Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Blog Tour 'Valey of the Dolls' by Jacqueline Susann


Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Valley of the Dolls’ by Jacqueline Susann. ‘Valley of the Dolls’ was first published in 1966, and now ‘Valley of the Dolls’ turns fifty!! To celebrate this remarkable event, Virago is celebrating its era-defining and record-breaking brilliance with a special anniversary edition, complete with a brand new cover and pink-edged pages.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27070076-valley-of-the-dolls-50th-anniversary-edition
Before Jackie Collins, Candace Bushnell and Lena Dunham, Jacqueline Susann held the world rapt with her tales of the private passions of Hollywood starlets, high-powered industrialists and the jet-set.

Valley of the Dolls took the world by storm when it was first published, fifty years ago. Never had a book been so frank about sex, drugs and show business. It is often cited as the bestselling novel of all time.

Dolls - red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer, it doesn't matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there's nowhere left to go but down - to the Valley of the Dolls.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 2nd, 2016 (special anniversary edition)
Series:
-
Genre:
Women’s Fiction
Pages:
496
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
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My Review:


A view weeks ago I was approached to read the 50th anniversary celebration book of ‘Valley of the Dolls’. Since I haven’t read ‘Valley of the Dolls’ before, I was intrigued by the idea of a book that seemed still so successful 50 years after its first publication. Although I didn’t hear about this book before I received the email, I definitely looked up some reviews. And I decided I really wanted to read this book.

‘Valley of the Dolls’ is a different book than I first expected it to be. Through reading all those reviews I expected a Sex & the City kind of book. Although I get where that idea came from, this book didn’t gave me a Sex & the City kind of feel at all. Which I suppose could be expected since it was written more than 50 years ago.
The characters were definitely fun to read about, but especially Anne wasn’t a character I particularly liked. To be honest, I didn’t like her character at all. The way her supposed fiancé just could walk all over her irritated me immensely. And since the first half of the book was all about her character, this was a little hard to make me enthusiastic.

But I kept going and I definitely liked getting to know all these different characters. And the three main characters Anne, Neely and Jennifer are definitely very different from each other. I loved Neely the most, just because she was so enthusiastic and childlike. She had this innocence about herself that I really liked. And another character I liked was Helen.. She was a fun character!!

Thinking about this book being published 50 years ago.. I can totally see why this book was a ‘thing’ back then. Although some parts seem a little old-fashioned, there were definitely a lot of parts that were probably ‘extreme’ for that time. For example the pills, and the sex.
What impressed me about this book? Well, somehow I kept reading this book although, at times, I didn’t like it all that much. The romance is hard to find, the male characters are depressing but still.. This book kept me wanting to keep on reading because I just had to know what happened to the characters.

So.. the end conclusion.. I’m glad I’ve read this book, and I did enjoy it, especially near the end. But it’s not really my thing. Still.. 50th anniversary.. that’s impressive!

My Rating:


Praise for 'Valley of the Dolls':


“Valley of the Dolls is truly a timeless classic . . .Today Neely O’Hara would become a YouTube sensation, Jennifer North would be an Instagram influencer, and Anne Welles would be a Snapchat queen. No matter how high-toned people want to be, there’s nothing more addictive than a juicy, scandal-filled, drama-laced soap opera!”
—Mickey Boardman, Paper Mag

“Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the raw side of love . . . for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story—for romance with tears and oral sex.”
—Michael Korda, New Yorker

“Racing against time for fame, Susann knew how to give readers what they wanted: a shockingly contemporary page-turner that went deep into the stuff of taboo, but still adhered to old scripts of women suffering virtuously in their undying love of men.”
—Tim Murphy, Nation

“I marvel as always at the raw energy, the detail, and the grim authenticity of the book’s depiction of New York show biz society in 1945 . . . I grew up as a writer believing that this kind of bestseller was ‘trash’ . . . But I have learned from Jackie Susann. I have always respected her power.”
—Anne Rice

“Susann predicted the celebrity culture we live in now. Actually, she invented it: fame is as fame does.”
—Letty Pogrebin

“If Jacqueline Susann was not precisely the ‘voice of the 60s,’ then she was its aching female heart.”
—Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair

“Decades ahead of its time . . . Mesmerizing . . . The equation of emotional dependencies with drug addiction in one comprehensive personality disorder is, if anything, more chic today than in Susann’s time.”
—Mim Udovitch, Village Voice Literary Supplement

About the Author:


Jacqueline Susann is a legend in American publishing. Susann was the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times Bestseller List. She was married to her beloved husband, producer Irving Mansfield, until her untimely death on September 21, 1974, after a
courageously fought battle with breast cancer. Susann's intensely private twelve-year fight to overcome the disease was not known publicly until after death. She was 56.

For more information about 'Valley of the Dolls' please visit the website.


  
I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.
 
https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

2 comments:

  1. This book has been on my to read with so long! I'm a bit lukewarm about reading it now after your review though! I can see what might have been ground breaking 50 years ago isn't so fresh nowadays. Like you said its popularity over the years is impressive though. And so maybe someday I'll finally get to it.

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    1. In the end.. I'm definitely glad I read it. But it's not what I expected. Maybe if I read it years ago I would have loved it more. ;)

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