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review 2017-01-05 04:36
L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy #1) by Lauren Conrad
L.A. Candy - Lauren Conrad

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

I'm sure nearly everyone recognizes the name Lauren Conrad - reality tv star, fashion designer, tween built celebrity. Star/Co-Star of shows like Laguna Beach and The Hills.

She's done many things that are quite impressive with her career and I admire her for her pursuit in adding writing books to the list of things she does; however a writer she is not.

LA Candy is flat, its long winded and its characters despite being well dressed (going by the in-depth detail of every outfit and item) don't have much personality or heart.

I wanted more from its characters, I wanted more of the journey, I wanted a reason to say "yeah, go for that" I wanted to see where Jane's journey took her and how it affected her or changed her.

Unfortunately I had a hard time focusing on anything and maintaining my interest.

LA Candy could have been a good book but its missing the life that would have made it a fairly good read.

Lauren Conrad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-02-14 01:59
L.A. Candy
L.A. Candy - Lauren Conrad

This book was a solid 4 stars for me. The pacing was fine to me and the book was written well.

 

Jane and Scarlett go to Los Angeles to get away and start a new life. Jane is starting an internship and Scarlett is starting school at USC. The girls are trying to get used to this new lifestyle when they are approached about being on a reality TV show. The girls are hesitant at first by then decide to do it. Little did they know that this was going to change their lives so much. Of course there is some drama between some of the girls, but that is what reality TV is all about.

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text 2015-03-02 14:52

I spent all of February reading from assorted series-- mostly pop fiction. And I loved it. I'm still waiting for the Alphabet Murder books to catch my interest. The Percy Jackson books are one of my favorite children's collections, and I'm glad I finally finished them. I also finished the children's books my boss's daughter lent me, about an angel among us. I read the first five books from the Pretty Little Liars series-- they were utterly absurd and yes, I did already borrow the sixth one. Lauren Conrad's first series, a thinly veiled autobiography about life on a reality show was, while choppily written, a fascinating study in hyper-mediation and an interesting perspective from someone who's lived through it.

 

I've loved that short month of popular fiction, but I need to step back in time a little bit and delve into a classic. Because, balance. I'm starting March with Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. Still salacious, slightly more revered. ;)

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review 2015-02-19 22:13
Starstruck - Lauren Conrad

Thanks to me reading the L.A. Candy books not that long ago I finally got all the little references that were spread in the book. I knew now who Jane was. What L.A. Candy was and what happened to Madison. It made the books so much better and unlike the previous book of this series (before I read the L.A. Candy books) I wasn't confused! I was now mostly shaking my head or giggling at the little references.

As people probably know, I hated Madison over the course of the various books. But for magical reasons, I am starting to really like her. Of course she is still venomous and still is a little bitchy at times, but I also saw a different side of her in this book.
Sure, she hated her volunteering work, but in the end she didn't mind it that much and she even did something wonderful. Something I totally didn't expect her to do. After all we all know how Madison is, and thus her doing that... nope. It made her seem more human and more friendly.
I also love how she is towards people. Like I said, still a bit bitchy, but for some reason not that bitchy. I loved her with Kate and Gaby.
I was cheering for her during the parts with Sophia. Poor her, stuck with her sister.

Kate, urgh, I really dislike her at times. She is boring and plain, and makes drama out of everything! Seriously and really, everything! OMG Carmen had a hookup with Luke, AGES AGO, and has to have a fake relationship with him now, OMG let's be bitchy towards Carmen, because "OMG she should have told me before about her kissing my crush." Um, no? She didn't even know you when it all happened. She is not obligated to tell you things that happened before she knew you. Do you want all the details on Drew as well? No, you don't want that do you? *rolls eyes* Also her whole stage fright just gets annoying. I wish she would just get over it. And her resorting to pills? Bad idea, very bad idea.
I didn't like how she was, how often she drank herself to oblivion. It didn't fit her character.
Kate is kind of becoming the Madison in this series. The bitchy, I need attention NOW girl.

