L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
Book description: Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer…everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can’t wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun. When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a “reality version of Sex and the City,” they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please! Soon Jane is TV’s hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara- free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood’s premieres- and she’s lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane’s spotlight. In a city filled with people chasing after their own dreams, it’s not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be. L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about what it’s like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad.
OK, call reading this book cheating toward the challenge. Very quick read, and no depth to any of the characters, this book lacks a major component to a novel…a real plot. But oh wait, it’s loosely based on The Hills. Ok, ok. I tune into The Hills for my weekly dose of mindless television and guilty pleasure, but let’s be honest, is the show really about anything? Not unless you consider who is dating who, what new trends are in the stores and where these people eat their meals substance. And that is about as much as you will get out of this novel from Lauren Conrad.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Lauren Conrad, but this book is clearly written for girls under the age of 18. After the age of 18, one can consider this book fluff reading for those looking for a quick poolside read. If you aren’t a teenage girl, I don’t recommend this book for you. Entertaining? Sure, about as much as The Hills. Great novel that keeps you turning the pages anxiously awaiting what will happen? Not so much.
1/5 stars. Sorry, Lauren. Your calling is fashion designer, not author.
That makes 2 for me, 50 to go…