t even know anyone famous, except for Norm the Wonder Dog, who does commercials. Eliza is almost 30: Is this all there is? Her life has no meaning. She has no money. But the happy denizens of that mythical land known as Hollywood have it all. Just reading about them, watching innumerable TV shows about them, makes her feel better, though she frets about going blind from looking at their dazzling white teeth. Danny, her handsome actor boyfriend, decamps. Dinah Sharlip, her pushy girlfriend, self-destructs. Crazed white-boy rapper Lylo Wingate runs somebody over—or did Dinah do it? Major media attention is paid at last! But it’s not enough, it’s never enough. Eliza resigns herself to being a Great Bit Player and finds happiness at last.

Funny moments, smooth writing, trivial concept.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-312-31294-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Dunne/St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2003