This review is from: L.A. Candy (Hardcover)I had absolutely no intention of reading this book, but as boredom can go during the summer, I found myself asking "Why not?"
I didn't think I'd make it through the hard copy, so I opted for the audiobook. I have listened to tons of books on audio-- most horrendously awful, finding only a few (like the Harry Potter Series's Jim Dale... whom I personally deem a minor god) tolerable. I have on occasion been unable to get past the first chapter on audiobook due to the lackluster vocal acting (that often made the male characters, who were supposed to be breathtakingly hot, sound like my 78 year old grandmother), but I took the chance anyway... as I had already dubbed this book useless beforehand, I figured it would be easy to cut my losses.
L.A. Candy was an absolute breezy delight. It was cute, fast-paced, and can consume the targeted audience with juicy exuberance. I think I spent the first few chapters debating who I conceived characters to be; but by mid-book, I found it didn't matter. As a teen light romance, it did the job just fine-- even without placing reality faces to the fictional (or-not-so) personalities. Lauren's reading of the book was better than tolerable; and by the first few chapters really captivating. She didn't make the male characters sound like old, angry, cane-toting southern biddies at least. A definite plus.
As a stand alone, minus any connection to the events on "The Hills", L.A. Candy was an enjoyable, resplendent romp into a world of delectable arrays of jealousy, gossip, friendship, and prospective romance. If anything at all, it is definitely entertaining.
I'm looking forward to more from Ms. Conrad.