A Star Is Bored
A hilariously heartfelt novel about living life at full force, and discovering family when you least expect it, influenced in part by the author’s time as Carrie Fisher’s beloved assistant.Charlie Besson is about to have an insane job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon. THE Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine’s worst dressed list. She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.Kathi is an icon, bestselling author, and an award winning actress, most known for her role as Priestess Talara in the iconic blockbuster sci-fi film. She’s also known for another role: crazy Hollywood royalty. Admittedly so. Famously so. Fabulously so.Charlie gets the job, and embarks on an odyssey filled with late night shopping sprees, last minute trips to see the aurora borealis, and an initiation to that most sacred of Hollywood tribes: the personal assistant. But Kathi becomes much more than a boss, and as their friendship grows, Charlie must make a choice. Will he always be on the sidelines of life, assisting the great forces that be, or can he step into his own leading role?Laugh-out-loud funny, and searingly poignant, Byron Lane's A Star is Bored is a novel that, like the star at its center, is enchanting and joyous, heartbreaking and hopeful.

A Star Is Bored Details

TitleA Star Is Bored
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
ISBN-139781250266491
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Humor, Adult, Audiobook, LGBT, Adult Fiction, Comedy, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Novels

A Star Is Bored Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    Byron Lane's debut novel, A Star is Bored , is a funny and poignant look into the life of a celebrity’s personal assistant.Charlie hates his life. He hates his job as a news writer working the graveyard shift, he hates his father, he even hates the men he’s been having unsafe sex with. He’s entertained suicide but he lacks concrete plans and follow-through.But his life changes with the zaniest job interview of his life, to be the personal assistant to Kathi Kannon, iconic star of a classic sc Byron Lane's debut novel, A Star is Bored , is a funny and poignant look into the life of a celebrity’s personal assistant.Charlie hates his life. He hates his job as a news writer working the graveyard shift, he hates his father, he even hates the men he’s been having unsafe sex with. He’s entertained suicide but he lacks concrete plans and follow-through.But his life changes with the zaniest job interview of his life, to be the personal assistant to Kathi Kannon, iconic star of a classic sci-fi movie, best-selling author, and member of Hollywood royalty—her mother, famed actress Gracie Gold, lives on her estate. Kathi is also a (sometimes recovering) drug addict who has manic episodes.The job becomes all-consuming for Charlie, a stressful yet immensely satisfying adventure once he gets the hang of it. Kathi is needy and demanding and erratic and is, at times, a danger to herself and her reputation, but she truly cares about Charlie and helps him find his self-esteem.Between spontaneous trips to go see the aurora borealis and rescuing her from embarrassing faux pas with other celebs, Charlie gets immersed in the world of the celebrity assistant, learning the summits and pitfalls that his compatriots have experienced.When you spend your whole life propping someone up and being at their beck and call, when do you live? Are your needs ever front and center? Charlie has to decide what path he should take in order to find real satisfaction.This is a zany, wild, heartfelt book. Byron Lane was Carrie Fisher’s assistant so you know he knows of what he writes—and you can’t help but wonder just how much of Kathi’s behavior was inspired by true events. (I adored Carrie Fisher so I was hooked.)After a while, Kathi’s manic nature gets a little hard to take, but that’s when the heart of the book kicked in. This was a fun read if you’re a fan of the crazy lives of celebrities.NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company provided an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!The book publishes July 28.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Taylor Reid
    January 1, 1970
    Byron Lane was once Carrie Fisher’s personal assistant and he has now written a fictionalized story about the complicated relationship between a personal assistant and a movie star. It is a remarkable debut and it also does something I thought impossible: it captures both the joy and the edge of Carrie Fisher.
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  • Terry
    January 1, 1970
    **NOW AVAILABLE**Written by the man who was once Carrie Fisher's personal assistant, this novel is supposedly fiction. There definitely seems to be some inspiration from personal experience and real events, however. Regardless of whether this is fiction or pseudo-memoir, it is a well-written and entertaining novel.A Star is Bored follows Charlie, aka Cockring *cringe*, during the time surrounding his employment as Kathi Kannon's personal assistant. Kathi Kannon starred as Princess Telara in a **NOW AVAILABLE**Written by the man who was once Carrie Fisher's personal assistant, this novel is supposedly fiction. There definitely seems to be some inspiration from personal experience and real events, however. Regardless of whether this is fiction or pseudo-memoir, it is a well-written and entertaining novel.A Star is Bored follows Charlie, aka Cockring *cringe*, during the time surrounding his employment as Kathi Kannon's personal assistant. Kathi Kannon starred as Princess Telara in a famous sci-fi flick, and he idolized her when he was growing up. When he first starts for her he has been struggling as a TV news writer working the graveyard shift for years. He has no personal life because of this; he's always sleeping when everyone else is living. Charlie is anxiety-ridden and clearly battling low self-esteem from his brutal childhood. His time with Kathi, oddly enough, for she's a real piece of work herself, helps him to begin healing and growing as an individual. They become friends.Charlie and Kathi are both three-dimensional, with many flaws and virtues. Their relationship is quirky, at times hilarious, at times tender, at times frustrating. Many of the other characters, although not all, lack depth. Not a huge deal in itself, but enough to take away a star/nerd-face from my rating.I loved the emotions I felt while reading this heartfelt book. I laughed out loud on several occasions, but there were also dark moments. Moments that make one look deeper. There were wonders. There were horrors. There was the asinine. There was the mundane. There was romance. It was never boring. I love the title, having seen the movie A Star is Born. And yes, Bradley Cooper makes an appearance here as well.Definitely recommend.I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange from an honest review.SEE ON BLOG: https://ispeakbooknerd.com/2020/07/11...
