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'For a satire on America's modern day celebrity culture, The Bling Ring is hard to beat.' The Guardian 'With its depth of insight into extremes of shallowness, and its human scale, reads like a minor classic of our times.' The Observer 'Jaw-dropping' **** Star --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The true story that inspired the Sofia Coppola film

Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson: robbed. More than $3 million in stolen clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags reported missing. Who is behind one of the most brazen string of crimes in recent Hollywood history? Meet the Bling Ring: a band of club-hopping teenagers from the Valley with everything to lose.

Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A "perfect" crime— celebrities already had so much, why shouldn't the Bling Ring take their share?

As the unprecedented case unfolded in the news, the world asked: How did our obsession with celebrities get so out of hand? Why would a group of teens who already had so much, take such a risk?

Acclaimed Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: they did it because each stolen T-shirt or watch brought them closer to living the Hollywood dream . . . and because it was terrifyingly easy. For the Bling Ring the motivation was something deeper than money—they were compelled by a compulsion to be famous. Gaining unprecedented access to the group of teens, Sales traces the crimes minute by minute and details the key players' stories in a shocking look at the seedy, and troubling, world of the real young Hollywood.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062245538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062245533
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Jo Sales is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper's Bazaar and many other publications. Her book "The Bling Ring: How A Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World" (Harper Collins, 2013) tells the true story behind the Sofia Coppola film "The Bling Ring," which was based on Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair piece, "The Suspects Wore Louboutins." Known for her stories on celebrity, youth culture, and crime, she has done memorable profiles of Damien Hirst, Hugh Hefner, Russell Simmons, Angelina Jolie and Paris Hilton, among many other pop culture icons. Her Vanity Fair story "To Live and Die in America" won a 2015 Silurian Award for "Magazine Feature Writing." Her Vanity Fair story "The Quaid Conspiracy" won a 2011 Front Page Award for "Best Magazine Feature." And her VF.com profile of reality star Kate Gosselin won a 2010 Mirror Award for "Best Profile, Digital Media."

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Grimes on May 22, 2013
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I pre-ordered this book as, like the other reviewer, I've been fascinated by this case for a while. I, too, watched the Lifetime movie, read the Nancy Jo Sales article in "Vanity Fair," and watched "Pretty Wild" (the reality series focusing on one, possibly two, members of the "Bling Ring") in addition to having followed news of Sofia Coppola's upcoming film very closely. I read this book yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Several things are taken from the Vanity Fair article, making this feel at times like an elaboration on such, which is what I had expected upon seeing this book was being released.

In the book, there are additional facts from police reports and references to things discovered by TMZ. Unfortunately, that means there is not a lot that's new here for people who followed this case as closely as I have. That said, the interviews with some of the members are worth the price of the book, in addition to a few things second-in-command Nick Prugo told to police about the involvement of other individuals not charged with any crimes that I had not read elsewhere, such as the possible involvement of "Pretty Wild" star Tess Taylor.

The only caution I have to give in regards to this book is that Sales spends a fair amount of time referencing sociological studies about fame & going on small tangents comparing mastermind Rachel Lee & Prugo to people like Bonnie & Clyde, using historical evidence to support her thought process. This could be a bit dense for some readers, who might expect more sensationalism from such a tabloid-friendly case. It's worthy information and it certainly helps with context, but it does make the book a bit deeper than the case appears to be from a cursory look.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MK on June 13, 2013
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Extended version of the author's interesting article for Vanity Fair. Book is less successful when the author tries to give deeper meaning to the specifics of this story. Although I have no doubt they exist, the author's attempts to explain them come off as contrived and reaching. Nevertheless an interesting quick read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LG on September 13, 2013
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It was my turn to select a book for our book club to read/discuss. I chose Nancy Jo Sales's book "Bling Ring" because it hit close to home--literally. The criminal teens lived in surrounding neighborhoods and attended local schools. Initially, that is what drew me to the book. However, the way Nancy Jo wrote it helped us understand that this was not just a story about a few local teens gone bad. She connected the dots to illustrate her point that these kids are somewhat a product of a families gone bad and society gone bad. I don't think Nancy Jo excuses the teens from their actions by doing so, but she helps us to understand the role that dysfunctional families, drugs, reality TV, social media, and the music of the period played in the lives of the teens during that time. By writing the book in that way, Nancy Jo prompts us to think about what we can and should do, as parents and as members of society, to help our children and others avoid pitfalls that exist.

I hope Sofia Coppola is right about this just being a bad period of time that will soon be behind us. I appreciate Nancy Jo's efforts to help make that happen by writing this book in the way she did. It was not only entertaining, but came with a message. The book club members loved the book and the discussion it prompted.
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The celebrity culture has been decried on many fronts, often in the same publications that detail the latest story of the "it" girl of the moment. "51% of 18-25 year olds said their most or second most important life goal- after becoming rich-was becoming famous. With one per cent of the population controlling 40% of the wealth, the new and ingenious ways to spend money have sparked wistful envy in the rest of us. Adults often leverage themselves into debt in an effort to copy the lifestyle and appearance.

The children of the almost wealthy believe that fame and wealth are their birthrights. Reality TV has told them so. Teen age billionaires and magazine covers have proved it to be true. The media has made them the focus of their efforts. So a band of four, more or less, decided to walk into famous homes and take the trappings. Those robbed felt invaded , and so they were. Their possessions were used to make a facade to transform the thief into the rich and famous. After all, one of the original targets, Paris Hilton, was in fact famous for being famous and the release of a well timed social media sex tape.

These children's entitlement extended to their flaunting their new clothing online, and posing in imitation of their heroes. They stole money and inhabited the same clubs. And the media responded by giving them shows and featuring the Bling Ring on magazine covers. Now a movie chronicles the phenomena. The author does an erudite and extensive case for his theories. He has done his homework and cites the research. He manages to do this within a fascinating and flowing narrative. Some of his sentences, like those cited, are awkward or grammar free, but this technique rather helps the theme along. Of course there is the question, now what?
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