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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (November 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060820489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060820480
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mercedes J. VINE 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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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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So I'm really not super picky about books, I like both light and heavy reads and knew this would be 'a day at the beach' type of book... but it's horrible. I've never written a bad book review until now. I hated the book mainly because I never had any attachment to characters or cared what happened to them... bad character development. 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. Overall there was nothing in the book that caught my attention. The story was boring. The characters are dull. The writing is really bad.Do not waste your money. One of the worst book I've ever read and I'm not even exaggerating at all.. it was that boring.
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I was looking for a bad book to read – something that seizes all logical thought like the bait postson 4chan. For better or worst Nicole Richie’s first foray into "faction", combining truth with hypothetical fiction, wasn’t as comically bad as I had hoped but nevertheless still delivers in terms of plot and characters as thin as the fashion she is expected to wear.

The Truth about diamonds is a fictional memoir framed as the author’s friendship with the main character Chloe Parker that combines tabloid perceptions of Hollywood with the authors life. Admittedly, I knew little about author beyond her appearance in the 2003 series “The Simple Life” and the wikipedia article about her, its enough to deduce that Chloe Parker is her in a sense – meandering through life influenced of celebrity excess and drama, Chloe/Nicole has succumbed to a light drug addiction and dubious parenting that both culminates with both her starring in a reality television show and entering rehab. In the second part, the come out of rehab a somewhat better person but tabloid fodder is around her, resulting in a incredible misunderstanding that threaten her relation with the only boy she ever loved in addition to a mortal threat to her reality show. Compounding the amateurish writing is the authors providing the histories about particular people and events to pad out the 240 pages that under other circumstances would have turned this book into a short story better left for fan fiction sites.

The book is amateurishly bad.
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This book and this "author" represent everything that is wrong with our dumb-as-bricks culture - rewarding people for being rich and stupid. How this was published when real authors are struggling just to get their work read is amazing. The publishing industry should be ashamed of itself.
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