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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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Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nicole
Dec 22, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-09-read
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
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Muse-ic
Jan 12, 2016 Muse-ic rated it really liked it
3.5

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? Would you still consider yourself sane?

Of course not. Allow me the pleasure to introduce to you Kaitlin Burke, 16-year-old soap opera star and one of Hollywood's and America's favorite teens. Kaitlin is a star on the soap opera Family Affair and gets to live the glamorous l
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Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
REVIEW

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
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Kristy
Jan 25, 2011 Kristy rated it it was ok
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
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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.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Allison
Oct 13, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing
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Lauren R.
3.5 stars. I totally remember why I loved books like these, and now that love has turned into a weird fascination with how different contemporary romances were circa 2007. I read the first few books in the series back as they were published and lost track once high school ended. I'll definitely be continuing on for the nostalgic feels! But, as far as the book is concerned - I read this in a couple hours tonight and really enjoyed it until the end. The cheesiness and cliches definitely got to me ...more
Nnenna Ngene
Dec 01, 2011 Nnenna Ngene rated it it was amazing
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
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Annies
Apr 22, 2009 Annies rated it really liked it
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
Haley *City Girl Appearance~Country Girl Heart*
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 hits on an outrageously daring solution, one that has to remain top secret or it will jeopardize everything she's ever worked
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Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Sep 09, 2010 Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit) rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
Jan 17, 2010 Holly Lee (Bellas Novella) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
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Jessica
Dec 04, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
Generally, I try not to think about that period in life known as high school. Rereading Secrets of my Hollywood Life did remind me that there was some good in those four years, notably the excitement of whenever a new Kaitlin Burke book was published.

Also, STAR WARS. I'm sure Kaitlin is just as excited as I am about the 18th.
Danielle
Feb 23, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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.
Brillare
May 20, 2008 Brillare rated it really liked it
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!
Stephanie
Feb 27, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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.
Marie
Jul 03, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it
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.
Cdee
Jan 03, 2015 Cdee rated it liked it
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.
Lucy March
Oct 19, 2015 Lucy March rated it it was ok
Hannah Montana: the book. Enough said.
Marylène Girard
I really liked the story of Kaitlin who wants to live a normal teenage life at all costs. All the characters are endearing, even Sky we like to hate. I can't wait to discover the continuation of this series, and to see the evolution of each of the characters and their relationship.
Marisol
Nov 04, 2016 Marisol rated it it was amazing
I gobbled this up it is very good but make sure you have time to read the whole series!!
(:Sammy Erlich:)
The book Secrets of my Hollywood Life, by Jen Calonita was a very good book that I enjoyed. It was about a 16 year old girl, Katlin Burke who is a Hollywood movie star. But Hollywood isn’t all fun and games, and Katlin just wants to lead a normal teenage life for a little while, so Katlin goes undercover as a girl from Great Britain named Rachel Rodgers. She meets lots of friends and enemies and ups and downs along her journey.

I thought this book was really good because I liked how Katlin pret
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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
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Lilliana
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
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Pam Gonçalves
Dec 30, 2012 Pam Gonçalves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essa resenha foi publicada no blog Garota it também.

Eu estou empolgada em ler livros lançados há algum tempo. É incrível como podemos perceber a mudança de estilo de publicações de quatro anos atrás para hoje. Segredos de minha vida em Hollywood foi publicado no Brasil em 2007 pela editora Galera Record e é um desses casos. Naquela época o máximo que tínhamos de algo ligado à fantasia eram Harry Potter e A Mediadora. Quer dizer, no meu caso era. Hehehe. Hoje em dia é difícil haver lançamentos
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Britt
Dec 31, 2014 Britt rated it did not like it
Who'da thunk a book about a Hollywood starlet could be so boring?

I picked this book out because I'd heard all the accolades it was receiving, and normally I enjoy books of a similar vein. I was sorely disappointed with this one.

It didn't help that the plot's been done before, and BETTER (True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet, to name a personal favorite). Hollywood actress decides to go undercover and be a normal girl for once. Of course, she meets a guy there who ends up liking her for hersel
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Paige W
Mar 13, 2014 Paige W rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sophie
Dec 09, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: reread
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
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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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