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  • Mackenzi
    January 1, 1970
    Well this was effing great.
  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for the free audio copy in exchange for an honest review I read this book in my most recent booktube video which you can click here to watch or skip to 0:54 to here my thoughts on this specific book.| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for the free audio copy in exchange for an honest review I read this book in my most recent booktube video which you can click here to watch or skip to 0:54 to here my thoughts on this specific book.| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    The author of A Star is Bored, Byron Lane was Carrie Fisher's personal assistant for three years.  He continually has stated that this book is a work of fiction...but I truly hope that he did take some liberties from his time with Ms. Fisher!This is the funniest, laugh out loud book I have read in a very long time! The banter between the characters is incredible and witty and even though I am not suppose to I can't help but hear Fisher's voice in my head as I read the story, which made it even m The author of A Star is Bored, Byron Lane was Carrie Fisher's personal assistant for three years.  He continually has stated that this book is a work of fiction...but I truly hope that he did take some liberties from his time with Ms. Fisher!This is the funniest, laugh out loud book I have read in a very long time! The banter between the characters is incredible and witty and even though I am not suppose to I can't help but hear Fisher's voice in my head as I read the story, which made it even more comical.Charlie works as an overnight writer for a boring publication.  He want to leave and dreams of having a more exciting job.  Well, be careful what you wish for!  On a tip, he applies for the job as the personal assistant to ultra celebrity Kathi Kannon.  Kannon, who just happens to be a very famous princess from a sci-fi movie lives on a property she shares with her very famous eccentric mother.  During the job interview (audition?) Charlie is extremely confused as to what Ms. Kannon is looking for in an assistant and leaves unsure of whether he even got the job.The phone rings and Charlie gets his first inking that he got the job but still unsure of what the job entails.  As he soon finds out being Kannon's personal assistant is a trip, both literally and figuratively.  Between doling out her pills in the morning (see bottom draw in bedroom), to taking her on hilarious vacations (see Japan), to being not only her caretaker but her protector, Charlie finds the chaos disturbingly exciting. And the perks are not so bad either.As Charlie tries to put Kannon's life in some sort of order, she on the other hand fights to have the continued mayhem.  There is a housekeeper who has a brain tumor who seems to do nothing but sleep at the kitchen table on a daily basis and a gardener who seems to hold hedge clippers in his hand daily, but never seems to clip anything. Added to the disorganization is Kannon's mother who is constantly handing Charlie bags of money to make sure her daughter eats her "vegetables". There are almost daily trips to what Kannon calls "Vegas" which Charlie assumes are shopping jaunts. They are not. There is one extremely comical episode in which Kannon runs naked (with a bed sheet) into traffic outside her house and Charlie literally tries to reel her in. Then cleans up the public relations mess.Entwined in the story is Charlie's own personal dysfunctional history with a mother who died very young and an overbearing father with anger issues who screams a lot, so much so Charlie can't get his voice out of his head. He also highlights the difficulty of trying to have any kind of personal relationship when you are on call 24/7 at the whim of a superstar. His own dating chronicles are just as funny as his personal assistant shenanigans. But through all the craziness, Charlie and Kathi develop a relationship which cannot really be defined.  Part respect, part sibling, part parent/child but most of all devotion to each other and a mutual love.I want to say I truly hope some of this is based in truth because in my head I want to believe Kathi Kannon and Carrie Fisher really did have these absolutely incredible you could not make this stuff up adventures.So relax, sit back and go along for the most enjoyable ride! This would surely be a great beach read. Thank you #NetGalley #HenryHoltandCo #ByronLane #AStarIsBored for the advanced copy.  The book will be published on July 28.
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  • Jessica Kafka
    January 1, 1970
    A Star Is Bored was an entertaining story about Charlie being lost and how getting a job as an assistant to an actress and writer, Kathi, who is also his childhood idle. Charlie is not qualified for the job, so has to figure out what he's supposed to be doing. It's an interested look into the fictional lives of Hollywood. I really enjoyed the interactions between Charlie and Kathi and how their relationship progresses throughout the book.Noah Galvin did a great job narrating. I feel like a lot o A Star Is Bored was an entertaining story about Charlie being lost and how getting a job as an assistant to an actress and writer, Kathi, who is also his childhood idle. Charlie is not qualified for the job, so has to figure out what he's supposed to be doing. It's an interested look into the fictional lives of Hollywood. I really enjoyed the interactions between Charlie and Kathi and how their relationship progresses throughout the book.Noah Galvin did a great job narrating. I feel like a lot of books leave minor story lines open, but A Star Is Bored tied up all of the story lines, even ones that were only mentioned near the beginning of the book.Thank you NetGalley and McMillan Audio for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.Publication Date July 28Now Available
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    A Star is Bored is an unexpected treat in the craziness that is 2020. Byron Lane's hilariously sarcastic novel is a tale of two different people and their unlikely bond that is formed from a working relationship. Main character, Charlie Besson starts off interviewing for a personal assistant position for film icon Kathi Kannon. Kathi's not only a famous actress, but she has also become a subject of tabloid fodder due to her unpredictable behavior. After Charlie's hired for the position, the A Star is Bored is an unexpected treat in the craziness that is 2020. Byron Lane's hilariously sarcastic novel is a tale of two different people and their unlikely bond that is formed from a working relationship. Main character, Charlie Besson starts off interviewing for a personal assistant position for film icon Kathi Kannon. Kathi's not only a famous actress, but she has also become a subject of tabloid fodder due to her unpredictable behavior. After Charlie's hired for the position, the two forge a strange, codependent, yet meaningful and strong dynamic. Without telling you much of the story, Byron Lane's own experience working for the late Carrie Fisher is used as a basis for the story. So let your imagination go wild on how utterly over the top that could have possibly been. I laughed out loud several times, while also deeply connecting to the stress of mental health topics that were conveyed. A Star is Bored is getting a lot of accolades right now and deservingly so. I can't wait to see what's next for Byron Lane.
