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What if... Your picture was taped inside teenage boys' lockers across America, your closets were bursting with never-worn designer clothing, and the tabloids constantly asked whether you were losing your "good girl" status?

It's a glamorous life, but sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Burke, costar of one of the hottest shows on TV, is exhausted from the pressures of fame. Then she h
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Published May 1st 2007 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2007)
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242pp. Park Avenue, New York.
Little,Brown and Company. $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-316-15443-7

“What if? Your picture was taped inside teenage boys' lockers across America, your closets were bursting with never-worn designer clothing, and the tabloids constantly asked whether you were losing your "good girl" status?”

The quote above was how this book, Secrets of the Hollywood by Jen Calonita grabbed my attention, I' m pretty sure it pulled yours too. You will really gobble this one up. The narrator is Kaitli
Reading Vacation

So, you think the life of a famous teen actress is a dream come true? Think again. For Kaitlin Burke, living that dream is great, but all she really wants is to try out life as a typical teen.

Kaitlin is one sneaky girl. She manages to fool an entire school when she enrolls as Rachel Rogers – a British transfer student. Seeing that she could pull this off, it was no wonder that she was a famous actress. She could win an Academy Award for the party scene!

One of the things that I really love
Jan 25, 2011 Kristy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are still into High School Muscial
2.5 stars

I never thought I'd be saying this, but I actually prefer the books Lauren Conrad wrote over this... I'm not a huge fan of those either, but this book was not so good. It was predictable, that's my main problem with it. I'm not really into the whole Hollywood scene, so I probably should have known better, but I was curious, the library had it and 1+1=2. So there you go.

I probably will NOT read the next book in this series. And, I don't recommend it to you unless you are into Movie Star
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Little bit of a younger read than I expected for a book about a 16 year old, but the character's struggles are compelling and fun...I'm hoping for more as the series goes on.
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Burke has been on the same nighttime soap, Family Affair, for the past twelve years. In between interviews, press junkets, trips abroad, and other smaller parts, she's had to deal with a demanding publicist, a mother who seems to be living her own life through that of her daughters, and a growing feud with her co-star, Sky Mackenzie. Ever since the two girls were cast, at age four, as fraternal twins on the show, Sky has been the bad gi
I read ‘Secrets oh my Hollywood Life’ by Jen Calonita. This book is about a teenage girl, Kaitlin Burke, who is a famous soap-opera star on the show, Family Affair. When Kaitlin’s hiatus rolls around she realizes she needs a long break from the Hollywood life. Kaitlin’s best friend, Liz, who is a normal teenager, and Kaitlin hatch a plan that Kaitlin will enroll in Liz’s high school, Clark Hall. Kaitlin knows that her manager (her mother) and her publicist will not go for this idea. But, to her ...more
Nnenna Ngene
BEFORE YOU READ: This review will contain spoilers!

In this book we meet Kaitlin Burke, an actress on the hit soap-opera series Family Affair. Kaitlin has been in the limelight before she could even read, featuring in commercials and later on hired as an actress for a soap opera which became very successful. Now that the show is coming to a close, Kaitlin has to decide what the next step is to prolong her acting career. She meets new friends along the way, re-discovered who she was and modeled
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Usually when you pick up a book about a Hollywood family, you expect to feel fine about the characters but not really connect with them (unless you're a Hollywood teenager yourself). While I didn't exactly connect with Kaitlin on the lifestyle level, I did really enjoy her personality, which often does not happen when reading in this genre.

I think my ability to like Kaitlin is because the whole plot of this book is that she wants a normal life - so we get to see her interact with 'normal' chara
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
I could totally see this book being made into a movie. It has a bit of a "Mean Girls" edge to it that is irresistible. Author Jen Calonita worked at Teen People before starting her life as an author. She obviously got the inside scoop while she was there. She seems to know all about Hollywood politics.

