|When I read the back cover and saw that Miss Bubbles Steals the Show is about a struggling actor whose cat embarks on an acting career, I wasnít sure what to expect. I discovered that this book is a compelling story more about the catís owner than the cat. In fact, itís heroine Stella who steals the show.
After breaking up with her lover, Stella Monroe refocuses on her acting career. Itís tough going. Sheís disappointed at audition after audition. To make matters worse, sheís starting to feel like the odd one out. Her friendsí lives are changing ó her roommateís acting career is advancing quickly, and her best friend is getting married. While Stella is happy for them, she also feels left behind.
A new opportunity develops when Stellaís cat, Miss Bubbles, is hired to perform in an off-Broadway play. Stella thinks this may be an opportunity for her to get her foot in the door, and she starts dating an actor in the play.
Your enjoyment of Miss Bubbles Steals the Show is likely to depend on what you think of Stella. Some readers will have issues with her. She had an affair with a married man before the book started. She drinks too much, which often results in her sleeping with men she barely knows. Sheís self absorbed. This makes some parts of the book difficult to read; itís hard to watch her self-destructive behavior.
Nevertheless, I got caught up in Stellaís story. I didnít like everything Stella did, but I liked her voice (the story is told in first-person) and found her to be a multidimensional character. Murray brings Stella to life with good traits, bad traits, and personality quirks. I didnít always like or relate to Stella, but I cared enough about her to be fascinated by her journey.
The other characters in the story were equally interesting. Steve is Stellaís roommate, and heís up for a role in All My Children. Stellaís friend Michaela is getting married in part to keep her boyfriend from being deported. Stellaís mother calls frequently to find out how Stellaís acting career is progressing. Acting was her momís dream before she became pregnant with Stella. Stella dates an actor named Jasper, whom she thinks may be able to help her career. Christian is Stellaís irritating but kindhearted neighbor. Each person plays an important part in her life, and none of them seem like stereotypes.
The story isnít perfect. First, Stella makes several realizations all at once, and they happen quickly. Careful readers will see where her journey is going, but it would have been nice if her realizations had been spread out just a little. Second, it seemed out of character for Stellaís mom to accept her decision so quickly.
Despite these issues, Miss Bubbles Steals the Show offers readers an enjoyable read.