So L.A.

So L.A. Magdalena De La Cruz Breezed Through Berkeley And Built An Empire Selling Designer Water She D Never Felt Awkward Or Unattractive Until She Moved To Los Angeles In L.A., Where Everything Smells Like Acetone And Errol Flynn, Magdalena Attempts To Reinvent Herself As A Geographically Appropriate Bombshell With Rhinestones, Silicone And Gin As She Seeks An Escape From Her Unraveling Marriage And The Traumatic Death Of Her Younger Brother, Junah Magdalena S Los Angeles Is Glitzy And Glamorous But Also A Landscape Of The Absurd Her Languidly Lyrical Voice Provides A Travel Guide For A City Of Make Believe, Where Even Hollywood Insiders Feel Left Out.Like A Lane Change On The 405 Freeway During Rush Hour, Bridget Hoida Skillfully Navigates The Impossible In So L.A.Hoida Offers Both A Satirical And Sympathetic Portrait Of Contemporary Los Angeles Through The Penetrating Prose Of Her Female Protagonist Evoking A Dynamic And Materialist Landscape, So L.A Introduces Readers To The Unforgettable Voice Of An Extremely Talented New Writer. I m excited to read this book Ms Hoida was my creative writing teacher my freshman year of high school, and to this day one of the most memorable teachers I ve ever had. The Short of It Never thought a book about the shallowness of Los Angeles could surprise me, but it did.The Rest of It Magdalena wasn t always a Botox injected, Juicy Couture wearing gal No, life before her designer water empire took off involved a vineyard in Northern California, a brother whom she absolutely adored and a simpler life complete with a tell it like it is mother But when her brother Junah dies tragically, she is completely and utterly destroyed The only way to
This novel is difficult to categorize At first blush, it may seem like simple, trashy chick lit, but Bridget Hoida s work is so muchthan that In fact, I would go so far as to say that part of the brilliance of this novel, aside from the sharp prose, is ways in which it defies the usual genre and sub genres w
The construction of Bridget Hoida s debut novel, So L.A., consciously mimics that of the art form for which the city is best known the movies The book s five sections are takes, the chapter titles would be appropriate to a screenplay, the physical descriptions are vivid and detailed, and the acknowledgements pages are cleverly, I thought presented in the style of film credits And like some movies, the tone veers abruptly from comic to dramatic, and from down to earth to what planet is th The construction of Bridget Hoida s debut novel, So L.A., consciously mimics that of the art form for which the city is best known the movies The book s five sections are takes, the chapter titles would be appropriate to a screenplay, the physical descriptions are vivid and detailed, and the acknowledgements pages are cleverly, I thought presented in the style of film credits And like some movies, the tone veers abruptly from comic to dramatic, and from down to earth to what planet is this it s frustrating at times, and you won
This book talks about all of the stuff that I hate about L.A I ve only been once and it definitely was not my favorite place I m definitely an East Coast girl, who would be driven crazy by being in LA LA Land I wouldn t last that long This book is definitely about the darker side of L.A Hoida s L.A is not glamorous It s actually sort of dark, especially for the main character.The main character is great Magdalena is fascinating She comes to L.A with her husband, Ricky, as an idealistic This book talks about all of the stuff that I hate about L.A I ve only been once and it definitely was not my favorite place I m definitely an East Coast girl, who would be driven crazy by being in LA LA Land I wouldn t last that long This book is definitely about the darker side of L.A Hoida s L.A is not glamorous It s actually sort of dark, especially for the main character.The main character is great Magdalena is fascinating She comes to L.A with her husband, Ricky, as an idealistic young woman The couple owns a designer bottle wa
Facebook.com TheBooknaticshttp thebooknatic.wordpress.com 201 edited feb 22 2013 I want to start off by mentioning how much I love this cover By far, the prettiest on my shelf.It s a racy, realistic, heart wrenching story about a girl from a quiet California town who made it big with her husband in Hollywood s favorite bottled water industry Though, with the loss of her brother, the five stages of mourning drives her into foolishness She realizes she s tried so hard to be like everyone Facebook.com TheBooknaticshttp thebooknatic.wordpress.com 201 edited feb 22 2013 I want to start off by mentioning how much I love this cover By far, the prettiest on my shelf.It s a racy, realistic, heart wrenching story about a girl from a quiet California town who made it big with her husband in Hollywood s favorite bottled water industry Though, with the loss of her brother, the five stages of mourning drives her into foolishness She realizes she s tried so hard to be like everyone else in L.A plastic and fake with no morals and begins to feel as if she s undeser