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  • Maine Colonial
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free digital publisher's review copy, via Netgalley.If you are a fan of the late Carrie Fisher, I recommend you not read this book. Lane calls this book fiction, but in his interviews he makes it clear that incidents are pretty much just variations on reality, and the book includes details that are known about Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. The picture Lane paints of “Kathie Kannon” is of a tremendously talented woman who wastes her talent and privilege with drugs. Worse ye I received a free digital publisher's review copy, via Netgalley.If you are a fan of the late Carrie Fisher, I recommend you not read this book. Lane calls this book fiction, but in his interviews he makes it clear that incidents are pretty much just variations on reality, and the book includes details that are known about Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. The picture Lane paints of “Kathie Kannon” is of a tremendously talented woman who wastes her talent and privilege with drugs. Worse yet, she is incredibly inconsiderate of others and downright destructive of everything in her path.Even if you’re not a Carrie Fisher fan, it’s repulsive to read lengthy descriptions of someone who is such a mess and who makes life difficult for others just because she can, given her fame. Someone who brazenly defies public rules just because she can get away with it, who turns every hotel room into a wreck in minutes, who mindlessly goes on shopping sprees and then wastes everyone’s time by returning everything the next day, and who regularly abuses drugs. Especially right now, when so many people don’t know how they will feed and house their families, it’s off-putting, at the least, to read about this kind of person.Sure, Lane tries to turn it all around in the final quarter by showing how Kathie Kannon taught him about love and acceptance and is a beautiful soul inside, but it’s too little too late. This book comes across as mainly a tell-all from another hanger-on abusing his access to benefit himself—and doing it after the subject is dead and can’t defend herself. I thought this was going to be a funny, with an admixture of self-mockery, like Carrie Fisher’s own books, but I was mistaken.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsByron LaneByron Lane is an author, playwright, screenwriter, actor and former personal assistant to Carrie Fisher. Carrie FisherThis novel, about a news writer who gets a job as a personal assistant to actress Kathi Kannon, was clearly inspired by Lane's time with Fisher, though he takes pains to point out that the book is fictional. In fact, the beginning of the book has this additional demurrer:"But seriously, I repeat: This is a work of fiction. That you might speculate as to the ide 3.5 starsByron LaneByron Lane is an author, playwright, screenwriter, actor and former personal assistant to Carrie Fisher. Carrie FisherThis novel, about a news writer who gets a job as a personal assistant to actress Kathi Kannon, was clearly inspired by Lane's time with Fisher, though he takes pains to point out that the book is fictional. In fact, the beginning of the book has this additional demurrer:"But seriously, I repeat: This is a work of fiction. That you might speculate as to the identity of certain key characters dos not alter the fact that all of the characters in the book, including incidental ones, their names, the dialogue, the locales, and all the events recounted, are fictional products of the author's imagination.".....etc. - My publisher's attorneyI'll add an addendum of my own: Photos I include of Carrie Fisher are not meant to imply she's Kathi Kannon.*****Twenty-nine year old Charlie is deeply in debt, has a tiny drab apartment, hates his job writing for a small Los Angeles news station, and is acutely depressed and mildly suicidal. Thus, when Charlie gets a tip that Kathi Kannon - Hollywood star and best selling author - is looking for a personal assistant, he quickly applies for the position. Charlie has loved Kathi since childhood, when he saw her play Priestess Talara in the film Nova Quest, for which he collected the action figures. It would be a dream come true if Charlie could work for his idol.Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star WarsPrincess Leia action figureCharlie goes to Kathi's eclectic - and rather zany - house, where he has a nerve-wracking interview with the potty-mouthed actress, who likes to tease, joke, and poke fun. Some rooms in Carrie Fisher's eclectic houseCharlie then has to wait for two harrowing weeks, with his phone glued to his hand, before he hears that he has the job. The position is far from a piece of cake, however. Kathi's former assistant neglected to leave an 'assistant's bible' detailing Kathi's schedule, habits, likes, dislikes, preferences, peculiarities, etc. and Charlie - who Kathi affectionately dubs Charlie 'Cockring' (ugh!!) - has to start from scratch. Byron Lane and Carrie Fisher After being schooled to wake Kathi up every day with Coke Zero over ice and her meds, Charlie learns to monitor every place Kathi goes for forgotten phones, sunglasses, earrings, bracelets, scarves, etc.; to clean her home of candy wrappers, soda cans, half-eaten brownies, 7-Eleven receipts, dirty silverware, and other detritus; to put away the books, jewelry, makeup, nail polish, and clothes Kathi scatters all over the place; to be ready at a moment's notice - day or night - to run to the store for something Kathi wants; to keep Kathi's apparel and papers organized; to sync Kathi's phone contacts with his, so he can keep track of her meetings and appointments; and so on. Most important of all, Charlie has a mission to keep Kathi - who suffers from bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and drug addiction - on the straight and narrow. Carrie Fisher likes to have her things around herKathi's mother, a mega-famous actress everyone calls Miss Gracie, lives in a house next to Kathi's with her long-time personal assistant Roger.Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie ReynoldsIn addition, an octogenarian maid and an elderly gardener - both of whom barely even pretend to work - also live on the estate. Miss Gracie regularly gives Charlie thousands of dollars of 'vegetable money' - which he keeps in a purple backpack - so he can (try to) regulate Kathi's carefree spending. However, Kathi often just grabs the money and sashays out to a place she calls Vegas. Kathi returns from her outings with shopping bags full of merchandise, including gifts for Charlie, the maid, and the gardener. Kathi is very loose with her credit cards as well, and on one occasion buys a pricey fur coat and immediately cuts it up to make a (useless) jacket for her dog. Carrie Fisher and her dog There are strong suggestions that Miss Gracie had to dramatically downsize to support Kathi's flamboyant lifestyle, since both mother and daughter are no longer making films.On the upside, Kathi is smart, good-natured, clever and fun - and Charlie gets to accompany her on jaunts around Los Angeles as well as trips across the U.S. and to other countries. Charlie describes a stay in a luxury hotel in New York, a trip to Australia and Japan, a gay cruise (where Kathi is the entertainment), and a quickie hop to Yellowknife, Canada, where he and Kathi ride on a dogsled and see the Northern Lights. Byron Lane and Carrie Fisher on a dogsledCharlie stores up amusing anecdotes about his adventures with Kathi, and uses them as social capital when he meets a man he'd like to date, in person or on OkCupid. Charlie has little time for boyfriends though, and does most of his socializing with other personal assistants. The assistants meet for the occasional drink, and have an email network for sharing information. Charlie can ask for advice about shopping; doctors; food - whatever Kathi needs. This comes in handy when Kathi (inevitably) falls off the wagon and needs help. The book is advertised as laugh out loud funny, and I did get a few chuckles. For example, at the upscale Hoshinoya restaurant in Japan Kathi and Charlie are served a special dinner that's a "royal and gruesome affair." Charlie describes the dishes as follows: lobsters "that are still alive, their guts exposed, waving their antennae, begging for mercy"; drunk live baby shrimp bathed in alcohol; live octopi "flipping us off with each of their tentacles"; and "the most exquisite delicacies in all of Japan, raw squirming critters and beasts and something tarantula-like." Kathi and Charlie's efforts to hide the food in Kathi's purse are hilarious! And what happens when the waitress asks what they did with the shells?Live lobsterLive shrimpLive octopusThere are other amusing anecdotes in the story as well, but the book is largely a realistic peek at the lives of the (troubled) rich and famous. Charlie also has problems of his own. He grew up in rural Louisiana, saw his mother die when he was 12, and endured a bullying father who hated his 'effeminate traits.' Being with Kathi is healing for Charlie, and he notes that he felt only submission in his childhood, and only depression in his twenties, but now has "a reference for how it feels to be alive, to feel like I have a life worth living." By the time Charlie leaves Kathi, to have a full life of his own, Charlie and Kathi have fallen into a kind of platonic love, both of them treasuring the time they had together, and being better people for it.Carrie Fisher and Byron LaneI like the book and admire Miss Gracie, who adores her difficult daughter and would literally do anything for her. My feelings about Kathi are more problematical. Kathi is a talented actress and writer, and a kind person, but she's also entitled and self-centered. Kathi opens pungent nail polish remover in the first class cabin of a commercial airplane; smears nail polish all over a cruise ship pillow; purposely spills melted ice on the floor of a limousine; is uppity with a saleswoman; dumps the contents of her purse out everywhere; and generally ignores the inconvenience she causes everyone around her. As for Charlie, he's a nice fellow and (if he was a real person) I'd wish him happiness and love with his boyfriend 'Reid.'Byron Lane and his boyfriend Steven RowleyThanks to Netgalley, the author (Byron Lane) and the publisher (Henry Holt & Co.) for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this sweet, fictionalized story by Carrie Fisher’s former assistant about....a personal assistant to an actress famous for playing a space princess. (Who could THAT be?)Although the publisher’s note makes sure to tell us it is all a work of fiction, I clearly heard Carrie Fisher’s unique and wacky voice in every bit of Kathi’s dialogue. The book shows, with humor and sentiment and some sadness, what it is like to be almost a family member to a very effervescent, very talented and very dr I loved this sweet, fictionalized story by Carrie Fisher’s former assistant about....a personal assistant to an actress famous for playing a space princess. (Who could THAT be?)Although the publisher’s note makes sure to tell us it is all a work of fiction, I clearly heard Carrie Fisher’s unique and wacky voice in every bit of Kathi’s dialogue. The book shows, with humor and sentiment and some sadness, what it is like to be almost a family member to a very effervescent, very talented and very drug-addicted celebrity. The assistant Charlie (nicknamed “Cockring” by Carrie, I mean Kathi) clearly loves Kathi and tried to save her life. It’s a sweet and tough journey to read about Charlie’s struggles - as her personal assistant, at some point ultimately he became responsible for keeping her afloat in almost her every waking moment. This book hurts the heart a little extra when you read all of Charlie’s efforts to save “Kathi” from dying of drug addiction, when we now know Carrie Fisher died that way. This begins as a light and humorous memoir but evolves into something deeper with a lot of heart. Very much recommend.Thanks very much to NetGalley, Henry Holt, and Cockr....uh, Byron Lane for the ARC of this entertaining, alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking read in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tiernan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was SUCH a joy. Not only is it funny & gripping because of the premise (and the obvious draw of the author’s past job experience that led to this story) but the writing is definitely there to back it up. It might be 50 pages too long for me, but the payoff is well worth it. This book was SUCH a joy. Not only is it funny & gripping because of the premise (and the obvious draw of the author’s past job experience that led to this story) but the writing is definitely there to back it up. It might be 50 pages too long for me, but the payoff is well worth it.
