This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper: A Novel by Hilary Liftin
Published by Viking on July 21, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Domestic Life, Family Life, Literature & Fiction, Marriage & Divorce
Buy on Amazon
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.
Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper is a thinly veiled version of the Tom Cruise – Katie Holmes relationship. Instead of couch jumping there was jumping on the hood of a car, instead of one child there were two, but it was still pretty obvious where the basis of the story came from. As a lover of everything TMZ I was excited to finally read this book, and I’m very glad I did. The world built was very real, the pacing was spot on and the characters were just fantastic. This was like reading a giant version of People magazine. The author, Hilary Liftin, is a well known Hollywood ghost writer, having worked with Tori Spelling, Miley Cyrus and Terri Hatcher. With this base of knowledge it is no surprise that Movie Star is such a spot on portrayal of what I think Hollywood is like. Friendships based on what connections the other can provide, jobs based on who you know and relationships brokered by agents and lawyers. I was happy to see that the characters had more depth than I expected. I came into reading this believing it would be mainly fluff and while there was plenty of it, there was also a solidness to the main character Lizzie. Liftin created a character that the every woman can relate to. At the end all of her decisions were based on what was best for her children, which made her very real. I ended up reading this in one sitting, it flowed very well and I needed to know what happened next. I enjoyed this read and can see why it was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015.
Favorite lines – Giving up the grand lifestyle—that didn’t faze me. But I had to accept that the love I’d felt, the love I’d believed in, the love I’d built my life around—it was all a façade. Explaining that, for the first time, I wept.
Biggest cliche – “Of course people in Hollywood like me for me, not who I know.”
Have you read Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper, or added it to your TBR?