Jessie Malloy is on the edge of the Hollywood scene. Her father is a publicist, and she comes in contact with the glamorous world of movie stars.
Though I liked Jessie as a character (and her POV as a young girl growing up in Beverly Hills) a lot of the time it felt like she was watching it from afar. Even the scenes with her parents gave the impression she was distant from them. Seeing how her parents did hide a lot of things from her, that’s probably to be expected. For them, their public image was more important, and they wanted to protect her from the harsher realities.
I’m a fan of old Hollywood movies, so I was looking forward to “The Hollywood Daughter.” I’ve read accounts of how actors were treated when they rejected their carefully created images, so I wasn’t a stranger to Ingrid Bergman’s story. She (and Elizabeth Taylor after her) were both denounced for their behavior and could’ve had their careers ruined by scandal.
But even though I could see the parallels between the choices Ingrid Bergman made, and what Jessie discovers about her own life and family, there was still a feeling of detachment. Finally at the end, when Jessie has a real conversation with her idol, I felt the connection between them.
Jessie gets the chance to look back and grow from what she’s learned. Actually I would’ve loved to have read more about her life at that point, seeing how she was able to tie it all together and make a choice for her happiness. There were points where the story dragged a bit, but overall I enjoyed it. Jessie is a likable heroine, and it was entertaining to see the golden age of Hollywood through her eyes. (Received a review copy.)
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