Hollywood Forever

Harold Hall s popularity, bolstered by a nervous breakdown caught on camera at the Hollywood DMV, has suddenly risen sky high Now strangers are taking his picture and uploading his every move to Facebook and Twitter For a struggling actor looking to leave a legacy, it s a dream come true But Harold s love, Eliah, doesn t even have a cell phone, let alone a hashtag AndHarold Hall s popularity, bolstered by a nervous breakdown caught on camera at the Hollywood DMV, has suddenly risen sky high Now strangers are taking his picture and uploading his every move to Facebook and Twitter For a struggling actor looking to leave a legacy, it s a dream come true But Harold s love, Eliah, doesn t even have a cell phone, let alone a hashtag And when Harold is cast as a revolutionary leader in a groundbreaking new web show, he lands the role that was built to make him a legend but not without a cost In order for Harold to truly transform into his role as a visionary, the producers at Golden State Broadcasting have asked him to undergo reconstructive face surgery Just when Harold s dreams start to come true, he has to make the decision between love or legend before the director yells, Cut An actor walks into a DMV .That s not the beginning of a joke but of a brilliant novel written by Christopher Herz Not only is Hollywood Forever a smart and witty five star read with genuine characters I want to meet for drinks this book made me stop and question the influence of social media in my own life If you find yourself checking Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube multiple times a day, Hollywood Forever will cause you to think, too in a good way that makes you read a second and third time To sum it all up in four words I loved this book Emily Snow, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Hollywood Forever Harold Hall s popularity bolstered by a nervous breakdown caught on camera at the Hollywood DMV has suddenly risen sky high Now strangers are taking his picture and uploading his every move to Faceb

  • Title: Hollywood Forever
  • Author: Christopher Herz
  • ISBN: 9781612187037
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Hollywood Forever”

    1. I don’t know if it’s possible to actually be in love with a book, but I’m fairly certain I am in love with HOLLYWOOD FOREVER. I’d say the love affair started at the beginning with the DMV meltdown and subsequent aftermath and continued all the way to the end of the novel. I’m not sure if I’m a better person for reading it, nor am I sure that my life was somehow enriched, but I must say that I’m pretty darn happy that I discovered this book. And I was slightly depressed when it was [...]

    2. An actor walks into a DMV . . .That’s not the beginning of a joke but of a brilliant novel written by Christopher Herz. Not only is Hollywood Forever a smart and witty five-star read—with genuine characters I want to meet for drinks—this book made me stop and question the influence of social media in my own life. If you find yourself checking Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube multiple times a day, Hollywood Forever will cause you to think, too (in a good way that makes you read a second and t [...]

    3. If the definition of a good book is one you have to put down and digest before you move on, then this is an excellent book. All of Herz books leave me with the feeling that I have to keep thinking about them even when I have moved onto my next read. This is no exception resulting in it taking me ages to settle on another book after finishing it. Friends ask me what genre does the author write in. The simple answer, I have no idea. My normal answer, it is just like nothing you have read before. [...]

    4. "If you are what you say you are, a superstarThen have no fear, the camera is hereAnd the microphones"That chorus by Matthew Santos in Lupe Fiasco's SUPERSTAR kept playing through my head as I read HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, the latest offering by author Christopher Herz. As was the case in his previous novel, Herz has been able to once again take the reader on a journey not too different from our own with a story laced with commentary that is sure to have the reader talking.Through the character Harold [...]

    5. Be careful of what you ask for. Very careful. Christopher Herz sets his Faustian tale in the Hollywood of today or maybe the day after tomorrow, in which even Harold Hall, a struggling actor without the wherewithal to pay the rent, has a lifetime membership at 24 hour fitness and posts his workout results on his facebook timeline. As the novel opens, Harold is experiencing a DMV meltdown (and who hasn't). The absurdity of his situation is right out of Catch-22, but his articulate rant that every [...]

    6. So what would be the first thing you would do if you saw someone freaking out at the DMV? These days the initial reaction is to pull out the trusty smart phone and post the freak out to YouTube, Facebook, your Twitter feed and all other avenues of social media. News travels at the speed of the "send" button.Harold Hall is trending before he knows it and soon finds himself larger than life with a new face to show for it. Harold has lived in Hollywood all his life and dreamt of being remembered. H [...]

    7. Hollywood Forever maintained a consistent pacing throughout the book. This is a good example of a book that ends as strong as it started. The only blemish to this book is that the various plot twists throughout the book are somewhat predictable. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a change of scenery from what they normally would read.

    8. Once again Mr. Herz points out to me my reliance on technology and society's obsession with anything that takes them out of their own daily reality. Several times while reading this book my iPhone went off, a text message here, a facebook update or twitter reply there, and I realized that my actions are now dictated by a machine smaller than my hand. I was actually jealous of the internet fame that Harold achieved as a result of his DMV outburst. I could identify with his deep desire to be known [...]

