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HILARY LIFTIN

 

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper (2015)

 

This novel is written as if it's a faux memoir by actress Lizzie Pepper after her failed marriage to older movie star Rob Mars. Basically it's the story of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes - and if you know your showbiz gossip you'll recognise all the similarities - from his poster on the bedroom wall and her starring as a loveable teen on a TV show, to the crazy declaration of love (on the hood of a car, rather than a couch on the Oprah set), and the lavish wedding in a European castle after they became parents (to twin boys in this case). I was just breathing a sigh of relief that there was no cult - but no, wait a minute, here comes a mind-control group called One Cell, which of course ends up driving them apart. There is no doubt that this is a well-written pageturner that exposes the failings of a Hollywood marriage. But because it so closely mirrors the TomKat relationship, it just didn't leave any room for surprises. The author has ghostwritten several celebrity memoirs including for Tori Spelling and Miley Cyrus, which adds an element of authenticity.

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