September 10, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Forget memoirs, cookbooks, and children’s books — these days celebrities want to write fiction. Here’s a look at the latest batch.

Hilary Duff Elixir
The Plot Washington photographer Clea Raymond investigates the disappearance of her surgeon dad.
The Lowdown A YA novel with a decent plot and better-than-decent dialogue.
Memorable Line ”Pierre was so beautiful, it would be a crime against humanity for him not to be a male model, but he was so slim and angular that I imagined sitting on his lap…would be like cuddling with a porcupine.” B-

Nicole Richie Priceless
The Plot Pampered socialite Charlotte Williams gets a makeover — not a pretty one — when her father is jailed for securities fraud.
The Lowdown Reads like a parody of a bad novel. Either Richie has a terrible ghostwriter or she doesn’t have one at all.
Memorable Line ”It felt incredibly loud and hot in the club. The pulsing bass lines could be physically felt in every pair of panties in the place….” D

Lisa Rinna Starlit
The Plot Budding actress Tally Jones gets her big break, but it pits her against a scheming soap star.
The Lowdown A romance-and-revenge story that’s punched up by real Hollywood details (most of them too raunchy to print here).
Memorable Line ”By the time she emerged from her limo chrysalis, she had shaken off her innate shyness and morphed into a full-fledged diva….” C+

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