cover image 'Tis the Season!

'Tis the Season!

Lorna Landvik, . . Ballantine, $22 (226pp) ISBN 978-0-345-49975-2

Just in time for Christmas, Landvik gets into the head of a Paris Hilton–like celebuditz in this lively “novel” propelled by e-mails, tabloid gossip and letters primarily written by, about or to young celebrity bad girl Caroline “Caro” Dixon. The gorgeous heiress's boozy rampages have made her notorious, but now she's considering a 12-step program, hence the bitter apology letter she writes to “everyone I have supposedly hurt.” She tosses it out, and, in true Hollywood fashion, the catty missive turns up in a trashy tabloid. The ensuing firestorm of negative publicity and hate mail convinces Caro to give sobriety a shot. Caro's effort to dispel her image as “Little Miss Hangover” has its moments, but the choppy epistolary structure leaves much to be desired. Still, readers who love snark—it's doled out here by the shovelful—will dig this. (Oct.)