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Daisy DeVoe has left her abusive husband, her father has been pinched for bootlegging, and she’s embarrassed by her rural Kentucky roots. But on the plus side, she’s climbing the ladder in the salon of Paramount Pictures, styling hair for actress Clara Bow.Clara is a handful. The “It” Girl of the Jazz Age personifies the new woman of the 1920s onscreen, smoking, drinking bDaisy DeVoe has left her abusive husband, her father has been pinched for bootlegging, and she’s embarrassed by her rural Kentucky roots. But on the plus side, she’s climbing the ladder in the salon of Paramount Pictures, styling hair for actress Clara Bow.Clara is a handful. The “It” Girl of the Jazz Age personifies the new woman of the 1920s onscreen, smoking, drinking bootleg hooch, and bursting with sex appeal. But her conduct off the set is even more scandalous. Hoping to impose a little order on Clara’s chaotic life, Paramount persuades Daisy to sign on as Clara’s personal secretary.Thanks to Daisy, Clara's bank account is soon flush with cash. And thanks to Clara, Daisy can finally shake off her embarrassing past and achieve respectability for herself and her family.The trouble begins when Clara’s newest fiancé, cowboy star Rex Bell, wants to take over, and he and Daisy battle for control. Torn between her loyalty to Clara and her love for her family, Daisy has to make a difficult choice when she ends up in the county jail.Here, Daisy sets the record straight, from her poverty-stricken childhood to her failed marriage; from a father in San Quentin to her rollercoaster time with Clara, leaving out none of the juicy details....

Title : The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow
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ISBN : 9781370090051
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Number of Pages : 438 Pages
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The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-05-31 10:11

    First I just want to say that I had no idea that Daisy DeVoe was a real person when I started to read this book. I was looking forward to reading a fictional tale about Clara Bow. It wasn't until around halfway through when I googled Clara Bow and realized that this is based on a true story (yes I totally missed that this is a biographical fiction I just saw the cover, Clara Bow and knew I had to read the book since I love books set in the 1920s). Anyway, The It Girl and Me is a fabulous book, from the very start until the end.What really thrilled me about this book is how authentic it felt to read. From the phraseology to the way people behaved. This made the story so much better because it really felt like you were transported back to the 20s. To Hollywood and all the glam. But, it's now all roses and glam. It's actually a very tragic story in many ways. Both Daisy and Clara had to overcome much in life and their friendship was strong. However, Clara's desperate need for love and her love affairs damaged her career and her reputation. And, the consequences for Daisy are also grim.To be honest, towards the end did I have a hard time feeling sorry for Clara. Sure there were times when she was annoying in the book, but she was also very charming. But, her actions towards the end, what she did to Daisy. Well, that wasn't very nice.The It Girl and Me is a book you just must read if you like me love the 1920s. It's a fabulous book that gives a glimpse into Tinseltown. I particularly loved to read about the problems that arise when movies went from silent to sound. Clara's problem really made me think about Singin' in the Rain. Read for a blog tour and this is my honest review!

  • Trish
    2019-06-11 06:30

    The It Girl and Me intrigued me from first mention. I love silent movies and used to belong to a silent film society in my city. Going into this novel I knew who Clara Bow, "the It Girl," was, and what her persona was like onscreen. What I didn't know was the very dramatic story of her life. This novel tells the story of Daisy DeVoe, a poor girl from Kentucky who ends up as a Hollywood hairdresser. She becomes friends with Clara Bow, a poor girl from Brooklyn who just happens to be one of the world's most famous (and scandalous!) movie stars. At its heart, this book tells the story of their friendship. It is at times rollicking and dishy, but also quite sad because Daisy and Clara seemed like they would (and should) be lifelong friends.The It Girl and Me is engagingly written. It is told from the perspective of Daisy, and readers experience old time Hollywood as she does. The author does an especially good job at delineating the different personalities of Daisy and Clara.The historical details are fascinating. I loved the sense of time and place in this novel.I thoroughly enjoyed The It Girl and Me, and intend to read The Forgotten Flapper by Laini Giles in the near future. I recommend this book highly to anyone who loves silent movies, old time Hollywood, the 1920's - 1930's, and to fans of well written, engrossing historical fiction.

