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Hollywood Week: A Taste of New York + A Recap

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The finale of Hollywood Week brings us cross country to New York City in 1939. Amanda Farraday is making one final leap to get the man she loves back into her life, and this includes escaping the ghosts of Hollywood and arriving in that city that never sleeps. As a New Yorker myself, nothing brings me greater joy (setting wise) then seeing this great town through the eyes of one of my book characters, and I was more than thrilled to be getting a taste of vintage NYC in Love Me.

To get you in the Starstruck spirit, I took a little walk through the city yesterday (I wore a light jacket; this feels like progress, folks) to bring to life some of Amanda’s initial reactions to this lively place.

She didn’t resent these swift-moving, smartly dressed people quite literally too busy to give her the time of day. Not at all. She wanted to be one of them.

Waldorf Astoria Love Me NYC Tour

“People come and go so quickly here,” she said aloud.

Welcome to the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s personally one of my favorite places to walk past (especially during the holidays). I’ve never stepped foot inside but I basically have it memorized from watching Serendipity every year since it came out. Back to Love Me — Amanda’s stature is pretty convincing because she can look the part of a wealthy young woman, which is why the cabbie brings her straight to the Waldorf. She gets a room so quickly; it’s uncanny.

Martin Beck Theatre Love Me NYC Tour

Up next — where better than to confront your lost love than at his place of work? Harry is working on a new place at the Martin Beck Theatre (pictured on the left in 1955 and now renamed the Al Hirschfield Theatre) called An American Girl.

Obviously, I didn’t realize you’d be in rehearsal or I’d never have dreamed of interrupting like this. But I thought as long as I was here, it would be terribly rude not to say hello.

Sure, Amanda, sure.

21 Love Me NYC Tour

“It was a little bit of a letdown.”

Harry agrees to meet Amanda for a drink so they can “talk”. Amanda has just gone shopping at the Hattie Carnegie Boutique (which, coincidentally, was located near my current office) with a quick stop at the Elizabeth Arden Spa to ensure she knocks off Harry’s socks and arrives unimpressed at 21. (Harry mentions the lawn jockeys in his description of the place so it’s pretty fun that they are still guarding the place.)

21 from Afar for Love Me NYC Tour

She sips a ginger ale and Harry orders a scotch and well, you’ll have to read the book to see what happens from there… it’s crazy and dramatic and oh-so-very juicy.

And just like that, our tour is over — short and sweet like this troubled starlet’s jaunt to the big city. This is yet another reason why I enjoy Shukert’s work so much. Even though this characters spends so little time in New York City, Shukert doesn’t skimp on the details and instead brings this setting to life.

The sharp scent of diesel filled her nose as she pushed through the throngs of people waiting to embark for destinations north, skirting the uniformed porters struggling with piles of luggage, the little vignettes of joyous reunions and tearful farewells playing simultaneously around her. Like everyone is in their own movie.

Will Amanda return to NYC in book three of the Starstruck series? Will skyscrapers ever rank above palm trees? There’s so much to look forward to (and more) in the upcoming book! So much.

Thanks so much for following along with Hollywood Week! It was so much fun to change up the routine, spotlight a great series, and also share the spotlight with some of my favorite bloggers. In case you missed any of the posts, here’s a quick run down of how it all went:

» Nailed It: Starstruck + Reality Boy
» Andi ABC’s Styles the Stars for the Oscars
» My review of Love Me (Book 2 of the Starstruck series!)
» Hollywood Tour from Rachel Shukert
» Hollywood to Your Bookshelf: Lea Michele + Jonathan Groff
» Pop! Goes the Reader + Films of the Dirty Thirties
» Author Rachel Shukert Meet + Greet

Thank you thank you thank you to Andi + Jen! Huge hugs to Rachel from Hello Chelly for making this gorgeous header!

And one final bonus: your chance to win Starstuck + Love Me! It’s easy to enter + open to U.S.  readers only.

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March 16, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Alexa S. - I love that you were able to give us a mini-tour of NYC based on LOVE ME (which I still have to read). It’s so awesome, just as this entire Hollywood Week has been. AWESOME JOB E!

March 13, 2014 - 6:42 am

Munira Kapadia - New Yorks my dream. I am so going to do this the day i go there

March 13, 2014 - 6:02 am

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March 12, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Lisa - So much fun! I’ve never been to New York, so these pictures definitely add a whole new level to the books set in NY. I totally wish people could do little tours like this for EVERY book. Man, that would be so cool. I loved this post. 😀

March 11, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Ellice - This Southern gal has never been to NYC, so these pictures are fascinating to me! I’d love to visit sometime. I know how much fun it is for me when I find a book that’s set in the South, in a place that’s familiar (the only recent example I can think of is THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett), so I bet you do have a blast reading about your city! The potential settings in your neck of the woods are so glamorous, E 🙂

I honestly wasn’t familiar with this series until you reviewed it this week, and it sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I added it to my TBR, so it would be so exciting if I won this giveaway! 😉 Hollywood Week has been so much fun, ladies (I’ve been reading along even though I’ve been a horrible commenter this week)!

March 11, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Hannah - I think my favorite part is big city life. Always lived the majority of my life in the ‘burbs. I love the idea of life in the big city!

March 10, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - So you still haven’t been in the Waldorf? You should have went in on your tour! You know I love tours so I love this. I think those lawn jockeys are like such a NY icon. They’re so cool.

March 10, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Tammy - Of course, initially it’s the gorgeous covers. Now if only every book we read we could get a chance to walk it’s path, so fun!

March 9, 2014 - 5:06 pm

alice-jane - Ahh I think it’s absolutely neat to trace the path that fictional characters take in real life! I love New York and it’s cool to see the places that are talked about in books. I can’t wait for my upcoming trip to NY!

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