Book Review: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

What’s it about?

Dolls – red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there’s nowhere left to go but down – to the Valley of the Dolls.

My thoughts

If you’re looking for a modern classic with a contemporary story line then try Valley of the Dolls.

Starting in the mid 1940’s and continuing through to the early sixties, this is a tale of the dream of fame and fortune, mix in some passion, the desire for love, sex and addiction…throw all of these together and you’ve pretty much got the plot.

When reading it, you have to take into account the era in which it was written, this book was considered to be risque and apparently contained the first anal sex scene, however blink and you’ll miss it… this was probably the 50 Shades of its time! The men are rogues and the women just lap it up and accept it. Maybe this was stereotypical of the times?

Neely was likeable in the start, you really hoped that she would make it but at the end I was just hoping she was gonna pop one too many dolls! Anne’s character was just too nice, I just wanted her to stop being so naive and grow up, she got a bit irritating. And Jennifer, well I think she just wanted love and acceptance, shame that she has the saddest ending.

Lots of dialogue make for easy reading but accept it for what is is, trashy but addictive…it’s a soap opera in a book! Just like Marmite; you’ll either love it or hate it.

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon


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