Friday, July 10, 2015

Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler

Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler

Review by Lauren

Source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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.

Review: Absolutely True Lies was such a fun read and definitely a good choice for the summertime! Holly Gracin is a struggling writer who has a dream of writing her own novel, but she can barely survive on her current wage. When she is offered a chance to ghostwrite a celebrity memoir for Daisy Mae Dixon, she figures this is a dream come true and immediately signs on.

Holly soon realizes that people in the industry are not always willing to look after you, and so you have to fight for yourself. She has to practically track down Jamie, Daisy's manager, at every turn when she wants to get paid and she's often left paying her own bill in the beginning of her journey, with hopes of getting reimbursed.

What is most exasperating is that the good girl image Daisy puts on is not what she's really like. She's mean to those who work for her, she hides alcohol in cups, she's promiscuous, and generally a pain in the butt. At the same time, she seems to really love Holly and want her around. Holly wouldn't mind so much if she could get Daisy or even her mother, Faith, to talk more about Daisy's life for the book. Unfortunately, Holly is left with very little to write about until Daisy has a meltdown and the book changes focus.

What I really loved about this book is that Stuhler has ghostwritten for celebrities before, and she's part of this whole LA Scene, which makes the book feel more realistic with some of its crazy moments. I also really liked that Holly got to visit Rome for a TV special, because we get to follow her around a bit and explore the city.

There is a bit of a love triangle in the book, but it's nothing too annoying. You're almost positive you know who Holly will end up with, and the dynamics between her and the two guys are interesting throughout.

Absolutely True Lies is a lot of fun, very funny, and an interesting look into behind-the-scenes Hollywood.


Melliane said...

It's nice to have a fun book like that mainly for summer time!

Kindlemom said...

It does sound like this was a fun look into the background of Hollywood and a really interesting one that you had fun with as well. Great review and I hope you have a great weekend and a Happy Friday! :D

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Sounds like this one doesn't hold back when it comes to Hollywood and its stars.

Medeia Sharif said...

I've read some L.A. books that were unrealistic, but I love realistic ones. I know stars have their own lives behind the facade. This looks like an interesting read.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Exploring a place is good. :) Sounds like an interesting look and it does sound like a good read for summer.

Lindy Gomez said...

I wonder if this book was loosely based on a celebrity that Stuhler previously ghost wrote for. This story sounds entertaining! I like that there's romance in this story as well. I'm a huge romantic at heart :)

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Bec @ Readers in Wonderland said...

It is interesting to hear that the author has ghost written. I wonder if that influenced the events in the book in anyway.

Jennifer Humphries said...

Oooh I like that this has a tinge of reality in it as she has trailed stars herself!