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Praise for Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper:
“A hilarious, tabloid-trashing gotcha novel.”
“From Pepper’s first date with Rob Mars to her final escape from his cult, Liftin’s sly novel wears its lurid shallowness on its jacket sleeve, and yet her details are careful, funny, and right.”
—Boris Kachka, Vulture
“Readers who come for the dirt, real or imagined, won’t be disappointed; there’s plenty of gold in these True Hollywood hills.”
“Liftin, who’s cowritten memoirs with celebs including Tori Spelling, presents her first novel as a tell-all by a star she calls Lizzie Pepper. Married young to an actor involved in a cultlike religion, Lizzie ends up leaving him . . . Sound like someone we know? Liftin’s not saying, but her book is dishy fun.”
“A debut novel guaranteed to ring true.”
—The Hollywood Reporter
“A juicy faux tell-all about the price of fame.”
“We love tabloid gossip as much as the next person, and celeb ghostwriter Hilary Liftin gives us a whopping 352 pages of it in this juicy read.”
“Written from the perspective of a fictional Hollywood actress, this faux memoir is a juicy work of shocking betrayal.”
“A kooky story by real-life ghostwriter about a celebrity romance gone way off the rails.”
“In the course of entertaining us with her dishy book Liftin also manages to humanize these public personas, offering backstory and emotions, coloring in imagined details of their day-to-day lives, exploring not just the characters’ truths but all of our truths: Why do we choose whom we choose? What are we most afraid of? What are our secrets? Whom can we really trust? And how do we know when to leave? It all makes for an extremely satisfying read.”
—Allison K. Hill, Los Angeles Daily News
“The phrase ‘beach read’ seems made for this fun-in-the-sun frolic of a novel.”
—The Boston Globe
“A juicy beach read about how a starlet's relationship with an A-list actor goes from ideal to surreal.”
—Shelf Awareness for Readers
“Probably everyone will read this book, and for good reason: it's the easiest sell of the summer.”
“[An] irresistable debut . . . With its sympathetic narrator, suspenseful plot pivots, snappy pace, and dishy details about Hollywood's inner workings, Liftin's compelling, highly readable novel is likely to engage even readers who remain blissfully unaware of the tabloid characters who may or may not have inspired it. Dishy Hollywood fiction at its finest.”
“With its fast pace and combination of mystery with juicy celeb details, it’s a surefire hit. Fans of the showbiz tales of Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Weisberger, and Rachel Pine will love this book. The beach read of the summer, it will keep you up long after the sun has gone down.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“A surprisingly poignant look at making yourself the hero of your own story, in a very anti-Cinderella way. Readers will enjoy speculating about the real-life A-list celebrity inspirations, which adds to the already juicy entertainment of Lizzie’s story.”
Support from Lizzie’s friends:
“When we worked together, Lizzie Pepper was always the good girl, the confidante who kept all our secrets. It's empowering to watch her now smash Hollywood rules by revealing the truth of her marriage that the tabloids never got, in her witty, juicy, and addictive story.”
“This fairy tale romance turned nightmare of marital imprisonment has all the hallmarks of a heart-pounding, sprinkled-with-wit, Hollywood thriller. But what's more impressive--and indeed disturbing--is that it also feels wholly plausible. Almost as if it had actually happened to a certain someone.”
About the Author
Hilary Liftin is a ghostwriter/collaborator specializing in celebrity memoir. Since 2006 she has worked on fifteen books, ten of which hit the New York Times bestseller list, including Stori Telling by Tori Spelling, which won the 2009 Bravo A-List Award for Best Celebrity Autobiography; Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus; and High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips. Hilary is also the author of the memoir Candy and Me and coauthor of Dear Exile, both penned under her own name. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
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I am a very avid reader as it is. I probably read anywhere between 1-3 books per week (depending on what's going on in my daily life, that is). I don't often reread books that I've read, even if I thoroughly enjoyed them. But a few days ago, I was looking through my kindle library. I had begun reading a different book, but I found I didn't have the attention span at the time to read it. What I REALLY wanted to read was something lighter and less dramatic. Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper was it. I enjoyed it just as much the second time as I did the first time.
Lizzie's character is so relatable--even when she is living the dream life as the wife of the best-known actor in the world. She is somebody who I wanted to know. I could see myself having her as a real life friend. Who hasn't dreamed to some extent of having the amazing lifestyle Lizzie was living?
I also found myself wondering how much of the book was based on the marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. So much of it sounded vaguely familiar and had some uncanny parallels (the age difference between the couple, the height issue with Rob Mars' unnaturally long torso, and Rob's serenade of Lizzie on the hood of the car seemed to have many of the same elements as Tom Cruise jumping on the sofa on Oprah to proclaim his love for Kate). There were other things that seemed to echo what the public heard about the marriage, including the involvement of Scientology (One Cell in the book). Still, it was such a fun and refreshing approach to a book that grabbed me from the very first page.
This is a book I highly recommend to anybody who is looking for a fun, lighthearted, beautifully written read. It will not disappoint!
Never mind that Rob Mars is an A-list movie star who belongs to a cult and marries a naïve young actress after a whirlwind romance. Never mind that during their "courtship" Rob orders his driver to "Stop!" on Rodeo Drive, where he exits the vehicle, jumps up onto the hood, and proclaims loudly to the world and the assembled paparazzi, "I LOVE her!". Never mind that once married to Julie, who has already given birth - to twins in this story - Rob sees to it that she is surrounded by "assistants" and "helpers" who are ALL members of One Cell, the cult-like organization to which Rob is devoted.
This book is quite well written and the author obviously has an intimate acquaintance with her subject matter. Anyone who has read of the practices of a certain notorious "science-based religion" will recognize the actions of One Cell. Members are charged huge amounts of money, donations are solicited year after year for building projects that never seem to reach completion, disobedient members are isolated at a distant facility called "Fair Hills", and yes, sometimes members just "disappear". As in "Poof! They're gone!"
One of the best and sad-but-funny parts of the book is when Julie happens to read one of Tom's - uhh, I mean Rob's - scripts. In it she not only finds, line for line, the very words Rob had uttered to her on their romantic first date, she discovers scenes and dialog written for Rob's future use.
In all, the book is an engaging read, which despite its appellation as a "beach read", actually skillfully and accurately exposes a certain insidious, nefarious organization. Thank you, Hilary, for an excellent first novel!
As the years pass Julie's own identity is reduced to "wife of superstar Rob Mars". She and her children become imprisoned in luxury. They are unable to step outside the gates of their mansion without encountering flashbulbs and crowds of Rob's devoted fans. Eventually Julie becomes isolated - estranged from old friends and even her own family over their supposed "leaks" to the press.
The author digs deep into Julie's feelings as she begins to awaken to the reality of her situation. Julie's examination of her own values and priorities in life lead her to leave the marriage - as we already knew she would, didn't we?
This book is more than a "beach read" - it's an homage to a courageous young woman. Thanks for writing it, Hilary! And I sure hope Katie Holmes reads this book while she is lounging poolside watching her daughter playing happily with other children.