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L.A. Candy [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Conrad
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer . . . everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun.

When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a "reality version of Sex and the City," they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please!

Soon Jane is TV's hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara—free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres—and she's lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane's spotlight.

In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it's not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.

L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about what it's like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad.



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Grade 9 Up—After high school, two best friends move to Los Angeles hoping to start "a new and amazing life," but their existence is anything but glamorous. Jane is an intern for a famous event planner and Scarlett is a freshman at U.S.C. However, things change quickly when a TV producer asks them to be in a new reality series along with Madison and Gaby, following their lives as they try to make it in L.A. After signing on, the two friends move into a posh apartment and get into the hottest clubs. Scarlett is skeptical about all the attention, but Jane enjoys being in the limelight. When Jane becomes the show's star, Madison is jealous and plots to bring her down. By story's end, Jane learns that having cameras follow you everywhere isn't what it is cracked up to be. The cliff-hanger climax indicates that there will be more to come. Conrad writes from experience (she stars in MTV's The Hills) and the result is a light read that will leave readers wanting more. The novel contains underage drinking and sexual liaisons, activities that are realistic for the lifestyle of the young women portrayed.—Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA END

About the Author

Lauren Conrad is best known for starring in the MTV hit series The Hills. Her novels, L.A. Candy and Sweet Little Lies, were #1 New York Times bestsellers. She began her career as a fashion designer in spring 2008 with the debut of the Lauren Conrad Collection and expanded in 2009 with a second line, LC Lauren Conrad, exclusively for Kohl's. She has been featured on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. Lauren also launched the m.powerment by mark charity campaign in 2008. She lives in Los Angeles.


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  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061767581
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BY77CW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet summer reading June 17, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The book, about reality-tv star 19-year-old Jane Roberts certainly sounds like a semi-autobiographical journey for the author, the star of MTV's "reality" show, The Hills. I started on the assumption that it would be pure fluff. The story was an enjoyable quick read though and even a bit weightier than I had anticipated.

Naturally, the lion's share of the story centers around the social lives of Jane and her best friend Scarlett. They are both new to Los Angeles, starstruck and boy crazy. Despite being an attractive natural blonde, Jane considers herself a "plain Jane" while Scarlett is a confident brunette bombshell. Jane's just scored an internship with renowned event planner, Fiona Chen. Scarlett plans to coast through classes at USC while she decides what to do with herself. When Hollywood producer Trevor Lord starts talking to them in a nightclub, they initially assume that he's trying to hit on them... but eventually he convinces them to come for an audition for a new reality show filming in Los Angeles. In the interview, the producers are impressed with the girls' natural good-looks and unaffected demeanor. Just like that, they are in!

With the cameras rolling, Jane and Scarlett are soon treated to a new luxury apartment and VIP lifestyle. I liked the behind-the-scenes reality behind "reality" tv... the awkwardness of being miked, the staged "spontaneous" scenes... it all rang very true.

Of course, everyone's wondering whether L.A. Candy was ghostwritten. (And wouldn't it be the ultimate irony if it was?) A careful inspection of my copy didn't seem to reveal anything in the fine print... maybe Lauren Conrad really did write this herself!
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44 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not So Sweet August 14, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Lauren Conrad, famous for playing herself on the MTV shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, has somehow been allowed to write a book for Young Adults, and the result is "L.A. Candy." Jane and Scarlett are best friends that move to Los Angeles together. While visiting a club one night, they are approached to appear on a reality show entitled L.A. Candy. After the girls agree to star in the show, the book follows their lives as they discover that Reality TV may not be as real as television makes it out to be.

I picked this book up hoping for a fun guilty pleasure read, but was ultimately disappointed by a few things.

First, Lauren Conrad is not the strongest of authors. The dialogue and the storytelling is quite flat and uninteresting at times. Hopefully as she releases more books, her writing skills increase, but "L.A. Candy" seemed quite amateur and I'm surprised that her publishing company allowed it to be released as it is.

Second, the pacing is quite off. 100+ pages are devoted to the set-up of the plot. Once the reality show starts filming, which should be the meat of the novel, it seemed like most details were rushed and glossed over. Plus, the conflict and the climax were ultimately quite weak which leads the reader unsatisfied.

