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The Fame Game [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Conrad
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town—aspiring actress Carmen Price, the daughter of Hollywood royalty—and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game... When the camera's start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?

Filled with characters both familiar and new, Lauren Conrad's series about the highs and lows of being famous delivers Hollywood gossip and drama at every turn.



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Praise for 'Sweet Little Lies': "Highly entertaining" Heat Praise for 'Sugar and Spice': "Scandalous!" Teen Now

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Praise for 'Sweet Little Lies': "Highly entertaining" Heat Praise for 'Sugar and Spice': "Scandalous!" Teen Now

Product Details

  • File Size: 1089 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007454902
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UD1D62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Quick Read April 5, 2012
By Katie
Format:Hardcover
Unlike some of the other reviews, I actually read this book. I don't write reviews based on whether or not I like the author. I read all 3 of the LA Candy books. They were a fun quick read. I'm not going to compare her books to other books I've read because I like to read different books depending on my mood. The Fame Game is simular to the LA Candy books. It was a quick read and I enjoyed the story. If I liked the book, I give it 5 stars. I'm not going to over analyze her writing skills like some other reviews. I'm not going to act like some sophisticated reader who has something to prove by criticizing every little issue wrong with her writing. It's not that type of book. So, if you want to read a fun, quick story then it's a good book.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
First Impressions: I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of reality T.V. I've never watched The Hills or any of that stuff. I think I watched Jersey Shore one time, and once was more than enough. However, this isn't a reality show, so I'll judge the book by its own merits. I've read other books written by Lauren Conrad and they are all fun and well-written. I especially like the cover of this one since it makes me want a lollipop really bad.

First 50 Pages: As far as entertainment value goes, this book has a lot of perks. Sort of like say, reading a reality show in book form. More than once I wondered how much of the story did Lauren pull from her own life. With that being said, if I hadn't of received this book for review, I probably would never have bought it myself. It's just not my type of thing and I wasn't super crazy in love with Lauren's other books to go and rush to pick up this book. I could tell right away that I was going to have some issues with The Fame Game, but I do have to say that Lauren's writing has improved enormously in this novel.

Characters & Plot: This is a story about Madison Parker, who is a character that some people will know is in Lauren's other book series, L.A. Candy. Madison is given the opportunity to be on a new reality-based television show called The Fame Game. There are three other girls who will also be competing for their spot in Hollywood, named Kate, Carmen and Gaby. Four women in one household does not sound like a fun or pleasant time to me, but Madison is willing to do whatever she has to in order to rise to the top of the social ladder.

Needless to say, it was drama everywhere you looked. All of the characters, with the exception of Kate, were pretty much as horrible as they come.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Candy 2.0 June 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover
First Sentence: Madison Parker had made Trevor Lord come to /her/ this time.

How I Acquired the Book: Borrowed from my town's library.

The Review: There are some books I read only because they reach no. 1 or whatever number on the bestsellers list, and I read them because I want to see what brought them there. L.A. Candy was one of those books, and so is The Fame Game. As soon as I started L.A. Candy, it became clear to me that this was a bestseller only because of its author, and certainly not because of its writing. The same goes for The Fame Game.

The Fame Game is a spin-off series off of L.A. Candy. Instead of Jane being in the spotlight this time, we get to see Madison be the star. This didn't seem that interesting of a concept at first, but then I began to get interested. Madison was, by far, the most interesting character in the L.A. Candy series. Jane was boring as heck. So, I thought, even though it's still about reality TV (which I do not enjoy), since the boring character is out and a cool character is in, this should be much better than L.A. Candy.

Well, it was better than L.A. Candy, but not by much. The characters, as I predicted, were very interesting and three-dimensional. Madison was the type of character you want to kill one minute, then the next, you feel so bad for her. The two new characters were a lot more interesting than Jane and Scarlett, and I liked them. The 2.5 stars this book deserves is all because of the characters.

Because the plot just doesn't work at all. Some parts were ridiculously overdrawn and boring, and I found myself thinking, "Fame Game? Ugh, maybe a better name for this book would be Brain Pain." It doesn't flow well; the majority of the book is a buildup to a climax completely unrelated to the buildup.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun August 15, 2012
By Ari
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was bored on my flight to New York City and decided to give in and pay $12 or $8. It continues on from the LA candy books and lets you see a different side of Madison. Of course there are new characters and add to the story line... season 2. I can't wait for the new book in October!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives it again November 16, 2012
By BookGG
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fun book, easy to read! Her other books are just as good, you'll fly through them. Big font and not super long
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Series September 4, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I haven't finished it yet but it's been pretty good so far. Can't complain though. I've loved all her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Irish Banana Review December 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
I have never read Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy series. To be totally honest, I considered them somewhat autobiographical considering Conrad's well-televised history and the concept matter. And, being brutally honest, I never cared much about either show she was on.

It was only after I saw my sister-in-law ravenously reading her books that I thought I would give them a try, and I feel like I owe Ms. Conrad an apology. I judged her books based on pre-conceived notions of who she was as a person, and I was wrong. The only reason I'm acknowledging this is because I have a sinking suspicion that I'm not the only person to feel this way.

While I doubt this series will win a noble prize, The Fame Game is fun. It's very much a feel-good, don't take things too seriously kind of book. It's very much in the same vein as Gossip Girl, The Lying Game, and Pretty Little Liars. These are all series that have developed a strong fanbase because they are just good, guilty-pleasure fun.

I found myself genuinely enjoying Madison and following her exploits throughout the book. Yes, some of the situations were over the top and somewhat ridiculous, but it made me laugh and smile frequently. Conrad has a knack for writing amusing, vivid characters. And I'm a sucker for the exploits of a celebrity-esque world. You have to admit, if ever there was a case to me made for "Write what you know," Conrad has that down cold.

The writing is a bit green at times, with Conrad having a habit of flat out telling a situation versus letting it unfold before the reader, but that is a thing that comes with time. I have no doubt if I went back and read her first series, I would see quite a bit of growth as a writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
had trouble getting into this book not what i expected.
Published 8 days ago by Debbie T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, fast deliver!! Thank you
Published 3 months ago by Dani ela111
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good,quick read
Published 3 months ago by Reverberatingsound
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book.
Published 3 months ago by pizzaplease
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!!
Another amazing book by Lauren I loved the L.A. candy series and now I'm loving the fame game series, ready to start number 2!!
Published 5 months ago by Alexis Claire Mathis
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Overrated
Published 6 months ago by Mousie
4.0 out of 5 stars Way better than her first series
I bought this book because it was extremely discounted. I read the first series and got bored with most of it. I like this book a lot more than I thought I would. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeni
4.0 out of 5 stars Fame Game-ish
I am a fan of all things Lauren Conrad, that being said, it's fair to say that it took me reading about more than half way before I really got into it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jessica
3.0 out of 5 stars make reality series interesting
I really like the story lines. I wish there were more twist and turns, more drama. I really like the different personalities of each characters and how they all interact with each... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Loved it. Love them series. Love Lauren. Can't wait to read the next one. Easy read that leaves you wanting more.
Published 11 months ago by Haley Morrow
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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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