- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
- Publication date: 5 January 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 006176759X
- ISBN 13: 9780061767593
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,437
The debut novel by the star of MTV's #1 show, The Hills, offers a fast-paced, honest, and entertaining fictional account of 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.
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By TeensReadToo 03 Oct 2010
This novel by reality TV starlet Lauren Conrad chronicles the lives of Jane Roberts and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, as they move to LA and become the stars of a reality TV show. The book, which is based loosely on Conrad's own life, is a little slow in the beginning, but picks up a bit once Jane and Scarlett are discovered at a club by a TV producer.
From that point on the two, though a little hesitant at first, decide to audition for the show and their lives change drastically.
While Jane takes to the cameras being around easily, Scarlett is not so excited and wonders what she got herself into. Throw into the mix two other cast members, Gaby, a total ditz, and Madison, a total witch with a nice girl facade, and things get even more complicated.
When Jane starts dating Jesse, who happens to be the best friend of her friend-slash-major crush, Braden, things spiral out of control quickly and the jealousy of someone Jane thought she could trust ruins her life in an instant.
With lots of run-of-the-mill Hollywood cliches (blondes, drugs, cosmetic surgery, etc), L.A. CANDY almost fails to deliver an original storyline. In addition, in pretty much every single chapter, Jane and her friends are drinking (usually vodka soda for Jane) making it seem to the unknowing person who has never been to LA that you can't have any fun in Tinseltown without being drunk.
It is a quick and light read that would be great for the beach or a day when you don't need any actual depth in what you're reading. However, the ending is a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting to know what happens to Jane next.