I received a copy of this novel from Random House.
This novel is the perfect summer read: a fun read but also a commentary on the US' obsession with celebrities.
Cherry Pye is an out-of-control pop singer who lip syncs at her concerts. She is in a constant drug or alcohol haze. She doesn't care with whom she is intimate.
Ann is Cherry's double. When Cherry is too sick to go out in public or is rushed to a hospital, Ann is the person that is photographed. And Cherry is never told about Ann's existence.
Cherry employs a lot of people, but she doesn't take care of anything. Publicists, managers, accountants, and bodyguards do all the work.
The novel starts picking up in pace when a photographer feels that Cherry is his soul mate, Ann gets kidnapped, and a new bodyguard is hired to keep Cherry sober! Other wacky characters add to the flavor of the plot.
It offers a insider's view of South Beach, Key West, and how the world of tabloid reporting works, without being preachy.