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The Truth About My Success

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  37 reviews
What happens when a bratty teenage star and a hardworking waitress get a taste of each other’s worlds? Best-selling Dyan Sheldon at her snarky, entertaining best.

Paloma Rose is sixteen and already a major TV star. She has money, franchises, adoring fans—and an agent and parents who are dependent on her success to sustain their very comfortable lives. But all that could
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Candlewick Press (first published June 20th 2013)
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John Clark
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Paloma Rose is sweet and cute...Or used to be and still is on rare occasion on her rapidly failing teen TV show. These days, she's more likely to be caught in an embarrassing or compromising photo or situation that makes YouTube or the tabloids. This is in part because she's turned into a spoiled brat, but also because she's feeling like her life is turning into an ever smaller box thanks to her driven mother. Mom has had her in front of the camera since she was a baby and now they're in an ongo ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 53

There's definitely humor in Sheldon's writing that I can appreciate. I don't feel like this book is going anywhere original or mindblowing, but it will likely be quite fun.

However, The Truth About My Success is written in third person present, which is making me feel like I'm watching a play and some narrator dude is standing there explaining everything about the setting to me in between bits of dialog. It just makes me so very aware that I'm reading and tha
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable. I really enjoyed the story
Haley S
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Not worth it. It was so slow and there was NO climax. I am so glad to be done with it.
 Lianne Mei
Aug 01, 2015 marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
Do not like the writing style. For some reason the narration reminded me of a telenovela.
I managed to get through this book very quickly, and it kept me mildly entertained, but it's one I'd say you could easily pass by. With the predictable storyline and forgettable characters, I would say the one original thing it has going for it is the writing style, and even that was quite off-putting at first. Present-tense, third-person omniscient is certainly a bold and creative choice, but it often had the feel of some over-enthusiastic, kind of condescending teacher narrating the story for ...more
Debbie Egran
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and a novel approach to the "swapping lives" storyline. Great characters as always from Sheldon.
Paige Bradish
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviwed
I received The Truth About My Success by Dylan Sheldon from the publisher and this is my honest review.

In this novel we meet teenager Paloma Rose. She is the star of a very popular tv show. The only problem is, she is a complete terror to all of those around her. The story starts off by showing us her rich life. She lives in a mansion with her neurotic mother and alcoholic mother, and her scheming manager is never too far behind. Paloma’s mother and manager fear that she is going to
Luke Reynolds
After reading Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen earlier this year, I had no idea if I would read any more books by Dyan Sheldon. I went with her most recent one just in case, and came out pleasantly surprised. The Truth About My Success is a witty, sassy novel with great humor, and it held a snazzy reinventing of the classic The Prince and the Pauper.

Sheldon's narrating throughout this book is one with a forked tongue, complete with tongue-in-cheek humor and a snark that she wields like a weapon. While
Ms. Yingling
Paloma Rose is a television star, and she has to put up with a drunken, absent father, an overbearing mother, and constant attention by the press. She reacts to all of these things by being a colossal brat, which is endangering her career. Her agent, Jack Silk, is especially displeased. When he sees Oona Ginness working in a restaurant, he notices that she bears a striking resemblance to Paloma. Oona is dealing with the death of her mother, a father who won't get out of bed, and trying to do wel ...more
Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)
2.5 out of 5 stars.

Spoiled rich teen star almost gets her show cancelled because of all the negative press. Evil agent and mother hatch a plot to send her away while a sweet, poor lookalike of hers takes her place. Lessons are learned, evil, scheming characters get what they deserve, teenage girls bond and live happily ever after.

In short, I felt like I was reading a Disney Channel Original Movie, but it lasted longer than two hours. I was reading it on vacation, though, and it kept my atte/>In
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paloma Rose is a TV star and a teen icon, but she’s spoiled, bratty, and making life miserable for her agent, mother, and the people she works with. Oona Ginness, however, is barely holding her life together. When Paloma’s agent, Jack Silk, spots Oona, he notices that she looks a lot like Paloma and hatches a plan to save Paloma’s—and his—career. Paloma is sent to a ranch away from civilization to learn how to be a better person and Oona is trained to look and act like Paloma until she is ready ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, z-2016, fiction, reviewed
A fairly classic princess-and-the-pauper story, with the slight twist of the princess not wanting to make the switch. Or really, neither Paloma nor Oona particularly wants to make the switch, but Oona at least has the option of saying no, whereas effectively stuck in a broom closet.

