Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Book Report: L.A. Candy

Me and some of the ECDubs girls pooled our change and bought a copy of Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy; we all wanted to read it but no one wanted to be the person who bought a copy of L.A. Candy. I was last on the list to read it ('cause, you know, I was busy plowing through 1,200 pages of Stephenie Meyer) and let me tell you this: I didn't think I would like it. But I did.

LC's book is pretty much what you'd expect: a story of a girl plucked from obscurity to reality-tv stardom and the friends and boyfriends along the way. What I didn't expect was for the book to be so anti-celebrity culture. Sure, she gets glammed up and goes to the hottest clubs, but she's totally uncomfortable in the spotlight. The Lauren character discovers everyone is a big old faker; gossip magazines are full of lies; friendships and romances go awry; the reality of these shows is revealed to be scripted.

It's not a great book, or even a good book, but for this kind of YA fiction it totally stands up. And for a book written by someone who is only being published because she was on The Hills, it's surprisingly honest and kinda depressing. Two thumbs up! (You can read an excerpt here.)


Erin said...

And, I think there's probs a sequel on the way.

Crissy Calhoun said...

There definitely is! Sweet Little Lies - Feb 2010