Throwback Thursday | LA Candy by Lauren Conrad

L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy, #1)

 

Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Published: Jan 1st 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
ISBN: 9780061767593
Age Range: 16+
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Find It:  Book Depository
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. Shemay be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted herBFF 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 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 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.

Okay so I want to start by saying that I can’t believe this book came out 5 years ago! This really makes me question where time has gone and what I’ve done with my life. I remember the release of this book like it was last week. I am a big fan of Lauren Conrad not because of her fame and “The Hills”, but because of the inspiration and role model she was while she was doing the shows (if you didn’t know she started in “Laguna Beach”). Although the shows were full of drama and crazies, I always saw her as a breath of fresh air. She worked hard and put forth lots of effort to make her dreams of fashion design come true.
If you didn’t watch the shows, or even know who Lauren Conrad was and just picked up this book, I would say you actually wouldn’t need to watch them after reading it. It made me question how much of this she had actually experienced herself while filming. This book felt like a retelling of the shows; two girls who are living their dream are approached by a TV producer asking them to star in his new show. Of course, drama ensues, the girls start to fight with each other, and the fame starts to corrupt them. Boys start to get in the way and the producers start setting up even more on-screen drama to make the girls completely lose their sense of self.
I considered this book (and the rest in the series) to be my little secret pleasure. The writing actually wasn’t bad (considering her background and fame) and the story was actually relatable and passionate. As with any celebrity though, you judge them a bit harder since they have more resources available to them. The main reason I rated it two stars was for a very personal reason. After reading them I felt they were too similar to the shows and that to me lacked creativity and originality. As much as I loved them, I just couldn’t give them a better rating when I was feeling so disappointed.
* I reserve the right to change this rating, if one day, I return and reread this novel*

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