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Fun is getting lost in the glamorous lives of others and posting nasty rumors about her former bestie’s favorite actor Liam Brody a playboy notorious for dumping his model girlfriends on a monthly basisSo who would’ve thought that Liam Brody would be Amanda’s answer to escaping Merit 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. I m not sure what to make of this book I didn t love it But I didn t hate it either I was mildly annoyed by it with a freuency that were it not for my read 52 books in a year what were you thinking pledge in January and the irresistible appeal of a surely trainwrecky romance novel about ONTD of all things would have made me put it down much sooner But I didn t hate it and I think I m kind of reeling from that because I have read a lot of really shitty romance novels in the past few months that I absolutely hated and felt were violently misogynistic rapey garbage HDU is not uite Violently misogynistic and rapey I mean It might be garbage My taste is suspectFirst I would like to commend this book and its author and everyone involved in the process for the fact that it s not in the fucking first person Thank God I am so sick of romance novels in first person POV I ve said it repeatedly but it s fucking lazy and boring and does absolutely nothing for the narrative but severely limit very necessary information we need as readers HDU is written in the third person limited style so we re mostly in Amanda s head the whole time but slightly removed enough that it s not fucking weird that this chick for some reason remembers every single exact piece of dialogue ever spoken to her over the course of like six months or and other silly details Second I would also like to give mad props to this book for featuring a male romantic lead who is initially portrayed as a womanizing douchelord and kind of a misogynist and manages to do so without also making him a crazy psychotic abusive piece of shit who should probably be put in a mental ward before he goes total Texas Chainsaw Massacre a trope that apparently occupies 90% of romance novels So hey Good for you book Liam Brody ugh how I m coming to loathe the name Liam engages in a thoroughly convincing transformation from misogynist womanizer to sensitive caring leading man without losing his sarcastic and admittedly kind of tepid charisma Liam is a jerk but not unforgivably so and the book does actually manage to turn him around in a way that seems natural I believed it like I believed his romance with Amanda which is a slow gradual thing that takes place over the course of the entire book rather than hitting us over the head with stupid suspension of disbelief breaking insta love within the first five pages and then spending the next 295 trying to justify that insta love Again a trope that apparently 90% of other romance novels fall victim to So there s that That s a thingThe character of Ian Marsh is kind of interesting and I say that because he s just about the only character who is not a cartoon cardboard cutout villain who is allowed to have flaws Ultimately though I was too annoyed by how the text kept coyly babying him without explaining why leaving you to think you re intended to just forgive him all his transgressions because he s a wounded troubled boy with a tragic past who needs to be fixed with cuddles and love Gag me That said view spoilerthe fact that the book actually addresses his problem and packs him off to rehab at the end is refreshing His addiction is still pretty Very Special Episode but at least the plot does something about it and doesn t just drop it when it becomes boring to write about hide spoiler

