The Truth About Diamonds: A Novel Paperback – Oct 3 2006
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“Richie...has a Jackie Susann sense of humor.” ( The San Francisco Bay Guardian)
“Shockingly entertaining.” (The New York Post)
“[A] gem of a book.” (Chicago Tribune)
About the Author
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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While the writing is very juvenile, and there was hardly any plot to speak of, it wasn't an awful book. I do agree with another reviewer though who said the whole 'Nicole Richie as narrator of her friend Chloe Parker who really represents Nicole herself' was a bit confusing in the beginning. And while there are more flaws with the book than highlights, the story certainly keeps you entertained.
Overall, I recommend this for faithful tabloid readers, and fans of Nicole and Paris (I happen to be the former, NOT the latter), but don't expect literary genius. One of the best parts about this book was trying to figure out who each fictional character represented in real life, and if you're up on your tabloid gossip, it shouldn't be too hard. In the end, it was better than I expected, but I don't think she should continue to pursue a career in writing.
The characters in this novel are thinly veiled reproductions of the celebs she's out and about with every week on Entertainment Tonight. It doesn't take a high school degree to recognize Kelly Osbourne, Brandon Davis and *gasp* even Paris Hilton. The problem with this book isn't even that she steals from her own life for profit, but that she does it so poorly. I couldn't even finish this book it was so poorly written and the plot was so predicable. Take my advice, save yourself the trouble, and pick up a paperback Harlequin for $1.50. It's cheaper, and you'll finish with much more satisfaction.
The story is simple enough. Chloe Parker is a club kid with a drug problem. She gets her own series of "reality commercials" with her friend Simone. It is about her struggle with fame, drugs, and romance.
"The Truth About Diamonds" is a quick read. It has a total of 224 pages. It didn't take me long at all to finish. I also found it to be a page-turner. I was very interested in what was going to happen next. Nicole's writing is very light and enjoyable. As an added bonus, there is a picture insert in the book with some great photos of Nicole.
One of the most interesting aspects of this story is that the narrator is Nicole Richie herself. I thought that was a very nice touch. The book is also filled with pop-culture references. Nicole mentions everything from Mean Girls to Desperate Housewives here. I also found it interesting to see which characters might be based on real people. A few of those comparisons are made quite obvious by the author.
If you are a fan of Nicole, or you just like to read a good story, buy this book! You won't be disappointed!
In closing, I want to say, give Nicole a chance. She is trying to make a name for herself, and I think she deserves it! Buy this book... What have you got to lose?
Truth About Diamonds tells the story of Nicole Richie, from her adoption to her drug use to her becoming famous. However, it's a novel, so really it's about how all those things happened to "Chloe." Richie writes this in the first person, as herself. So Richie talks about her friend "Chloe," who has all of Richie's real-life problems. It's a weird gimmick, and it doesn't quite work and takes awhile to understand.
There are some tidbits of gossip that obviously are about Paris. But it's pretty restrained. I hoped if she was going to gossip, she would have really laid it on thick.
The story is semi-interesting, but it stops short of having a real soul. I couldn't help but think that Richie sold herself short here. If she'd waited for some time to pass, some more maturity and perspective, this could have been a really great book. Then again, it would have been easier to take it more seriously without the hideous, overdone and self-conscious photographs of herself dressed as a freckled schoolgirl and a ballerina.
Overall, it was better than expected, but it still wasn't great.