The Truth About Diamonds: A Novel

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In her electrifying first novel, Nicole Richie tells the sensational story of Chloe Parker, a rock royalty princess and a card-carrying member of Hollywood's inner circle. At the age of seven, Chloe was adopted by a music superstar and his wife, transforming her life from rags to riches. What followed was a wild childhood distinguished by parties with movie stars and rock idols, run-ins with the press and the police, and a subsequent stint in rehab.

Suddenly Chloe shoots to ...

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Overview

In her electrifying first novel, Nicole Richie tells the sensational story of Chloe Parker, a rock royalty princess and a card-carrying member of Hollywood's inner circle. At the age of seven, Chloe was adopted by a music superstar and his wife, transforming her life from rags to riches. What followed was a wild childhood distinguished by parties with movie stars and rock idols, run-ins with the press and the police, and a subsequent stint in rehab.

Suddenly Chloe shoots to instant fame as a spokesmodel for a national ad campaign. When her long-lost birth father appears out of nowhere and her best friend betrays her, she must struggle to keep it all together -- her sobriety, her friendships, and her integrity despite the betrayals of those around her. Ultimately, Chloe comes spectacularly into her own, achieving stardom in her own right and finding true love.

Through the eyes of the captivating Chloe and the talented voice of Nicole Richie, we are given a no-holds-barred look at Hollywood's new elite, behind the velvet ropes, inside star-studded premieres and parties. Whether they're doing the "circuit" (begin with shopping at Barneys New York, Marni, and Fred Segal, then end with the grilled vegetable salad at the Ivy), or ending up on the front page of your favorite weekly magazine, Chloe Parker and her fellow A-listers never fail to dazzle, their larger-than-life dramas more riveting than any reality show.

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Editorial Reviews

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With accusations rife on the Net that episodes of the "reality show" The Simple Life were staged, perhaps it's only fitting that show costar Nicole Ritchie should launch a book of "reality fiction." Ex-friend Paris Hilton won't be the only eager reader of The Truth about Diamonds, an all-too-transparently autobiographical novel about glam second-generation celebrities.
– The San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Richie...has a Jackie Susann sense of humor.”
–The New York Post
“Shockingly entertaining.”
–Chicago Tribune
“[A] gem of a book.”
Chicago Tribune
"[A] gem of a book."
The New York Post
"Shockingly entertaining."
The San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Richie...has a Jackie Susann sense of humor."
Chicago Tribune
“[A] gem of a book.”
The New York Post
“Shockingly entertaining.”
The San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Richie...has a Jackie Susann sense of humor.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061137334
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 488,380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie is the daughter of Lionel and Brenda Richie. Since 2003, she has starred on the popular reality series The Simple Life. Famous for her quick wit and candor, Richie has several projects in the works and is currently taping the fourth season of The Simple Life. She lives in Los Angeles.

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The Truth About Diamonds

A Novel
By Nicole Richie

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Nicole Richie
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060820489

Chapter One

Reserved Seating

Chloe Parker would be a terrible role model if she were famous. Trouble is that she was about to be.

It started innocently enough, or as innocent as you can get on the dance floor of one of the hottest clubs in L.A.

The nightclubs of L.A. are like soap operas, except they're not Days of Our Lives; they're more like Passions -- crazy stuff happens, and no one bats a fake eyelash. There's always some bizarre drama that plays out every night, and everyone in the cast -- I mean, everyone -- is great looking, stoned, and/or drunk. It's like a traveling freak show that stars the youngest and hottest in Hollywood. It's about fun, and sex, and pseudo-danger.

Chloe Parker was practically born in a club. It's like she spontaneously generated one night in 1981 during a fourteen-minute remix. As a child, she could dance before she could walk and sing before she could talk. Dressed in a tie-dyed onesie and a tutu, her head a tangle of golden curls, Chloe was destined to haunt the clubs of her adoptive city as soon as humanly possible.

Chloe had been going to the hottest clubs in Hollywood since she was this many, wearing L.A. Gear sneakers everywhere she went. Like me, Chloe has always been tiny, which meant we could both sneak into The Viper Room under the noses of the bouncers when we were thirteen. She was a kid partying with adults who treated her like a peer. Every important marker of her life had to do with clubbing. She wore her first bra to a club. She went out without a bra for the first time to a club. Her first kiss, her first crush on a gay guy, the first time she saw Jimmy Choo sandals, the first time someone passed her a joint -- all happened in a club.

As a kid, Chloe would stand behind the DJ booth and dance, and the DJ could tell if he had the vibe right just by monitoring her movements. Like Holly Golightly in Madonna-wannabe rags, Chloe had the ability to not only be in the moment, but to create it.

