Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler/Fiction/NETGALLEY ARC/Published in 2015

Hello dear Readers,

Below, my book review of Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler. 

Title: Absolutely True Lies 
Genre: Fiction
Author: Rachel Stuhler 
Publisher: Touchstone
Language: English
Paperback: 352 pages

Book Description

A fledgling entertainment writer stumbles into the gig of a lifetime writing a teenage pop star’s memoir and soon realizes that the young celebrity's squeaky-clean image is purely a work of fiction.

Struggling writer Holly Gracin is on the verge of moving back home to upstate New York when she gets hired to write the memoirs of eighteen-year-old Daisy Mae Dixson, a former Nickelodeon child star who has moved seamlessly into both blockbuster movies and pop music.

Holly quickly realizes that Daisy’s wholesome public image is purely a work of fiction, as Holly finds herself trailing the star as she travels around the world on yachts, gets stalked by paparazzi, and sneaks out of five-star hotels in the dead of night.

As Holly struggles to write a flattering portrait of a teenage millionaire who only eats “nightshades” and treats her employees like slaves, Daisy has a public meltdown—and suddenly, her book is the cornerstone of resurrecting her image. But working at all hours trailing a pop star has taken its toll, and Holly must decide if becoming the ultimate insider is worth losing a starring role in her own life.

Fun, juicy, and inspired by Rachel Stuhler’s own stranger-than-fiction experiences as a celebrity ghost writer, Absolutely True Lies is an entertaining look at how the lifestyles of the rich and famous aren’t always what they seem.

My thoughts
*I gave 5/5 stars on Goodreads

Absolutely True Lies is a fantastic book. Made me laugh, especially the character of Holly, who sometimes uses these funny phrases when she talks. She is a likable character from the beginning. I enjoyed reading it. It's fun. The Romance element is a very nice addition to the story.

The book follows Holly Gracin, a writer living in Los Angeles, who loses her job in a low profile Magazine. Struggling and fearing she would have to go back to her hometown, she ends up receiving a call from one of her family members telling her about the possibility of a job. She finds out this job is to ghostwrite teen star Daisy Mae Dixson's Memoir. 

Things I like about the book: well-developed and reliable characters. The Author's writing style. I like I felt part of the story. I could feel Holly's emotions. When she was happy, when she was sad, when she was desperate or struggling. There were parts I felt I wanted to help her so bad. I like that even the fact she was not sure she could ghostwrite the Memoir, she did not give up, She was lost at the beginning but she found her way and this helped Daisy and her family as well. This book is about finding happiness, finding the meaning of life, trying to enjoy life as much as we can. I also like Daisy's character. Anybody reading "teen star", would immediately think fame, money, rich kid, who does not care about anything or anybody but in the the case of Daisy, I like that through the whole book she kept surprising me. There were things about her I did not see coming. She turned out to be a different person than I thought she was when I started reading. She is smarter than anyone would imagine. I am glad she turned out to be different, not like many pop stars out there. 

The Romance element on this book was something I appreciated very much. It gives this book that extra something that makes it a really interesting story. I liked at the end of the story Holly is happy and with the right guy for her.

Things I did not like: I would say, some of the situations Holly goes through were a bit stressful at times, but I understand all this is part of how her character evolves in the book.

Overall, an entertaining, enjoyable and fun read. Unique story, delightful, and one I totally recommend. 

Thank you NetGalley and Touchstone for sending the ARC copy, in exchange for an honest review.

My Favorite Quote

"My grandma always says that God never closes a door without opening a window. For twenty-five years, I was pretty sure she was full of shit, but right about now, I was ready to throw open every one of the barred and double-paned windows in my postage stamp. Hallelujah, praise Jesus-there was a chance that I was back in business".


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