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    The author of A Star is Bored, Byron Lane was Carrie Fisher's personal assistant for three years.  He continually has stated that this book is a work of fiction...but I truly hope that he did take some liberties from his time with Ms. Fisher!This is the funniest, laugh out loud book I have read in a very long time! The banter between the characters is incredible and witty and even though I am not suppose to I can't help but hear Fisher's voice in my head as I read the story, which made it even m The author of A Star is Bored, Byron Lane was Carrie Fisher's personal assistant for three years.  He continually has stated that this book is a work of fiction...but I truly hope that he did take some liberties from his time with Ms. Fisher!This is the funniest, laugh out loud book I have read in a very long time! The banter between the characters is incredible and witty and even though I am not suppose to I can't help but hear Fisher's voice in my head as I read the story, which made it even more comical.Charlie works as an overnight writer for a boring publication.  He want to leave and dreams of having a more exciting job.  Well, be careful what you wish for!  On a tip, he applies for the job as the personal assistant to ultra celebrity Kathi Kannon.  Kannon, who just happens to be a very famous princess from a sci-fi movie lives on a property she shares with her very famous eccentric mother.  During the job interview (audition?) Charlie is extremely confused as to what Ms. Kannon is looking for in an assistant and leaves unsure of whether he even got the job.The phone rings and Charlie gets his first inking that he got the job but still unsure of what the job entails.  As he soon finds out being Kannon's personal assistant is a trip, both literally and figuratively.  Between doling out her pills in the morning (see bottom draw in bedroom), to taking her on hilarious vacations (see Japan), to being not only her caretaker but her protector, Charlie finds the chaos disturbingly exciting. And the perks are not so bad either.As Charlie tries to put Kannon's life in some sort of order, she on the other hand fights to have the continued mayhem.  There is a housekeeper who has a brain tumor who seems to do nothing but sleep at the kitchen table on a daily basis and a gardener who seems to hold hedge clippers in his hand daily, but never seems to clip anything. Added to the disorganization is Kannon's mother who is constantly handing Charlie bags of money to make sure her daughter eats her "vegetables". There are almost daily trips to what Kannon calls "Vegas" which Charlie assumes are shopping jaunts. They are not. There is one extremely comical episode in which Kannon runs naked (with a bed sheet) into traffic outside her house and Charlie literally tries to reel her in. Then cleans up the public relations mess.Entwined in the story is Charlie's own personal dysfunctional history with a mother who died very young and an overbearing father with anger issues who screams a lot, so much so Charlie can't get his voice out of his head. He also highlights the difficulty of trying to have any kind of personal relationship when you are on call 24/7 at the whim of a superstar. His own dating chronicles are just as funny as his personal assistant shenanigans. But through all the craziness, Charlie and Kathi develop a relationship which cannot really be defined.  Part respect, part sibling, part parent/child but most of all devotion to each other and a mutual love.I want to say I truly hope some of this is based in truth because in my head I want to believe Kathi Kannon and Carrie Fisher really did have these absolutely incredible you could not make this stuff up adventures.So relax, sit back and go along for the most enjoyable ride! This would surely be a great beach read. Thank you #NetGalley #HenryHoltandCo #ByronLane #AStarIsBored for the advanced copy.  The book will be published on July 28.
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  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    I adored Carrie Fisher, not only as an actress, but as an author, way back to her early novels, 'Postcards From the Edge' ('87) & 'Surrender the Pink' ('90). So to read a (fiction) book authored by someone who was her personal assistant for 3 yrs was intriguing, to say the least. You can 100% picture Fisher as 'Kathi' even though Lane has stated that the story is a work of fiction..At times this book was absolutely heartbreaking, but mostly it was laugh-out-loud hilarious! (And the books depicti I adored Carrie Fisher, not only as an actress, but as an author, way back to her early novels, 'Postcards From the Edge' ('87) & 'Surrender the Pink' ('90). So to read a (fiction) book authored by someone who was her personal assistant for 3 yrs was intriguing, to say the least. You can 100% picture Fisher as 'Kathi' even though Lane has stated that the story is a work of fiction..At times this book was absolutely heartbreaking, but mostly it was laugh-out-loud hilarious! (And the books depiction of mental health struggles was very realistic & not exploitative. 'A Star is Bored' is quirky, engaging, heartfelt, & amusing...anything but boring. I highly recommend this fun book which is available now!
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  • Barbara Powell
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t hate it, but I sure didn’t love it. I went into in thinking it was gonna be laugh out loud funny and at best it was slight giggle funny and at worst it was straight up trashy. Although it was a quick read and I’m sure lots of people will enjoy it, Kathi Kannon and her life was not really for me.