It helped that she always gave herself little jobs to do to make everyone happier. She'd hand out Dixie cups of water if people were looking overheated, or she would fan them with the sleeve of one of the 12-inch records the DJ was playing. She was the Disco Granny reincarnated.

In those days, Chloe was like that -- so pure, all heart and soul. To see her smile would have the same effect on a roomful of sweaty strangers as the DJ playing a classic, crowd-pleasing track. She could be like a little sliver of the sun -- her glow lit them up.

Chloe's mailing address might have been her mom Peggy's place in Bel Air, but the place to find her -- and more importantly the place where she was finding herself -- was whatever party was hottest at the moment.

That night, it was Mode, a converted church on Cahuenga just north of Hollywood. Unfortunately, all of us were discovering a new side to Chloe -- a scary one.

Chloe didn't need drugs to have fun. I mean, drugs would be double-bad for an addictive personality like hers, and I think she knew it. But she was drawn to them for the same reasons any young person may be -- drugs seemed glam, and exciting, and reckless. Being high was intriguing; it made her feel alive. Drugs were everywhere in every club. And drugs took the place of love.

But along with whatever her other drugs du jour were, Chloe was as addicted to the club scene as she was a part of it.

To get to our booth, Chloe aggressively stomped up the staircase of Mode, a multi-tiered architectural maze with flashing lights and music so loud it felt like it invaded you, like a virus. Just as everyone in L.A. had to climb the social ladder, Chloe and all the rest of us had to climb three flights of stairs to get to the VIP level at Mode. Sometimes, scaling the social ladder was easier and faster than making it up those stairs, which were usually choked with hangers-on, wasted fans, and undercover tabloid reporters. Chloe wasn't nationally famous yet, but she was a glittering part of the youth party scene, and reporters were smart enough to know that where there's smoke, there's fire.

On her way up the stairs, Chloe started to pass two Asian girls, one tall and the other short and squat, who were bobbing their heads to the end of Kanye West's Golddigger. They both wore hip-huggers and expensive-looking belly shirts. They were not holding drinks, and their pupils were not dilated. Even in her chemically altered state, Chloe pegged them immediately: They were definitely magazine reporters.

At Mode, people acted up, hooked up, and threw up, and the paparazzi stood outside to shoot the stars as they went in looking fabulous and staggered out totally gone. Guess which kinds of photos got published? You're right! Both kinds got published. From what I heard, an exclusive shot of a new couple could earn up to fifty grand from a celebrity weekly. The price would triple if the photogs could shoot inside, but the iron-clad rule was no cameras and no reporters in the clubs. That was part of what stoked the glamour and mystery. No one really knew what went on inside. The doormen played, too. They were judge and jury when it came to letting people in and keeping people out. That meant the warm-up act for the freak show usually started outside.

Guys with money? Yup. But the doormen tried to keep the ratio of guys to girls at about ten to one. They wanted all the Brad Pitt wannabes to open their wallets while competing for the handful of Angelinas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    Love books but NOT this one!

    I hate to not finish a book and rarely do but this is one that I could not finish. It was awful. I like Nicole Richie and thought this would be an amusing read but instead found it to be poorly written and just a terrible read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    Surprising

    The Truth about Diamonds was an extremely entertaining book. Nicole Richie is a very witty writer. This book is loosely based on her life, but the story follows Chloe Parker a friend of Nicole's who gets famous for being the face for a makeup company. Through the story we learn of Chloe's drug addiction and how it was controlling her life. Then she gets out of rehab she deals with the consequences of being famous. Tabloid rumors, money and non-trustworthy people. This book gives you insight on what it's like for celebrities, not the money and the fame part but the price that you have to pay to have those privileges. I recommend this book to anybody who is into the glamorous life of celebrities and is interested in what it's like. I really enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009

    I Loved the Book!

    When I first decided to buy the book i was hesitant. I had heard about the book for a couple of years on T.V. and never decided to buy it. Recently i purchased it because i needed some good summer reading....something light...after finishing L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad (which i was not impressed with) I decided buy this Book By Nicole Richie. I started with no real expectations, but what i got from the book was a good story with well developed characters and a well developed plot. Her writting style was very smooth and easy to read. The book gave an insight into her life. I think that the book showed her real story not just what is covered in the tabloids...even though it is a novel it is based on her life. I would recomend the book to anyone who has maybe followed her career or life....or anyone that just wants a good story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2006

    What Does She Have to Say That's New??

