Absolutely True Lies.
Booklist Reviews 2015 April #2
Screenwriter Stuhler takes readers into the world of a struggling writer in Los Angeles in her first novel. Twenty-five-year-old Holly Gracin finds herself jobless when the floundering magazine she works for finally folds. She is saved from complete destitution when she is hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of 18-year-old television pop star Daisy Mae Dixon. Holly quickly discovers that Daisy's sweet, squeaky-clean reputation is just an illusion. Daisy is actually childish and prone to temper tantrums. She pops pills and drinks behind closed doors, and her manager is a controlling Svengali. Holly is whisked off to Miami and Italy for the filming of Daisy's television show, and she grows close to two members of the crew: a charming, cute producer and a drop-dead-gorgeous production designer who wears his heart on his sleeve. But when Daisy has a meltdown in Italy, Holly's job and Daisy's career are both put in jeopardy. A truly winning debut that peels back the layers of the glamorous life of a young star as well as those in her orbit. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2015 April #1
One only needs to tune in to the evening news or check out the cover of a magazine to see yet another teen celebrity go from America's sweetheart to a hot mess in no time flat. Stuhler's debut tells one such story. Tapping in to her personal experience working in Hollywood as a screenwriter and ghostwriter, the author crafts a salacious world in which Holly Gracin, mid-20s and struggling to make a name for herself as a gossip writer, is hired to ghostwrite the autobiography of Daisy Mae Dixon, a teenage pop star who is nothing like the Goody Two-shoes she portrays in public. Despite the rampant corruption and evildoers in their Hollywood milieu, Holly soon finds out the truth behind Daisy's manufactured persona and is thrown into a world of sex, drugs, and plenty of misery. When Holly flies to Italy for an on-location shoot, Daisy teeters on the edge of self-destruction and Holly must find the strength to stay true to herself. VERDICT An enticing glimpse into the celebrity lifestyle, this first novel is a solid beach read that will cause readers to feel sympathy for child stars. Stuhler's personal experiences add an extra layer of intrigue that is sure to draw in readers.—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib., CA[Page 85]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.