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    As a wholeI enjoyed this book. I didn't find it riotously funny and there were parts when the famous Kathi Kannon said "I'm bored.", I had to concur. It, is eye opening. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
    January 1, 1970
    This book was funny, honest and ardent. I can't believe how much I laughed reading this novel. It was exactly what I needed after all the thrillers I've read. And who couldn't use a good belly laugh right now!?Byron Lane writes with such passion and from the heart. I felt like I was reading a memoir instead of fiction. I know the book isn't really based on his life as being Carrie Fishers personal assistant, but he did such a great job making it feel real. I could imagine all the characters very This book was funny, honest and ardent. I can't believe how much I laughed reading this novel. It was exactly what I needed after all the thrillers I've read. And who couldn't use a good belly laugh right now!?Byron Lane writes with such passion and from the heart. I felt like I was reading a memoir instead of fiction. I know the book isn't really based on his life as being Carrie Fishers personal assistant, but he did such a great job making it feel real. I could imagine all the characters very clearly.Even though this book is lighthearted it tackles some serious issues like self esteem, abusive parents, mental health, addiction. But I love the author's way of making it seem normal...everyone has issues they're dealing with and we should be able to talk about them openly and honestly. We should be able to laugh at ourselves. That's what I am taking away from this novel.Thank you NetGalley, Henry Holt & Company and Byron Lane for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#AStarIsBored #NetGalley
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  • Brett Benner
    January 1, 1970
    I think I was inclined to like this book since I’ve always been a bit obsessed with both Carrie Fisher & her mother. Beyond a childhood that revolved around Star Wars, learning that Princess Leia had a wicked sense of humor, a potty mouth, a drug problem, and an outrageous mother considered Hollywood Royalty was essentially gay indoctrination in the late seventies.-Pick your family, Fisher or Garland.So when I heard that this book was the story of an assistant to a brassy actress with a drug pro I think I was inclined to like this book since I’ve always been a bit obsessed with both Carrie Fisher & her mother. Beyond a childhood that revolved around Star Wars, learning that Princess Leia had a wicked sense of humor, a potty mouth, a drug problem, and an outrageous mother considered Hollywood Royalty was essentially gay indoctrination in the late seventies.-Pick your family, Fisher or Garland.So when I heard that this book was the story of an assistant to a brassy actress with a drug problem, a potty mouth, and wicked sense of humor, who lived with her actress mother who was considered Hollywood royalty in a fictional Hollywood, and was inspired by Byron Lane’s real life job as Carrie’s assistant, I couldn’t wait to read it.It’s funny. So very very funny, with dialogue so sharp you could cut steel with it.Kathi Kannon, the actress refers to her new assistant Charlie as something I can’t say here, but is a ring applied to a lower part of the male anatomyAs he struggles to figure the job out aided by a group of similarly employed assistants, one can hear Fisher say and do any and all these things he vividly paints. But here’s the thing: A little before halfway though the book I began to focus less on the idea that this was Carrie and got lost in this incredibly poignant story of two damaged souls who for a moment heal parts of each other.In fact at times this reads like some off kilter unexpected romantic comedy and I really was so sad to leave them or them me as the case might be,being completely unprepared for how connected and invested I was until I found myself wiping tears from my face. (And I fully acknowledge that pandemic life is creating sucky emotional see saws, but I gotta give props to Byron for earning the pay off the book brings.)I really loved this. And if you’re looking for something that will make you laugh out loud and maybe even shed a tear or two, I’d highly highly recommend it. ⠀
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  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful love letter to an icon and to the beautiful, infuriating, educational, often tinged with great sadness relationships that you only get a handful of times in your life (if you’re lucky) but that you always take with you. Loved this book!!!
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  • Michael McEvoy
    January 1, 1970
    A look inside the life of a Hollywood assistant. Reading the reviews I’ve learnt that the author used to be Carrie Fisher’s assistant, and knowing that, it is so clear that this story has pulled inspiration from their relationship. Trash at its core (think LA Candy), the story is quite sweet, and you are rooting for both characters to better their lives and find happiness. An easy read.
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  • Yvonne Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I started this book. I had a general idea of what it was about, but I didn't really dive that far into it. A Star is Bored had such an interesting plot to me. I loved following a character whose life got flipped for the better, but still had lingering struggles throughout. The character arcs are phenomenal, every character growing into something better and healthier all around. I will definitely recommend this to friends, and I can already think of a f Wow!I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I started this book. I had a general idea of what it was about, but I didn't really dive that far into it. A Star is Bored had such an interesting plot to me. I loved following a character whose life got flipped for the better, but still had lingering struggles throughout. The character arcs are phenomenal, every character growing into something better and healthier all around. I will definitely recommend this to friends, and I can already think of a few who would love it.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    As an executive/personal assistant I was very interested in this book. I've worked as a personal assistant to very wealthy families in the DC area and was always interested in my colleagues on the West Coast, who work for celebrities. This book was a trip on the wild side for sure. I did feel that the humor was a bit over-exaggerated, which I didn't find particularly funny, but it was interesting for sure. The glibness about suicide in the beginning bothered me a bit, but that was just the chara As an executive/personal assistant I was very interested in this book. I've worked as a personal assistant to very wealthy families in the DC area and was always interested in my colleagues on the West Coast, who work for celebrities. This book was a trip on the wild side for sure. I did feel that the humor was a bit over-exaggerated, which I didn't find particularly funny, but it was interesting for sure. The glibness about suicide in the beginning bothered me a bit, but that was just the character. Kathy was very hard to like. I found Charlie very witty and likable and enjoyed the progress of his career and personal development.
