MISS BUBBLES STEALS THE SHOW by Melanie Murray is about a
young woman who is trying desperately to start an acting
career. The story is about Stella and what she encounters.
It starts out with Stella coming out of a bad break up, and
finding a naked stranger in her bed. Although, that is just
the start of her troubles, it seems like one long slide down
hill. Stella doesn't catch a break, but her cat does. Miss
Bubbles winds up on an off Broadway show staring Jasper
Hodge. The man Stella has a crush on, the bad thing is, she
isn't in the play herself.
Stella starts getting back in the swing of going to
auditions and trying desperately to get any callback. From
one to the other poor Stella starts losing self-confidence
when nothing seems to go her way. Her agent keeps giving her
the strangest appointments, she is seeing a man that she
should walk away from, her next-door neighbor is driving her
nuts with his routine, and her mother is pushing her into
the life she never had.
Although I had a hard time getting into this book at first,
it turned out to be really good. Stella finally finds her
backbone and decides to take her future into her own hands.
Plus along the way, she has a little self-discovery that
makes the story worthwhile. It has some laughs along the way
while Stella learns that nobody can make her happy but her.
It's like the "big break" fairy knocked and I wasn't home!
But my roommate was -- he's up for a role on All My
Children. And Miss Bubbles, my adorable and absurdly
intelligent longhaired Persian, can now buy her own Fancy
Feast -- she's starring in a prestigious off-Broadway play,
opposite the man of my dreams. What's going on here? I mean,
hello, my name is Stella -- it means star! Clearly I'm the
one who's destined for divadom. I was just about to start
really going for it, too: no more wasting time with
good-for-nothing boyfriends, chocolate-martini hangovers and
Oprah marathons. Just success! That was before my cat
got her own dressing room and I landed the supporting role
of stage mom. You know, a lesser girl might have
contemplated hanging up her head shot.
But not me. I'm determined to snag myself a lead role....
and while I'm at it, the leading man.