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Beneath the Glitter (Sophia and Ava London Series #1)

Beneath the Glitter (Sophia and Ava London Series #1)

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by Elle Fowler, Blair Fowler

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From internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comes a scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene.

Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.

After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are


From internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comes a scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene.

Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.

After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite. Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor. But as they're about to discover, the life they've always dreamed of comes with a cost.
Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal. Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other.

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“Fast, snappy and filled with great insider knowledge of the beauty industry.” —RT BOOKREVIEWS

“Fans of Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy are going to sweep up Beneath the Glitter, the debut novel from YouTube style sensations Elle and Balir Fowler.” —Justine Magazine

“An end-of-summer fun read . . . quick, lighthearted [that] makes us feel as if we're actually living a glitzy, glamorous life. Oh, how we wish!” —Miss Literati

“A GREAT book and even better beach read. It's fun, light hearted and a book that everyone should add to their collection. I can't wait for the next one!” —loveforlacquer.com

“This book was delicious and addicting and wonderful. The characters were well-developed, the plot line was delish, and the entire idea was fantastic. It reminded me of L.A. Candy in a way, but there was better drama…I highly recommend this book. It's absolute awesomeness.” —Willa's Ramblings

“An enthralling, lighthearted, irresistible, and romantic story…fans of contemporary, chick lits and quick paced funny reads will certainly find delight in this one.” —Itching for Books

“An enjoyable read that is perfect for the beach…about two sisters who'd do anything for each other but have to realize that life might not be as easy as they want it to be. If you're looking for an easy and fast read, be sure to consider reading this one - especially if you're someone who, like me, is easily pulled in by a world of beauty, glamour and gossip.” —Fictional Distraction

“If you are a fan of the Fowler sisters I would definitely suggest picking up this book because it is a great insight into their world!” —Charming Chelsey's

“Fun characters combined with the always interesting plot line - which included mingling with movie stars, rescuing animals, 46 courses of champagne tasting, and even sabotage - made for a quick, fun read that I finished in under a day.” —The Mortal's Library

Ava and Sophie seemed really down to earth and were just trying to make it big in a city notorious eating up people and spitting them out. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow through the tribulation that comes with success.” —Charlotte's Web of Books

