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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper by Hilary Liftin

Title: Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper
Author: Hilary Liftin
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Viking
Publish Date: July 21, 2015 (Today!)
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.

What's the Story?:

From "Actress Lizzie Pepper was America’s Girl Next Door and her marriage to Hollywood mega-star Rob Mars was tabloid gold—a whirlwind romance and an elaborate celebrity-studded wedding landed them on the cover of every celebrity weekly. But fame, beauty, and wealth weren’t enough to keep their marriage together. Hollywood’s “It” couple are over—and now Lizzie is going to tell her side of the story.

Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin chronicles the tabloids’ favorite marriage as Lizzie Pepper realizes that, when the curtain falls, her romance isn’t what she and everyone else thought. From her lonely holidays in sumptuous villas to her husband’s deep commitment to a disconcertingly repressive mind-body group, Lizzie reveals a side of fame that her fans never get to see. Full of twists and turns, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper is a breathless journey to the heights of Hollywood power and royalty and a life in the spotlight that is nearly impossible to escape."

My Two Cents:

"Movie star by Lizzie Pepper" by Hilary Liftin is a faux celebrity memoir that has flavors of so many of those celebrity couples whose faces and combined names (TomKat, Brangelina, etc.) grace the likes of People and US Weekly. I've definitely been fascinated by that world and so I was looking forward to reading this book. It's fascinating to me that the author decided to write a faux celebrity memoir but what makes it even more interesting is that the author partially started her writing career as a ghostwriter for celebrity memoirs so she knows where she's going. As she put it, Lizzie Pepper would be her dream client!

Lizzie Pepper is a middle-of-the-road actress until she meets Rob Mars, one of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood. Lizzie falls for Rob quickly and thinks that what they have is real but she slowly starts to realize that their fairytale is anything but a fairytale and all the things she loved about their relationship have a really cheap veneer. The book is written from Lizzy's perspective which I really liked because it allowed me to get into her head and to understand what she was going through.

This book is for those who are intrigued by the world of celebrity like I am. I love reading serious books but you can also find me scanning the tabloids in the grocery store checkout line. I loved the Hollywood insider flavor of this novel. The cool thing about this book is that because it is a faux celebrity memoir, we get closer to the elusive Hollywood world more than any other real celebrity memoir would allow us to get. Overall, this is a fun read that engaged me from the very beginning.


This book is already exciting a lot of people! Thanks to the publisher, I am giving away a prize pack to one lucky winner (U.S. only!). Included in the giveaway is a copy of the book, a pair of branded sunglasses with a Lizzie Pepper hangtag, and popcorn all packaged in a gold envelope.

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  1. Great review. I love reading stories about actors ans actresses, and Hollywood.

  2. What a fun giveaway! The story sounds wonderful and something I would definitely want to read this time of year, laying out in the sun! Celebrity gossip and shows like TMZ are my guilty pleasure so I'm sure I would eat this up :). Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I live in SoCal where it's celebs everywhere. I just saw Marcia Cross (Bree from Desperate Housewives) while I was out and about last week.

  4. Wonderful feature, fascinating story and great giveaway. My d-in-l would love this since she is captivated with the celebrity culture. Thanks for this chance. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I really want to read this book. It sounds so fun.

  6. Thanks for the great giveaway. This definitely sounds like a fun read. Loved your review of the book. Have added it to my TBR list.


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