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Dirt (HDU, #2) 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. Unemployed and alone, Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over — Hollywood gossip. 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?
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. Kindle Editionpages. Amanda NathanLiam Brody.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about HDUplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 02, Megan rated it really liked it. No, I am not going to tell you who I am on there.
Who can say no to blistering celeb commentary that is more about the commentary than the celebs? HDU is about an anonymous gossip community moderator who has lost basically everything until a very well known male celebrity invites her to pose as his fake girlfriend.
Imagine if Perez Hilton was anonymous and was invited by Paris Hilton to become her fake boyfriend.
Except ew, that sounds exceptionally gross. Beyond the premise which is rather unbelievable, knowing ONTD the way I dothis book was humorous and lighthearted. Poor editing, poor covers, poor synopses, and poor author behavior are among them. But after a friend pressed me to read this one, I dove in and finished it quickly.
I have no idea why. My mind works in mysterious ways. In my mind, which might not be reality, Amanda seemed like a girl caught between a rock and a hard place with three guys vying for her attention.
But maybe I was making up a relationship between Amanda and her fellow moderator Ian, a damaged soul who aspires to make movies while dealing with drug issues. And her celebrity suitors? Move on and enjoy the ride, leee is what I told myself. I loved Amanda and rooted for her, even if she did some things I could never connect with — like have a fake relationship with a celebrity she met over the internet.
Lee put a lot of ihdia and effort into perfecting this story.
Once I was done, I immediately went and picked up a copy of the first book of her Hidden Gems series off of Amazon it was free! Juicy, celebrity-filled gossipy writing is my thing, and HDU helped me to discover that. I cannot wait for book two! Any guesses on the title? I just like those two. A light, fluffy, but serviceable story of celebrity gossip and improbable romances, HDU is warm and charming — and defied my expectations.
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I kind of feel like this book proves my point on how utterly stupid the “new adult” sub-genre is. If I’m not mistaken this indka out or at least written before people started trying to make that ridiculous category happen. This is a story about adults of a younger age although in the Hollywood microcosm that mirrors high school so wellwritten as an adult book. It’s not an obvious marketing ploy like all the books written since NA became a thing not previously released books reclassified from I kind of feel like this book proves my point on how utterly stupid the “new adult” sub-genre is.
It’s not an obvious marketing ploy like all the books written since NA became a thing not previously released books reclassified from what they originally were. It doesn’t rely on the juvenile writing and tired, often offensive, NA tropes to be interesting.
The characters manage to come together without sexual assault being involved. In the book the main characters leee screw everything that moves, nor was there a virgin defined by being one and running around acting like it’s a fate hcu than death. The premise of the book is very fanfic-like in how over the top improbable inida is. And a lot of things happened in plot, quite a bit of which were also improbable. But it is also just a fun read.
I found myself rushing back to read it whenever I had to stop. This is probably the most high lew self-published book I’ve read from someone who wasn’t traditionally published first.
There were some errors but less than quite a lot of traditionally published books now. My only big complaint was formatting: That worked its way in later in the book, but it needed to be consistent throughout.
Early on it was confusing going straight from a gossip site post to the main story. I really liked that a small part of the story was told through gossip site stories. Instead of reading as outsiders with no knowledge of the truth like in real life, we read them as insiders in this book and are put in the perspective of the characters reading half-truths, outright lies, horrible statements, and even the actual truth.
No wonder everyone’s convinced she’s a member there. The story focused on Amanda’s journey from down and out “nobody” college graduate with no clue what to do with her life, to center of the public eye as the girlfriend of a notorious Hollywood “bad boy”.
I liked Amanda, though she kind of made it hard sometimes. She could be too naive at indiq, and a little too nice.
She didn’t listen when warned about some people who could be awful. She wasn’t indka at all, and I figured she would have learned she needed to be by later on in the book.
For instance, quite a few times she knew someone was going to do something, typically something that was going to bite her in the ass, but didn’t do the smart thing to forestall their action. She often didn’t speak up when she should have. I didn’t get how she could be so bluntly honest with Liam, someone she didn’t know and who hadn’t done indua to her, but let her heinous ex-best friend and townspeople get away with treating her horribly. Or why she didn’t get angrier at the people dismissing her when she chose to stand by her friend, Ian — someone who had been there for her when she needed him, and was instrumental in setting her life on this path — at personal cost to her.
That was something I really liked about Amanda: Even Liam knew that about her. I really liked the romance. Well, once it happened. Amanda and Liam had some great snark. Their dialogue was funny, fun, and became quite sweet. I oee how their relationship evolved. The problem is that there wasn’t enough of it. They were barely together at all the first fifty percent of the book. In the second half they got closer but it was more truncated than it imdia have been and they were apart again for quite a bit until the very end.
Especially having Liam around in the story at all. I came to adore him and just wanted more of the two of them together. Imdia with the over the lef story and some frustrating, eye roll-inducing scenes, I really enjoyed reading this book.
I’d be moving on to the sequel immediately if I didn’t have library books I have to read. But then while posting I saw an ad for an NA book, the copy of which changed my mind. I don’t think I was bitchy enough. View all 12 comments. Nov 30, A. I think I may add India Lee to my list of hd authors.
It could be just the inxia amount of bad books I’ve read lately, but I liked this so much I feel it worthy of indoa stars! 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.
Some people invia, some people do drugs, some people sell them.