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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 N
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Touchstone
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Jeannette Nikolova
May 16, 2015 Jeannette Nikolova rated it liked it
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

To be honest, I have very mixed feelings about this book. There were many things I liked about it, but there were also many things that I didn't or didn't want to.

Judging by the cover, I thought Absolutely True Lies was going to be a romance/chick-lit. I don't think it's either of those things. Yes, there are elements of both, but that's not all there is to this book. On the contrary, despite its sugary look, I found this book somewhat thought-provoking, it's cle
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Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Jun 03, 2015 Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog} rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog Review
I'll admit it. I read trashy celeb magazines. I complain that I can't get away from the Kardashians (they are seriously everywhere). I listen EW Radio. Pretty much I have this love/hate relationship with celebrity gossip (and also myself for kind of loving all that trash). So how how the hell does any of this information relate to Absolutely True Lies??? Well, its what drew me to the book.

We get to see Holly, struggling writer, li
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Tiara
Feb 08, 2016 Tiara rated it liked it
Recommended to Tiara by: TL
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Leah
May 24, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing
When I saw Absolutely True Lies on Netgalley, I knew this was a book I was going to enjoy. I love books about celebrities – don’t we all, though? There’s something about getting a glimpse into their Hollyweird world that is just so compelling. Especially when the celebrity in question is a young starlet. They have the most interesting lives, and the most crazy, power-obsessed parents. Such is the case with Absolutely True Lies when young writer Holly Gracin ends up tasked with the job of writing ...more
Olivia-Savannah Roach
This review can originally be found on Olivia's Catastrophe: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/20...

I couldn’t wait to start this one once I was accepted the copy! Not only would it contribute to my 2015 reading challenge but it was also an author who had been a ghostwriter writing about someone who ends up being a ghostwriter. How cool is that? It’s not a job I have ever considered but if I am wanting to be a writer it is always interesting to think about other jobs which could involve just th
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Oh, so this is what Hollywood looked and felt like… It felt so weird…

When Holly is commissioned to write the autobiography of a young talented teen sensation, she thinks this would end the drought that plagues her career as a writer/entertainment reporter. But lo and behold! Things aren’t’ really the same, not exactly the same way she has envisioned it. Daisy Mae Dixson is a girl full of drama, animosity, angst and lies.. In front of the camera, Daisy is as sweet as honey, but behind the lens, s
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Kaylee
Sep 12, 2015 Kaylee rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, owned
Delightfully surprising!!!!!

*goodreads first reads review*
Selina
May 21, 2015 Selina rated it liked it
This review first appeared on www.atnumber11.com

Absolutely True Lies is the debut novel by Rachel Stuhler. It takes us behind the glossy mirage of Hollywood, teen starlets, and the puppet masters that control their strings.

Holly Gracin is a struggling twenty something year old magazine writer, who finds herself jobless and almost penniless after her beloved magazine is shut down. That is, until a family contact gets her the gig of a lifetime, ghostwriting child star Daisy Mae Dixsons’s memoir. D
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Amanda
Jun 09, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Oh my God! This book was fantastic! I literally read it in 24 hours and the times I had to put it down to deal with life all I could think about was this book. I really loved Holly, even though her stubbornness and immaturity annoyed me. I wanted her to speak up and say what she meant and mean what she said and the book was really her journey to do that.

The characters were so complex! For these Hollywood types who aren't very deep there was finally some insight into their sociopathic ways. I was
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Samantha Janning
Aug 02, 2015 Samantha Janning rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy
Oh my, my, my, what an excellent summer read! This was a blast to dive into, and the journey we take with Holly is one filled with laughs, head-scratching moments, outrage and so much more. It was fun to note that the book is inspired by the author’s true life as a celebrity ghost-writer, which I think caused my eyebrows to raise so many more times knowing a kernel of what I was reading might have some truth behind it. Holly was such a likeable character, instantly relata
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Iris Greth
Feb 06, 2016 Iris Greth rated it it was amazing
This book seems so superficial for the first half of it but now I've warmed up to the concept, especially after the ending gave me new things to think about. The ending gave me a strong appreciation for the main character after what happened to her in Rome with (spoilers!). I definitely wouldn't mind reading another book about Holly, even after she got her happy ending. Although, if another book IS written with Holly, I will be livid if Ben is out of the picture. The sweet, gentle man cannot be ...more
Leah
Jan 10, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing
I found this book hard to put down. The story line was very interesting and I loved the fictional "behind the scenes of a celebrity" aspect. The complications of the main character, Holly, were realistic in the way that she had a hard time getting by with little money and no job. I enjoyed the suspense of the romance part. Will she choose Vaughn or Ben as her boyfriend? This is a fantastic book because each chapter left you wondering what will happen next or how that move will impact Daisy's ...more
Kelly Hager
Apr 30, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
This book is insanely fun! Holly is a very engaging character and her sarcastic sense of humor made me laugh out loud many times.

I liked Daisy, too, although she's definitely out of touch with reality. (She seems sort of like an early Britney Spears, circa her first year or so of fame, or possibly Jessica Simpson---remember when she sang?) She's sweet but kind of dumb...although, of course, we quickly learn neither of those things are exactly true.

This book is really fun and the kind of book tha
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Sandra Atueyi
Nov 13, 2015 Sandra Atueyi rated it liked it
This is my first time to reading from Rachel Stuhler. Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler is boring and slowing because it didn't caught me attention. It is well written and well concept in this book. I have give this book and author 3 stars.

