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 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.
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.
I decided to read Lauren’s book as I have seen so many people compare it to the TV show The Hills. Confession time, I don’t watch The Hills and I don’t even remember watching it. So here is my review from someone who does not watch The Hills!
The title sounds cheesy to be honest but whatever. Let’s be blunt here, I was not impressed by Lauren’s writing. It’s something even I can write. It does not flow fluidly but still readable.
Jane is the main character but her character is totally two-dimentional. Somehow her feelings are always not longer then two sentences. Scarlett’s character is inconsistent. In the beginning she seems like a flirty girl who hooks up with random guys as the first chapter we are told that Jane woke up to find one of Scarlett’s guys on her bed. It gave me the impression that Scarlett was slutty. But as the story progressed, apparently Scarlett is studious and she doesn’t seem to like any member of the opposite sex or anyone for that matter (except Jane). And there are only two/three references to her thinking about the camera guy being “cute”.
Now, I really hate it when there is a new character introduced and after a few pages, he complete disappears from the book and pops up a few chapters later. This is what happened with Diego. It really frustrates me, this book is like a play, a character comes in, delivers their lines, exit, returns when it’s their scene again. It’s so boring! Well there are some pretty trashy scenes but I saw it coming. Which book is not complete without a scandal?
Ha! The biggest thing I disliked about the book was the abuprt ending. Way to go Lauren. For those of you who are wondering, she is writing a sequel and probably a third book but that is still not the way to end a book. Look at Meg Cabot’s Airhead for instance. It has a sequel yet the ending wasn’t abuprt and I throughly enjoyed Airhead.
Let me tell you now if you are planning to buy the book that L.A. Candy was predictable. So predictable to the extend that I could predict the entire story. It has a similar plot to other Hollywood and glamour book I’ve read (Secrets of my Hollywood Life series). But compared to Jen Calonita’s series, I very much prefer Jen’s. It’s not as cliche and at least her characters have more thought processes.
Overall, L.A. Candy was a good attempt but not good enough for me. But I admit that I will be reading her sequel, Sweet Little Lies, I want to know what happens. L.A. Candy was a fast-paced light read but there is nothing special about it. So save your money and buy something much more worth it. Get L.A. Candy from the library instead.
Looking at my review now, my 3 star rating on GoodReads seems too high.