It's pretty fun, although I'd have liked to see a slightly different trajectory for character development—Paloma's transformation is kind of magically fast (through pretending to reform, she reforms),
Barbara Band
Wasn't sure about this book at first and I wouldn't normally have picked up something with such an obviously "girlie" cover but I was given it to review ... and enjoyed it more than I expected. It's about a TV teen star, Paloma Rose, spoilt and obnoxious, who is slowly going off the rails - there's not much details about this so suitable for younger teen readers. Her manipulative agent and ineffectual mother send her off to boot camp whilst they put a double in her place, who knows nothing about ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-school
A modern twist of the olden tale of twins or look-a-likes switching places. Paloma, the spoiled princess, experienced some hardships when her mom and her agent shipped her off to brat camp. In that experience, she starts to grow up and gain some life skills. Then there is Oona, a poor girl, who works hard to support herself and her depressed father. One day, Paloma's agent gave her an opportunity to make big money which will help her reach her goals to go to college and not worry so much about f ...more
Lindsey Swieringa
Mar 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not read this entire book and I do not plan on finishing it. One of my pet peeves in books are bratty main characters. I know a lot of authors write books with those kinds of characters but I do not feel I need to read them. I started this book with high hopes and everything just went down hill. I did not like the writing style either. I can't put my finger on what I didn't like about it I just know I didn't like it. I thought the basis of the story would be good but as I got further in th ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Truthfully, this book had its ups and downs for me. I had found the novel in the young adult section of my local bookstore, but I felt like it really didn't belong there after reading it. While the literary tone kept me amused and entertained for the most part, the overall plot was too predictable. I've read several books and watched numerous movies with the same exact scenario this book presented. In addition, the ending seemed really rushed to me. Overall, I would say that the book was a cute ...more
I read this book for a book review program. It is definitely a YA book but I enjoyed the story line. It is the story of a teenage Hollywood TV star (Paloma) who is on the verge of losing her show because of her bad behavior. Her mother and agent find a girl (Oona) who looks exactly like her to take her place for a few months. They send Paloma to a behavior modification ranch in the middle of no where while Oona leaves her waitressing job to live the life of a Hollywood star. When they find out t ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3 stars

This book was adequate. I thought it had some original concepts, but mainly it was similar to another book I had read some years ago. Admittedly, the plot isn't that common but it had not enough for it to 'stand out' for me. I did enjoy reading it though, and might look at others by the author if they are like this...

Reread: June 2015 - limiting, but okay...
Dec 17, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I got about a third of the way through and decided life is too short to slog through something I'm not enjoying. The narrator's voice is weird, the characters are primarily unsympathetic, and the plot line (celebrity and non-celebrity switching places) wasn't freshened up enough to feel...well...fresh.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good review that makes you want to read on. I really enjoyed it although at some points it did feel like the story was being repeated. However, this should not concern anyone because the book was absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend it!
Lauren Ip
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really awesome book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great characters no matter how horrible they seem. They make up the book so much. At times Paloma got ridiculous but it became very funny and the secondhand embarrassment was very real.
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No romance, out of my comfort zone. The book was great, I think I read it before, so much déjà vu. The mother of Paloma was absolutely terrible but she still had a bit of mother in her. Dark side.... Tick. The book sometimes had me hooked.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! My favorite thing about it was the unique writing style. It's very different from other books. The story was also interesting and ended in a very unsuspecting way. It was great! ❤
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book and appreciate Sheldon's writing.This is the first book by Sheldon that I read and I think I'm going to read some more of his books.
I rated 4 because it was a great book but it wasn't amazingly excellent but it was pretty good.
It was a better story than I would have thought it would be, but still could be improved. Though the front cover is amazing! Actually, that's what made me so attracted to it:)
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very boring and long
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Very cleverly written. I love the voice of the narrator, especially in the beginning. :)
Melanie Robinson
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new take on the old switching places genre. Not high literature but a good, fast read.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dyan Sheldon is the author of many novels for young adult readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, which was made into a major motion picture. American by birth, she lives in North London.