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I used to enjoy watching The Simple Life starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, and as a result, became a fan of the two; although I was more 'Team Paris' than 'Team Nicole', although I liked Nicole too. I didn't know that Nicole had had a book out until I saw it it on Amazon when I was browsing a couple of months ago, and so decided to buy it.
The Truth About Diamonds is the first novel from American star Nicole Richie. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2006. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.29 which I think is quite expensive for a paper back read.
In this book : This follows a young woman called Chloe Parker, who at the age of seven was adopted by a big music star and his wife. Follow her around as she lives her life in L.A, attends all the hottest parties and is friends with all the coolest people in L.A. What will happen? Read The Truth About Diamons to find out!
I was kind of confused about this book at first, as it looked like an autobiography as it had a picture of her on the book cover, although apparently it was her 'first novel'. But after reading it, the story turns out to be the story of her life (her actual real story), but what makes it a 'novel' is the fact that she has change the names of the people, although it's quite clear who Simone is.....Paris Hilton if you are wondering!
I did think that the book took a long time to 'get started'; the beginning seemed to drag quite a bit which I found to be a bit off putting, but then once it got going, it really got going. I particularly liked how fast the plot moved (once it had eventually got going), as it meant as soon as you knew the facts you moved on to the next thing rather than hanging around.
If you love Jordan's novels then I would recommend this book; as it features the same kind of things; young woman in the spotlight and how she goes about her day-to-day life and deals with her problems!
I found the book to be a pleasure to read; it is laid out in a very simple format and the language is basic, nothing too difficult - although Nicole Richie isn't really a proper writer so what more can you expect really?! Although, having said that, I thought that the descriptive writing was quite good as I really felt as though I was in Los Angeles!
If you are a Celebrity gossip fan then I think that you will absolutely love this book as it features a lot of juicy gossip! I am a huge celebrity gossip fan - I buy all the magazines and watch the American channel 'E!' which is all about the rich and famous, and there was lots of gossip in this book that I didn't know of, so this book certainly made entertaining reading. There is also a lot of name dropping ; trying to work out who is who is all part of the fun!
I thought that Nicole was quite sneaky the way she went about this book. She mentioned a lot of people (disguised by different names of course) but it was obvious who was who. But it's as though she changed the names so that she wouldn't get into trouble for name-dropping, and also if any of the people mentioned did 'want a word with her about it' she could say that 'it's not real, it's a novel', when it is very clear that it is real, just set in a novel style.
It isn't an intelligent read ; you certainly won't learn anything academic by reading this book, although it is a great read, which doesn't require much thinking, and so it is a perfect holiday read, as it's a good book you can read whilst relaxing.
Thanks for reading!
January 9th 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)