There’s a large population of struggling actors and actresses in Los Angeles. And that’s just what Charlie Sommers is in Margaret Rose Lester’s The Cocktail Hours.

In what feels like the L.A. version of “Sex and the City” (only if Carrie Bradshaw were a sad, lonely actress/waitress), The Cocktail Hours falls far short of life changing. The book is well written with a style that draws you in, but in the end, it feels emotionally indulgent and indecisive. The only things that save it from being a complete waste of time are the cocktail recipes at the beginning of each chapter and the minor fashion tips at the end.

Grade: D+

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