HDU

HDU

4.7 9
by India Lee
     
 

Amanda Nathan just lost everything – her first real boyfriend to her lifelong best friend, her half of their shared apartment in St. Louis and her first post-grad job as a receptionist. Forced back under her parents’ roof in Merit, Missouri, the gossipy town she’d spent her life trying to escape, Amanda has but one saving grace – being an…  See more details below

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Amanda Nathan just lost everything – her first real boyfriend to her lifelong best friend, her half of their shared apartment in St. Louis and her first post-grad job as a receptionist. Forced back under her parents’ roof in Merit, Missouri, the gossipy town she’d spent her life trying to escape, Amanda has but one saving grace – being an anonymous moderator on HDU, the Internet’s largest celebrity gossip community. Unemployed and alone, Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over – Hollywood gossip. Now, her idea of fun is getting lost in the glamorous lives of others and posting nasty rumors about her former bestie’s favorite actor, Liam Brody, a playboy notorious for dumping his model girlfriends on a monthly basis.

So who would’ve thought that Liam Brody would be Amanda’s answer to escaping Merit? When the controversial womanizer needs an image boost to land a new role, he turns to none other than HDU for some good press. As it turns out, Liam is as eager to shed his playboy image as Amanda is desperate to move out of Merit. The solution to both problems? Fake a romance in which Hollywood’s biggest playboy falls for an unknown, sweet and shockingly plain Jane.

With the help of Ian, a fellow HDU moderator and self-developed expert on stardom, Amanda packs her bags for her new life in New York, where the overnight fame and glamour of being a celebrity girlfriend awaits. But Amanda soon discovers that their little ploy is a lot more emotionally complicated than she imagined. And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle, so does manipulation.

Genre: New Adult, Chick Lit
Novel Length: Appr. 90,000 Words

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015807950
Publisher:
India Lee Books
Publication date:
11/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
452,493
File size:
440 KB

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HDU 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
obeetaybee More than 1 year ago
Very good book.  Well written.  Heard there are plans for a sequel, can't wait to read if true.
Ari_K More than 1 year ago
Uh-oh. I think I may add India Lee to my list of favorite authors. It could be just the sheer amount of bad books I've read lately, but I liked this so much I feel it worthy of five stars! If you've ever lost yourself for hours on ONTD (I know I sure did), you will love this. See, Amanda is one of us. And even though her story is unbelievable beyond the pages of a book or a rom-com movie, it's really engaging and wonderful, with a Cinderella-but-not-quite feel. Because Amanda, in fact, hates her prince charming with burning passion. But after being jilted and cheated on by her best friend and boyfriend, shunned by the small town she lives in, she resorts to having to overcome that dislike in order to prove everyone wrong. Liam stole my heart from that first HDU appearance. I don't know why - usually I'd go all Amanda on a story like that, he IS a womanizing douchelord (btw, brilliant!). But it's because of this that you just know that you're in for a good read, and it turned out to be exactly that. Amanda is witty and funny and loyal and sweet despite trying to pass herself off as something else. I loved her. After all that happened with Megan and Brandtwhatshisname, I really thought she deserved a break. And Liam is just as wonderful once you get to know him better. I could go on, and on, and on about how much I liked the dynamic between Amanda and Liam from that very first e-mail, trying to outplay each other. To the easy relationship that they fell into. To the very last scene because it was so appropriate. And with a cast of interesting supporting characters, you are never bored. I must admit, I was intrigued by Casey and if she turns out to prove wrong on accusations. And I loved Ian because he gave off that "friend material" vibe. Megan, the icky, attention seeking ex-best-friend that you just love to hate. Oh, I don't even want to admit at what I thought this book would be about. I'm quite happy with what it turned out to be. The writing is wonderful, witty and charming, and the only fault to this is that I really wanted to see more of Amanda and Liam. It. Was. Just. Too. Short. I definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next in the series! (or the last book of the Gem series, either!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SOOO amazing!! couldn't put it down and finished it in 5 hours :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, but I did notice a few mistakes, one being the author accidently said Gemma instead of Amanda? That really threw me off guard. But, other than those few mistakes, I would totally recommend this book. She is a fantastic author and I enjoy reading her books.
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When I found this book I expected a casual bore of a read, but it surprised me! The narrative voice is pretty catchy, and the plot in general is well crafted. Ending came up a little rushed in my opinion, but otherwise, a very nice little vacation read. Give it a shot, it's cute. As an ebook, there are a few typos/missing words (small stuff like "to," nothing plot-changing). Not abundant, but they're there. Also, if you aren't familiar with internet lingo ala ONTD, you might struggle with the in-book comments. Sorry, but there's no glossary if you don't know all the abbreviations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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