Monday, June 1, 2015

Book Thoughts: Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler

Absolutely True LiesAbsolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars. SLIGHT SPOILERS! 

Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided to me by Touchstone via Netgalley. I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for providing me this opportunity. All opinions expressed from here forward are my own.
When a Goodreads friend recommended this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I've been reading and reviewing more speculative fiction for the website that I blog for, so I'm usually knee deep in aliens, dragons, and some times some amalgam of the two. It's been a while since I sat down with a light fluffy, contemporary book and just enjoyed it for what it was worth. Admittedly, I love my speculative fiction, but I've missed reading contemporary fiction. So, when I saw this was available for grabs through NetGalley and I'd added to my TBR pile, I requested it.

We follow a fledgling entertainment reporter, Holly Gracin, who after finding herself out of work takes on the job of ghostwriting the autobiography of one of the world's biggest teen stars, Daisy Mae Dixson, a girl who kind of makes me think of Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears back during the height of their stardom.
In the beginning, Daisy Mae presents herself as a good Christian country girl, but Holly soon learns better as she gets caught up in the whirlwind of Daisy's real life. I don't regret one minute of reading this book. It was a light, fast read. Very engaging, cute, and humorous. Despite ranty I can come off, I'm a sucker for romance and cute books, okay. This definitely fit that for me. I found Holly very likable, and even I liked the hint of romance that started budding between her and Vaughn AT FIRST, which brings me to my next point.

Two things that bothered me about this book was how the romance turned into a love triangle. Holly was presented with this really cool dude who's geeky like she is and they share so much in common. Then, out of nowhere we get Ben, who's so devastatingly handsome and perfect and humble and likes Holly and has noticed her ALL THIS TIME (but somehow she didn't notice him, go figure, even though he's like all kinds of cute and looks nothing like the rest of the guys she's been around on the set) and can do like a million things and showing her a good time and slightly warning her that Vaughn isn't as great as he seems.

Suddenly, we start getting gross monster Vaughn being all snooty, jealous, and peculiar, and I'm like, "This is crazy." The book is nearly over and suddenly we get this love triangle, but I liked Ben in the end, too. I still thought it was awesome how things were going with Vaughn before he became the devil, but eh...

Secondly, I didn't really care for the ending as a whole. It left me so deflated. All this drama, all this craziness, all this mess for some contrived reasoning that probably could've been handled better with lawyers than Daisy Mae going full renegade in the book. Yet, I still mostly liked this book. It made a fun, great summer read.

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