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Holly Would Dream Paperback – Jun 3 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Wife in the Fast Lane author Quinn goes all Breakfast at Tiffany's with the disappointingly un-Golightly Holly Ross, who has managed to become the director's assistant at the National Museum of Fashion after a hardscrabble childhood. When socialite Sammie Kittenplatt, a woman who's nasty, superconnected and "pruggly like Diana Vreeland," beats Holly out for a curator's job, she's crushed. Then Holly's relationship with dashing finacé Allesandro hits a very different brick wall, and she gets humiliated (by Sammie, natch) in front of major museum donor Denis King. Yet a make-or-break opportunity arises: if Holly can raise a mil for the museum while doing a speaking engagement on the ultra-luxe Tiffany cruise, she'll finally get promoted. Holly brings along her scruffy, loveable Pops and she soon discovers big fish Denis on board. The madcap, caricature-driven antics go decidedly overboard as a trunkload of original Audrey Hepburn original costumes goes missing. Quinn's latest offers only the all-too-occasional glint of magic.
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"Delightfully witty and utterly charming, Holly Would Dream will tickle Audrey Hepburn fans more than a Breakfast at Tiffany's and Roman Holiday double feature. Cross my heart and kiss my elbow, I'm just crazy about Holly!" -- Jennifer Coburn, author of The Wife of Reilly
"At last, a beach book with not just a brain and a funny bone but even more critically, a wicked sense that fashion and film and fashion in film are not a matter of life and death. They're more important than that." -- Rachel Johnson, author of Notting Hell
"Clever and charming, Holly Would Dream is the perfect mix of madcap fun and making dreams come true." -- Linda Francis Lee, author of The Ex-Debutante and Ladies Who Lunch
"A delightfully frothy comedy that tweaks high society and Hollywood endings. A fun page-turner of a read that rewards the sharp-eyed film lover with many Hepburn references throughout." -- Jennifer Vandever, author of The Brontë Project
"Funny, romantic, and absolutely charming like the classic Audrey Hepburn movies of the 1950s." -- Heather Graham, actress
Top Customer Reviews
It was an amusing single girl read but I found it often tried a bit too hard with it's snappy quips and Holly's thoughts sometimes didn't seem to fit with my impression of the character (but that could have just been me, my review partner didn't seem to notice this).
The Audrey Hepburn references didn't overwhelm or confuse me as I'm not a huge fan and have only seen a few of her movies, so this was a nice surprise because I thought I might get bogged down in a lot of detail.
Overall, this was a pretty good read. It not one of my favourites though and it probably didn't help that I read it after Twenties Girls so my opinion might be slightly skewed.
The characters were lovable, the plot was rich, and the book itself just exuded luxury. One might read the back of the book and think (especially a hard-core Audrey fan like myself) that it's just too far-fetched. You might come to that conclusion within the first 60 pages or so... but the author- Karen Quinn- made it seem so believable and realistic that you'll think it can happen to you!
Despite the glaring cheesiness in certain parts of the book, I would more than happily read 'Holly Would Dream' over and over again, and I would recommend it to anyone- Audrey Hepburn fan or not- who just wants a good, indulging read. Bravo Karen Quinn! I hope that's not the last we hear of Holly and gang!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
But suddenly she finds herself homeless, penniless, and no longer engaged. She ends up going on a Mediterranean cruise in pursue of a tycoon who might help her win a bet that will get her the curator position she so deserves.
Then her life turns out like one of Audrey Hepburn movies, complete with a missing truck of priceless gowns and police after her. Now it's up to her to decide whether she wants to pursue what she really wants or go after something she thought could never happen to her.
I LOVED this book! Holly is a real hoot! She's hilarious, charming, and has real backbone. Holly turned near diasters to opportunities. I smiled at her persistence and spunk. Audrey Hepburn would be proud!
There are numerous references to classic AH movies throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a fun romantic romp similar to 50s movies.
Charming moments from Hepburn's classic films are interwoven with very contemporary language and issues, and each character is multi-dimensional with a distinct personality and voice. Quinn's highly sensory and sensuous descriptions lead you through unexpected situations -- my heart was racing with twists and turns, and I was laughing and weeping continuously throughout the novel.
In addition to the delightfully witty literary style and plot, this is a must read for anyone who is interested in fashion and its history. I really enjoyed learning about costume conservation and behind-the-scenes aspect of a fashion institute and, with all of Quinn's ideas for exhibitions projected through her protagonist Holly, Quinn should be a fashion curator herself. There haven't been displays that creative and exciting since Diana Vreeland's monumental exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wished throughout the book that I could see these concepts mounted in real life. Well...maybe when they (hopefully) do a movie of this book!
My only disappointment was that the story had to end, but happily I can order other work by Quinn and look forward to whatever she writes in the future.
BRAVA!!! I've been recommending it to everyone...