At first glance So L.A might draw you in with its gorgeous cover It might entice you with its chick lit feel However I can promise you that what is in these pages is so muchthan that A mixture of dry satirical humor, and a no holds barred look at the culture that is L.A., this is a story that is hard to define What I can say, is that it is brilliant.I think it s fitting that I read this book while sitting in a 60 story sky rise in Downtown L.A Overlooking the hub of the busiest parts At first glance So L.A might draw you in with its gorgeous cover It might entice you with its chick lit feel However I can promise you that what is in these pages is so muchthan that A mixture of dry satirical humor, and a no holds barred look at the culture that is L.A., this is a story that is hard to define What I can say, is that it is brilliant.I think it s fitting that I read this book while sitting in a 60 story sky rise in Downtown L.A Overlooking the hub of the busiest parts of Wilshire Boulevard This is the setting that Hoida chooses for her book, and it works wonders with Magdalena s story From small town girl, to big city business owner, Magdalena s point of view is a fresh and honest take of the high society that is Beverly Hills Her life is by no means perfect Sure, she has the perfect shoes, the perfect house and even the perfect nose
So L.A exists in the thin space between exploring the culture of Los Angeles and exposing it, maybe passing off small judgments but never offering outright condemnation, at most snickering behind the fake tanned back of the city s inhabitants Because it s not about what L.A is to her proudest citizens, but what it is to an outsider using its artifices to hide from herself It s the story of grief, glitzed and glamorized.The narrator is in the middle of grieving for and not really recovering f So L.A exists in the thin space between exploring the culture of Los Angeles and exposing it, maybe passing off small judgments but never offering outright condemnation, at most snickering behind the fake tanned back of the city s inhabitants Because it
So L.A is a book that can probably be interpreted many ways, depending on how you want to view Magdalena For me, I saw her as a very fractured heroine and she was probably broken long before she got to L.A.She s not what you d expect her to be, but then again, none of the characters are She s part of a water empire, only she s not really working at that, her husband, Ricky is She s busy doing nothing, or rather the nothing that are L.A things, shopping, changing her body and face etc On to So L.A is a book that can probably be interpreted many ways, depending on how you want to view Magdalena For me, I saw her as a very fractured heroine and she was probably broken long before she got to L.A.She s not what you d expect her to be, but then again, none of the characters are She s part of a water empire, only she s not really working at that, her husband, Ricky is She s busy doing nothing, or rather the nothing that are L.A things, shopping, changing her body and face etc On top of all of t
A very contemporary novel with a witty, jaded and volatile narrator in Magdalena who must cope with her feeling of guilt over the death of her brother Junah, and her growing estrangement with her husband Ricky Magdalena wins you over with her fast paced narrative voice, even as you shake your head over her self destructive behavior Magdalena participates in the unique pageantry of the Angeleno elite cosmetic surgery, disposable cars, alcohol on tap at all times and yet her commentary can be A very contemporary novel with a witty, jaded and volatile narrator in Magdalena who must cope with her feeling of guilt over the death of her brother Junah, and her growing estrangement with her husband Ricky Magdalena wins you over with her fast paced narrative voice, even as you shake your head over her self destructive behavior Magdalena participates in the unique pageantry of the Angeleno elite cosmetic surgery, disposable cars, alcohol on tap at all times and yet her commentary can be derisive and self mocking, and all this is juxtaposed by well place

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  • 384 pages
  • So L.A.
  • Bridget Hoida
  • 20 September 2017
  • 0985129433