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Absolutely True Lies

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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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Published May 26th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Jeannette Nikolova
May 08, 2015 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
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
May 07, 2015 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
Apr 20, 2015 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
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tiara by: TL
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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
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
Apr 28, 2015 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
Samantha March
Aug 02, 2015 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
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, may-2016
Have you ever known someone who's always going off about how everyone is stupid, incompetent, immoral, corrupt, fake, basically everyone she encounters is terrible and worthy of her derision? And you kind of smile and nod while really you are thinking she is the terrible one and you can't wait to escape this conversation? That's who this narrator is. Casts herself as Only Sane Man but is really Worst Person Ever.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, first-reads
Delightfully surprising!!!!!

*goodreads first reads review*
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
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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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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Iris Nevers
Jul 18, 2015 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
Kelly Hager
Apr 28, 2015 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
Jan 10, 2016 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 lif ...more
Sandra (Book Loves) Atueyi
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.

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.
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Nov 07, 2015 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
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Struggling writer Holly Gracin is hired to write a memoir of former Nickelodeon child star that has skyrocketed to Uber celebrity status. As she’s thrown in to the life of this teen superstar, Holly struggles to write a memoir that matches her innocent public persona.

I absolutely loved this book! Great, juicy, fun summer read. Think young Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan or Miley Cyrus and their Bubble Gum sweet totally fabricated public personas. As child stars having to trust agents, family &
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I randomly picked this book up at the library after reading the back cover. This is Rachel Stuhler's first book. Holly takes a job as a ghost writer for a young celebrity. It kept my interest with the different characters and I laughed out loud a few times.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, adult, ebook
A bit repetitive throughout but a decent story. This would be great for a beach read (and the cover design helps, too).
Grace Mundt
Mar 12, 2017 rated it did not like it

A narrator doesn't have to be likable, but they do have to be relatable. And Holly is perhaps the most obnoxious, self-righteous character for literally no reason at all. Watching her judge literally everyone while being all high and mighty about the fact she still eats sweets and GOD will she not stop!!!!!! makes me wanna throw my book across the room.

Blegh. Bad. Bad. Bad.
Chapter by Chapter
May 15, 2015 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 Wear ...more
Jun 18, 2015 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
Jennifer Farwell
Aug 03, 2015 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
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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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
May 03, 2015 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
Lara Ryan
May 14, 2015 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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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
“My grandma always says that God never closes a door without opening a window. For twenty-five years, I was pretty sure she was full of shit, but right about now, I was ready to throw open every one of the barred and double-paned windows in my postage stamp. Hallelujah, praise Jesus-there was a chance that I was back in business” 2 likes
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