Summary from Goodreads and the back of the book:
Anna David turns her reporter's eye for detail toward Tinseltown's seedy underbelly yet again and "eloquently and humorously unveil[s] what could be a new subgenre: Chick Lit with a Message" (New York Post).My thoughts:
Tired of gathering banal quotes from the B-list on the sidelines of the red carpet, Emma Swanson publicly yearns for a more substantial career but privately dreams of a hotshot boyfriend to transport her into the beating heart of the Hollywood scene. Instead, she meets Jessica—beautiful, cavalier, manipulative—who shamelessly trades sex for the gifts it can bring. Convinced that writing a story about Jessica and her ilk would seriously boost her journalistic cred, Emma soon finds herself sucked into a world where the luxuries of prettied-up prostitution may cost more than she ever expected.
This book was interesting and I liked it. Emma is this lowly Hollywood reporter that gets to go to these big Hollywood events and interview the stars on the red carpet and was pining for her ex boyfriend who didn't deserve her. She starts out with no confidence in herself at all. She thinks her sister has it made because she's with a prince, knows how to cook and to top it all off is beautiful. Emma's best friend, Claire, is married and their relationship is changing. Emma's journey to finding herself starts when she wants to do a story on prostitutes in Hollywood for a magazine hence the book title "Bought". Emma befriends, Jessica, who is a working high class prostitute in Hollywood. She takes Emma under her wing and shows her the lifestyle that she lives and how she does "business". Jessica also helps Emma to discover who she wants to become and in a twisted way gives her confidence. This book was about self-discovery with drama, some scandal, and a little bit of romance.