The Truth About My Success by Dyan Sheldon

The Truth About My Success

Written by Dyan Sheldon

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A behind-the-scenes look at the high octane life of a teen super star as fame goes to her head, spoils her behaviour and brings about the collapse of her career. Paloma needs to lean some home truths and someone else must step into take her place. Girls like Paloma Rose and Oona would never normally speak to one another but suddenly their lives cross over. Dyan Sheldon captures brattish behaviour perfectly as she wittily charts the highs and lows of stardom.


The Truth About My Success by Dyan Sheldon

The Prince and the Pauper meets Trading Places, but with modern teenagers and Dyan Sheldon's unique deadpan humour!

Paloma Rose is 16 years old and the star of one of the most popular TV shows ever. She has millions of fans and is the face of a successful merchandising empire. But having had too much too young, Paloma is growing into a notorious brat and beginning to behave badly: inappropriate boyfriends, drunken incidents, suggestive photos on the internet.

The resulting bad publicity could mean the end of the show and with that the end of the lavish lifestyles her family - and her agent - have grown accustomed to. Then her agent bumps into 16 year old Oona Giness in a coffee shop and, struck by the resemblance, decides to switch Oona for Paloma and trick the wayward brat into going off to a boot camp in the desert which he hopes will sort her out. Oona, who lives with her depressed dad in a run-down apartment block, agrees to the deal in the hope that it'll turn her life around. She quickly discovers that Hollywood is not for her, but Hollywood much prefers the new Paloma to the old one! And when Paloma finds out she's been tricked, she breaks out of the camp and heads for home - and revenge.

About the Author

Dyan Sheldon

Dyan says:

"My parents moved to Long Island, New York, when I was six so that I could have all the benefits of fresh air and a beach and a lake that froze over for ice skating in the winter. I think I'd have been happier if they'd left me in Brooklyn. I spent five years in the beginner's swimming class (finally passed out of pity), I never learned to skate and my most intimate experience was sledging into a tree (the first time in my life I saw my stars, like in a cartoon). On the other hand, if I'd stayed in Brooklyn, I would have missed being taught in high school by Mr Streb, Mr Tripp and Mr Sutcliffe – three men to whom I owe a lot. I moved around a lot once I left home. I lived in upstate New York, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn (again!), Manhattan and, eventually, I ended up in London. The first place I lived was in a squat in Paddington. We had a loo in the garden and a bath tub with feet in what was once the wash house (it still had a giant copper kettle). I felt like I'd been beamed back in time. It was pretty brilliant really, except that back then, it was always hard to get a pumpkin for Halloween.

"Being a writer is like being a spy (but without the guns and stuff like that). You look like just a regular person, staggering onto the bus with your shopping, but you're not. You're always watching and listening. You take notes. You take stories or lines people told you and you use them shamelessly. You never think, Wow, I wish I'd said that. You think, I'll be saying that soon."

Things you didn't know about Dyan Sheldon:

Among my passions are pumpkins, lizards, chilli peppers and Volkswagen Beetles. I was mugged on a beach in Peru. I'm always thinking of getting a dog, especially an English Bull Terrier or a Jack Russell. Halloween is my favourite "holiday". In high school, I won a good citizenship award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. I haven't done my shopping in a supermarket in over five years. My car is a "historic vehicle", which means the doors fly open when you go round a bend and things fall off on the motorway! I went out in a small boat to see the whales when I was in Canada. I cried when they came up next to us. One of my all-time favourite TV programmes is Columbo. My motorcycle is named Arlo, after Arlo Guthrie who wrote "The Motorcycle Song".

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

4th July 2013




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