VOYA - Katie Mitchell
Sophia and Ava London come to Los Angeles with dreams of turning their successful beauty video tutorials into a full-fledged makeup and fashion line. They find themselves quickly enveloped in the glitzy, glamorous world of young Hollywood, becoming superstars themselves when their London Calling brand becomes the trend du jour. While starting up an ambitious enterprise, the young ladies are also dealing with romance issues (Sophia thinks she needs a “boytox” to clear her head after a bad breakup, while Ava is being wooed by the movie-star hunk of her dreams), jealous rivals, and an increasingly strained sibling relationship. When a major donation for their favorite pet shelter is stolen, Ava and Sophia are arrested, but it quickly becomes apparent that there are nefarious people undermining the sisters and their friends. This glamorized fictionalization of Elle and Blair Fowler’s adventures as YouTube sensations and fashion gurus is being released almost simultaneously with their new makeup line, which will feature products named for characters in the book. The writing itself offers nothing new; characters are flat copies of standard Hollywood stereotypes, and multiple story lines race to an abrupt end. The epilogue, “Friend or Faux,” sets up what is sure to be a series of cliff-hanger sequels. Beneath The Glitter offers a bit of sparkly escapism but no substance. Ages 11 to 15.
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—The Fowlers of YouTube's AllThatGlitters21 and juicystar07 have written their first novel, a seemingly fictionalized account of their own lives. Sisters Sophia and Ava London, young and beautiful, are Internet sensations due to their video blog makeup tips. In short order they meet a movie star, win the prestigious Best Webstars of the Year, and are offered their own cosmetic line, London Calling. Sophia, the serious older sister, is recovering from a bad break-up and goes on a hiatus from dating, aka a "boytox," until she finds two very different men attractive: Hunter, who appears too good to be true, and Giovanni, an artist/bartender. Ava, the impulsive younger sister, is torn between Liam Carlson, a movie star, and Dalton, a mysterious animal-shelter volunteer. In the sisters' alternating narratives, readers see the romantic entanglements and sibling misunderstandings that threaten their relationship and new business. Ultimately all is resolved, and the girls seem headed for a happy ending until they are arrested at a benefit they are throwing. The mystery involving their arrest is forced and poorly set up and the epilogue is even more baffling. The book makes a serious attempt to explore relationships between sisters, but the emphasis on clothes, parties, and makeup detracts from this effort and gives the book an air of frivolity.—Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, IL
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 6–9—Sophia and Ava London have left their old lives behind and have become part of the glamorous Hollywood celebrity scene thanks to their makeup and fashion tips blog. The girls have the opportunity to have their very own cosmetics line, but the fabulous life comes with a big price. Kate Rudd does an admirable job of giving each character in Fowler's novel (St. Martin's Griffin, 2012) an individual voice using pitch and pacing. The music choices meld perfectly with the hip Hollywood tone of the well-paced story. The girls struggle with romantic entanglements, trying to start up their new cosmetics line, and most importantly, keeping their sisterly bond intact. This frothy fun concoction, with no gratuitous sexual content, has a cliff hanger ending that hints at the fact that the London sisters' drama is far from over.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Hardworking sisters face glamorous romantic and professional challenges in Los Angeles. Approachable fashionista-next-door video bloggers Sophia and Ava London have built an impressive reputation as savvy guides to fashion, accessories and personal grooming and are thrilled to be moving up in their shared career. An award naming the tightknit sisters Best Webstars of the Year leads to a licensing deal for their own makeup line--London Calling--with LuxeLife Cosmetics, and now the hottest men in Los Angeles are falling at their feet. Ava begins dating paparazzi-bait–turned–doting boyfriend Liam Carlson (but she continues to enjoy flirtatious banter with Dalton, a fellow volunteer at the local animal shelter). Meanwhile, Sophia, "boytoxing" after being blindsided by a terrible breakup, finds herself torn between wealthy smoothie Hunter Ralston and gorgeous Italian bartender-sculptor Giovanni. The Fowlers--who, like their protagonists, are beauty-and-fashion video bloggers--let their otherwise-effervescent modern fairy tale of sisterly love and self-actualization get bogged down in a dreary subplot of sibling separation anxiety and jealousy, basing it on the flimsiest of serial miscommunications and resolving it in a single paragraph. A last-chapter twist threatens the sisters' reputation (and sets up a potential sequel), making the novel simply stop, rather than resolve. There's a built-in audience for the London sisters' adventures, but beneath all the glitter is a bunch of blah. (Chick lit. 14-16)

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Sophia and Ava London Series , #1
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Beneath the Glitter

By Elle Fowler, Blair Fowler

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2012 Elle and Blair Fowler
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-01633-1



Five Months Earlier ...

It was the kind of day that was made for kissing, Sophia London thought, and immediately wished she hadn't.

Still, there was no denying it. Blue sky, puffy clouds, rich buttery light that gave everything it touched a slight golden sheen, turning skin luminous and the grass that bordered Beverly Boulevard a rich green. Behind her, her younger sister Ava tried to coax her puppy, Popcorn, away from a particularly delectable fire hydrant. It was warm with a hint of breeze, just enough to make you want to nestle against someone's neck and get them laughing as your hair tickled their nose ...

Stop it, Sophia told her brain.

And no checking messages, she ordered her hand, already on its way to the pocket of her bright coral blazer.

Sophia caught her hand sneaking back toward the pocket and rerouted it to check the bow at the neck of her lacy cream blouse. There wasn't a message; there wouldn't be a message. There shouldn't be a message.

