Publication date: April 2022
Category: Humorous Fiction, Contemporary Women Fiction, Contemporary Romance.
Review, short version: Three skunks out of four.
Review, long version:
Katie Cotugno’s Birds of California has two main characters: Fiona St. James, 28, and Sam Fox, 31. They’re both actors, and years ago they starred in a hit TV series, Birds of California, which ran for four years. Apparently, both are gorgeous. She’s a good actress, and smart. He’s B-list actor, and shallow.
At the beginning of the book, Fiona has been out of acting for a long time. She had a public crash and burn, and her self-destructive behavior led to the show’s cancellation when she was in her late teens. This was followed by a number of years of more self-destructive behavior, and ongoing, multiple posts on social media by people who loved to point out how flawed she was. She eventually got some help, though she’s still quite capable of going off the deep end. She’s now living with her father and younger sister, and managing the print shop that her parents started.
Fiona’s mother abandoned the family 10 years ago. Instead of going to the print shop, her father sits at home and doesn’t do much.
At the beginning of the book, Sam is still in the acting business. He left Birds of California before it was cancelled because his agent promised Sam great movie roles. Though years have passed, the great movie roles haven’t happened and Sam is still working in television. His latest series has just been cancelled. He feels like a fraud and fears he’ll be exposed. He has huge credit card debt, he’s about to lose his leased car, and he can’t pay his next month’s rent.
Sam never knew his dad, and his mother is receiving treatments for terminal cancer.
At the end of the book, Fiona is still quite capable of going off the deep end. She’s still living with her father and younger sister, and still managing the print shop that her parents started.
Her mother is still gone, and her father is still sitting at home.
At the end of the book, Sam still feels like a fraud and fears he’ll be exposed. He’s still unemployed, still has huge credit card debt, is still about to lose his leased car, and still can’t pay his next month’s rent.
He still doesn’t know his dad, and his is mother is still receiving treatments for terminal cancer.
For less boring Birds of California reading, I recommend: