Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review: 'Sexiest Man Alive' by Diana Holquist

When shy and awkward Jasmine is told by her psychic sister that her One True Love is Josh Toby, she assumes there must be a mistake.  Josh Toby--the Josh Toby--is People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive and the hottest guy in Hollywood.  Considering Jasmine's extreme social anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to any man for any reason, it seems unlikely that the prediction is correct.  But when Jasmine goes to a job interview and finds herself sitting across the table from the star himself, her nerves get the best of her, sending her puking into a planter and stroming out of the restaurant. 
Josh is desparate to prove himself as more than just a handsome face.  His dream is to perform on Shakesphere on stage.  Unfortunately, his extreme stage fright and his Hollywood image makes that dream difficult attain.  He decides to disguise himself so that even his castmates in the small off-Broadway production of Romeo & Juliet won't know it is him.  This is why he needs Jasmine, a costume designer of considerable talent.  Only she knows his true identity.  As a result, their friendship blossoms out of necessity--for her because she badly needs the work and for him because she is the only person he can be himself with. 
Obviously, this book is all about the fantasy, so readers should not be expecting it to be totally plausible.  That said, this is a fun read and the characters had nice chemistry.  I didn't care for the way the sisters psychic powers were so specific, but I get why the author used this as a plot device.  And while this is another example of a virginal heroine with a sexually experienced man, at least the author made an attempt to explain Jasmine's lack of experience by her social anxiety. 
Overall, I give Sexiest Man Alive...
Plot - 3 bookmarks
Character development - 3 1/2 bookamrks
Love story - 3 1/2 bookmarks
Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Anne Hathaway (Jasmine), Brad Pitt (Josh), Angelina Jolie (Cleo)

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