Title: L.A. Candy
Author: Lauren Conrad
"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 premiers -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 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."
I really had some big reservations about reading this book. I have watched The Hills before, but that was for a completely brainless passtime. I was more than a little worried when I heard that Lauren Conrad had written a book. Usually it seems to not go well when a celebrity writes something - especially fiction.
The story was pretty much what I was expecting. As the saying goes, "write what you know." That's exactly what she did. Reading this book was exactly like watching an episode of The Hills. The conversations, the locations, the friendships, the feel... all the same. The only difference is the small look into the behind-the-scenes stuff. But it's nothing shocking - most of it seems about right (mikes, scripts, etc).
That being said - the book isn't bad. It's not great... but for chick lit, it's not bad. I'd really only say you should read it if you haven't watched The Hills or The City or whatever other spin offs there are. The story is fun, flows well, and it took me no time to read... but it's nothing new if you've seen those shows. It makes the story a bit repetitive if you have. And it was fast - it took me less than 48 hours to get through the book. But, again, I've heard the story.
I was surprised and a little dismayed to realize this was only the beginning of the story. The end of this book is very much a cliffhanger - in that it stops dead in the middle of the story. That was a little annoying, but I suppose it keeps people coming back for more. I'll have to decide if I want to continue.
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