Production Values by Liv Bartlet
Published May 3, 2017
Paperback, 304 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources &the author, I received a copy of this book.)
“Mornings like this I can understand the appeal of killer high heels. How they click with command down the sidewalk: Get out of my way, I’m in charge and I’ve got the footwear to prove it.”
At the age of 28, Kat Porter has become the it-girl of British TV Production. Gut, gumption, and artistry have carried her through a dozen impossible scenarios to arrive at her first run as Executive Producer, and now all three muses point to Ian Graham’s star power as the key to Los Angeles and golden statues.
But disaster looms as Ian twists Kat into a chameleon fit for success. Ian’s young daughter is thrown into the spotlight and Kat must face the consequences of her neverending quest for acclaim.
Production Values takes a biting but fun look at Hollywood—from the way we interpret female ambition to the influence of the paparazzi on how TV shows and stars fail or succeed.
I love reading books having to do with the television/movie business. I just find it very interesting to see the behind the scenes workings. Everyone has different sides to them and this was definitely a character driven story, with a fun plot. The fact that it took place in the whole Hollywood setting made it that much more interesting to me.
I couldn’t imagine working super closely with my best friend, all the laughing, getting on each other’s nerves and all the other things that would go along with it. I loved reading about Kat and Bea’s relationship dramas, throughout their process. I’m a huge fan of multiple points of views, and it definitely helped roll out this story. It was fun seeing the drama unfold and how all the characters handle themselves.
I can see myself re-reading this one on the beach because it really was a light and funny story. There were a few adult scenes, but nothing that made me uncomfortable in any way. I thought the characters were very relatable, and that made it more of a real story for me. There was great flow to the story and I really enjoyed it as a whole.
Liv Bartlet is the pseudonym for writing partners Becca McCulloch and Sarah McKnight, who have been building worlds and telling stories together for more than a decade. They’ve logged hours of behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendly Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, their Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that included divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.
Becca is a professor, a scientist, and a secret romantic who insisted their first order of business in London was a meandering five-mile walk to see Big Ben. She lives with her husband, children, and an ever-expanding roster of pets in Logan, Utah.
Sarah is an Army brat, an Excel geek, and has a lot of opinions on the differences between science fiction and fantasy. She lives with her cat, Sir Jack—who is featured prominently on Liv’s Instagram —just outside Salt Lake City.
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