Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: North of Hollywood by Rick Lenz

North of Hollywood by Rick Lenz

Publisher: Chromodroid Press 
Pages: 278 
Format: ARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Take a roller coaster ride through the life of a real Hollywood actor. 

Rick Lenz is an actor who has made it in New York and Hollywood. You have seen him countless times on TV and in the movies. He has been a popular leading man as well as a character actor, consistently avoiding repetition in the roles he chooses. Lenz has played leads opposite some of entertainment’s biggest names, and has had recurring or guest starring roles on many of your favorite TV shows. 

Yet his book is more than just an ordinary Hollywood insider story. Lenz is a terrific writer with a wicked sense of humor. Also a gifted artist and widely produced playwright, he uses his extraordinary storytelling skills to take you into his personal experiences with actors and entertainers we normally only hear about through the rumor mills, and to reveal real-life experiences of heartbreak, suspense, discovery and joy. 

Kritters Thoughts:  A little disjointed and not quite chronological were two things that made this book hard to read and hard to get into.  With an insider look of Hollywood advertised, I was excited to read this one because I always love a little behind the scenes action.

Within each chapter there was a little semblance of cohesion and order, but not enough for this reader.  Unfortunately, I was only able to recognize some of the actors mentioned in the book, so I couldn't get caught up in their personalities or the personal stories he shared.

This book would be a perfect read for the super film buff that knows quite their fare share of movie history.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

GR Cover Challenge 2012:  Dually

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from JKS Communications.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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