Valley of the Dolls
This review will have some serious spoilers, so this is your warning.
This book was a trashy glorious book. It does not hold back on the punches.
I wouldn't call it sexy, but I will call it tragic.
Watching the downward spiral of Neely and Jennifer was really sad but also entertaining. When I actually got to reading it I finished the book in 2 days. Anne didn't have a downward spiral, other than dating a lot of entitled assholes and taking downers when her husband was cheating on her with Neely. My thoughts on that will come later.
Neely was sad for me to read, especially when she started to go on her downward spiral like a nose dive. I really related to her in my own way. Her self-destruction she couldn't stop and it didn't help that everyone enabled her addictions and self-destruction. It makes me glad that I am not a celebrity. I was actually surprised that she didn't actually successfully commit suicide, and Jennifer did. Her character had such depth that it made all the other characters pale in comparison.
Helen was quite a character herself and served as a prediction to what Neely will turn into. Sparks always flew when Neely and Helen had to share a room.
Jennifer and Anne lacked a lot of depth to me. Anne was the good girl we were supposed to relate to/be. It felt like Jennifer was nothing but window dressing and a potential to have depth, so it was a little disappointing.
I was going to rate this book 5 stars, but I hated the ending. Neely cheating with Anne's husband was so out-of-character, the girls would have never done that to each other, no matter what.
I don't know how different the movie is compared to the book, but I can't wait to watch it.