The author of A Star is Bored, Byron Lane was Carrie Fisher’s personal assistant for three years. He continually has stated that this book is a work of fiction…but I truly hope that he did take some liberties from his time with Ms. Fisher!
This is the funniest, laugh out loud book I have read in a very long time! The banter between the characters is incredible and witty and even though I am not suppose to I can’t help but hear Fisher’s voice in my head as I read the story, which made it even more comical.
Charlie works as an overnight writer for a boring publication. He want to leave and dreams of having a more exciting job. Well, be careful what you wish for! On a tip, he applies for the job as the personal assistant to ultra celebrity Kathi Kannon. Kannon, who just happens to be a very famous princess from a sci-fi movie lives on a property she shares with her very famous eccentric mother. During the job interview (audition?) Charlie is extremely confused as to what Ms. Kannon is looking for in an assistant and leaves unsure of whether he even got the job.
The phone rings and Charlie gets his first inking that he got the job but still unsure of what the job entails. As he soon finds out being Kannon’s personal assistant is a trip, both literally and figuratively. Between doling out her pills in the morning (see bottom draw in bedroom), to taking her on hilarious vacations (see Japan), to being not only her caretaker but her protector, Charlie finds the chaos disturbingly exciting. And the perks are not so bad either.
As Charlie tries to put Kannon’s life in some sort of order, she on the other hand fights to have the continued mayhem. There is a housekeeper who has a brain tumor who seems to do nothing but sleep at the kitchen table on a daily basis and a gardener who seems to hold hedge clippers in his hand daily, but never seems to clip anything. Added to the disorganization is Kannon’s mother who is constantly handing Charlie bags of money to make sure her daughter eats her “vegetables”.
There are almost daily trips to what Kannon calls “Vegas” which Charlie assumes are shopping jaunts. They are not. There is one extremely comical episode in which Kannon runs naked (with a bed sheet) into traffic outside her house and Charlie literally tries to reel her in. Then cleans up the public relations mess.
Entwined in the story is Charlie’s own personal dysfunctional history with a mother who died very young and an overbearing father with anger issues who screams a lot, so much so Charlie can’t get his voice out of his head. He also highlights the difficulty of trying to have any kind of personal relationship when you are on call 24/7 at the whim of a superstar. His own dating chronicles are just as funny as his personal assistant shenanigans.
But through all the craziness, Charlie and Kathi develop a relationship which cannot really be defined. Part respect, part sibling, part parent/child but most of all devotion to each other and a mutual love.
I want to say I truly hope some of this is based in truth because in my head I want to believe Kathi Kannon and Carrie Fisher really did have these absolutely incredible you could not make this stuff up adventures.
So relax, sit back and go along for the most enjoyable ride! This would surely be a great beach read.
Thank you #NetGalley #HenryHoltandCo #ByronLane #AStarIsBored for the advanced copy. The book will be published on July 28.