According to a Source: A Novel by Abby Stern

According to a Source: A Novel

We live in a society obsessed with celebrity, but have you ever wondered who is on the inside gathering the best celebrity gossip and how do they get access? According to a Source: A Novel by Abby Stern dishes on this behind the scenes world in a way that only a Hollywood insider could. Ella Warren works for celebrity news website, The Life, as a club reporter. She’s assig...

Title:According to a Source: A Novel
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ISBN:1250106796
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

According to a Source: A Novel Reviews

  • Cindy Burnett
    Jan 15, 2017

    According to a Source is an entertaining, light read for those who love celebrity gossip and the lengths that people go to to obtain such stories. Abby Stern’s style of writing is hilarious, and she has names for all the various “types” of celebrities such as: “Romantic Comedy Actress Who’s Had Bad Luck With Men” and “Former A-List Hot Mess Actress”. However, while I thought I would love this book, I am really not interested in celebrity gossip and what it takes to obtain the gossip so in the en

    According to a Source is an entertaining, light read for those who love celebrity gossip and the lengths that people go to to obtain such stories. Abby Stern’s style of writing is hilarious, and she has names for all the various “types” of celebrities such as: “Romantic Comedy Actress Who’s Had Bad Luck With Men” and “Former A-List Hot Mess Actress”. However, while I thought I would love this book, I am really not interested in celebrity gossip and what it takes to obtain the gossip so in the end it was not the book for me. I think it will appeal to those who like reading about Hollywood drama, etc.

    Thanks to Thomas Dunne Books and NetGalley for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura
    May 05, 2017

    Overall, I loved this book. It was fast-paced, and while Ella wasn't super sympathetic early on, she was interesting enough to keep me engaged. Two things bothered me about the book:

    1. The celebrity names were really annoyed. Every time the Britney Spears rip-off appeared (and as I type this), I got Oops I Did It Again stuck in my head. Just give them made up names. To me, it came across like the author realized she needed to up the word count, so she gave everyone really long names to fill the

    Overall, I loved this book. It was fast-paced, and while Ella wasn't super sympathetic early on, she was interesting enough to keep me engaged. Two things bothered me about the book:

    1. The celebrity names were really annoyed. Every time the Britney Spears rip-off appeared (and as I type this), I got Oops I Did It Again stuck in my head. Just give them made up names. To me, it came across like the author realized she needed to up the word count, so she gave everyone really long names to fill the pages. And it annoyed me. My eyes started just skipping the names entirely because I didn't care about any of these characters.

    2. Her real name is Ella Warren and the fake name she uses to mingle with celebrities is Bella Warren? SERIOUSLY? No matter what anyone says, the people of Los Angeles cannot be that stupid and self-involved. Also, it's weird that she let Holiday introduce her to some people as Ella when she was going to be reporting. Why not just use the fake name all the time? It annoyed me.

    But overall, I enjoyed seeing how Ella grows and changes throughout the book. It was a great read, and I look forward to the next book from this author.

    ***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

  • Kerri
    May 10, 2017

    I received a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

    Confession time (and this is probably not a huge secret): I LOVE chick lit celebrity gossip novels. Really, anything about the foibles of the rich and/or famous gets devoured like my kids' Halloween candy while they're at school. So, naturally, I enjoyed this one.

    Unfortunately, there wasn't anything really fresh about this, except maybe for the fact that it's a bit more recent than things I've read in the past. I feel like I've read th

    I received a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

    Confession time (and this is probably not a huge secret): I LOVE chick lit celebrity gossip novels. Really, anything about the foibles of the rich and/or famous gets devoured like my kids' Halloween candy while they're at school. So, naturally, I enjoyed this one.

    Unfortunately, there wasn't anything really fresh about this, except maybe for the fact that it's a bit more recent than things I've read in the past. I feel like I've read this book before. And the use of descriptions in place of celebrity names drove me nuts. Make up fake names!

    So, it was cute, quick, amusing, and also annoying, trite, and a bit cliche. Still liked it. Grateful for the free copy and chance to read - and I'll keep my eye out for more from the author.

  • Rebecca Lyman
    May 21, 2017

    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Ella Warren, an undercover freelance reporter for The Life, a gossip magazine. Ella's job involves her going to the hottest clubs and restaurants in Hollywood to search for a new scoop each night. This unfortunately takes her away from her boyfriend of seven years, Ethan. And then one night all of a sudden Ethan decides he's had enough. He moves out the next day and Ella is left adrift

    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Ella Warren, an undercover freelance reporter for The Life, a gossip magazine. Ella's job involves her going to the hottest clubs and restaurants in Hollywood to search for a new scoop each night. This unfortunately takes her away from her boyfriend of seven years, Ethan. And then one night all of a sudden Ethan decides he's had enough. He moves out the next day and Ella is left adrift. But between her heiress best friend Holiday and her college best friend Jessica, Ella manages to pull the pieces together and actually even finds a new boyfriend. Her new editor at the magazine though has started using a points system to decide who gets fired or not, and so Ella is under more pressure than ever to get the biggest and best scoop, no matter the cost.

    Overall I liked this book a lot. It reminded me a lot of the Gossip Girl books, which I loved as a teenager. The gossip about all the celebrities included code names instead of real names, which made sense because I think otherwise it would have been too hard to keep track of who was who with the celebrities. The pace of this book was great and there was a good amount of scandal and intrigue. There was also betrayal and romance and family drama. I can't imagine how anyone could have fit anything else into this book, it was bursting with interesting events. And while I liked it, there were pieces of it that I didn't love. I thought Ella was just too self-absorbed for my tastes. Even after she turned things around at the end she still seemed a little too all about her. Other than that though I really liked the book and I would recommend it.

  •  Martin
    May 22, 2017

    Life in the rag business sure is stressful for Ella when her new boss...

  • Donna
    Jun 03, 2017

    I've been reading gossip magazines from the supermarkets since I was a teenager. I currently subscribe to People magazine as well as OK and Star magazines so I think I'm pretty current on Hollywood gossip. Reading the blurb on Goodreads, I was happy to get this one in one of their giveaways.

    Ella Warren works for The Life which is a celebrity gossip rag and website. Ella goes undercover as Bella. She hits nightclubs and other places where celebrities gather and writes columns on what she observes

    I've been reading gossip magazines from the supermarkets since I was a teenager. I currently subscribe to People magazine as well as OK and Star magazines so I think I'm pretty current on Hollywood gossip. Reading the blurb on Goodreads, I was happy to get this one in one of their giveaways.

    Ella Warren works for The Life which is a celebrity gossip rag and website. Ella goes undercover as Bella. She hits nightclubs and other places where celebrities gather and writes columns on what she observes. She is the anonymous source that we all read about in the magazines. Fortunately, she is best friends with Holiday Hall, a rich debutante who is breaking into an acting career and that opens many doors for her. A new boss takes over and Ella's job is in danger if she doesn't record more scandals.

    I didn't like Ella in the first part of the book because she was totally self absorbed. The author does a good job of writing and, gossip hog that I am, I was entertained in this fairly predictable book.

  • Elizabeth
    Jun 10, 2017

    I wanted a fluffy Hollywood/celebrity book and it's exactly what I got!

  • Aria
    Jun 12, 2017

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

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