Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review: L.A. Candy

Title - L.A. Candy
Author - Lauren Conrad
Series - L.A. Candy #1
Genre - YA 
Format - Kindle
Published - January 1st 2009
Publisher - Harper Collions

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.

Jane and Scarlett have moved to the city one to attend college the other an internship at a party planning company. They haven’t been in town long when they catch the attention of a producer who is creating a new show that’s sure to be a hit a reality version of sex in the city here in L.A. and he wants Jane and Scarlett to be on it. Teamed with another pair of girls the show has all the makes to be a hit but the girls quickly learn that they may not be cut out for the lime light.

Since Jane can’t have the guy she wants she agrees to date his long time best friend quickly finding that the player may not be the player she thought as she finds that there is more to Jesse. Suddenly she’s the face of L.A. Candy while Scarlett doesn’t seem to care that her parts are fading away Madison is furious that plain Jane is everyone’s favorite and refuses to give up till she destroys her putting herself as the favorite.  When a scandal is revealed how will it change the show? And the girls?

I wanted to love Jane she’s very girl next door but she kind of bugged me just not my favorite. I didn’t like that she kept seeing Braden even though he had a on again off girlfriend. I was hopeful that maybe she could tame the bad boy Jesse and we would have a happy ever after but it didn’t play out that way. I liked Scarlett my preferred L.A. Candy girl you can tell she really cares about Jane even if Jane isn’t there for her. I didn’t care for Madison or Gabby either they are your typical plastic girls with no real personality.

I’ve had L.A. Candy on my TBR for a long time but never seemed to find the time to get around to it yet. I picked it up for the reading challenge this week which it was perfect for. I haven’t seen much of sex in the city but I did watch all of Gossip Girl which is kind of what this reminded me of only a really awkward reality TV version of it. I didn’t love the characters they are ok not someone I was able to connect with but they aren’t horrible either. The writing wasn’t bad it flowed for the most part quickly I was able to read it in one long morning which was ok. However we do have a huge cliffhanger which normally would have me dying to read the next book but I’m torn. I didn’t connect with any of the girls so I don’t know if I will be reading the next book anytime soon. Overall it really isn’t bad for a young adult novel. 

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe that Lauren Conrad actually wrote a book. You don't seem that enthusiastic and it doesn't really seem like an extraordinary read to me either though. :/ Love the cover and the title, but the story isn't somethng that I would personally be interested in. Cliffhangers definitely do it for me, but eh. I'm torn about this one.

    -Jen @ The Bookavid