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Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper

A Novel

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The “It” book you absolutely must pack in your beach bag—an addictively juicy novel of celebrity love gone wrong.

• An EW Best Book of 2015 for the Pop Culture Fanatic in Your Life 

“Readers who come for the dirt, real or imagined, won’t be disappointed; there’s plenty of gold in these True Hollywood hills. 
Entertainment Weekly

Chosen as a Great Summer Read by:
• USA Today • People Magazine • Entertainment Weekly • Good Housekeeping • Cosmopolitan • • The Hollywood Reporter

“[A] delicious beach read.” 
People Magazine

A hilarious, tabloid-trashing gotcha novel. 
Vanity Fair

A juicy work of shocking betrayal.
Us Weekly

I’ve had a million meetings in my acting career, and I had no idea that this would be the one that would change my life forever. I walked into the room, and there was Rob . . . in the flesh.

Actress Lizzie Pepper was America’s Girl Next Door and her marriage to Hollywood mega-star Rob Mars was tabloid gold—a whirlwind romance and an elaborate celebrity-studded wedding landed them on the cover of every celebrity weekly. But fame, beauty, and wealth weren’t enough to keep their marriage together. Hollywood’s “It” couple are over—and now Lizzie is going to tell her side of the story.
Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin chronicles the tabloids’ favorite marriage as Lizzie Pepper realizes that, when the curtain falls, her romance isn’t what she and everyone else thought. From her lonely holidays in sumptuous villas to her husband’s deep commitment to a disconcertingly repressive mind-body group, Lizzie reveals a side of fame that her fans never get to see. Full of twists and turns, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper is a breathless journey to the heights of Hollywood power and royalty and a life in the spotlight that is nearly impossible to escape.

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

May 04, 2015 – In this novel, Liftin, a ghostwriter/cowriter on numerous celebrity memoirs, including those of Miley Cyrus and Tori Spelling, sheds light on our desire to know every juicy tidbit of celebrities' private lives. Told as the memoir of Lizzie Pepper, an actress known for girl-next-door roles, the novel reveals her much-discussed relationship with the older and enigmatic Rob Mars (also an actor). From their meet-cute, Rob sweeps Lizzie off her feet with private-island dates, personal jets, and excessive amounts of sweet-talking. Through Rob and his devotion to One Cell a cult-like meditation group Lizzie believes she finds the power to take control of her career and her life. But life with a beloved actor reveals itself to be stifling, especially when the illusion of privacy disappears, and long-surviving friendships fall apart. Due to Lizzie's wide-eyed nature, the reader may give her some leniency for her blindness to Rob and One Cell's manipulations, which slows the narrative flow. The novel offers a surprisingly poignant look at making yourself the hero of your own story, in a very anti-Cinderella way. Readers will enjoy speculating about the real-life A-list celebrity inspirations, which adds to the already-juicy entertainment of Lizzie's story.

Customer Reviews


It picked up a bit in the last fourth of the novel. But I found the author TOO empatheic for the main characters. The protagonist changed her mind about things every other paragraph. And, sorry, it’s hard to feel too sorry for people who are famous and ultrarich. Disappointed.


This book was very slow. She went on and on saying the same things about her issues. I was interested at the beginning but quickly lost interest

This is such a terrific story that eerily rings true for me but...

It’s not my place to name names. But call me Captain Obvious when I say, Thank You Lizzie. You’ve dispelled rumors and shedded some light on a very curious end to a infamous romance. No doubt this is a believable “biography”. And you’ve given it heart, purpose, soul and meaning.

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jul 21, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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