It is really nice to receive a positive review on your work. Actually, even a critical one is beneficial as long as it is constructive. It is the only way, as a writer, we can gain insights into the tastes and opinions of those in a position to do so. The people at delakoro.com gave Ocean Drive an outstanding review. I am really super excited as well as appreciative, and, of course, because they enjoyed it so much.
Here is the text of their review:
“It was about trying to stay sane in an insane world,” Gabrielle Sampson laments in a moment of inner dialogue. It’s at this juncture when we come to realize the motives behind our main character in Ocean Drive and her primary objective: crushing the illusion of fame and happiness that had been constructed in South Beach, Miami in the year of 1999.
The novel begins with us being introduced to this beautiful, ethereal person, Elle Simpson, and her connection to a story written in the Miami Herald detailing four mysterious, seemingly-related deaths. We plunge ahead into the back story of this individual, and come to learn about her horrible past and how she smartly positions herself to take over the South Beach magazine. (This publication is described as far-reaching and very influential in the world of the arts.)
Winthrop, with his background in the entertainment industry, public relations, writing and marketing, does a wonderful job giving these characters a genuine sense of identity. They are all mostly cold, narcissistic, drug-fueled people that see only the world they’ve created on Ocean Drive in Miami. As a result, Simpson sees this confluence of designers, photographers, actors and artists through a lens of hatred and revenge.
Simpson (or Sampson, depending upon which chapter you’re immersed in) is a tragic character who was once innocent if not disillusioned. She then becomes broken down through her experiences in her adolescent years; by the time she is a beautiful woman working for a powerful magazine in the mecca of the fashion world, she is shattered in more ways than one.
The story is an indictment on the model or fashion industry in a sense. It takes playful jabs at the “Vicodin Smoothies” these people rely on to stabilize themselves, and the nasty way in which they treat people who fall short of their high expectations.
Winthrop knows this side of the industry, and he has a penchant for strong, stylized writing that jumps from one page to the next with relative ease. This book will not take days to read, and it won’t have you searching for your dictionary at every turn. But that’s a good thing, because the writing is smart and vibrant without trying too hard.
The characters are fun, the setting is an interesting one, and the flow of the book keeps you rooted in one place.
Book two of the “Somewhere in Hollywood” series is an enjoyable ride, and I’m excited to see where the next book takes us.
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