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To both problems Fake a romance in which Hollywood’s biggest playboy falls for an unknown sweet and shockingly plain JaneWith 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 emotionally complicated than she imagined And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle so does manipulati. Yum I ate that up like a tub of delicious vanilla frostingI feel like this excited Liz Lemon right nowThe story begins with a post on HDU about Liam Brody 25 year old actor who I learn is a sleazebag that dates and dumps models on practically a daily basis He s nothing but a womanizer So of course I hate him Then enters our MC Amanda Nathan She s a 22 year old small town girl in Missouri without a clue as to what she wants to do with her life Thus she spends her days indoors on her laptop as a moderator known as PrettyKitty29 on HDU a popular celebrity gossip site entertaining herself with the glamorous lives of celebrities rather than facing her own life And one of the best things she does on HDU is hate on Liam Brody for being his disgusting selfBut Amanda s life changes when Liam Brody emails her offering a bribe in exchange for kind words about him on HDU because he needs positive publicity to land a role in a movie he s auditioning for It s hard to get a second audition for such a dignified role when America knows you best as a he clicked around his computer for a bit and suinted reading off of his screen A womanizing douchelord Haha That s your own fault buddyBut he explains why the movie role is so important to him and against my wishes I find myself buying it as he tells this story about his brotherGah It s so cuteBut Amanda doesn t fall for Liam as easily as I do No sir She does not let his little speech sway her into accepting his bribe It s only when her life in her nosy small town gets completely unbearable that Amanda turns to Liam Brody as her ticket out of town and into the world of celebrities in New York She promises to write favorable articles about him if he pretends to be her boyfriend for a few weeks And she also lists out a bunch of other demands like she s the boss of him or somethingAnd he totally accepts her demands Dear Babe It s a dealLike who is this guy He just agrees to pretend to date some girl he s never even met before and all because he really wants to land a role in an upcoming movie That s dedication right there She could be a 500 lb man for all he knowsTheir first meeting of one another Are you the ballsy girl I ve been talking to Amanda managed a weak smile of confirmation Yeah I don t think so You seem too nice to be her Aww Loosen up he said You re supposed to like me if we re dating Is he for real He s acting so nice and normal despite the fact that Amanda s put all these demands on him Maybe he s not as bad as Amanda thoughtBut then this happens To her mortification his eyes then scanned her body from head to toe I m pleasantly surprised Nope Nope Not cool dude That s like an insult right there But let me just say that this guy is actually super amazing to Amanda Like seriously They are strangers to one another and yet he treats her so sweetly even though she s like practically blackmailing him into posing as her boyfriend I m not trying to make Amanda sound bad here Because she really isn t I m just pointing out that Liam is super thoughtfulLet me give you a little taste of what I mean He says something stupid but then immediately rescinds it and tries to comfort Amanda And at this point they ve only known each other for a few short hours What is this the part where the makeover happens I thought the point was to keep you ugly he said When the smile fell from Amanda s once again stony face he laughed so hard he was compelled to give her knee a little sueeze Kidding We ll figure it out tomorrow Just never make that face again He solves Amanda s clothes debacle when she cannot find a decent outfit to wear for their first date because her wardrobe consists of frumpy clothes she s owned for years Catch he said tossing her the sweater Girls are supposed to look good in guy clothing He compliments her even when the paparazzi can t hear I like that dress he said They can t hear through the window He rolled his eyes Thanks I know Trust me you re not like them You re real and natural and nice He makes her tea and is always listening to her troubles and drama Like he doesn t have enough going on in his own life He tries to calm her down when she s having a meltdown I know but my publicist is on it Liam said scooping her up from the floor and sitting her on the couch He peeled her hands off her face It ll blow over in a few hours he said In the meantime just don t go online don t read comments don t listen to what anyone has to say Just hang out here and we can watch a movie until you have to go to dinner Do you have your outfit and your shoes and stuff picked out Amanda peered up at him slowly and uizzically He knelt before her on one knee his brows slightly knit his head cocked to try and meet her eye Sympathetic was a strange look on him And yeah the list goes on and on It s the sweetest thingAnd of course there are like a million cute moments along the way as Liam and Amanda get to know one another I seriously loved every moment between the two of them Now there s a lot that happens in this book besides just the growing sexual tension between Liam and Amanda We ve got crazy people everywhere And I m not talking about the paparazzi though they are totally crazy as well We ve got haters and deceivers and drama galore We ve even got online articles and gossip columns feeding the crazy train But if I were to name a winner for the most disturbed person in this book it would be Megan Aka Amanda s ex friendSo Megan is really insane o She thinks because she s gorgeous she can have whatever she wants Including Liam God Mandy you should just let someone else have him so all that energy doesn t go to waste Like who do you think you are MeganBut she doesn t stop there I know she can t keep you She doesn t deserve you I m just being honest He ignored her as he took out his wallet Megan persisted Let s pretend you d never met either of us before she said leaning forward on the table so that her cleavage plunged And you saw me and Amanda Who would you go for realistically And Megan says all of this on a dinner date with Amanda and Liam where they re all supposed to be pretending like they are friends or something Like why Megan You think it s acceptable to treat a friend like that To try to steal her boyfriend so openly What is wrong with youThere s seriously so much drama going on in this book and I love it I am so excited for the next one to come out I just hope Megan isn t in it If she is present I m telling my girl Amanda to get behind me while I whack Megan in the head Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown (Faber Children's Classics) 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 Darkest Mercy discovers that their little ploy is a lot emotionally complicated than she imagined And while she finds that life works a thousand times better in her Hollywood circle so Cold Hearted 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few weeks And she also lists out a bunch of other Fools demands like she s the boss of him or somethingAnd he totally accepts her Wicked Whispers demands Dear Babe It s a Boundless Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage dealLike who is this guy He just agrees to pretend to River Bodies Northampton County date some girl he s never even met before and all because he really wants to land a role in an upcoming movie That s Warriors dedication right there She could be a 500 lb man for all he knowsTheir first meeting of one another Are you the ballsy girl I ve been talking to Amanda managed a weak smile of confirmation Yeah I Criminal don t think so You seem too nice to be her Aww Loosen up he said You re supposed to like me if we re The Alpha Female dating Is he for real He s acting so nice and normal Durham A Thousand Years of History and Legend despite the fact that Amanda s put all these Diva (Flappers, demands on him Maybe he s not as bad as Amanda thoughtBut then this happens To her mortification his eyes then scanned her body from head to toe I m pleasantly surprised Nope Nope Not cool Beastly Fury dude That s like an insult right there But let me just say that this guy is actually super amazing to Amanda Like seriously They are strangers to one another and yet he treats her so sweetly even though she s like practically blackmailing him into posing as her boyfriend I m not trying to make Amanda sound bad here Because she really isn t I m just pointing out that Liam is super thoughtfulLet me give you a little taste of what I mean He says something stupid but then immediately rescinds it and tries to comfort Amanda And at this point they ve only known each other for a few short hours What is this the part where the makeover happens I thought the point was to keep you ugly he said When the smile fell from Amanda s once again stony face he laughed so hard he was compelled to give her knee a little sueeze Kidding We ll figure it out tomorrow Just never make that face again He solves Amanda s clothes The Comet Seekers debacle when she cannot find a The Opposite decent outfit to wear for their first Seasonal Food date because her wardrobe consists of frumpy clothes she s owned for years Catch he said tossing her the sweater Girls are supposed to look good in guy clothing He compliments her even when the paparazzi can t hear I like that Ashamed dress he said They can t hear through the window He rolled his eyes Thanks I know Trust me you re not like them You re real and natural and nice He makes her tea and is always listening to her troubles and The Last Minute drama Like he Marita doesn t have enough going on in his own life He tries to calm her 砂の女 Suna no Onna down when she s having a meltdown I know but my publicist is on it Liam said scooping her up from the floor and sitting her on the couch He peeled her hands off her face It ll blow over in a few hours he said In the meantime just 100 Promises to My Baby don t read comments Fantastic FistMowtown don t listen to what anyone has to say Just hang out here and we can watch a movie until you have to go to Ground Zero 3 dinner Do you have your outfit and your shoes and stuff picked out Amanda peered up at him slowly and uizzically He knelt before her on one knee his brows slightly knit his head cocked to try and meet her eye Sympathetic was a strange look on him And yeah the list goes on and on It s the sweetest thingAnd of course there are like a million cute moments along the way as Liam and Amanda get to know one another I seriously loved every moment between the two of them Now there s a lot that happens in this book besides just the growing sexual tension between Liam and Amanda We ve got crazy people everywhere And I m not talking about the paparazzi though they are totally crazy as well We ve got haters and The French Count's Pregnant Bride Harleuin Presents drama galore We ve even got online articles and gossip columns feeding the crazy train But if I were to name a winner for the most One More Lie disturbed person in this book it would be Megan Aka Amanda s ex friendSo Megan is really insane o She thinks because she s gorgeous she can have whatever she wants Including Liam God Mandy you should just let someone else have him so all that energy Data Science from Scratch with Python: Step-by-Step Guide doesn t go to waste Like who Bimbo doesn t stop there I know she can t keep you She White Ivy deserve you I m just being honest He ignored her as he took out his wallet Megan persisted Let s pretend you Love & Olives d never met either of us before she said leaning forward on the table so that her cleavage plunged And you saw me and Amanda Who would you go for realistically And Megan says all of this on a Chasing Lucky dinner A Promised Land date with Amanda and Liam where they re all supposed to be pretending like they are friends or something Like why Megan You think it s acceptable to treat a friend like that To try to steal her boyfriend so openly What is wrong with youThere s seriously so much Dowry Murder The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime drama going on in this book and I love it I am so excited for the next one to come out I just hope Megan isn t in it If she is present I m telling my girl Amanda to get behind me while I whack Megan in the head

