Review: Lucky Stars by Jane Heller

Lucky Stars
by Jane Heller
Paperback 1999

Stacey Reiser left Cleveland for Hollywood to pursue an acting career—and to escape her lovable but meddlesome mother, Helen. But her plan backfires when the widowed Helen sells her house and follows Stacey to tinsel town, invades every aspect of her daughter’s world and drives her crazy. As in eye twitch crazy. Insomnia crazy. Acid reflux crazy. “If only Mom would get a life,” Stacey wishes after her mother has called for the zillionth time that day to nag her about her clothes, her hair, her lack of a wedding ring. “If only she’d get a life and stay out of mine.”

How could Stacey ever imagine that Helen would get a life – the very life Stacey craves? Just as Stacey’s career takes a dive, a twist of fate lands Helen in a television commercial that catapults her to stardom. Now it’s Helen who’s the media darling and Stacey who’s the meddler. And while Stacey is hoping for a commitment from her boyfriend, it’s Helen who snares the catch of the century. Or does she? Helen’s new beau isn’t what he seems, and it’s up to Stacey to expose his shady past before it’s too late. But it’ll take the acting job of a lifetime to do it, not to mention a whole lot of heart.

Thanks to this quick and funny book for stirring up my crazy weekend. Lucky Stars is about the crazy and tensed relationship between a mother and daughter and the misadventures they had to go through. The book was easy to relate to, as I saw myself in Stacey’s place & my mom on Helen’s.

Stacey Reiser was an upcoming actress or a starlet trying to take her chances in Hollywood. I don’t blame her, living in the land of stars would definitely make one crave for fame and fortune. In a surprising twist of fate (over a tuna debacle), it was her meddlesome mother Helen who got discovered instead and became very famous. Plus, there was that difficult-to-please film critic/reviewer, Jack Rawlins who bad-mouthed Stacey, thus preventing her from getting jobs in California. Helen Reiser was a tough act to follow, I kid you not.

This Mother & Daughter tandem is neurotic!

I loved how this book made me laugh; it’s quite a classically witty, humorous read. There are times when I found myself in Stacey’s shoes and couldn’t help but get “angry” with my own mom because of her intrusive meddling. I love my mother, but there was times when she drive me nuts. And I don’t mean nuts as in she aggravates me. I mean nuts as in she makes the tiny vein in my left eyelid twitch and sigh while rolling my eyes, babbling about her superstitious beliefs and stuffs. But I definitely love everything about my mom..

So anyway, if you got time and want some funny moments, I suggest LUCKY STARS this weekend. A perfect read just in time for Mother’s Day.


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