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Infamous (Fame Game) Paperback – April 1, 2014
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From the Back Cover
Fame comes at a price.
Madison Parker played the game and has become the star she always knew she was destined to be. But being famous also means being a target, something her Fame Game costars are quickly learning, too. So, while Madison is trying to take back her reputation, up-and-coming actress Carmen is looking into who's feeding gossip about her to the press, and all signs point to someone from her inner circle. Kate has been dubbed "The Boring One" in the press and is getting some pointers from Madison about how to work the reality-TV system. But will Kate take the advice too far?
As the girls' careers heat up, they each discover that chasing their dreams almost always comes at a price. In the exciting conclusion to her Fame Game series, bestselling author and fashion designer Lauren Conrad pulls back the curtain on Hollywood to reveal that being glamorous isn't always pretty.
About the Author
Lauren Conrad is an accomplished designer and entrepreneur, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and was the star of MTV’s hits Laguna Beach and The Hills. She has been featured on the covers of People StyleWatch, Elle, Glamour, Redbook, Lucky, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly, among many other publications. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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When I first read The Fame Game, I thought Kate would be my favorite character and expected her to be exactly like Jane Roberts/Lauren Conrad. Maybe Kate was at first, but by the time Infamous came around she bore almost no resemblance to the girl I liked so much in The Fame Game. Similarly, I really thought I would love Carmen, but she was basically just a backstabbing bitch. One of those girls who thinks they're doing the right thing and honestly does mean well, but is just too selfish to truly care about anyone but themselves. The character that surprised me the most, however, was Madison.
I absolutely hated Madison in L.A Candy--she was a selfish, back-stabbing social climber. These qualities never fully disappeared in The Fame Game, but Madison evolved into a much more compassionate and caring person. We see why she put up so many walls and was willing to do whatever it took to ensure her success. She was by far my favorite character in the series and she had the most depth.
Those who read L.A. Candy will remember all of the drama that occurred--Jane Roberts constantly being betrayed by everyone, on camera surprises, etc. Where was that in Infamous? When I finished reading Infamous, I was actually thinking to myself, "is this the really end?" because nothing really happens. It does put a nice bow on all of the plot lines, but that's really it. There were hardly any new story lines and the ones that were there were surprisingly boring.
While Infamous was sufficiently lacking in the plot department, I really enjoyed seeing where the characters ended up--particularly Madison. Even though the plot wasn't great, the writing kept me entertained and I didn't really want to put the book down. The ending was so lackluster that the series is practically begging for a fourth book, but since all of the plot points have been resolved there isn't really any place for a sequel to go unless there is an entirely new spin off series.
In comparison to the first two installments, "Infamous" feels a bit like a first draft that somehow got published. There are many good things in it, a few great things, but you can't help but wish the drama was more underlined, the twists more surprising and some events within its pages that could actually live up to the book's title. It's all...fine...but at this point Conrad has exceeded expectations time and again with her writing, so one can't help but be let down here.
Kate is still struggling with finding her identity as a musician, and is involved in a bit of a triangle with Drew (Carmen's BFF), and then she gets a stalker. At first, the stalker subplot seems like it's going to be a wonderful melodramatic arc, especially considering how Kate sees the attention more as flattery than as something that is potentially dangerous. But then the storyline falls apart in a way that I'll get to in just a minute.
Carmen's storyline is the most wheel-spinning and tedious, with her lost in her life and looking for a direction...any direction. What's more, someone is posting (sometimes) true stories online about her and she needs to get to the bottom of it ASAP. The identity of Carmen's mole has been so obvious from its introduction in the last book that you can't help but expect Conrad to throw some sort of twist in. But she doesn't.
Luckily, we still have Madison to ground the book and engage the reader. Her evolution from a conniving witch to a driven heroine has been a joy to read and is a huge credit to Conrad's talents. When she was announced as the center of this follow-up trilogy to "L.A. Candy," I was very wary, but I should not have been. Her umbrella arc over the course of these three books has been a pleasure to read, and she earns her happy ending here (oh, like you didn't know it was coming). What's more, the twist involving Madison's sister Sophia (along with proof that she is either psychopathic or sociopathic) was a delicious treat, as was the character's comeuppance.
And yet the book remains a letdown when compared to the first two simply because Conrad avoids the big moments when she should be embracing them. The best scene in the entire trilogy is the climax to "Starstruck," where Madison and Sophia go head to head, dropping all guards they would usually have because of the cameras and just attacking one another, unafraid to draw blood. Nothing in "Infamous" comes even close to that level of emotion. Kate's stalker storyline comes to a wholly unsatisfactory conclusion with a bad joke after building for most of the book. We get the reveal of Carmen's mole in a well-written passage, but for some reason Conrad cuts away from the scene before Carmen can confront the person! Sure, there's a small scene later, but the climax to the arc has been excised for no reason and everything we learn about the mole we learn second-hand, when it would have been so much more powerful coming from the character himself/herself. And instead of having one more great scene between Madison and Sophia where the claws come out once more, Conrad shrugs it off for no ostensible reason. And the epilogue ties everything up a little too nicely for all the ladies -- I could have guessed this is where they would have all ended up and would have appreciated some sort of variation on my expectations. Ah well.
So, in all, this is a mixed bag. "The Fame Game" and "Starstruck" were both better than any of the books in Conrad's enjoyable "L.A. Candy" novels, and so you should definitely check out this last installment, since there are many enjoyable passages. But it could have been so much more. In a way, I really hope this isn't the last time Conrad tackles this world and these characters -- they deserve a better send-off than this and I know Conrad is capable of giving us one they deserve.
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