How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less
Melissa de la Cruz, Melissa de La Cruz, Karen Robinovitz. Ballantine Books, $12.95 (298pp) ISBN 978-0-345-46294-7
Charged with making themselves famous in two weeks for a Marie Claire article, New Yorkers de la Cruz and Robinovitz figured""how hard could it be?"" They soon learned that becoming the latest It girls was not as easy as strapping on a pair of Manolos and giving in-depth interviews about the contents of their wardrobes. In this sassy and shamelessly shallow guide to landing in the limelight, the authors--de la Cruz wrote the novel Cat's Meow and Robinovitz writes for Harper's Bazaar and Elle--explain the ins and outs of the fame game, covering everything from exposure (""there's no such thing as bad publicity, darling"") to gaining entrance to happening nightclubs (""start dropping names""). Although the authors realize they're not exactly staples of the Page Six set, they do have plenty of anecdotes to share about media manipulation and snagging goody bags at parties. It makes for a pointless yet entertaining look at the often frightening world of fame.
Reviewed on: 07/01/2003