I have a confession I really didn’t like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” the first time I watched it. Audrey Hepbrun is iconic and I loved her in Sabrina, but when I watched her as Holly Golightly I was frankly confused most of the movie, and probably just too young to understand. However that did not change my admiration for the actress. Her china doll face and her big brown eyes were only wrappings for the beautiful person underneath. Julie Wright’s newest novel shows how not just Audrey, but every woman should be valued for who they are, and what they accomplish, much more than how they look.
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?”
It’s easy to describe things: my computer is ancient and black, my children are mischievous and adorable. Usually if you give enough detail to an object, your recipient can see exactly what you see. However, it is much harder to describe emotions. Julie Wright does a beautiful job of describing emotion well enough to convey to the reader not just the feeling of a scene or a setting, the but the emotions of her characters. Enough so that you draw a connection emotionally to the characters in the book, making them come alive.
This is the second book where Julie Wright has taken an iconic woman and used them to not only motivate her main character, but to motivate us; to change our hearts and inspire our minds. By the end of the book I wanted to go rent “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to see what I missed as a young 14 year old. Then I wanted to go rent a biography on Audrey Hepburn and learn all I can about this woman who was a revolutionary in her time. I want to be strong enough to say, “I’m good at what I do and I will not be undervalued.” Good literature motivates us to do and to become, our best selves.