    The answer to my headline is NOTHING! So what! She's a burnt-out celebrity that has done nothing but party through-out her career. How foolish to idolize Nichole Richie! Her story is nothing new, but because she has a BIG NAME, it sells like profound truth! Ask any Christian counselor, and they will have dozens of stories that are just like Nicole's. Plenty of people have gone thorugh worse and have come out better.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    This was surprising

    I'm not one for the simple life or paris or nicole but i do have to say this was a really good book. I read paris's book and found it horrible but this was a very good read and for anyone who doesn't like nicole should really read this to see how hard her life was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Deimos

    It's a trick. Go back and try again. &Delta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Awful

    Writing is terrible. Story inane. Don't waste your time or money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Great book

    To be honest i didn't know what to expect from this book but i
    have to say i loved it ! I just bought her other book and can't wait to read it .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Great

    I bought this book not really knowing what to expect but it was very good. I finished it in only 3 days and I am not a fast reader or anything. I thought it was a interesting/good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    the truth

    I love Nicole Richie and figured I'd love her book as well. This book was not all that it was made out to be, the truth is she should really stick to the spot light and not the book writing. The book is loosely based on her life, including many other characters that reflect other celebutantes. The book is good, just not great, it has an interesting story line with a good point, however it lacks anything greater than an 8th grade vocabulary and tends to drift off subject time to time...to time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Beyond Expectation

    This book was way better than what i thought it'd be. I'm a fan of nicole so i bought this book for the sake of it and finally read it and LOVED it, A GREAT read for ALL Girls and Guys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    Have you ever thought that being a famous person would be so glamorous and fascinating? Well according to Chloe it¿s not all that it¿s made out to be. Chloe was adopted into a wealthy famous family where she was loved and spoiled by her mother and father. Now that she is older and is starting to see that keeping her innocence is harder than she thought. She starts getting mixed up in a whirlwind of adult situations she doesn¿t believe she¿s ready for as a celebrity. Once she feels she has hit rock bottom with her career and social life she tries to find a way to regain her trust with the people she cares about most. Does she really have the true self control she needs to hold it all together? Pick up a copy of The Truth about Diamonds to see if she makes it through. In my opinion The Truth about Diamonds is a really great book. It¿s written by Nicole Richie and it¿s an autobiography of her life but she tells it as just a silly story. She portrays the character Chloe and talks about struggles in her adult life. I would give this book 4 stars because I think it talks about modern things that many people are familiar with such as designers, restaurants, and night clubs. I believe this book was very hard to put down because there was never a dull moment. All and all this book was very entertaining. If I were to recommend this book to anyone it would have to be a young woman of the age of 13 and higher. Any person younger I believe wouldn¿t get some of the things the book talks about and the events that take place would be to mature for younger children. Teen boys and men would not like this book because it talks about more woman things like designers and other issues. One thing that I would really take into consideration is that this book is very advanced and talks about issues dealing with underage drinking and drug abuse. All around The Truth about Diamonds would be very satisfying for young adults 13 and over, and shows the true life a celebrity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    story: great, writing: horrible

    Don't get me wrong, I loved this book. The story was a fun read. The writing on the other hand, was horrible. A 5th grader could have written this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    Best Book Ever!

    I go to a Catholic school and I borrowed this book from my friend.She was so annoyed because I couldn't put it down during class!I finished it before her-sorry crystal- and I would recommend this book to anyone.It's so interesting you just wanna keep reading and find out what happens next.I'm a big fan of nicole richie and paris hilton,but this book is way hotter than paris's.-awsome job nicole!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    nicole richie is beautiful

    i love her i love her book it was great loves it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Nicole Has Grown

    I loved this book. I have been though a drug phase and it's hard to stop it. I feel like me and 'Chloe' have had many similar problems. It's good to know that I'm not the only one. Nicole has grown so much from her drug era. I'm proud and I look up to her for that. Nicole you rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    Truth about Diamonds

    wow. an intence first novel. this is one of my favorite books. it has a LOT to do with drugs but, it was definetley something almost everyone should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Nicole..an author! Who Knew!

    By the first page or two of this book, I was absolutely hooked. If you think this is a book about Nicole complaining about her life or some cheesy fairytale book, this is not it! It's so real and her style of writing is humorous! It's really hard to put down. If you are looking for a book that you will learn something from and is something you will want to read when you are over 30, I do not reccomend this book. It was defiently geared towards younger people. But I think this book is one that you defiently should look into reading. You will not regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    awesome book...loved it!

    When I purchased this book I was expecting a radom story. But it was really good. It's pretty similar to the problems and drama Nicole Richie goes through in real life. She portrays herself through her character Chloe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    great read....

    really great read couldnt put it down, very funny witty book, it doesnt sound like someone else wrote it for her , i enjoyed every page.

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