Book Review of Poor Little Bitch Girl (Armchair Interviews)
The twenty-seventh novel from prolific romance writer Jackie Collins delivers exactly what any educated consumer would expect from the best-selling author. The “poor little bitch girl” referred to in the title is Annabelle Maestro, the daughter of two Hollywood heavyweights. Determined to distinguish herself from her famous parents, Annabelle begins running a high end call girl service with her cokehead boyfriend in New York City. Though Annabelle is the title character, the books real protagonist is Denver Jones, a talented, up-and-coming lawyer to the stars who lives in Los Angeles. When Annabelle’s mother is brutally murdered, Annabelle is forced to return to L.A. where she and Denver’s stories collide, along with those of a full cast of rich and beautiful characters.
Because the story is written from her perspective, Denver is set up to be the character readers identify with most. Denver is confident, articulate, street wise and sexy – she’s very desirable, but often not very relatable due to her over-the-top self-confidence. We do see very brief moments when Denver doubts herself, like when she encounters her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, but more often than not her self-assurance comes off as downright arrogance. In the end, I’d say I became frienimies with Denver: I rooted for her, but I also relished the few moments in the book when she got knocked down a peg or two.
Poor Little Bitch Girl is rife with extremely timely story lines that are either a testament to Ms. Collin’s knack for predicting which celebrity scandals will hold the publics’ attention, or her ability to turn a novel around before we forget about them. The intriguing “ripped from the headlines” feel of the book, combined with Collins’s well-known status as a Hollywood insider, makes the reader wonder if the plot of this novel isn’t entirely fictional. Though the dialogue and inner monologues of the characters can get repetitive, the fast pace and perfectly interwoven story lines of the book hold the readers attention. Seeing the “next generation” of Collins’s characters will be especially interesting for any long time fans of the author’s work — this group is thoroughly modern: a clear and accurate reflection of the times in which they grew up. Poor Little Bitch Girl delivers the steamy drama Collins is known and loved for and although a few of the characters a little flat, they are interesting enough to keep following their stories as they develop from poor little bitch girls in to rich, old and bitchy women.
The original version of this interview, with audio, is available here.