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Book Review: Red Carpet Burns

Book: Red Carpet Burns

Author: Georgia Cassimatis

Published: 1st February 2013 by Harlequin MIRA

Paperback, 328 pages.

Blub: What if the ‘the one’ …isn’t?

After meeting the gorgeous and charismatic Simon, Georgia Cassimatis swaps her fabulous life in Sydney for Los Angeles – risking it all for a chance at love. Georgia soon finds out, however that Simon is not the man he seemed to be, and she has left her entire world behind for a loveless marriage with a man who is intent on making her miserable.

LA is a tough town – especially for a girl with no friends, no money and no job. But Georgia finds her way through the liars, fakes and cheats to become a successful celebrity journalist and soon realises she’s fallen in love again – this time with her new home town …LA!


I first came across this book through the wise and talented Allison Tait from Life in a Pink Fibro (aka my blog crush). Allison featured the author Georgia Casimatis in her Fibro Q&A series on the topic of ‘How to write a memoir’.

Georgia is a well known freelance writer in Australia having written for various women’s magazine including Cosmopolitan and Cleo and her memoir, Red Carpet Burns is the story of how she leaves a successful life in Australia and moves half way across the globe to LA for love. But it doesn’t end there. Unfortunately, the love of her life turns out to be a complete douche bag but instead of running back to the safety of home, she decides to stick it out and see what her future holds in the city of Angels.

I was really looking forward to reading this book as I love a good memoir. Voyeuristic at heart, I love delving deep into someones life and seeing how they came to be who they are. Also being a lover of all things Hollywood I couldn’t wait to dive into Georgia’s story.

Unfortunately my love affair with the book was short lived. As much as I wanted to love this book I just couldn’t.

Although the subject matter was interesting the book felt rushed and Georgia seemed to go off topic quite a bit seeming to skim over the surface of some details and characters, yet go in depth with characters who weren’t an integral part of the story. For example, she seemed to fly over the first few chapters where she meets Simon and moves to the US to be with him, and even further so through the breakdown of the relationship. For me I would have like to have a more in depth dissection of what happened and why. That is what I crave in a book, fiction or reality.

The tone of the book was very conversational and although I wanted to feel like I was sitting down next to Georgia with a cuppa having a good old D&M, I felt I couldn’t ‘feel’ anything towards her as she didn’t reveal enough of herself throughout the book.

As for all the Hollywood glitz and glam that the cover entices you with all we are left with a handful of name drops and  a few characters whose names were changed to protect privacy. This is certainly not a Hollywood ‘tell all tale’, nor is it intended to be, but a little bit of juice would have made for a more interesting read.

There is no doubt Georgia has had an interesting life full of richness and adventure with a melting pot of people floating in and out of it, but I had so many unanswered questions that I was unfortunately left unfulfilled by the end of the book.

Perhaps it was a case of there was just too much to condense into a 300 page memoir! God, knows even with my run of the mill life, I’d have trouble fitting it all in a required word count!

Although I was disappointed in the book, I feel that Georgia has great promise as an author, she has great tone and an interesting way of looking at life. I’m not sure if she plans to delve further into fiction but I would be interested to see if she does.

All in all I give Red Carpet Burns 7/10 and although it doesn’t hit my top ten of reads, I would recommend it if you are looking for a light-hearted, moderately interesting read.

Have you read Red Carpet Burns? What did you think?