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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 Forced back under her parents’ roof in Merit Missouri the gossipy town she’d spent her life trying to escape Amanda has but one saving grace – being an anonymous moderator on HDU the Internet’s largest celebrity gossip community Unemployed and alone Amanda relishes in the one thing she has control over – Hollywood gossip Now her idea of. OH NO THEY DIDN T THE NOVELHDU aka How Dare You came to my attention thanks to the website Oh No They Didn t a celebrity gossip community with a penchant for blistering commentary No I am not going to tell you who I am on there Don t ask Ms Lee was kind enough to reveal that HDU is inspired by ONTD so I was immediately hyped to read Who can say no to blistering celeb commentary that is about the commentary than the celebsHDU 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 grossBeyond the premise which is rather unbelievable knowing ONTD the way I do this book was humorous and lighthearted I admittedly do not read many self published novels because I ve had some bad experiences 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 uickly It s a sugary story good for when you re low and it brings all the emotions you could expect with a story of backstabbing stages tabloids and awards ceremoniesYOUNG HOLLYWOOD GONE WILDFiguring out in your head what characters might be based on real celebrities is half the fun For some reason I kept picturing Liam Brody as the love child of Liam Hemsworth and Zac Efron and Amanda Nathan as a less annoying Lena Dunham I have no idea why My mind works in mysterious waysThe characters despite some ridiculous choices they make and tiny slips out of character like Amanda s flirtatious side I really found myself pulling for Amanda to get the guy of her dreams 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 Both were interesting Especially the British actor of her every fantasyThis story is about a girl finding herself after escaping her best friend s betrayal a betrayal I didn t uite get Or a revenge I also didn t understand But this isn t the type of story where you dwell Move on and enjoy the ride that is what I told myselfNEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY THAT DEFIES EXPECTATIONSI went into HDU expecting to find the usual NA tropes broken girl broody boy a lot of sex But there wasn t any sex and the girl is remarkably defiant and stands up for herself even if she is caught in a world she doesn t understand And she s ready to protect herself from this crazy new world 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 internetThe writing in HDU is very good and it s clear that Ms Lee put a lot of time 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 it was free because I have a feeling that her YA will be just as good Juicy celebrity filled gossipy writing is my thing and HDU helped me to discover thatI cannot wait for book two Any guesses on the title My money is on IKR or TL DR I just like those twoVERDICT A light fluffy but serviceable story of celebrity gossip and improbable romances HDU is warm and charming and defied my expectations A great read


