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HDU [Kindle Edition]

India Lee
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amanda Nathan just lost everything - her first real boyfriend to her lifelong best friend, her half of their shared apartment in St. Louis and her first post-grad job as a receptionist. Forced back under her parents' roof in Merit, Missouri, the gossipy town she'd spent her life trying to escape, Amanda has but one saving grace - being an anonymous moderator on HDU, the Internet's largest celebrity gossip community. Unemployed and alone, Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over - Hollywood gossip. Now, her idea of fun is getting lost in the glamorous lives of others and posting nasty rumors about her former bestie's favorite actor, Liam Brody, a playboy notorious for dumping his model girlfriends on a monthly basis.

So who would've thought that Liam Brody would be Amanda's answer to escaping Merit? When the controversial womanizer needs an image boost to land a new role, he turns to none other than HDU for some good press. As it turns out, Liam is as eager to shed his playboy image as Amanda is desperate to move out of Merit. The solution to both problems? Fake a romance in which Hollywood's biggest playboy falls for an unknown, sweet and shockingly plain Jane.

With the help of Ian, a fellow HDU moderator and self-developed expert on stardom, Amanda packs her bags for her new life in New York, where the overnight fame and glamour of being a celebrity girlfriend awaits. But Amanda soon discovers that their little ploy is a lot more emotionally complicated than she imagined. And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle, so does manipulation.

Genre: New Adult Fiction, Chick Lit
Novel Length: Appr. 90,000 Words


Product Details

  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: India Lee Books (November 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFPMF5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, entertaining read. November 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Uh-oh. I think I may add India Lee to my list of favorite authors. I liked this so much I feel it worthy of five stars!

If you've ever lost yourself for hours on ONTD (I know I sure did), you will love this. See, Amanda is one of us. And even though her story is unbelievable beyond the pages of a book or a rom-com movie, it's really engaging and wonderful, with a Cinderella-but-not-quite feel. Because Amanda, in fact, hates her prince charming with burning passion. But after being jilted and cheated on by her best friend and boyfriend, shunned by the small town she lives in, she resorts to having to overcome that dislike in order to prove everyone wrong.

Liam stole my heart from that first HDU appearance. I don't know why - usually I'd go all Amanda on a story like that, he IS a womanizing douchelord (btw, brilliant!). But it's because of this that you just know that you're in for a good read, and it turned out to be exactly that.

Amanda is witty and funny and loyal and sweet despite trying to pass herself off as something else. I loved her. After all that happened with Megan and Brandtwhatshisname, I really thought she deserved a break.
And Liam is just as wonderful once you get to know him better.

I could go on, and on, and on about how much I liked the dynamic between Amanda and Liam from that very first e-mail, trying to outplay each other. To the easy relationship that they fell into. To the very last scene because it was so appropriate.

And with a cast of interesting supporting characters, you are never bored. I must admit, I was intrigued by Casey and if she turns out to prove wrong on accusations. And I loved Ian because he gave off that "friend material" vibe.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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HDU by India Lee was such an entertaining read and took a unique turn on the whole "dating a celebrity" novels that have been written lately.

HDU is about 23 year-old Amanda, who is back home living with her parents after her childhood best friend and roommate stole her boyfriend. After feeling like a complete failure in her small Missouri town, not letting others know the truth about the town's "perfect girl" who is really a backstabbing friend. Amanda is left with nothing but the celebrity blog she helps moderate (I totally think this sounded like the famous OhNoTheyDidn't blog on livejournal's site).

Amanda receives a message from the famous heartthrob Liam (I pictured Zac Efron as Liam, whose with me on this?), who needs a favor. Amanda is intrigued and thinks this "favor" could be the ticket to NYC and away from it all. Liam needs to find a normal girl to date for publicity purposes and Amanda is his girl. The two take on New York and the paparazzi and become Liamanda (totally cute). As their "relationship" starts to turn into more, of course drama must be around the corner and everything crumbles apart. The story ends on a high but definitely leaves a lot of questions unanswered with the need to know more. I am so glad Ms. Lee will be writing HDU #2, I think I might go nuts a bit not knowing where Liamanda go next in their relationship.