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  • Mel Anne
    January 1, 1970
    rarely laugh out loud when I am reading a book but this was a rare story that had me laughing starting from the beginning. *Charlie’s life is anything but perfect. His mom passed away years ago, his dad has a kidney tumor, he is semi-suicidal and his night shift job of writing for a news show sucks! Between one night stands and feeling disconnected with the world, Charlie has been contemplating suicide for some time. That is until we gets a new “lifestyle” (job) working for the world famous actr rarely laugh out loud when I am reading a book but this was a rare story that had me laughing starting from the beginning. *Charlie’s life is anything but perfect. His mom passed away years ago, his dad has a kidney tumor, he is semi-suicidal and his night shift job of writing for a news show sucks! Between one night stands and feeling disconnected with the world, Charlie has been contemplating suicide for some time. That is until we gets a new “lifestyle” (job) working for the world famous actress Kathi Kannon, known for her role as the princess on the iconic sci-fi film (an obvious connection to Byron’s own history of being the personal assistant to the one and only Carrie Fisher). Kathi completely changes Charlie’s outlook on life and opportunity. Kathi’s antics are cringe worthy at times but had me laughing and shaking my head throughout this read!! *I felt totally immersed in the lives of Charlie and Kathi, and found their growing relationship heartwarming and hilarious. It’s cool to wonder how much of this book is based on Lane’s experience being Fisher’s assistant and how much is completely fictional! *This book seems like the perfect anthem to Carrie Fisher’s life and a nice shout out to a life long friend. *While at times this book had me cringing at some of Kathi’s ridiculous behavior (calling Charlie “cockring”) I couldn’t help but fall in love with this story. *Tap tap tap fizz fizz crackle.Naming furniture after ancient Chinese emperorsLiving room as opposed to dying room. * thank you @netgalley and @henryholtbooks for this ARC!! *
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  • Nicole Meier
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a long while since a book has broken my heart and made me laugh out loud right through to the very last page. Thanks to Byron Lane's witty debut A Star is Bored, I can now claim both. Never mind that Lane was once the personal assistant to Carrie Fisher and it's difficult not to speculate how much of this story represents real life. Never mind the lure of being allowed a glimpse into the secret lives of the Hollywood elite. This story goes well beyond all of that and delivers an emotio It's been a long while since a book has broken my heart and made me laugh out loud right through to the very last page. Thanks to Byron Lane's witty debut A Star is Bored, I can now claim both. Never mind that Lane was once the personal assistant to Carrie Fisher and it's difficult not to speculate how much of this story represents real life. Never mind the lure of being allowed a glimpse into the secret lives of the Hollywood elite. This story goes well beyond all of that and delivers an emotional gut punch. A Star is Bored is a bittersweet story of love and loyalty between friends. It's a story of self-discovery and growth. And, in my personal opinion, it's a love letter to Carrie Fisher. I hope Lane writes more books soon. I highly recommend!
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    "...I’m pleased to say there is much joy to be found in A Star Is Born. On the surface, it follows the madcap japes of a woman who truly lives in a universe of her own making, and the effect coming into that world has on an outsider is incredibly hilarious to read. Underneath that hilarious veneer is a novel about acceptance; acceptance of oneself, and acceptance of one’s circumstances, and one’s own power to change them..."Read my review in full at whatjamesread.comFollow @whatjamesread on Inst "...I’m pleased to say there is much joy to be found in A Star Is Born. On the surface, it follows the madcap japes of a woman who truly lives in a universe of her own making, and the effect coming into that world has on an outsider is incredibly hilarious to read. Underneath that hilarious veneer is a novel about acceptance; acceptance of oneself, and acceptance of one’s circumstances, and one’s own power to change them..."Read my review in full at whatjamesread.comFollow @whatjamesread on Instagram.
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  • MsArdychan
    January 1, 1970
    Please Note: I received an advance copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.I love books that show an inside look at Hollywood. And what could be more insider than what the personal assistants to the Stars witness! Although this is a work of fiction, one can tell this novel is greatly influenced by the author's experiences as Carrie Fisher's PA. While it is full of the wild excesses of pampered stars, it is al Please Note: I received an advance copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.I love books that show an inside look at Hollywood. And what could be more insider than what the personal assistants to the Stars witness! Although this is a work of fiction, one can tell this novel is greatly influenced by the author's experiences as Carrie Fisher's PA. While it is full of the wild excesses of pampered stars, it is also a story of the main character's search for meaning in a superficial society. This is the Must Read book of the summer!What I Liked:Premise:I have always wondered what a personal assistant does. These PA's manage every aspect of a busy stars lives. It's hard to imagine why one would need that much help (I can't even fathom someone cleaning my house)!Characters:Charlie:Charlie, the main character, stumbles into becoming a PA in order to escape a boring, night shift job as a television news writer. But while this new job isn't boring, might it be equally soul-crushing?Charlie also has many issues with his parents. He tries to fill that void by seeing his employer as a substitute parent. He desperately craves her approval, which makes it impossible to objectively do his job.Kathy:Kathy is the big star who is modeled after Carrie Fisher. Her fame is fading as she moves slowly into old age. But she still has loads of cash, and many rabid fans. This, along with her uncontrolled mental illnesses and addictions, fuels Kathy's wild behavior. I really like that, through it all, Kathy is not a target of ridicule. But she is not to be envied. Here's a person who is set up to be dependent. With a lifetime of caretakers and hangers on, she has never been alone in her entire life. She seriously can't take care of herself.Story:Aside from Kathy's antics, Charlie learns all about the power of money. Whenever he gets a little too comfortable, feeling like Kathy is his friend, he will be rudely reminded that Kathy is his boss, and he is not one of the glittering elite. This keeps Charlie constantly off balance. Until he finds his own self-worth, Kathy's approval is all he's got going for him.Charlie's relationship with his dad is one of pain and is difficult to read about, at times. While his dad's abuse would be hard to forgive, Charlie does begin to see how his dad's behavior came about. Eventually he does find a way to make peace with who his dad is. This gives the story a weight that makes this something that we all can relate to. How do we find meaning in our lives? Is it through our jobs, our relationships, our passions? This really is the central question of this novel. This book a so entertaining and yet makes me think of all these bigger themes. That's the magic of this well written book!
