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L.A. Candy Hardcover – June 16, 2009
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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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Naturally, the lion's share of the story centers around the social lives of Jane and her best friend Scarlett. They are both new to Los Angeles, starstruck and boy crazy. Despite being an attractive natural blonde, Jane considers herself a "plain Jane" while Scarlett is a confident brunette bombshell. Jane's just scored an internship with renowned event planner, Fiona Chen. Scarlett plans to coast through classes at USC while she decides what to do with herself. When Hollywood producer Trevor Lord starts talking to them in a nightclub, they initially assume that he's trying to hit on them... but eventually he convinces them to come for an audition for a new reality show filming in Los Angeles. In the interview, the producers are impressed with the girls' natural good-looks and unaffected demeanor. Just like that, they are in!
With the cameras rolling, Jane and Scarlett are soon treated to a new luxury apartment and VIP lifestyle. I liked the behind-the-scenes reality behind "reality" tv... the awkwardness of being miked, the staged "spontaneous" scenes... it all rang very true.
Of course, everyone's wondering whether L.A. Candy was ghostwritten. (And wouldn't it be the ultimate irony if it was?) A careful inspection of my copy didn't seem to reveal anything in the fine print... maybe Lauren Conrad really did write this herself!Read more ›
I picked this book up hoping for a fun guilty pleasure read, but was ultimately disappointed by a few things.
First, Lauren Conrad is not the strongest of authors. The dialogue and the storytelling is quite flat and uninteresting at times. Hopefully as she releases more books, her writing skills increase, but "L.A. Candy" seemed quite amateur and I'm surprised that her publishing company allowed it to be released as it is.
Second, the pacing is quite off. 100+ pages are devoted to the set-up of the plot. Once the reality show starts filming, which should be the meat of the novel, it seemed like most details were rushed and glossed over. Plus, the conflict and the climax were ultimately quite weak which leads the reader unsatisfied.
Finally, the ending did not work at all. It is clearly meant to be a cliffhanger, but it feels more like the story is incomplete and is missing a proper conclusion. I am alright with books that want to excite readers for the next book in the series, but not when it makes the current book feel like a story that is missing a proper conclusion.Read more ›
It's obviously loosely based on The Hills, although the characters are not exactly the same, so if you watched the show its interesting to see how things went from the girls' perspective. Midway through the book I couldn't put it down
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I thought I might gain first hand insight to the world of reality tv, since that is what this book was all about. So, ok.. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Claire
I can't believe I actually read this immature book . I thought it was going to be OK. Young girl is discovered in LA, but it went down hill and the ending just left you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kwing514
I liked the book and it kept me entertained, but I hope there's a second book because the ending of this one is dumb... Is she going to die? Are they coming back? Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Kirts
I liked this book because I am a former The Hill's and Laguna Beach fan. Although this is a non-fiction book, I could tell it loosely followed Lauren's own experiences, which I... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cat
I admire Lauren Conrad and have recently become obsessed with her blog, so I figured I might as well try her books as well because who knows?
Lauren knew. Read more
I confess to really enjoying this book. It was kind of a "guilty pleasure" read, and it does a great job of entertaining! Read morePublished 9 months ago by AC Gray
This book can NOT stand alone. Buy it only if you're interested in buying a serial novel. (IE, buying several "books" in the "series")
The characters... Read more