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    Been There, Married That is a book about the trials of being married to a Hollywood producer by Gigi Levangie. Or is it a warning? Before I get started, let me say here, I'm old. There's lots of Hollywood speak and slang and hashtagging going on in the beginning of this book, at times I had no idea what the author was trying to convey. I'm also a bit stubborn, I don't think I should have to use urban dictionary as a translator. Agnes is married to Trevor with a teenage daughter. This is basically the story of her divorce. It's mildly funny is some spots. I liked a few of the characters, not so much the rest of the cast. The dialog was easier to read in the last third of the book, but like I said, if you're old like me, you'll need that urban dictionary for the beginning. Been There, Married That is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Disappointing

    Been There, Married That is the first book I’ve read by author Gigi Levangie Grazer. The blurb was funny and her other books seem to have been well-received, so I had high hopes. I like to alternate serious with lighter books, and thought this would be a good, funny read to sneak in during the holidays. Well, I was disappointed. I’m not part of the Hollywood scene and have not “Been There, Married That” so couldn’t relate to what that life is like. But I also couldn’t escape into the story, which was what I was hoping for. Instead, this is a story full of really unlikeable characters you can’t work up any sympathy for or care about and really, really uneven writing. Instead of following a plot line it reads more like a tryout for a comedy show, an endless stream of witty remarks, almost unacceptable thoughts and actions, and Agnes’ constant asides. I really did not want to be that much in her head. I was provided an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own
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    Been There, Married That

    Been There, Married That is the latest book by Gigi Levangie. For me this story started slow and I had a difficult time getting the rhythm as some scenes ran into others without a space, and it took a few sentences to figure out what was going on. However, once I became more familiar with the main character I was hooked, even though there were a few times I would have liked to shake some sense into her. I want to thank St Martin's Press and Net Galley for my early copy to review.
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    Crazy and over the top FUN!

    Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie Grazer is a book that not everyone will love, and some may not even like it, I didn’t love it either, but I did like it, a lot. I wouldn’t say I loved the first thirty to forty pages- they made me crazy. The one-liners were coming so fast and furious; my head was spinning. The writing style was a bit all over the place too, the author would jump scenes, and I would have to go back and figure out where I was, thinking I must have missed something. However, once I got used to the writing style and past the first thirty pages, the writing seemed to settle down. The book got super funny, and I began to embrace the crazy. This book is pure satire and perfectly aimed at Hollywood. So, if you love all things Hollywood and you think the sun rises and sets on actors, directors, and producers, you probably will not like this book. I happen not to take Hollywood very seriously, and I think, for the most part, this book perfectly describes Hollywood and the people who are immersed in the Hollywood lifestyle. “You’re never alone living in a ten-thousand square foot “house” (I know; it’s counterintuitive.) Because staff. Staff is everywhere you want to be; one can’t fart without applause.” Grazer inventively infuses this book with pop culture, out of bounds one-liners, and all the things that are wrong with Hollywood and delivers them with outrageous humor. Some may say this book is over the top, but so is Hollywood. Been There, Married That is written from the first-person point of view of the main character Agnes Murphy Nash. Most, but not all, of the characters in this book, are spoiled, annoying, self-centered, and narcissistic, totally Hollywood. I liked the main character, Agnes, I felt that she had a remarkable sense of humor, and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. Agnes was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth; she is a writer who doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her husband, Trevor, is a Hollywood producer. He is a typical Hollywood, spoiled, narcissistic, and he wouldn’t know true happiness if he tripped over it. So, of course, he blindsides Agnes with a divorce. Been There, Married That is Agnes and Trevor’s divorce journey. “How could we be so lucky? I loved him. I loved him until I couldn’t stand him.” Along the way, we meet a unique cast of characters. My two favorites are Pep and Fin. Pep is Agnes and Trevor’s daughter, who somehow is relatively well adjusted. The way Agnes describes her daughter is hilarious… ” Even Pep, our tween with ADD, ADHD, and recent DOATM (Disgust of All Things Mom) …” I would have enjoyed a bit more from Pep. Fin, what can I say about her? She is downright crazy, insane, and so much fun! This book is kooky, maniacal, insane, and all over the place, but its depiction of Hollywood is perfect. Been There, Married That points out all that is wrong with Hollywood, but more importantly, it also points out how the outrageous behavior of Hollywood culture spills over into real life. This is not the way everyday people live their lives, and in my opinion, nor should it be. Hollywood treats people like they are expendable and only worth what a person can get from another person. For a group of people who consider themselves “woke,” I believe they need to take a long hard look in the mirror. I am defiantly in the minority of people who enjoyed this book, but I can honestly recommend this book. It gave me a good laugh. It is crazy and all over the place, but at the end of the day, it is a reasonably accurate portrayal of Hollywood and the direction our society is going. ** Please note the quotes in my review are subject to change once the book is published** *** I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. ***
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    Crazy journey in a Hollywood world

    This is the first book I’ve read by Gigi Levangie and when I started, I wasn’t sure what I was reading. I felt like Agnes was taking me on a schizophrenic journey without a real direction. Her marriage is falling apart in the world of Hollywood but as all the signs were pointing to this destruction, she wasn’t really acknowledging the reality of the situation. There are a lot details about the world of a Hollywood producer’s wife but I was frustrated that she wasn’t taking charge of her life before her husband did. Trevor is a self-involved, selfish man and when he doesn’t get his way, he plays dirty. Now, by the end of this crazy tale, I ended up enjoying the journey. Agnes showed real growth when she was forced to fight for her daughter. She finds out who her true friends are while building a career for herself to support her daughter. I’m glad I kept reading because the payoff for me was worth it to see her discover herself. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
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