Kat and Bea, best friends forever and business partners. On the brink of the big time after the success of their BBC TV show, 21 Things. The pair are on their way to Hollywood and Kat has her eye on Ian Graham, hot-as-hell star of the show and serial philanderer. He has half an eye on her as well, but is he really just enabling Kat’s dreams, or does he have some other agenda?
Kat and Bea are two very different women, and Stateside, quieter, hardworking Bea begins to see success of her own, whilst all the plates Kat’s been spinning in her pursuit of becoming a Hollywood Darling begin to crash around her, causing a rift between the two.
What lengths will Kat go to in order to get what she wants? Even if her actions call their friendship into question. And will reliable, malleable Bea still be there for her if it all comes tumbling down?
Production Values is the story of what can happen when you put ambition before friendship, loyalty and the family you choose, and I loved it. Hooked by the end of the first chapter, I could not put this down. I read it on my lunch break at work, I read it late into the night. I read it whilst my daughter had her swimming lesson, and standing in the queue at the supermarket. The dialogue is witty and real. The story flows well and is nicely researched and always entertaining, laced with metaphor. Funny but also gut-wrenchingly heartbreaking in parts, especially when dealing with the omnipresent mess Ian Graham leaves in his wake. Liv Bartlett captures emotion near perfectly and the juxtaposition of ambitious artist and romantic dreamer Kat next to stoic, level-headed, ever-forgiving Bea is refreshing and constant throughout.
There were a few occasions when characters were introduced, but not quite introduced enough, leaving me feeling a little momentarily lost, like I had to skim back a bit, or stop and think, just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into life on set across the world.
Author Bio –
Liv Bartlet is the pseudonym for writing partners Becca McCulloch and Sarah McKnight, who have been building worlds and telling stories together for more than a decade. They’ve logged hours of behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendly Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, their Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that included divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.
Becca is a professor, a scientist, and a secret romantic who insisted their first order of business in London was a meandering five-mile walk to see Big Ben. She lives with her husband, children, and an ever-expanding roster of pets in Logan, Utah.
Sarah is an Army brat, an Excel geek, and has a lot of opinions on the differences between science fiction and fantasy. She lives with her cat, Sir Jack—who is featured prominently on Liv’s Instagram —just outside Salt Lake City.
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