3 out of 4 stars
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Have you ever dreamed of being pals with the rich and famous? How about with one of the most famous ladies to walk the red carpet? That is what is about to happen to plus-sized dime store clerk Penny Parker when she wins the luxury of being the go-to girl for none other than Ms. Marilyn Monroe during her filming of ‘Some Like It Hot’. During eight life-altering days, Penny experiences the beginnings of a life-long bond with Marilyn. She also experiences moments with a little boy, a gorgeous suitor, old friends, disengaged family and a ghost that could change her and her hum-drum life forever. More importantly, this could alter Penny’s outlook about herself, her value, and her right to be loved.
The author, Mr. Christopher Lentz, displays an amazing talent for creating unique and crystal- clear pictures in his book, MY FRIEND Marilyn . For example, “...an ear that was so hairy it could’ve been mistaken for an armpit on the side of his head.” This ability brings each character sharply into focus for the reader. It allows the reader to feel the sand beneath his feet and to smell the salty sea air. Ms. Monroe comes out of legend and vividly to life within these pages. We are privy to what could have been her demons, her love of life and, maybe, her ultimate end. His story follows the timeline of these days spent together highlighting both the dramatic moments, and the ordinary ones. He is able to follow his characters’ movements throughout their days ( and nights ) as they struggle to get from one moment to the next. I also appreciated the book being written as if the chapters were scenes in a movie, since filming the movie was such a large backdrop to the plot of the story.
MY FRIEND Marilyn was well edited with only a few errors. I feel this book would appeal to a wide range of female readers as it is uplifting, powerful and humorous. It is a testament to the strength and power within all women; young or old, pretty or plain, popular or ignored. I would give this book 3 out of 4 stars . Mr. Lentz created a humorous look at a parallel universe surrounding the self-effacing Penny and the damaged Marilyn during a brief period, that could have happened, in 1958.
MY FRIEND Marilyn
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