Brianne
Apr 15, 2016 Brianne rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I've been around some depressing stuff lately and I needed something light and fluffy to read. I would most likely read another book by Rachel Stuhler.
Claire
I witty bit of fluff as we get a ringside seat to the carnival of a young celebrity's life. Holly is hired to ghostwrite a memoir and learns soooo much more than she planned to in the process.
Michael
Nov 19, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
I surprised myself with this. It was a far stretch from my usual reading, but it was well written and clever with an interesting and surprising finish. Good, fun read
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Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Wow, what a surprise. Absolutely True Lies isn't what I expected in the least. I thought I would be getting some light, fluffy chic-lit read, and while yes it was a bit like that, it was also full of wit and glamour. I feel like we've gotten a front row seat behind the scenes of what Hollywood truly is; it's messy and not at all as glamorous as they want us to believe. So why should you read this book? Well because it's about Hollywood for one! Plus no character is what they seem. For me as the ...more
Chapter by Chapter
Dec 20, 2015 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler gives you the feel of actually seeing things behind the curtain. If you ever wondered what the lives of celebrities are like, this book definitely does that. Fact or fiction, I’m sure that the antics that happened in Absolutely True Lies does (or did) happen, at one time or another. In fact, reading some of the antics that happened in this book sounded vaguely familiar! I’ll also tell you this, I could easily picture this book as a movie, with a “Devil ...more
Peach
Nov 28, 2015 Peach rated it really liked it
^ Isn't that cover seriously nice, though? I always wanted heart-shaped glasses!

Anyway. Although, it's well-written and the narrator mixes semi-decent humor into the tone, it sort-of dragged on, at first. I started idly flipping through and was ready to DNF it, but instead of doing so, I left it alone and went on with my life. Days later, I found myself crawling back to the book, where I finished it in one sitting, and was shocked to actually like it so much.

After losing her job working at a low
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Kristin
May 29, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Original Post: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...

Let's cut right to the chase. I love this book! Seeing as this is the debut novel from Rachel Stuhler I will give you something to compare to. If you loved Lauren Conrad's 'L.A. Candy', this is very much like that. Same genre and same target audience, in my opinion.

I love books that are fiction, but written by someone with first hand kno
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Jennifer Farwell
Aug 03, 2015 Jennifer Farwell rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTELY TRUE LIES is a book I knew I needed to read from the moment I scanned the description and saw the cover. As someone who lives in L.A., I knew the story of Holly is one that could very plausibly happen. And if you think a non-famous person who doesn't work in the entertainment industry suddenly meeting and working for a big celebrity sounds like it couldn't really happen, live here for a couple of years and you'll probably change your mind. :)

We're introduced to Holly Gracin, a writer
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thecostaricanreader
Jun 02, 2015 thecostaricanreader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
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 come back to her hometown, she ends up receiving a call from one of
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Lara Ryan
Jun 03, 2015 Lara Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
Thank you to Netgalley and Touchstone Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In Absolutely True Lies, Holly wants to join the real world and make it on her own. (If Hollywood could actually be considered “the real world”.) After graduating, Holly received a job offer with her hometown newspaper and one with a magazine based in Hollywood reviewing movies that would already be out of the theatre by the time her review was published. Neither option was desirable, but ra
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Aimee
May 27, 2015 Aimee rated it it was amazing
Holly starts the book as a struggling, eventually unemployed writer. She accepts a job she's not sure she's ready for just as we all would when faced with possible poverty. She's clearly in over her head after she meets the Dixson family. I actually love that she has no idea what she's gotten herself into. It adds so much to the story to read Holly go from completely lost and unknowing to finding her way and helping the Dixsons somewhat find their way.

Daisy Mae Dixson, she is so great. She is th
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Kathy
May 25, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler is a highly entertaining behind the scenes look into the life of a popular teen actress. When out of work Holly Gracin is hired to ghostwrite teen star Daisy Mae Dixson's memoir, she is ill-prepared for the utter craziness that lies ahead.

For someone who has been living and working in L.A. since she graduated from college, Holly is somewhat naive and completely lack in guile. She also has NO idea what she is getting herself into when she signs on
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
May 26, 2015 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015
In "Absolutely True Lies," Holly is a down on her luck entertainment writer and Hollywood who's just trying to make it. She's working a dead end job so when she has the opportunity to be a ghostwriter for an autobiography of one of Hollywood's hottest young teen starlets, she jumps at the chance. She has no idea how this is going to upend her life.

The premise of the story was interesting to me. Hollywood and all of the things that go on in that crazy town are interesting to me but definitely not
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Kathleen
Aug 09, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's a struggling, down-on-her-luck writer to do when she receives a job offer to ghostwrite an eighteen year old former Nickelodeon child star turned movie / music pop star's memoir?

In her debut novel, Absolutely True Lies, author Rachel Stuhler weaves a thoroughly entertaining tale that follows fledgling writer Holly Gracin's introduction to the glitter, glamour, and glimpses into the behind the scenes world of Hollywood's rich and famous.

Told in the first person narrative, sassy Holly Graci
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Rachel Stuhler grew up in Rochester, NY, so obsessed with movies and books that she spent as little time as possible in the real world. In her late teens, this obsession led her first to New York as a terrible production assistant and then to Los Angeles, where she spent four years working as a script supervisor (and pining after writing jobs) until one day an actor told her, “If you think you can ...more
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