I loved the original story line, yes a book about a normal girl falling in love with a hot celebrity guy isn't original but how the plot came about and the characters made it special. I really liked Amanda and was rooting for her the entire time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Off balance January 13, 2013
By CM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the challenges that authors have is how to create flawed characters without making them unlikeable. In HDU, the heroine (Amanda) is written with few redeeming qualities. The biggest issue for me was that she belonged to that group of people who devote themselves to celebrity gossip - this is Amanda's life. In some ways, however, she redeems herself but it's a long, slow slog until then.

Liam (H), seems like a good guy with a good head on his shoulders. However, the first few chapters that include him shows him as an obnoxious jerk. Again, it's a long, slow journey until we figure him out. Even then, the payoff isn't as rich as it could be. If the tension in these characters is supposed to draw us in, shouldn't the payoff be as rich as the conflict? In this case, I feel like the balance is tilted toward the drama and not the rich reward of the relationship. I believe there is an HDU 2 coming but not sure I'll read it. I only barely stuck it out to finish this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for more June 1, 2013
By Lorena
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge YA reader, but I've always been wary of self-published books -- I remember what they were like pre-ebook and had been recently disappointed by the newer self-published ebooks I've read. But, "HDU" really changed my mind about that.

This book has an interesting premise/concept, great characters and character development, and an unpredictable plot. While it would have been easy to go with the most predictable outcome, it never came to that, and I found that refreshing.

I also really enjoyed that Amanda, the main character, wasn't always likeable. From beginning to end, there were really cringe-worthy moments, and times where you questioned her judgment. It worked -- it made her a more real heroine, even with the celebrity-laden world.

While the resolution tied up the characters' loose ends fairly well, it was open-ended enough that I hoped there would be a sequel. Thankfully, there is -- because I'd really like to see what the author does to further develop the characters and the relationship between Amanda and Liam.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was my first book by this author. Its ...
This was my first book by this author. Its an entertaining read with a far fetched plot. But the characters were believable and you were rooting for the couple by the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by amberz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
My first India Lee book, and I am now a huge fan. Loved this book!
Published 2 months ago by Lena Nel
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Fairy Tale
The characters are well developed. I liked the NYC setting. I found the distant relationship with her family hard to believe.
Published 6 months ago by Renee Andrini
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
This book kept me interested from cover to cover. HDU is undoubtedly one of the best romances I have read for quite a while. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michele Storms aka: Stormdrac2002
5.0 out of 5 stars looooved it
Loooooved hdu so much! You have to read it its so entertaining and I love how it ended I can't wait to read the next book.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars HDU
For some reason I couldn't get into this book. That could be my problem. I was reading it during a terrible heat wave and I just could get into it.
Published 16 months ago by Grace A. Rudolph
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
Predictable but it held my interest. A easy read, it did not capture me enough to remember the title to recommend it to someone.
Published 16 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
I loved this book and the glimpse into celebrity life and a normal person's life it gave. I can't wait to read the next installment!
Published 16 months ago by Insanity Runner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun read
Although the story line was improbable, it was fun to read-a great little escape. Sometimes you just want to read a fun book!
Published 16 months ago by Jean Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars glood book
A nice book for summer reading.I enjoyed it a lot. I would be interested in reading more from this reader.
Published 16 months ago by Becky Jennings
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More About the Author

India Lee is an author of young adult and women's fiction themed in the world of media and entertainment.

She is a lover of fashion, entertainment, shoes, good food, coffee, jetsetting, mild debauchery, and dogs. Her city home bodes well for most of these things but she could use a little more space for her wardrobe and pets.

www.indialeebooks.com

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