  • Richie
    2019-05-31 06:07

    I love the attention to detail this book has to the start of the talkies and to the life of Clara Bow and Daisy DeVoe. I am sorry to you personally, Laini Giles, that this is not a more widely read/ rated book (and I will be recommending this to friends)! Even a casual fan of silent films or the Golden Age of Hollywood could get lost in your vivid descriptions (especially of the women's clothing) and your streamlined storytelling. Really a fantastic (true) plot and meticulously researched story. I will be following Giles for her next book in the series!

  • Leila Kern
    2019-06-09 07:35

    Loved this book! Very entertaining and reflected the genre of the era! I really felt myself transported into the storyline. It was almost as if one were there watching Clara Bow and Daisy DeVoe developing their working relationship/friendship. Oh, to be a fly on the wall! So sorry the story ended!

  • Lauren
    2019-06-04 13:13

    If you've ever had a friend that you're super close with and guy comes along and messes things up, you could relate to this story. This is the kind of book that makes you sad because it's over and you don't get to hang out with the characters anymore. I don't want to spoil the plot, so just get the book!

  • Debbie
    2019-06-05 09:10

    Daisy DeBoe grew up in Kentucky dirt poor with a jailbird father and then ends up leaving her abusive husband Ray after getting punched in the face. She's had far from an easy life, but she's determined to make something of herself. She starts to work at a beauty salon in Hollywood and learn the ropes from her friend Vi. Daisy hears about a job from a customer at Paramount Studios doing hair for the stars and can't pass up the opportunity to try. She ends up really hitting it off with their biggest star Clara Bow. The two quickly form a friendship and the head of Paramount asks Daisy to be Clara Bow's personal secretary. The studio head believes Miss DeBoe will really keep Clara in line as everyone knows she needs looking after. She's a bit rough around the edges.Thanks to Daisy ,Clara's accounts are soon high in cash and she can finally shake the bad members of her family who only use her for money. Daisy and Clara become inseparable and go everywhere together. Clara let's Daisy write checks and buy nice things for Clara's many boyfriends and even gifts for herself at times. They had complete trust in each other until the inevitable happens. Clara meets a new man. That's when the two women reach an impasse bigger than either of them could have ever imagined.If I could give this story more than five stars I would. It deserves all the stars! I was completely enthralled with the storyline and the characters from beginning to end. The author does an amazing job of having the language depict the era, The vivid detail she uses to describe all the places Clara and Daisy travel to how frightening it must have been for actors to jump from silent filming to having to speak to the camera is completely mesmerizing. There were so many different characters that came in and out of Clara's life, from her many boyfriends, to reporters and fans she meets along the way, the story did such a great job presenting them and explaining how they ended up in Clara's life. Although I've always been a lover of historical fiction, I don't recall ever hearing about books on the silent actors and actresses that worked during that time. I can't wait to read more from this author and more regarding the subject. This book deserves all the praise. I would highly suggest picking it up as soon as you can.

  • Shawnna
    2019-06-03 09:15

    Amazing! Laini hit it out of the park again.Hooked from the first paragraph.Daisy is so likable, it's preposterous to think we are going to sit through her trial.I love the descriptions of everything, especially the clothes. I had to look up "Empress Eugenie hat". Nice. Families are pretty much the same wherever you are; the meek mom, drunk cousin, the grabby so-and-so... all brought to life in Technicolor. (even before colour).My eyes widened with every glamorous, extravagant, superfluous purchase. I sighed..."Oh Hollywood".Jealous of her many famous suitors/ fiances. Gary Cooper, indeed!When you're​ rooting for both Daisy and Clara at the same time, it's like choosing between your kids. Impossible. Well thought out and exquisitely executed.I could read this again and again.

  • Annie Howe
    2019-06-14 11:11

    Sensational and SadIt's so much fun reading about the lives of Hollywood stars, especially someone like Clara Bow. Laini Giles has crafted a wonderful work of fiction around the true story of superstar Bow, famed silent screen actress. Sensational facts of Bow's life in Hollywood flickers and her many sexual affairs are interwoven with the story of her friendship with Daisy DeVoe, her personal secretary. Clara and Daisy's friendship seems like it's cemented from the start, but life happens and it doesn't always have a happy ending. Thanks again for a great read, Laini Giles!

