Tinseltown by Barry Brennessel

Title: Tinseltown
Author: Barry Brennessel
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 312
Characters: Micah Malone
POV: 1st Person
Setting: Seattle
Genre: Contemporary
Cover Rating: 4
Kisses: 4


Film student Micah Malone learns the hard way that when life sucks, you can’t just yell “Cut! Let’s do another take!”
His grades are a box-office bomb. His friends create more drama than a soap opera. And his love life needs a laugh track. While there’s no script to dictate what happens next, can Micah find the direction he needs? Life, after all, is no film school project. But it is a great source of material: The only source of material.
Let the cameras roll. Micah’s quirky story has begun filming.


In Tinseltown Micah Malone is a film student and while his life is not a movie, it does contain a lot of drama. He surrounds himself with his circle of friends. There is Stan, who is starring in the best friend role, and is also an English major at the same school. These two best friends are joined by Trish, who is affectionately known as the Fag Hag, the two Pauls, Jasper and Danny.

Micah is lonely and looking for love. Stan tells Micah about Tineltown which is an adult video store that has a theatre in the lower level. The theatre has 4 viewing rooms that cater to the straight, the bi and the gay communities. These viewing rooms often feature side shows where the patrons put on the entertainment. Tinseltown will become a new source of material in this next scene in Micah life.

At Tinseltown Micah meets Lanh, who is a very hot YA (Yummy Asian), and is instantly attracted to him and together these two will put on their own side show that is so hot that is has people talking for days. Lanh is attending the local community college where he is studying English so communicating between the two can be very difficult at time. Together they will try and have a relationship outside of Tinseltown.

Micah must learn his own strengths and he comes to realize that life is not scripted and sometimes adlibbing is the only way to get through it. He realizes that he is lucky that he has his friends that will push him when it seems that there is no hope.

Barry Brennessel has written a wonderful novel. He creates a wonderful circle of friends that are imperfect but balance the group. I cried and laughed while reading this book and I look forward to many more novels from Barry.

Reviewed By: Vonda


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