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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442412003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442412002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-A love and relationships guide from another Hills girl. Unlike some of her tabloid-tastic cohorts, Bosworth is seemingly the tamest of the group. Known as the confidant to her girlfriends, she's the kind of friend who listens to the dating woes of others and honestly wants to help empower them. Drawing from personal experiences and those of her friends, she urges readers to take charge of their self-esteem and psyches when a relationship falls apart. "You have to understand that he just isn't the right guy for you, not that you must not be the right girl for him." Though clearly not a feminist manifesto, Bosworth's dating advice is dispensed in a breezy manner that many readers will relate to. The text contains all the usual elements-quizzes, rogues' gallery boys to avoid, the type of guy to seek out, activities to soothe a broken heart, and plenty of personal anecdotes. The author is like the young hip aunt who offers advice about boys at family gatherings. However, with Laguna Beach and The Hills so 15 and 5 minutes ago, respectively, readers could be unfamiliar with Bosworth. Nonetheless, The Lo-Down still may provide guidance for teens exploring their first dating relationships.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“The Lo-Down stands apart because of its positive message. Take it from me, Lo’s insight into relationships feels like advice from a girlfriend.”

--Lauren Conrad, bestselling author of L.A. CANDY

Bosworth--late of Laguna Beach and The Hills, two MTV series that showcased the lives and loves of Southern California’s young and glamorous--is building a brand for herself: the sensible-yet-sexy older cousin. This book, which shares a title with her recently launched lifestyle website, expands on the romance-advice section of her site and ably offers an appealing mix of generic and specific relationship advice in a breezy, knowing tone. - KIRKUS, December 1, 2010

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura (The Reading Nook on May 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, although I know it wasn't meant for people at my point in life. Yes i'm in my mid-twenties, but i'm also happily married, so i'm not at the dating portion of my life and haven't been in about 5 years, but I can see that this book would be very insightful and helpful to someone my age, or younger that is single and looking for mr. right. Infact im planning on lending this book out to my single friends, who need to escape from the "douchebag lords" as Lo called them at one point in her point, which literally made me laugh hysterically at the beach and people were looking at me funny, but all's far in love and war right?

I wasn't sure what to expect from Lo but her book was relatable and funny, but at the same time she had a lot of insightful information. She stated in her book that she wants to write childrens books and I can see that as being her niche for writing books, but if you are single and looking for mr. right, I would recomend her book, she focuses on loving yourself first, and love will find you, and I feel that's extremely important and a lot of times people look past that.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tina on January 11, 2011
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Ever since I got a copy of this book, I looked up a lot more information on both the author and the story content - out of curiosity. In fact, I had this book on my list way before I found out that the author is actually fairly well known and this book is an extension of her website.

For those of you who are looking for a good novel, this is not the book for you. Rather, this book is more of an advice book about relationships and dating, which sort of blends in some rather generic stuff as well as some more "personal" experiences from the author.

While the reading is not horrible, I have to admit that there really isn't that much new here. Some stories are okay and entertaining, but overall, I have to say that the book was a tad flat and somewhat typical.

As I am not a YA, it is obvious that the book was not aimed at my demographic, but I think that a sign of a good YA (fiction or not) is that it should cross over into any world, all the while being enjoyable and informative - this was not really the case here.

Not a bad read, just not that stimulating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Garea on July 3, 2013
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I was a huge fan of Lo's when she was on Laguna Beach and that grew even more when she was on The Hills. She gives advice like your best friend does, but she does it in a way that is hilarious. She shares her mistakes and her triumphs in the dating world all the while passing on the facts she has learned along the way. Its a great book and a quick read.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alax Martin on January 7, 2011
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Well I bought this book with modest expectations, being a big Hills and LC fan (and the price was reasonable). I thought I would give it a chance. This book has dating quizzes and quizzes about what kind of person you are and also guys to avoid dating and guys you date. A must read for teens and young adults. Also examples of bad relationships (and good ones) are given. A MUST read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Southern Belle on August 29, 2011
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Maybe I should have read the reviews... I didn't realize this was a "self-help/advice" book about relationships. I didn't even read half of it. It might be good for younger (high school/college) girls, but I was not a fan.
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