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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439177619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439177617
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,130,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soap star/entrepreneur/self-improvement guru Rinna whips up a breezy, good tart versus bad tart Tinseltown tale where the women are hot, the men are weaklings, and ambitions are unbridled. Struggling actresses Tally, Sadie, and Mandy finally get a break--Tally scores a part on a hit TV series; smart and opportunistic Sadie lands a job with superagent Josh Gold; and fake-chested Mandy proves a natural at Dandy Candy porn studios. Their love lives are another matter altogether. Tally hooks up with Hollywood hunk and morally corrupt Gabriel, who makes an unholy alliance with Tally's nemesis that scotches Tally's chance at true love and a meaningful career. Sadie's boss-then-husband Josh falls victim to his dormant drug habit, with disastrous results. Only Mandy makes the sleaze factor work for her. Glammy, savvy, a little trashy, and a lot of fun, this insider's take on getting ahead in Hollywood may be unapologetically short on substance, but it's long on entertainment.
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About the Author

Lisa Rinna played Billie Reed on Days of our Lives, heated up Melrose Place as Taylor McBride, earned two Emmy nominations for Best Talk Show host for her show Soap Talk on SOAPnet, was featured on Oprah for her boutique, and has made a name for herself as an actress, a television personality, and a businesswoman. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Rinnavation. A gorgeous celebrity with a killer sense of style, Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband (actor Harry Hamlin) and her two daughters.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Richards on October 18, 2010
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Lisa Rinna has written a very clever and true story of Gollywood and the characters she depicts in her story unfortunately populate a business that is beyond my contempt. Having trained @ UCLA in Screenwriting and having spent time communicating with Producers, most of the characters she has created in STARLIT are right on the nose. Ghastly is all I can say about "the business" as they call it here in Los Angeles which doesn't seem to be getting any better. Her characters of Tally and Susie you can see everyday in either West Hollywood or in Beverly Hills, and the "read between the lines" character of the man who trains actors is so "West Hollywood". I wish I could say STARLIT is a cliche on Hollywood, but it really is a picture of the garbage that is within that business.

Congrats, Lisa, on depicting a true story of the film/television business here in Los Angeles; and I think your writing is crisp, clear, easy to read and to follow the story and the characters. Too bad the story is HOLLYWOOD, and the continuing interest the average American has on celebrities, most of which you wouldn't invite into your bathroom.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sami on October 9, 2010
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Starlit was such a page turner! Great read for sure! I don't read often, get bored easily... but I couldn't put this book down! Ended up reading it on one day! So much fun to read about the adventures of a Hollywood celeb... I read Lisa Rinna's first book and loved it, this book is just as great but in a different way obviously! I highly recommend STARLIT! A great mixture of glamour, drama, and SEX! While reading STARLIT, I felt like I was in a whole new world.... fun to fantasize about what it would be like to be famous!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2010
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In this story, Hollywood is taken on at full tilt! The book follows three actress wannabees, both their successes and failures. Tally Jones is the main character though as she is discovered and starts to live out her true Hollywood dream. She takes the place of veteran actress Susie Sheppard on a hit nighttime drama and the ratings skyrocket.

Unfortunately Susie's movie career crashes and burns due to her own "diva" and and sexual exploits, so she returns to take back her place on the nighttime drama even if she has to use blackmail to do it. She also decides to ruin Tally's life and her dream at any cost.

Tally's life also goes threw some dire straits on it's own with a financial adviser that turns out to be a crook and all the games the paparazzi play in any actor's life. She is determined to turn her life around and fight for what is rightfully hers both in her love life and in her career.

The other two wannabees lives take different directions but they always remain friends and are their for each other through thick and thin.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Yes, you already know I am a huge fan of Days of our Lives where Lisa played Billie Reed from 1992 - 1995, 2002-2003 and again recently this year. I loved her on Dancing With the Stars and in her reality show with her husband Harry Hamilin, Harry Loves Lisa. She is a successful business woman, a hard working mom, and had another book called Rinnavation: Getting Your Best Life Ever.

But boy CAN THIS GIRL WRITE FICTION OR WHAT?? I am sure being a daytime drama actress and living the Hollywood lifestyle gave her plenty of ideas for the wonderful book and this reviewer hopes she has plenty more fiction stories left to tell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ria Darling VINE VOICE on October 13, 2010
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I'll admit I read this in one sitting. It's super fun fluff and it's a great take on Hollywood and all the behind the scenes deals that go on. I'm not a Lisa Rinna groupie but I like fun reads from time to time and this was a good one. If you like Olivia Goldsmith or Jackie Collins this might be a good choice. Not too many character plots but a perfect beach read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina Givens-Wright on November 28, 2010
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A fantastic breezy novel from the great Lisa Rinna. It's such a campy story that is ripped straight from the set of a Hollywood movie or television show. This is a delicious page turner that has a feel and the drama of a classic daytime soap opera. Love it, a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 28, 2010
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In Los Angeles wannabe starlets, actresses Tally Jones, Sadie Fletcher, and Mandy Hogan, hope to make it in Hollywood, but a break seems out of reach until now for the three friends. Tally replaces Susie Sheppard on the hit show Dana Pont and stunningly the ratings boom. Super agent Josh Gold hires Sadie to work for him. Finally overly endowed Mandy obtains a position at Dandy Candy porn studios.

On the personal front, Tally dates amoral hunk medical thriller TV star Gabriel McNamara who teams up with her enemy Susie to try to sink her career while film producer Mac Carlton offers her his undying loyalty and love. Sadie marries her boss, but his drug habit destroys their relationship. Meanwhile Mandy becomes the glamorous queen of porn sleaze.

This is a fun Hollywood exposé in which the females are fully developed as assertive and anxious dealing with two dimensional powerful pathetic males. Fans will root for the BFFs and hiss at stereotyped despicable pair (Susie and Gabriel). With a nod to Jackie Collins, Lisa Rinna provides an entertaining look at the under side of Hollywood in which the amoral abuse the ambitious.

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