Valley of the Dolls is one of my favorite books out there. I read it this summer and finished it in a matter of days – I couldn’t put it down.
The book is about 3 women in the 1950’s-60s who all become friends through the entertainment industry – acting, singing etc. They all have their own unique stories; however, they all share the problem of using pills (or “dolls” as they call them) to cope with life.
You follow these girls over a span of 20 years – their success, their tragedies, and their drug addictions. Each of these women is supposedly based on an actual person. You can see pieces of Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and other famous celebrities afflicted by drug addictions in each of the characters.
This story can easily be applied to today’s society. However, this book does kind of romanticize using pills and drugs. Not that that’s a good thing, but it gives a different perspective and shows the similarities between the entertainment industry now and then.
I do have a tendency to love old books (Gone With The Wind is my all time favorite) but I recommend this book to everyone. And even the movie.