Well, turns out, I loved this book. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves Gone With the Wind or old movies and stories about old Hollywood. I couldn't put it down. Last night, I went to bed after reading a little bit, couldn't stop thinking about the book, and got up and read until 6 a.m.
This is a novelization about the making of Gone With the Wind, told from the perspective of Julie, a young woman from Indiana who moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of being a screen writer. The book begins as she's doing one of her first jobs in Hollywood, delivering a message to David O. Selznick on the day he's burning Atlanta (as big GWTW fans know, this was the first scene shot, even before the part of Scarlett had been cast.)
This book reads like a really great classic romance movie, complete with interesting side characters, and a dramatic setting, intertwined with social issues and of course, what I consider a must in my favorite stories - a woman who finally figures out what she wants out of life and goes after it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, didn't want it to end. I highly recommend it.
I received a review copy via Net Galley.