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The Truth About Diamonds: A Novel Hardcover – November 8, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (November 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060820489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060820480
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Richie...has a Jackie Susann sense of humor.” (– The San Francisco Bay Guardian)

“Shockingly entertaining.” (–The New York Post)

“[A] gem of a book.” (–Chicago Tribune)

About the Author

Nicole Richie is the daughter of Lionel and Brenda Richie. Since 2003, she has starred on the popular reality series The Simple Life. Famous for her quick wit and candor, Richie has several projects in the works and is currently taping the fourth season of The Simple Life. She lives in Los Angeles.

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More About the Author

Nicole Richie is a bestselling author, actress and philanthropist. She is the daughter of music legend Lionel Richie and in addition to developing her fiction series, she has launched her signature jewelry line House of Harlow 1960 and is designing her fashion line, Winter Kate which launches worldwide in 2010.

Customer Reviews

If you are bored and have nothing else to read, this is a good book.
H. Coleman
Really enjoyed reading that novel,I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Nicole Richie's but also anyone else who is looking for a good read.
Sammi
Also, if the book is written from her voice, but she's also two characters... that confused me a bit and is a very bad way to tell a story.
Duckie

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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm willing to bet that the majority of us who read this book picked it up for one reason...to see how much dirt Nicole Richie would dish about her and her friends. If that's the reason, then you shouldn't have been too disappointed. It was a good effort on Nicole's part, but definitely not great literature, and classifying this as a fiction book is really pushing it.

While the writing is very juvenile, and there was hardly any plot to speak of, it wasn't an awful book. I do agree with another reviewer though who said the whole 'Nicole Richie as narrator of her friend Chloe Parker who really represents Nicole herself' was a bit confusing in the beginning. And while there are more flaws with the book than highlights, the story certainly keeps you entertained.

Overall, I recommend this for faithful tabloid readers, and fans of Nicole and Paris (I happen to be the former, NOT the latter), but don't expect literary genius. One of the best parts about this book was trying to figure out who each fictional character represented in real life, and if you're up on your tabloid gossip, it shouldn't be too hard. In the end, it was better than I expected, but I don't think she should continue to pursue a career in writing.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on December 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Without insulting readers, anyone who picked up this book expecting litterature brilliance really needs to check themselves at the gate. It's Nicole Richie, trying to prove she is in Hollywood to serve a purpose. Now what that purpose may be is still rather unknown. Is she going to act? Will her singing career take off? Or will she be doing more novels such as this one? Well, if this is going to be her trade mark career choice she is doing well, but still has a ways to go.

We are taken into the LA club scene with Chloe Parker, a princess adopted into Rock Royalty. Things already start off pretty interesting with the uncanny comparisons to real Hollywood people. Chloe, already hooked on drugs, represents Nicole Richie before cleaning up her act. And because of her friendship with Simone Westlake, they are going to do some reality commercials for a make up company. Once again, things are spiced up with the Simone and Paris Hilton comparisons. The two hold lots of things in common: being a partying blonde with long legs, sex tapes, using the "n" word, being as blonde as it gets, having a pet chihuaha and using it as a toat bag rather than a living animal, and taking sayings from rappers/other people and using it as her own ("that's hot!") But it's things like that which really keep you interested and wanting more.

And like Nicole, Chloe enrolls in rehab. Of course she gets her act together and comes out clean. It's then she is starting to find love in the shape of her until-now-friend: DJ Ray. Now once again, this is comparable to Nicole Richie's real life fiancé Adam who is also a DJ. But of course with fame comes papazzi, and just about every magaizine (one in particular named Bitz!) is dead set on bringing her down.
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62 of 88 people found the following review helpful By William Neely on November 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First off, I am a fan of Nicole. I think she is an awesome person. I would have enjoyed this book even if I wasn't, though!

The story is simple enough. Chloe Parker is a club kid with a drug problem. She gets her own series of "reality commercials" with her friend Simone. It is about her struggle with fame, drugs, and romance.

"The Truth About Diamonds" is a quick read. It has a total of 224 pages. It didn't take me long at all to finish. I also found it to be a page-turner. I was very interested in what was going to happen next. Nicole's writing is very light and enjoyable. As an added bonus, there is a picture insert in the book with some great photos of Nicole.

One of the most interesting aspects of this story is that the narrator is Nicole Richie herself. I thought that was a very nice touch. The book is also filled with pop-culture references. Nicole mentions everything from Mean Girls to Desperate Housewives here. I also found it interesting to see which characters might be based on real people. A few of those comparisons are made quite obvious by the author.

If you are a fan of Nicole, or you just like to read a good story, buy this book! You won't be disappointed!

In closing, I want to say, give Nicole a chance. She is trying to make a name for herself, and I think she deserves it! Buy this book... What have you got to lose?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim on March 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's like Nicole Richie wrote the book about herself but did not want to be responsible for her actions. She bashes on many of her so called friends in the novel and the text is boring. It took me forever to finish the book because I constantly was so bored. The story was about drugs, changing boyfriends, back stabbing friends, and partying. I thought it was going to have more substance than it did.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on May 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
First of all, the author's name is in quotation marks because she and I and anyone else who wasted the time all know that she didn't write this book. She may have read over it and tried to add her two cents where she felt it necessary, but she did not write it and I want to see the log on her computer with the origin date before I will believe otherwise. This reading experience was like reading a bad Harlequin romance novel mixed with a bit of Us Weekly and topped off with a Jerry Springer "Final Thought." It was full of awful insipid celebrity banter (and I love my celebrity banter) circa 2004 that should have been on Access Hollywood instead of in print.

The characters in this novel are thinly veiled reproductions of the celebs she's out and about with every week on Entertainment Tonight. It doesn't take a high school degree to recognize Kelly Osbourne, Brandon Davis and *gasp* even Paris Hilton. The problem with this book isn't even that she steals from her own life for profit, but that she does it so poorly. I couldn't even finish this book it was so poorly written and the plot was so predicable. Take my advice, save yourself the trouble, and pick up a paperback Harlequin for $1.50. It's cheaper, and you'll finish with much more satisfaction.
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