Book Review: L.A. Candy

review4758093Los 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.


I don’t typically read too many reality tv show books but this one ended up catching my eye when I went to a yard sale and found the first two books in perfect condition for only a dollar. I’d seen people post about the series before but I never thought it would be my cup of tea. Boy, I was definitely wrong on that one. I simply devoured this book in about a day.

This book is great if you want shorter chapters with a fairly quick paced story line. It starts with Jane Roberts and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, moving to Los Angeles so that Jane can start a career in event planing and Scarlett can attend school. The two are later approached with an offer to be on tv and eventually accept after seeing how much money they will make per episode.

There’s, of course, boy drama involved towards the end of the book – including a love triangle – but if you put that aside, it’s a wonderful book. It’s supposed to imitate Lauren’s life from when she was on The Hills, and you’ll find out interesting tidbits of information that may or may not come in handy one day. For example, the thing people stand on to get their pictures taken at events are called “step and repeats.” I know, none of you really needed to know that kind of information (neither did I.)

I was surprised at just how well Lauren writes, I’ve never watched her shows before, thinking it was just some dumb blondes like Paris Hilton, but I was definitely wrong on that one. I’m planning on eventually checking out her other books sometime.


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