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This book was amazing, and I don't pull out amazing very often. Protagonist Charlie, AKA Cockring, just wants to find happiness. However, as a personal assistant to Hollywood star Kathi Kannon, her happiness becomes the basis for his own joy, and he must decide is that enough? Too much? Watching, or listening I should say, to Charlie grow as a human being, face and accept many tragedies of his childhood, forgive, and to love, not just his father, but himself was a fantastic experience. This Wow. This book was amazing, and I don't pull out amazing very often. Protagonist Charlie, AKA Cockring, just wants to find happiness. However, as a personal assistant to Hollywood star Kathi Kannon, her happiness becomes the basis for his own joy, and he must decide is that enough? Too much? Watching, or listening I should say, to Charlie grow as a human being, face and accept many tragedies of his childhood, forgive, and to love, not just his father, but himself was a fantastic experience. This book is written beautifully, and read perfectly. I never expected to find much depth in this book about fussy Hollywood starlets and the people that cater to them, but there is a huge emotional piece to this novel that will keep you needing more.Don't miss this book!!!
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    I very much enjoyed 'A Star is Bored' but not necessarily so much for the NOT (nope, not all all) character who was likely modeled after the late Carrie Fisher. (Author Byron Lane served as Fisher's personal assistant for several years.)I enjoyed this novel in the same way I enjoyed Fisher's own 'Postcards from the Edge' due to her skewering of Hollywood and not that the main character was thinly veiled upon the life of Carrie Fisher.I loved the main character Charlie, young, gay, from a conserv I very much enjoyed 'A Star is Bored' but not necessarily so much for the NOT (nope, not all all) character who was likely modeled after the late Carrie Fisher. (Author Byron Lane served as Fisher's personal assistant for several years.)I enjoyed this novel in the same way I enjoyed Fisher's own 'Postcards from the Edge' due to her skewering of Hollywood and not that the main character was thinly veiled upon the life of Carrie Fisher.I loved the main character Charlie, young, gay, from a conservative town in Louisiana, and self-medicating his depression with poor sexual partners and dead end jobs. Getting the job of film star Kathi Kannon's personal assistant is what he needs to get past some of the sadness in his life (homophobic father, dead mom), but I cared more about Charlie and the "Assistants Club" he becomes a member of as the book progresses. 'A Star is Bored' is sweet, sad, and often funny.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    'Life is new adventure every day, sometimes wonderful and usually a disaster.'A Star Is Bored has a very unique feel to it. It actually felt more a memoir than fiction, even though it was all made up. And it also had a more conversational and casual feel to it. It was refreshing in between the thrillers and romances that I have read lately. It was full of truths, introspection, and lots of zingers and one liners. You are thrown in to the absurd universe of Kathi Kannon from the start as she talk 'Life is new adventure every day, sometimes wonderful and usually a disaster.'A Star Is Bored has a very unique feel to it. It actually felt more a memoir than fiction, even though it was all made up. And it also had a more conversational and casual feel to it. It was refreshing in between the thrillers and romances that I have read lately. It was full of truths, introspection, and lots of zingers and one liners. You are thrown in to the absurd universe of Kathi Kannon from the start as she talks in riddles (which I enjoyed decoding along with Charlie every time!) and is proud of all her eccentricities. She appears to be strong and to give no f****s. But I really enjoyed watching her relationship with Charlie grow and transform, and her softer and more vulnerable side to emerge, as much as she tried to bury it. Kathi was truly an interesting character. At times she entertained, she irritated, she confused, but by the end she had really grown on me. I am sure that a lot of the crazy things she did, there are many celebrities and rich socialites out here that have actually done all of it and much worse. Her randomness really did keep me giggling. Charlie's character had so much depth and vulnerability too. My heart ached for him when he recalled his memories of his father and the way he treated him after his mother died. I was cheering him on as he blundered thru through multiple bad relationships and finally tackled his his issues with his dad. I listened to the Audiobook for part of this one too. Noah Galvin did an exceptional job in portraying all the characters. Thank you to the publisher and MacMillian Audio for advance copies in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melanie Sligh
    January 1, 1970
    Charlie Besson is about to have an insane job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon. THE Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine’s worst dressed list. She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.Byron Lane is the former assistant of THE Carrie Fisher. While this was a fictional story, you could easily see where the author was able to draw up some inspiration. My heart broke on some parts (the beginning stories with Charlie and t Charlie Besson is about to have an insane job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon. THE Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine’s worst dressed list. She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.Byron Lane is the former assistant of THE Carrie Fisher. While this was a fictional story, you could easily see where the author was able to draw up some inspiration. My heart broke on some parts (the beginning stories with Charlie and their father) and also I laughed until my belly hurt (anytime they requested a reminder from Siri)I do enjoy they discussed mental health in this book. One of my favorite parts was the manic episode from Kathi. The descption of the episode was beautifully written. I could see her dancing and Charlie trying to get her inside. I can see her saying she put Beethoven on repeat and they’ll dance until it’s done. I can see her protesting as she takes her meds and take a swig of her drink. This is a very realistic view of a manic episode and I was thankful it was written so accurately and not dramatized. Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was fun, quirky, and at some parts raw and eye opening. Noah Galvin is the narrator, and this is exactly how I pictured Charlie. I loved The Real O’Neals, and he was perfect for this audio book. Thank you Macmillan Audio & Libro.fm for the advanced listening copy. This is out TOMORROW! (07.28.2020)
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