Thursday, November 1, 2012

review: l.a. fadeaway by jordan okun

The unnamed protagonist of L.A. Fadeaway is a young man working his way to being a Hollywood agent.  Despite being the son of a well-connected former talent agent, he’s going to make it on his own using the standard method of “hard work or by making [his peers] look bad—whichever’s quickest.”  He and those mailroom peers along with their higher ups are unscrupulous.  They lie, cheat, and steal—whatever it takes to get even the slightest bit ahead.  Although a work of fiction, I got the feeling that much of L.A. Fadeaway was based on the author’s own experiences in the ICM mailroom.  The story flows well enough, but it was hard to connect with characters who behave so atrociously.  If this is representative of the typical 20-something male in Hollywood, I’m glad I’ve never met any.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Touchstone.

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