Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler Review

atlGenre: Adult Fiction, Chick-Lit, Contemporary

Judging the Cover: When I was about 8 years old, I had a pair of heart shaped sunglasses like the pair featured on this cover, so I obviously love it! (To be honest, I was drawn to the book based on the cover, so it’s a winner).

Plot according to Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts: I’ve always been curious about the personal lives of celebrities and this story gives the reader a glimpse into their not so perfect lives. I found the parts about Daisy, the Nickelodeon pop starlet to be the most interesting. There were a lot of subplots that I found to be very slow and eyeroll -worthy but, to be fair, I am not a fan of romance about 90% of the time when reading a book. In all honesty, if I wasn’t reading this as a review book, I most likely would have DNF’d it.

The Good: Daisy, the celebrity in the book, was very fascinating and entertaining to me. She could be very frustrating but I think that her character was a fairly accurate portrayal of a lot of teen celebrities in this day and age. The author did a great job of showing what it’s like to be in the presence of a celebrity, someone whose wants and needs are of utmost importance, much more important than anything anyone else is experiencing.

What I didn’t Like: There is a love triangle in this book, which I despise. As mentioned above, I very rarely like romance in books and love triangles really frustrate me. In my opinion, the romance could have been completely removed from the story and it would have been more enjoyable. I was not a fan of the main character, Holly. She was in a constant state of self-pity and spent the majority of the book complaining about her job but very rarely completing the work she was hired to do. I found myself bored at many points in the book and was happy when I was finished.

My rating: 2/5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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