    9. The strangest thing about Hollywood Forever to me, is the consistent mentions of social networking sites like Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and so on. It seems weird that a book should mention these things, almost like mixing chalk and cheese. It's the old story where it's tough to write a horror film or story nowadays without having someone lose their phone, have no signal, or run out of wifi. Our constantly connected world seems to run counter productive to the nuances of traditional story tellin [...]

    10. I received this book from the author through ' first-read giveaway. The opening scene was fantastic and gave the reader an introduction into Harold Hall's dismal life as a wannabe famous actor/superhero panhandler/fill-in waiter. Harold's present situation which unfolds while dealing with a problem at the DMV and the infuriating, irrational, mechanical responses of the clerk who represents the all-powerful governmental machine, is not his fault. Upon realizing how powerless he is, he breaks out [...]

    11. There was something about this book that I just didn't get, and I'm not sure I can even articulate what I didn't get. The style of writing, while I'm sure it was deliberate and trendy, just seemed weird and awkward to me. I initially thought this was going to be a book about a guy who had a meltdown at the DMV becoming a cult hero (the premise of which seemed very funny to me) but then it just became stranger and stranger. I also must say that I didn't understand the basic story line about how t [...]

    12. Christopher Herz has created another literary masterpiece in "Hollywood Forever!" Herz has an incredible talent for giving his readers an engaging, fictional storyline and seamlessly weaving in an intriguing look at one aspect of our culture and the potential consequences it could bring for this and future generations. “Hollywood Forever” explores the affects our digitalized and “socially networked” culture has had on our lifestyles, our ways of thinking, our relationships with others, a [...]

    13. What happens when you get everything you always wanted?One simple question asked beautifully in Christopher Herz's new novel.First let me preface this by saying that I am a bit bias towards Christopher- he is not only a great author, he is a pretty cool guy. I could read his grocery shopping list and be all nerd girl excited. He could write out the New York phone book and I'd buy a copy.Okay you get the point.My tendencies to be a little obsessed should not deter you from buying, reading, and ab [...]

    14. I think I loved this book so much because I saw myself in both of the main characters Harold and Eliah. I related to Harold’s desire to be famous/important in society, and also with his annoyance with how fucked up the current system is. I also related to Eliah’s pursuit of knowledge, to want to know everything about everything. I related to her wanting to put down the damn smart phones and really see the world around you, really experience life in the present moment. These things are deep i [...]

    15. I won this book as a first, and I'm glad I won it, because I don't think I would have purchased the book. The story line was very difficult to follow. The beginning was good and kept me interested, however it seemed like the second half of the book was rushed. What I thought was days passing, was actually months and it was never explained. Also, I have no idea how the book ended. I read it, but I had no idea what was going on. There is a concept in the book of redefining Hollywood, but it was h [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this book. It starts out with a disgruntled Harold Hall at the DMV, little does he know that his meltdown will land him the role of his life. With a very realistic storyline that ties in everyone's addiction with twitter, facebook, email, cellphones you can not go wrong selecting this book. Herz takes the reader on a wild ride with Harold Hall aka Pace Skillman through his dream role while also finding and loosing his one true love. What will Harold do to land this big role?? Is [...]

    17. Herz has a unique tact for being able to have his characters narrate unfiltered. Herz’s characters are so real you start to forget they are fictional people. Strongly recommend giving yourself the time to take it all in and lose yourself in his words. There are many questions to ask yourself after reading this book. Personally my mind is still reeling. Sometimes in following our dreams we lose what is most important to us only to find out too late that it’s gone.

    18. Read it but struggled with the story after the first major turning event in the book. The storyline was sad and somewhat pathetic, in relation to those that are pursuing acting, getting something different out of life.I didn't like the narrative in the bookThere were some good sections in the book, that kept my interest but they few and far between.Too many other books out there that I would suggest not wasting time on this one.

    19. A very interesting story about an actor willing to do anything for a role, even go so far as to change his identity. The "role", however, is not for a typical TV drama but for a program designed to recruit people to take charge of their own careers through entertainment.There's a sinister undertone to the story, which is told in first person. It's slow to build toward the action, and an ambiguous ending left it a bit flat.

    20. December's book choiceI was immediately hooked by this book & its narrative style. Something different was coming to life. Then the book & I parted company when Eliah, came into his life . I didn't care enough when she came into this novel & was repulsed by a couple of sex scenes that did not "fit". It has taken some time to finish this book, both my problem & not enjoying the novel as I read the words not the book just to complete it.

    21. I wanted to like this book, I really did. And while there were some interesting concepts (like Hollywood/media taking over government), I didn't think they were developed enough for the reader to fully grasp. And there were some great moments (meltdown at the DMV), but overall, the characters were just "meh". I couldn't develop an attachment to any of them.Overall grade: C-

    22. I liked the book best when it felt realistic - the words about modern culture rang clear and true - but the Faustian message is still appropriate despite some wonky plot twists.

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