Don’t Underestimate “American Blonde” Ambition


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The best things about American Blonde was the cover. This was the fourth book in a series following Velva Jean Hart, but this was written so that it could be read as a stand alone novel. Velva Jean was a small town girl from the Midwest who became a heroic pilot in the WASP in WWII. In this book, she travelled to Hollywood and landed a job with MGM. 

This novel focused on two separate things, the first was the journey of Velva Jean as she navigated the studio system. She tried not to loose her identity while still submitting to the demands of the directors. Velva Jean met Eloise Mudge on the studio lot and established a relationship with her. After Mudge was found dead during a party of a prominent actor, the novel turned into a murder mystery

Despite all the elements in this story that appealed to me (Hollywood, best friends, mystery) this just didn’t have enough heart for me. Velva wasn’t very personable and the mystery was solved in a way that didn’t make much sense. It was hard to grasp how Velva knew where to go and who to pester with Mudge’s death. The fact that the author had to include a newspaper article to sum up the resolution of the novel speaks volumes.

Ugh. I don’t know why I kept reading this.

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