The story is a breeze to read, I finished the book in a days time no problem. Reading it so quickly was partly due to the fact that I was really sucked into the story!

Kaitlin Burke is one of Hollyw
Picked this up at the doller tree while on holiday and read it by the pool. Cute fast paced read that had nice themes. Would likely pick up the next book in the series.
I thought this was a cute read to pass the time. I liked the characters, especially Austin and I hope the next book is as good as this one.
Secrets of my Hollywood Life
This book is about this girl named Kaitlin. Kaitlin is a famous actress. She plays on a TV show called family affairs. The two things she wants the most is to be normal, and for her co- worker, sky, to leave her alone. Sky is trying to be on top of the list in Hollywood, but there are a lot of people standing in her way including Kaitlin. She enjoys playing on family affairs but she just wants to get away from her Hollywood life for a little while. So what she did was
Mikala Linstrum
Secrets of my Hollywood Life
This book is about this girl named Kaitlin. Kaitlin is a famous actress. She plays on a TV show called family affairs. The two things she wants the most is to be normal, and for her co- worker, sky, to leave her alone. Sky is trying to be on top of the list in Hollywood, but there are a lot of people standing in her way including Kaitlin. She enjoys playing on family affairs but she just wants to get away from her Hollywood life for a little while. So what she did wa
I read this book for the first time a long time ago, I bought it in one of those Hey-look-the-first-book-in-a-serie-is-really-cheap-take-it kind of deal. After randomly browsing through my local library I stumbled upon the second book and decided to give it another go since I didn't remember much about it but I had the vague impression that I enjoyed it.

So now, much older than the first time I read it, I thought that it was an entertaining read, kind of like the random teen movies you stumble u
Feb 23, 2009 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teen Girls
Recommended to Danielle by: Anilee
Shelves: young-adult
What I really loved and appreciated about this book was how it had no swearing, no inappropriate subject matter, and was completely fun to read! The plot was actually interesting enough that I read it one day because I wanted to know what would happen next. I also appreciated the dialogue and sense of honesty with the characters (particularly Kaitlan). Overall a very satisfying read.
This was a great book and I can't wait to continue reading the series. It's cool how it shows us the life of a young Hollywood star and how sometimes they wish they could be normal like us.
I picked this one up from the library recently on a whim. Surprisingly good! I'm a big fan of the whole 'celebrity goes undercover at a high school' trope and this was a solid addition to the collection. While the story was predictable and the characters a little too over the top, it was cute and fun. Very easy read and very enjoyable.

My only issue would be Austin's reaction at the end. I'm not sure where he gets off being so mad that Kaitlyn didn't tell her his secret identity. He had a girlfri
Paige W
Summary of Novel: Kaitlyn Burke is a Hollywood actress. She hates her co-star named Sky Mackenzie and Sky hates her too. Kaitlyn just wants to see what a regular teen is like. She talks to her manager about disguising herself as Rachel Rogers. Kaitlyn finds out that high school is just like her Hollywood life. The dance that is about to happen, is where Sky is coming as a star guest for the dance. Sky and Kaitlyn got to the dance, and Sky got into this big argument of who Rachel really is. Her b ...more
When I first started this book, it sounded kind of stupid. But I immediately got hooked. And, wow, it is was really great. I thought it was cute, funny, and an overall good read. Teehee, I really loved it!
Liza Malik
Over the break i decided to reread this book. It was really eye reveling to see all of the little details that i forgot when i first read it. Kaitlyn Burke, the main character is a star of a huge and popular tv show. Her life is really amazing and sureal. She has new designer clothes and a perfect life. But then she decides to go to a public school. The only way she can go without being noticed is to wear a lot of makeup. Even though i did not relate to this book, i still did really enjoy it. Th ...more
This story was enjoyabe and well-written, it was also a very fun book to read.