10 thoughts on “HDU HDU #1

  1. says:

    OH NO THEY DIDN’T THE NOVELHDU aka How Dare You came to my attention thanks to the website Oh No They Didn’t a celebrity gossip community with a penchant for blistering commentary No I am not going to tell you who I am on there Don’t ask Ms Lee was kind enough to reveal that HDU is inspired by ONTD so I was immedia

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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 was 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 well written as an adult book It's not an obvious marketing ploy like all the books written since NA became a thin

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    FREE TODAY in the Kindle storeUh oh I think I may add India Lee to my list of favorite authors It could be just the sheer amount of bad books I've read lately but I liked this so much I feel it worthy of five starsIf you've ever lost yourself for hours on ONTD I know I sure did you will love this 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 wonderf

  4. says:

    'Dear PrettyKitty29Hi my name is Liam Brody From the looks of your charming website you've heard of me Believe it or not I've heard of you too I was recently tipped off about your little gossip community I probably shouldn't call it l

  5. says:

    I'm not sure what to make of this book I didn't love it But I didn't hate it either I was mildly annoyed by it with a freuency that were it not for my read 52 books in a year what were you thinking pledge in Jan

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    Loved this I have to say So much drama and I sapped it up This book made me laugh so many times Liam and Amanda's relationship buckled me I loved them together I would have loved to have seen what Amanda had planned for Casey always knew she was a manipulative biatch who could only ever think of herself what a cow Megan eugh she got off lightly to say the least I would have also liked to have seen a happy endi

  7. says:

    Yum I ate that up like a tub of delicious vanilla frostingI feel like this excited Liz Lemon right nowThe story

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    Read reviews on my blog | Like me on FacebookHDU by India Lee was such an entertaining read and took a uniue turn on the whole “dating a celebrity” novels that have been written lately HDU is about 23 year old Amanda who is back home living with her parents after her childhood best friend and roommate stole her boyfriend After feeling like a complete failure in her small Missouri town not letting others know the t

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    A bit of background heard about this book on via twitter who linked the post to ONTD someone had written a book about the website I downloaded it expecting it to be not like it was It was actually a rather enjoyabl

  10. says:

    First review please bear with meAs a full time fan girl the premise for this book is pretty much my ultimate fantasy but I've been disappointed every time I pick one up until now I'm not going to summarise the plot since it's right there ^First of all the writing is actually good I didn't feel like I was reading mediocr

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