Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Secrets of My Hollywood Life (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #1)” as Want to Read:
Secrets of My Hollywood Life (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Secrets of My Hollywood Life (Secrets of My Hollywood Life #1)

by
3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,502 Ratings  ·  541 Reviews
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
...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 16th 2008 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2007)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Secrets of My Hollywood Life, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Secrets of My Hollywood Life

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Nicole
Dec 22, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Muse-ic
Jan 12, 2016 Muse-ic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Reading Vacation
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
...more
Kristy
Jan 25, 2011 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
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.
Allison
Oct 13, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
...more
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
...more
Annies
Apr 22, 2009 Annies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2011 Nnenna Ngene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
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
...more
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
...more
Cdee
Jan 03, 2015 Cdee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marie
Jul 03, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lucy March
Hannah Montana: the book. Enough said.
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
...more
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
...more
Sophie
Dec 09, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Danielle
Feb 23, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stephanie
Feb 27, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jessica
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.
Kala
Mar 27, 2014 Kala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Paige W
Mar 13, 2014 Paige W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
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
Erica Honing
Oct 21, 2015 Erica Honing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita was a great book! This author has a great mind to right a book about a celebrity. I've never read a book about a celebrity's life. This book was full of funny, sad, and happy moments! And it has events you would least expect!
In this book, sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Burke costars on one of the hottest TV shows, but is just getting exhausted from all the fame and drama. She finds a daring, and risky solution. If she sticks with her plan, it could be disco
...more
Riley Hearn
Oct 21, 2015 Riley Hearn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets Of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita was an okay book. I say that because the book got off on a slow start and sort of got better as it went on, but I wasn't hook all the way through. My favorite part was when Kaitlin's "crew" had to make her over.

In this book Kaitlin Burke is tired of living the Hollywood glam life. All that she wants to do is feel normal for just a few weeks. Her life might change forever if someone finds out about her secret. How will Kaitlin hide her secret? Will an
...more
Brillare
May 20, 2008 Brillare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2014 Liza Malik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Austynn
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
...more
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
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
would this be a good movie? 27 21 Jan 12, 2014 01:24PM  
Aiossa's 12/13 Se...: book review 1/7/13 1 2 Feb 07, 2013 07:18PM  
Aiossa's Senior 5...: Taylor Johnson Book review 1 5 Sep 27, 2012 08:43PM  
This Book 4 25 Jun 07, 2009 11:21AM  
Loved this book!!! 4 31 Nov 23, 2008 11:47AM  
  • The Daughters (The Daughters, #1)
  • Talent (Talent, #1)
  • Sloane Sisters (Sloane Sisters, #1)
  • Alphas (Alphas, #1)
  • Poseur (Poseur, #1)
  • Confessions of a First Daughter (First Daughter, #1)
  • Model Spy (The Specialists, #1)
  • My Double Life
  • Perfect Cover (The Squad, #1)
  • Violet on the Runway (Violet, #1)
  • The Elite (The Elite, #1)
  • True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet
  • Brunettes Strike Back (Cheerleader Trilogy, #2)
  • How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller
114528
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
...more
More about Jen Calonita...

Other Books in the Series

Secrets of My Hollywood Life (6 books)
  • On Location (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #2)
  • Family Affairs (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #3)
  • Paparazzi Princess (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #4)
  • Broadway Lights (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #5)
  • There's No Place Like Home (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #6)

Share This Book



“I work too hard and I love it too much.” 0 likes
More quotes…