If you loved The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny Diaries, you'll love this insider's look at the dark side of young Hollywood inspired by Allie's real-life experiences hanging out with the "it" crowd. Like her book's main character, Lucy Butler, Allie was born and raised in Seattle and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She worked with some of Hollywood's biggest names, befriended some of the hottest starlets and assisted photographers on many famous — and infamous — shoots.
One of Hollywood's biggest celebrities tells Lucy, recently arrived in Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a famous photographer, "If you're going to step on people on your way to the top, you might as well do it in stilettos."
Lucy leaves Seattle with nothing more than a verbal promise of an internship from a man who answered the phone at world-famous fashion photographer Stefano Lepres' studio. When she arrives, no one has ever heard of her. She comes back every day anyway with the hope that she'll be let inside. On the verge of giving up after her umpteenth rejecton, Lucy happens to run into Stefano himself at the famous restaurant where her best friend, Julie, works, and she finally lands what she thinks will be her dream job.
Lucy is immediately thrust into a world where being screamed at for mixing up the coffee order is normal. She quickly realizes that it may be a long time before she so much as touches a camera as a part of her "photography" internship. But her fierce determination keeps her going, even when she witnesses the hard-partying ways of everyone — both off and on the job.
Lucy begins to settle in to her new life, rationalizing the good, the bad and the ugly along the way. Things start to get really interesting when an A-list actress takes Lucy under her wing, introducing her to a lavish lifestyle filled with shopping sprees for designer clothing and penthouse suites with private pools. Before Lucy knows it, she's dating a rock star and doing a lot more than just dressing the part.
Lucy quickly loses sight of everything and everyone that was so important, including her best friends. She must reach bottom before she can see her way out. You'll be rooting for Lucy as she tries to get back to the life she's always wanted.
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