Tan Lines

July 10, 2008 at 9:27 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Tan Lines by J.J. Salem

Liza is all about feminism. Her first novel is a hit, she debates with a sexy Republican on television, and has it all it seems. After a miserable relationship, and the events of 9/11, she seems to become a hypocrite. Instead of being strong, she seeks, and marries, a good looking, dumb jock of a fireman. After a few years of marriage though, she starts to realize it may have been a mistake marrying him, and after lashing out against a popular slasher movie, that not everything is perfect, especially after seeing some disturbing comments on her blog.

Kellyanne is a glorified call girl, in a way. She has a degree in Theater, and a desire to be an actress. After years of living off her sugar daddy, she realizes her posh lifestyle can vanish at any time if she isn’t always the compliant sex toy. After being sexually harassed on a reality television show and leaving, she is suddenly publicly humiliated as the hot blond slut from the south, and faces extraordinary humiliation. All because she rebuffed a man’s advances and he decides public humiliation was the best form of revenge. Along with possibly losing her first real chance at an acting job that presented itself, she also desires to no longer be a mistress to a rich old man.

Billie is literally living the sex, drugs, and rock and roll world. After a smash hit first album, a not so great sophomore album, and a crap try at a third, it’s suggested she changes her image instead to something more bubblegum instead. She knows what she wants in a man, and when she wants him in her bed, she’ll stop at nothing to achieve that goal. Drugs are like candy to her. She has no inhibitions, and says it like it is. All of it is taking a toll on her well being though and it feels like if she doesn’t clean up her act, the drugs and alcohol and her sexual encounters with various men are going to take one hell of a toll on her.

The three of them are best friends, and they gather at a house in the Hampton’s for the summer. As everything happens to them, they all try to help each other out with their situations.

The only thing I’m not liking about the book, even though it makes it more realistic to our culture today I suppose, is the celebrity name dropping, and constant swearing. It’s interesting so far, and I can definitely say it’s good for a beach read. It feels like it’d be a fairly quick read if you had a few hours to devote to it.

Almost done, so I have to remember to come and edit this with the rest of my thoughts. For all I know the ending is lame! I shall see soon enough.

Edit : 7/16/08

Actually finished it day after original posting… It really was a quick read. Interesting storyline, but I felt the ending was too abrupt. You find out what happens to the girls and the other characters in a “gossip column” style. A paragraph per girl, with maybe a sentence or two about the others. The author could have done a little more with the ending, and I think it would have been just fine. My original complaint stands though : too much sex, swearing, and name dropping is going on, but if you can get past it.. I’d give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.


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