The Director’s Cut

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Title: The Director’s Cut
Author: Janice Thompson
Series: Backstage Pass
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 304
Published: June 1, 2012

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Tia Morales is the director of a popular television sitcom, Stars Collide, and is used to being in charge. Her life on set is carefully ordered and calculated. At least most of the time. If only she could get the people in her life to behave as well as her stars do. Her life seems like a roller coaster and constant allergies, renovations, and drama make it harder to keep her life inside the studio the way she likes it, professional and tidy.

As she develops feelings for the cute cameraman, Jason Harris, the man she’s been butting heads with since she started her job at the sitcom, her life seems to spiral out of control and she feels totally out of her element. Not only is her life a mess, but so is her love life! Now she’s left wondering what happened to her perfectly ordered world and how she’s going to get it back.

Navigating life seems to be a little difficult for her, until Jason shows her how to relax and enjoy life. Not to mention let go of everything she can’t change. He seems like he genuinely wants to get to know her and have a relationship with her, but she’s uncertain whether he’ll feel that way after he gets to know some of the information she doesn’t like to talk about.

Will Tia ever learn to let go or will she cling so tightly to order and control that she pushes everyone she loves away? Will Jason still want to pursue her once he knows he past or will run for the hills? Will Tia finally get her life back in order or will she learn to roll with the punches known as life?
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This book is a different one. I’ve never read a book where the main character was a director before and it was a new and different experience that I enjoyed. I was able to learn something new about the Hollywood lifestyle and the entertainment business. It brought a bunch of new insight to how a Hollywood sitcom is made. It was neat to learn what it takes how it works to make a funny comedy. It truly brought the Writer’s past as a director out.

The romance wasn’t an overtly strong one, in fact it was a typical Christian genre romance. A few kisses are spattered throughout the book and a few tender moments are threw in for good measure, but from my point of view left much to be desired. However, the romance was blended perfectly into the storyline and it didn’t seem clunky at all showing the author’s skill at storytelling.

Descriptions weren’t really throughout the book, a factor I missed more than I thought I would. It failed to meet my needs to be visually stimulated just by her words. However, what she did describe was done well and created a perfect mental image to hold onto. The author’s book was filled with missed opportunities to describe the Hollywood area and the characters house, etc. Leaving me disappointed in the mix.

However, one of the high spots to this book was the author’s insight to the film and television industry and how much you’re able to learn about it. It solidifies just what exactly has to go into creating one of your favorite television shows or your favorite movie. It was wonderful and almost makes up for the lack of proper description. Almost. I give the author huge props for this part of the book.

Though this book was entertaining and a quick read. I wouldn’t say this was on my favorite list or that this was a good book to read again, but I would say that this is the perfect book for a weekend at home or a long plane flight. This is one of those books that you keep but never really read again.

Overall, this book was a quick enjoyable read, but not one for the keeper shelf. I recommend this for younger readers or for people interested in learning about the entertainment industry. I give this book a three out of five.

*I received this complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

If your interested to hear more about the entertainment industry, join Janice Thompson as she blogs about her experiences as a director here: http://janiceathompson.com/blog/category/blog

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