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About the Author

As a Senior Editor at the former Teen People, Jen Calonita has interviewed everyone from Zac Efron to Justin Timberlake.

Jen's currently at work on a new series called Belles, about dueling cousins raised in a privileged southern community, which will debut in spring 2012. She lives in New York with her husband, sons Dylan and Tyler, and chihuahua Captain Jack Sparrow. Jen invites you to visit her online at

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Secrets of My Hollywood Life (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; Reprint edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316118001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316118002
  • ASIN: B005IUQJ8Y
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jen Calonita has always loved writing. Her first published piece was in the sixth grade newspaper where she wrote about an attack snake who bothered her canoe on a class field trip. These days she writes about teen drama, relationships and romance.

An entertainment journalist for ten years, Jen interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron. It was her work in the entertainment world that inspired her first series, Secrets of My Hollywood Life. The six-book series is about a teen starlet named Kaitlin Burke who grows weary of the fame game, but loves being an actress. The series has been published in Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Japan and Russia.

Jen has also published two stand-alone novels. Booklist called Sleepaway Girls: "The picture-perfect setting, the sweet little kids, the seductive freedom from parents, and the lure of adult-like responsibility make this the perfect read-alike to suggest to fans of Ann Brashares' Traveling Pants series."
Reality Check is about best friends who get their own reality TV show. Booklist said: "Fans of Meg Cabot's Airhead series and Calonita's Secrets of My Hollywood Life will eat this fun, timely, cautionary tale right up."

Her latest series is Belles. The series is about two Southern girls and one life-changing secret. The third book in the series, The Grass is Always Greener, will be out in April 2013.

When the self-professed entertainment junkie is not working, she can be found doing one of three things: scrapbooking, watching Once Upon a Time and Nashville, or going to the movies. Jen resides in Merrick, New York with her husband Mike, sons Tyler and Dylan, and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow.

For more about Jen, check out her website:, follow her on Twitter at: as JenCalonita, Pinterest as Jen Calonita or on Facebook at:

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anidori-Isilee on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kaitlin Burke is back to spill more secrets about her life as one of Hollywood's hottest young stars. Filming for "Pretty Young Assassins" has wrapped up and Kaitlin's back on the set of "Family Affair". But this time, there's an even bigger problem than co-star Sky Mackenzie. There's a new girl on set, Alexis Holden. Everyone seems to love the new star, all except Sky and Kaitlin, who are convinced Alexis is out to destroy their careers.

I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but this is by far my favorite and I couldn't stop reading it. Kaitlin is such a great character. She's likable and realistic. She's not spoiled and despite being a celebrity, she's facing normal problems, like driver's education and deciding what she wants her future to be, something all teens can relate to. Kaitlin's just another teenager, despite starring in a popular TV show, and she wants the world to know she's more than just a popular actress.

I also really liked seeing Sky in a position other than Kaitlin's nemesis. In the first two books, this rather two-dimensional portrayal of Sky annoyed me, but in this book, we see another side to the girl and if she's not exactly likable, she's understandable. The other characters are entertaining as well, though not especially nuanced. I enjoyed the writing in this book; Kaitlin's voice is strong and friendly, and the references to designers and other celebrities are nicely worked in. I also loved the script excerpts and tabloid articles that were interspersed within the narrative.

Basically, I loved this book. It was just what I needed after two AP tests. It's fun and cute and CLEAN. Hallelujah that there's a young adult series with a moral standard. This entire series is definitely worth reading.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on May 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like stories such as X2: X-Men United, sometimes the bad and good guys must come together to defeat a greater evil. They have to put aside their differences for a time and join forces. They may go back to their old ways after the battle is over, but for a brief time they can consider themselves comrades. Such is the premise of the third book in the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. This was probably my favorite book in the series. I love how Skye and Kaitlin put aside their rivalry and join together to defeat Alexis. The duo end up realizing that they can bear to be together and find themselves defending each other in tough situations. Alexis is the character you love to hate. She puts on a innocent and cute face in front of all the TV execs and media, but inside she conniving and spiteful. She's a newcomer to the Hollywood life, an unknown who got "discovered" but she wants to break out and become a huge star. She will do anything to achieve it even if it means bringing down powerhouses like Skye and Kaitlin. What I think is sad, is that if she had tried to truly befriend them, she probably would have had a better chance of succeeding.

It's also fun seeing Kaitlin try to live a normal life with her friends and boyfriend. Loved seeing her try to get her driver's license. It's interesting to think that someone in Hollywood might not ever need to know how to drive, if they have a chauffeur waiting on them on all the time. I'm glad that her and Austin are still doing good. And still geeked that they are still Star Wars fans!

Like the first two books in the series, this book is packed with tons of Hollywood insider information that helps the reader to understand the industry better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JH on September 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the third in a series of books about a fictional teen tv and movie star and what it's like to be an "it girl." I am an adult who is reading these books along with her 14-year-old sister. I enjoy the books. After she read this one, my sister said she thinks it's the best of the three. I can agree with that. One thing I like is that, as opposed to adult-oriented "hollywood insider" novels, this one shows the perks and strains of being famous and what it's like to be on the inside of the Hollywood machine without throwing in the coarse sex details and the jaded pessimism that comes of living in an image-obsessed, self-oriented society.
So, I can recommend it. I give it five stars for being a success in its genre. It's a fun, non-challenging read that will make you appreciate being boring to the tabloids while making you wish you could get the spa visits and free gifts the celebrities get. It's fun.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diane K. Horne on May 28, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Teen superstar Kaitlin Burke is back to let us in on more Hollywood secrets. After filming her new Hutch Adams film Pretty Young Assassins (PYA) she is back on the set of Family Affairs. She has been on the show since she was 4 years old and after 15 seasons rating are getting higher after a new girl joins the cast.

Spoiler Alert below!
Alexis Holden comes out of nowhere and joins the cast of Family Affairs, she has only been on for a couple of episodes but everyone in Hollywood loves her. She is stealing all the attention from the press and interviews. This makes Sky Mackenzie (Kaitlins nemesis on the show) very upset and suspects that something is going on with the new girl. Kaitlin also agrees that there is something fishy going on with the writers. Ever since Alexis has joined the cast she has become a major diva. She has been treating the wardrobe people rudely, and her cast members, such as Sky and Kaitlin. No one is falling for her sweet goody-two shoes act like the writers and press are. Something has to change and Sky and Kaitlin team up to show Alexis that she is not wanted.
Later on in Kaitlins personal life she finds out that her boyfriend Austin and her best friend Liz are taking their SATS soon, also along with drivers ed. Kaitlin realizes that she has never considered going to college and taking the SATS. She wants to take drivers ed so that she doesn't have to have a driver to take her everywhere. Just to be normal for once.
Kaitlin decides to take a permit test in a Burbank public driving school. It's brand new and is located in an abandoned parking lot. Also the driving teacher had said that he could care less about her being a star, or so he says. Kaitlin had walked right into a trap.
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