‘Secrets of my Hollywood Life’ by Jen Calonita is a book about sixteen year old Kaitlin Burke, also known as one of the 25 hottest stars under 25. Kaitlin is the costar on one of the hottest shows in Hollywood, Family Affair. This book was mainly about Kaitlin starting to “lose” her good girl status and her going behind the scenes in her Hollywood life. In this book Kaitlin takes risks and dares that could mess with h
Mikaela Tynski
"Secrets of my Hollywood Life", by Jen Calonita, is about a girl named Kaitlyn Burke. Kaitlyn has it all. The looks, the talent- everything. She costars in one of the biggest TV shows out there. The pressure is heavier than ever before when a HUGE acting job is offered. Will she give in to the pressure? Or will she come out on top, more famous than ever. I got this book from my cousin and read it because she recommended it to me. I would recommend it to lovers of realistic fiction and people who ...more
Marta Oliveira
I read this book in one sitting, it was easy and funny to read. Kaitlin has a really stressful life, so right away i though the idea of enrolling in a high and having a second life would be even worst. She was supposed to be taking a vacation but she only but more pressure on top of her. I liked her and I liked how she was professional even tough she hates Sky. Sky to me as just a insecure jealous girl who loved the spotlight and dissing other.
Mi favorite character was actually Kaitlin best fri
Montse db
I have one word to describe this book: AWFUL.
It is incredibly poorly written. Was this meant to be a published book or Hannah Montana fanfiction? Seriously, I wonder.
Kaitlin is boring, stupid, and immature. The author made a poor attempt at making her relatable and likable; but she comes off as an annoying as hell Mary sue. Really, she is such a good person she barely harbors any hate towards anyone and is just so nice. Please get real. Also, the love interest Austin is also a total male mary s
R'khal Brown

I really enjoyed Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita. This book was about a TV-star/superstar teenage girl, Kaitlin Burke, who has to deal with her Hollywood life and normal life. Kaitlin really enjoyed her glamorous and lavish life; being one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25," Number six on Entertainment Weekly's "It List, and and having a starring role on the TV show Family Affair, but she wants to go on a small break from being under the publics eye, to just
This was one of those books I just picked from the shelf of the book shop and went straight through to pay it without even reading the back cover. I can say, that the only reason I bought this book was the beautiful, interesting looking cover. I was happily suprised about the book. Even though the book may be intented to a little younger readers, I think it was really good.

The main character of the book, Kaitlin Burke, is 16-year-old girl from Hollywood. She is actress in a popular soap opera an
Kaitlin Burke, a famous actress on a hit television soap opera, wants a normal teenage life. She wants to go to school and have friends and potentially date a normal guy who doesn't like her just to get publicity.

Her best friend, Liz, is the daughter of a famous entertainment lawyer and goes to a normal high school. When they concoct a plan to get Kaitlin to attend the school as Rachel, a student from London with the ultimate disguise, Kaitlin is ready to experience life as a normal teen.

But i
Anna Rumer
Secrets of My Hollywood Life
By Jen Calonita
Little, Brown
256 pages
Ages 10+
ISBN: 978-0-316-154437
Rating: 10/10

Sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Burke has been star of the popular soap opera Family Affair since she was four, and she’s tired of her Hollywood lifestyle. She longs for the experience of a regular teenager at a regular high school.
Kaitlin and her best friend, Liz, concoct a plan for her to attend an LA high school during hiatus. She will wear a disguise for two months and play the pa
Marina  Cohen
Ever wanted to be famous, a super star? well this book Secret of My Hollywood Life tell all! About a really popular actress and living her life, but enemies come in, and drama,even romance,but sometimes living the sweet life, isn't always so sweet.

One reason why I like this book is, the drama.I love drama in books, but not in real life.While running a popular TV show, Kaitlin Burke has had an enemy ever since the 1st season of her show, and that enemy is Sky Mackenzie.Kaitlin living the same thi
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Hi Goodreads!
I'm Jen Calonita, a YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
#1. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free (because apparently that was how I
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