Okay, I admit it. I like Nicole Richie and The Simple Life is my guilty pleasure..
Don't judge me..
So, it was no surprise that I purchased Richie's first Novel 'The Truth About Diamonds'.
Today, it seems like EVERYONE is releasing a book (I'm no exception) and online persona's like Tanya Burr and the ever infamous Zoella- pretty much are the Paris Hilton's and Nicole Richie's of today! As the internet dominates the world, it's no surprise that fame can be achievable on line, instead of being a daughter of someone famous or releasing a porn video.
And that what brings me to this book- FAME.
It revolves around fame, and especially the famous for being famous concept.
The main character is Chloe Parker; a twenty something who is the adopted daughter of a famous singer, who has a circle of fake friends and has a drug habit.
The Truth about Diamonds is said to be semi-biographical Novel, having Chloe's life actually narrated by Nicole herself, like Chloe is a real person and in a way she is real, or was.
What I'm trying to say is that this is a sneaky biography of Nicole Richie's past- so call this more of a memoir than a novel.
It's not cleverly disguised either.
Another character, Simone Westlake is SO based on Paris Hilton by one of the obvious similarities being the porn scandal.
Other characters in Chloe's circle of friends happen to be obviously based on real people as well;
Carrie- is Kimberly Stewert- referenced by the fact that she is the daughter to a knighted rock star and daughter to the world's second supermodel.
Ana- is Kelly Osbourne, made obvious by the quote- she inherited her mothers acid tongue and her fathers taste for acid.
DJ Ray- was DJ AM, due to the similarities of him being once over weight and having a strong romance with Chloe in the book. This clearly references, Nicole's and DJ AM's relationship back in the day.
Now I don't know the other characters in the book, nor do I know whether or not it was intentional to have some of them based so closely on real people.
If it wasn't- then Nicole you have failed miserably.
The plot follows Chloe who, along with
Pretty much The Simple Life in book form.
You follow her, through Nicole's wordings, go through a turbulent relationship with drugs and bitchy friends to eventually going in to rehab to sort her shit out!
I must admit the story is semi- interesting, dipping into a anti-climax by ending on a cheesy note.
Speaking of cheese, this book is a ripe old slab of cheddar!
It's brimming to the edge of my bread with the stuff, with cliche' scenarios and heavy-handed metaphors, which although some are rather good, majority of the time are just plain cringe-worthy.
Nothing about this book REALLY captivated me with the only thing that kept me reading was my vivid imagination, lapping up the dysfunctional stories and juicy gossip that Nicole has thrown into the book.
Put it this way, I'm now convinced Paris Hilton is a murderer!
Also none of the characters are likeable nor relatable despite
And I must preferred her as the drugged up mess, than the rehabilitated goodie.
All in all, I would say the book is just an average read, something to pass the time and probably solely for those who happen to love The Simple Life.
If you don't- then you probably might find The Trouble with Diamonds rather unbearable.
At the moment, I'm reading Richie's second Novel Priceless, which is significantly better and there will be a review on that title soon.
So tell me guys, what are your general thoughts?
Have you read the book or watched the program?
If so, comment below.