Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva: A Novel

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Press: Atria Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-8
Author Name:Rowell, Victoria


Calysta Jeffries is the hottest black actress in daytime and the diva of the soap opera world, known for her role as Ruby Stargazer on television’s most popular soap opera, "The Rich and the Ruthless."After fifteen years, three returns from the dead, two failed pregnancies, one alien abduction, and overcoming retrograde amnesia, Calysta still hasn’t managed to snag the biggest award in daytime drama: the Sudsy. 
Now is supposed to be her moment.
But Calysta’s onscreen/offscreen rival Emmy Abernathy wins the award for the fourth time.
The drama begins when journalist Mitch Morelli asks Calysta for a quote after the award show and her true feelings for her costar slip out.
Ripped from the headlines of Soap Opera Digest and straight off of the television screen, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva will give readers plenty to talk about as they try to guess where the real world ends and Rowell’s imagination begins.

About the Author

Victoria Rowell, best known as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, is the author of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva. 
Her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Women Who Raised Me, received The African American Literary Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations.
She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Literature & Fiction,African American,Women's Fiction,Erotica,Romantic,Romance,Romantic Comedy

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Comment List (Total:16)

  •     This book is quite entertaining. It gives an inside look at the world of daytime. It's so much fun to figure out which actor/actress the author is describing in her sometimes thin veils. I was also shocked and outraged at the backstabbing and trickery and politics of a soap. It has actually decreased my level of enjoyment when I watch YR. I enjoyed the 1st 2/3 of this book immensely. The last part was a let down only because I wanted to continue getting scoop on the actresses and their outrageous behavior. I wasn't too interested in character development and soul searching of the main character. The book also read exactly as 'Drucilla' spoke on the show. You can hear her saying the sentences you read. In conclusion, YR was foolish to let Victoria go. She brought some spark and reality to the show that hasn't returned since.
  •     I ,miss Victoria Rowell's performance on the soap opera but she intelligently wove a story on the behind scenes of a soap. The fun was trying to determine which people she disguised in her characterizations. This is light, fun reading for the summer.
  •     I liked watching Ms. Rowell on "The Young and the Restless" and was excited to read this book. Excellent storyline and characters, full of intrigue and twists. Recommended for anytime reading!
  •     A must read for any Y&R fan and particularly a Drucilla Fan!!
  •     Not bad. Glad I read it.
  •     Could not put this book down! I've read it more than once & it never gets old. It's better than watching the actual soap operas
  •     This book is full of a lot of melodramatic fun. It's a great guilty pleasure read. Definitely recommend it to anyone who likes over the top fun.
  •     I think this has to be one of the worst books I have ever read, I am so glad that I got it on clearance for a $1.00 thats about all its worth.
  •     Terribly written! An embarrassment. The only good thing I can say about this book is that Rowell looks amazing on the front and back cover of this book.
  •     What I liked about this book was that it was a fun read, in that it had a lot of juicy scandals and plots. But what I really did not like, and what ultimately makes me want to stop reading the book, is the writing style, the lack of creativity, and how silly some parts were. The writing style is so amateur it makes the Shopaholic series look like it was written by Upton Sinclair. Perhaps it's just because I don't like to hear slang words or swear words every 5 sentences. There was a lack of creativity. For example, this book is definitely the secrets of a soap opera diva because it is just that melodramatic and cliche.The characters were so stock. The reader only has the option of loving or hating them. The villains were people who had NO good traits at all, unless you count the ability to willingly overdose on Viagra (Randall). The heroes were people who were built up to be great, awesome, and perfect. And it's just ridiculous. There were some parts of the book that made me think "Really, Victoria Rowell, really? Did you really just write that?"It's a FUN book. Don't get me wrong.But it is just a little too trashy. But at least it doesn't get boring... right?I ordered this book after reading a few pages from it at Borders. But I wish I had looked over the book more carefully, because then I could've spent my money on something better.
  •     IT WAS OK. Glad i was finally able to get through it.
  •     Loved the book
  •     Very disappointed tho I love author...
  •     I tried this book, but it was so confusing I could only get to chapter ten, and had to put it down. I didn't like the arrogance of the characters,the blind items and all the other messiness. You have to be a Young and Restless fan to appreciate this book. It also was a book I couldn't learn anything from. I read to learn and to be entertained. Any book I have struggle to read, is a waste. If I hadn't brought on Kindle I could have given to others to pass around and share, now I may have to delete it, or wait until I am desperate and have nothing else to read. As they say in soaps, to be continued, maybe or maybe not. Either way it is at the bottom of my reading list.
  •     It's fun to read. If you like soap operas, I would recommend that you read it.
  •     For a very talented dancer & actress in both daytime and nightime shows; writing is not her forte. Gave it a chance but just not what I expected from her.

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