Finally, the ending did not work at all. It is clearly meant to be a cliffhanger, but it feels more like the story is incomplete and is missing a proper conclusion. I am alright with books that want to excite readers for the next book in the series, but not when it makes the current book feel like a story that is missing a proper conclusion.
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42 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another celebrity who thinks they can write June 21, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The writing is horrible, but I guess that's what to be expected from a reality t.v. celebrity. It's sad that these publishing companies are so into the easy ways to make money rather than some truly amazing up and coming authors that can't seem to get their foot in the door.

The characters are one-dimensional. There's not much description. And, the plot is atrocious. What did the ending of this book accomplish? HarperCollins needs to end this series before it starts and try some other authors.

Where's the passion I see in so many authors? This author just seems to see dollar signs and a way to bash some of "frenemies" without dealing with the fallout since she managed to change their names. When it comes to real life drama Lauren excels, but on paper she falls flat to muster up any sort of emotions in the readers for her characters. Stick to what you know Lauren.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
DISCLAIMER: I'm 30yrs old, so I was definitely looking at it from a more "mature" view point, than maybe the intended audience; However, I felt the book was very flat. I read it in a weekend, and as I read, I was often left wishing it would "Hurry up & get to the good part.." I love Lauren Conrad's website,clothes & etc...but I just felt LA Candy should've been edited better. The story content was pretty weak and took so much time trying to elaborate on things that were commonly understood. I also found myself wishing that the names that were chosen weren't so "obviously" made up. I don't know if that even makes sense to anyone else but me, but it just seemed that you wouldn't have that many people in the same group with those kinds of names; I guess what I'm saying, is that they were either too crazy sounding or too plain (i.e. Scarlett Harp; Jane Roberts) There weren't many "normal- sounding" names, and it ended up being kind of distracting. I'm glad that I bought the first 2 books together, because the second book was notably better. Again, I am older, so my 15 or 16yr old self might have enjoyed this a little more. It was, however, great for passing the time when there's nothing on tv & you need your LC fix-- just don't expect to be intensely involved.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The end totally got me hooked!
I adore Laura Conrad and everything about the Hollywood scene. It a was nice to get a little insight into reality tv even it was a fictional novel. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Courtney Giardina
3.0 out of 5 stars Lauren Conrad fan
I like Lauren Conrad, I don't know what I was expecting I guess, it's a teenagers book for young girls. I can live without it as being 28.
Published 19 days ago by Sunny Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars boring...
The characters are very shallow. They want to be part of the reality show, but then they don't want their personal life to be on TV? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THEM :)
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. If you loved The Hills, you will love these books. I read all three of the L.A. Candy series books in less than a week. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katherine
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, predictably plotted. I expected more from Lauren...
A frail web of dull words, "L.A. Candy" did not even meet my hopes for a fun read. It's like a first draft before they put in the funny lines and the colorful descriptions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Thrice
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good
I expected this book to be lame but it was really good. Can't wait to read the other books! A great series
Published 4 months ago by darlamarie
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
This book is fab! I love that Lauren Conrad wrote this book discretely about her OWN life just using different scenarios & characters. Such a good book! I love her books!
Published 4 months ago by Brooklyn Furse
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
Surprisingly it is a very very good book. Like they always say don't judge a book by its cover. Makes me want to go buy the other ones now.
Published 4 months ago by shantisha
3.0 out of 5 stars Reality tv insight
Fun light read. A bit young for taste but if you're in your late teens & intrigued by the l.a. glam scene you'll enjoy this tale. I was very intrigued by the reality t.v. Read more
Published 5 months ago by chechechan
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it. clever & witty.
Much like her tv show the hills, but better. Great and easy read. Finished it in 5 hours and bought the second.
Published 6 months ago by meagan0404
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Lauren Conrad is the star of MTV's #1 show, The Hills. She has been featured on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Seventeen and Entertainment Weekly, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Nancy Butcher Ohlins wrote the book with Lauren
http://www.salon.com/books/review/2009/06/19/lauren_conrad/print.html

this article prettymuch guesses the same thing.

I'm listening to the book on audio CD and it seems like Nancy Ohlins did a good job of making it sound like an inexperienced amateurish 20-something wrote the book.... Read More
Jul 15, 2009 by *Caligirl_08* |  See all 4 posts
I think she wrote it!
Maybe, But I think that she had some help from a ghostwriter.
Jul 22, 2009 by Y_E_A_H |  See all 2 posts
Seriously? Seriously?
i think this is where the saying "dont judge a book by its cover" comes in.
maybe lauren conrad is an excellent writer, maybe she sucks but dont go and say anything because you dont know yet
Jun 10, 2009 by Avis Stowe |  See all 32 posts
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