Tawney Thursday: Absolutely True Lies

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 26, 2015)
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads 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.

Tawney's Review:

I was drawn to this book by the plot. A struggling writer is ready to hang her hat until she is commissioned to ghost write for a popular Nickelodeon star turned movie/music pop star. With all the memoirs and books out there written by stars, or maybe not written, this one seamed to be intriguing.

This was a very entertaining story that followed a beginner writer Holly Gracin through the ins and outs of Hollywood's glitz and glamour. She mingles with the rich and famous while shadowing Daisy Mae Dixon, the starlet she is to write about. Holly hits snags along the way, first off she has never written a book, second Daisy isn't the innocent teen everyone thinks she is. 

It was a humorous book that I enjoyed immensely. I loved Holly's narration. The pace was steady and we were immediately immersed into Daisy's world watching through the eyes of Holly. 

Holly was as great character. She was slightly insecure and struggling with her life at the beginning of the book. But she grew throughout the pages and handled herself perfectly toward the end when the drama exploded. The secondary characters were good supporting casts. Daisy was the annoying teen at the beginning, so oblivious to money and her jobs. I expected this and loved her craziness. She was definitely a hot mess. With a few surprises at the end Daisy was fun to read about. There were other characters like Daisy's Mom and entourage that made the book even more hilarious. 

The romance was sweet. It wasn't really a love triangle. Holly meets two guys Vaughn and Ben while working for Daisy. Vaughn is the hot non committal type and Ben is handsomely caring. The romance didn't take from the book. Holly's interaction with each was hilarious and sweet. 

Rachel did a wonderful job at taking the reader behind the scenes of Hollywood. Once Rachel began to work with Daisy the book picked up speed and I couldn't put it down.  


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