  • Margaret Lesh
    2019-06-09 09:32

    In The It Girl And Me: A Novel Of Clara Bow Laini Giles artfully weaves Clara’s complicated story with that of her bookkeeper/personal assistant Daisy DeVoe. This tale of two women tracks Clara’s career and tumultuous personal life while telling Daisy’s story--a tough young woman who arrives in Hollywood without a dime to her name but big dreams of a better life. Clara really was a larger-than-life character who did what she wanted, living life on her own terms, becoming Hollywood’s biggest sex symbol. She was the ultimate flapper. Daisy attempts to bring some sort of order to Clara’s chaotic life, and it works for a while... until a man enters the scene, exerting control. (Isn’t that always the way it goes?)Fascinating read, and painstakingly researched, I learned so much about Clara and Daisy. Their story had everything--glamour, friendship, scandal, and so much drama. Fans of old Hollywood will find a lot to love about this book.

  • Cheryl Soenen-Peters
    2019-06-03 07:19

    I really enjoyed this book as I appreciate the genre.Laini brings to life an era long past and the angst of the performers of that time.I am looking forward to her next book in her series.If you haven't read her book "The Forgotten Flapper" I also highly recommend it.

  • Tammy Buchli
    2019-06-03 08:23

    Clara Bow has, over the years, often been the victim of slander. Some of Hollywood's most unpleasant urban legends have centered on her. This book features a version of Bow that seems to be pretty close to the truth - she was deeply damaged, yet charismatic and lovable train wreck. Daisy DeVoe has also been slandered -- as a traitor, a thief, a blackmailer. Daisy is also redeemed in this terrific and well-researched book. Very highly recommended.

  • Amy
    2019-05-27 11:32

    I was not sure if I would like The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow. I am pleasantly surprised how great of a read it is. I was hooked from the first page and was intrigued all the way to the end. I did not know much about Clara Bow before and after reading this, I found myself googling her name to learn more about her. The author sure did do her research! Wow! I liked how she used Clara’s best friend and confidante, Daisy DeVoe, as the main character. I just loved Daisy and rooted for her throughout.Great book!! I highly recommend it and give 5 plus stars.I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  • Linda Edmonds cerullo
    2019-05-16 08:35

    Another fantastic book by Laini! I always wished that someone would write historical fiction about some of the great early Hollywood actresses. Laini was certainly the one to do it! Her first book about Olive Thomas was so intriguing that I waited patiently for the second one. She did not disappoint. She is an outstanding writer. The book is written from the perspective of Clara Bow's assistant and covers a case I knew nothing about although I had read some books about Clara. Laini really got into the interaction between the two main characters. She also writes eloquently about the transition from silent movies to talkies and it left a profound effect on me. I thought talkies would have been a great gift to movies, but she details how and why it caused such chaos for so many of the early actors and actresses. Her research is impeccable and she gives a great summary of her sources at the end of the book. So now I wait for the next book. Won't be easy....I'm already wondering who it will be!

  • Jessica
    2019-05-20 11:09

    I love Laini Giles books. What a great way to ensure that silent film actresses like Olive Thomas and Clara Bow are remembered almost 100 years after their heyday. I really enjoyed this book because it came from Daisy DeVoe's point of view rather than the actress herself like her Olive Thomas book. It gave the reader an insight into what could possibly be going on inside Daisy's head during the trial between her and her former best friend and boss, Clara Bow.My only issue with this book is that at times it seemed very rushed, especially at the beginning and toward the end. I found myself having to read back a few lines to figure out what was happening and how far forward we just went. Other than that, loved the book and can't wait for the next one!

  • Michelle (Champ)
    2019-05-26 11:22

    This book was fun. It started out a little different than I expected it to, but when it ended....ZOWIE!!! I loved how the story wrapped up and then I saw it was based on a true person (Daisy DeVoe) and this really happened. I am not sure how much liberties the author took with the true story, but it the book read like a "it happened but it's hard to believe it did" tale. I very much enjoyed this, as I do the series. I am hoping so much that the author pulls off a Forgotten Actress story on Norma Shearer or Thelma Todd, or even Carole Landis.

  • Jason
    2019-06-05 14:23

    The 2nd entry in the Forgotten Actress series, this tells the story of the original IT girl Clara Bow through the eyes of her assistant, Daisy DeVoe. I thought it was slightly less interesting than the 1st book that was based on Olive Thomas. DeVoe was wrongfully accused and convicted of misappropriating Bow's funds, so it was an interesting perspective. I would have liked more info on the movies, less on the sexcapades and boozing. But that was enjoyable to read about too. The latter half of Bow's life is glossed over - but she was mostly a recluse after her retirement from Hollywood at age 28, so I understood why the author went that route. I liked the parts that dealt with Bow's transition from silent film to the talkies the best. Recommended.