Carmen was interesting, and she is (next to Madison) my favourite girl. I really liked how she tried to make up with Kate (many times), I liked her when she doing the movie and I loved her and her interactions with Luke.
I do hope in the next books we will see her interact more with Luke and I also hope she will pick up some jobs, because the movie thing is (almost) done.

Gaby, I used to like her, but I am not sure what happened to the girl now. She has a drug problem, suddenly does operations on her body and several other things. I kind of miss the old Gaby. Who was ditzy, but still a fun character.

The story itself was fun. There is plenty of drama, "reality" show stuff, boys, romance and of course a new and improved Madison. The ending was a shock, while I could have expected it (considering what happened to that character) it still was a shock to see it actually happen. I hope everything will turn out fine in the next book!

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2015-02-19 22:12
Sugar and Spice - Lauren Conrad

The last book in the L.A. Candy series, and what a way to end things (it was good though!). But I wasn't always happy with how things went in this book.

For instance, the whole Jane stuff. Once again she is stuck between boys. You would think scandals and the like would teach someone not to double-date, but it seems that Jane isn't one to learn.
In this book we have Caleb and Braden. Yes, you read that right, Braden. I was hoping with all the stuff going down in the previous books, that Braden would take a smaller or maybe even a not-being-there-role. However, he is still big in Jane's life.
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I wish she was more honest with her boys. Tell them about her feelings, tell them if she wasn't feeling happy.
I loved the part when she made that interesting discovery, it was fun seeing her make use of it and also help out Scarlett with things.
I felt sorry for her when things happened (again) with her and Madison. I am glad though that she decided to stay when it happened, and even when things went wrong at times she just went on and tried her best for her work.

That is one thing I loved in this book, the relationship between Scarlett and Jane. I loved that they were friends again, that they were happy again and that they lived together again. I missed that in the previous book. They truly are wonderful friends and it makes me happy to have these 2 try to be together again.

Scarlett also had a lot of drama, and I was sad to see how her relationship with Liam was. Though it was kind of expected that this would happen. I will also stick to my point that I still don't really see how these 2 are together. Liam doesn't seem to want to understand Scarlett and her job. He is angry when she has to leave, angry when she says no to him during a party that her friends and family created for her. I just wanted to smack Liam. Especially during that scene. Your girlfriend is having her birthday, her family, her friends are there and you DEMAND she will be with you? Not even listening to her trying to make agreements with you.
Not that Scarlett was any better. I disliked her attitude at times during this book. I disliked how she acted during the party. Her best friends made sure she had a grand party with her friends and even family there, and yet she was grumpy and didn't even seem happy to be there. Nice attitude girl. And then you wonder why Trevor is editing so much of your lines.
I liked her decision in the end though. I am glad that she did this and not go on and on with the reality show.

Madison, well I won't say much about her. I think most people know my dislike for this character. She was once again horrendous in this book and she really deserved all that she got in this book.

Caleb and Braden were this book's boytoys (sorry, I just feel like this is more appropriate than to say they are potential boyfriends). I didn't particularly like Caleb, I found him boring and I felt like the relationship between Jane and him died back when he broke it up with her some time ago. And we later indeed find out several things that made me dislike Caleb. So he was only really into it for that.
Braden, well is still Braden. I disliked him in all the other books and this one was no exception. I really dislike guys like him.

The story itself was good and I really enjoyed reading this book. There was once again a lot of drama, a lot of "reality" show and I really liked the parts about Jane and her event planning job.

The book ended in quite a good way. I was kind of worried about it, but I think the author did a great job on making sure all the loose ends are now connected and that everyone moves on with their lives. Be it in L.A or be it somewhere else.

I would really recommend this series to people. It was a really fun and light read and if you like drama and "reality" shows, you will like this one.

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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