So why did she care so much? Her life was pretty much perfect — ideal, she corrected herself, just the way it was. Sure it was a lot of work, but it was still amazing, a dream. What else could you call waking up every morning in Los Angeles, a place where the weather was almost always fantastic and you could find yourself in line at the supermarket next to someone you'd been watching on TV the night before? Living in Hollywood with Ava, seeing where they could take the London Calling brand, every day a new adventure — she had everything she needed.

And yet there were days, days like this one when everyone around her seemed to be living in a romantic comedy movie montage, strolling arm in arm and feeding each other strawberries from a farm stand and talking about what movie to see and smiling up into each other's eyes and giggling for no reason and running to catch lights and exchanging quick, intense kisses ...

Days like this Sophia felt a little lonely. As she toyed with the ends of her blond hair she thought that it didn't help that today was — would have been, she corrected herself — her third anniversary with Clay Cutter, the football player with the boyish smile she'd dated from the summer after her freshman year of college until three months earlier. She could still picture him standing there in his tuxedo, his face all gorgeous and intense in the light of the full moon, could still smell the slight perfume from the red rose boutonniere she'd pinned to his lapel, could hear the sounds of music and laughter from the Valentine's Day formal behind them, could feel the fingers of cold creeping over her as he said —

"Do you think I should shave my head?"

The sound of Ava's voice next to her jolted Sophia out of the memory, but it took her a moment to register what she'd heard. Ava and Popcorn shot by her so she had to rush to catch up with them. "Did you just ask if you should shave your head?"

Ava nodded, her dark brown ponytail bobbing up and down. "I was trying to see if you were listening." Popcorn zigzagged across the pavement in front of them, rushing from side to side to sniff at everything. "Do you have any idea what I've been talking about for the last five minutes?"

"Of course," Sophia said, pretending to be hurt by the accusation.

Ava moved her eyes from Popcorn to her sister. "Really? Pinkie swear?"

Sophia sighed and her shoulders sagged. "Well. No."

Ava stopped walking, much to the dismay of Popcorn who began popping up and down at the end of his leash like he was trying to live up to his name. Crossing her arms over her chest, she said, "Are you finally going to tell me what's wrong?"

Sometimes Sophia wished that Ava didn't know her as well as she did. It was like being scrutinized in a slightly-too-effective magnifying mirror.

"It's Clay, isn't it?" Ava said, her eyes filled with sympathy.

"Yeah, I guess I'm still feeling a little bruised." Sophia let out a deep breath she didn't realize she'd been holding. Just saying it out loud made her feel a little better. Acknowledging how one minute she'd been a princess in a fairy tale heading into the Happily Ever After sunset with her Prince Charming and the next she'd been frozen on the steps of her sorority house, staring into the empty space where he'd stood, back at square Once Upon a Time and wanting to be anywhere but there.

"Alright, I know just what you need." Ava nodded positively, pulling out her phone. "I'm staging a sistervention."

And that — as well as some string pulling by their connected-to-everyone-and-their-housekeeper neighbor Lily van Alden — was how half an hour later Sophia found herself seated at the coveted corner table on the patio at Toast with Ava, Popcorn, Lily, MM (no one knew what the initials stood for but when asked he said, "It's pronounced mmmm mmmmm like the Campbell's Soup ads, because I'm that good"), MM's new boyfriend Sven, and a massive cinnamon roll.

"No pausing!" Ava ordered. "And no sharing! You have to eat the whole thing right away for the cure to work."

"Cinnamon rolls are not medicine," Sophia said, hastily taking the pastry back from MM.

"Wow, remind me to get Ava a prison guard uniform next time I'm shopping with you two," MM whispered to Sophia.

She and Ava had met MM one day when they were having coffee at a Starbucks between appointments, before they'd even moved to LA. They'd already had three meetings that morning and were so exhausted they weren't even talking. Then out of nowhere this guy about Sophia's age had come up to them, said, "You two are adorable. Is that jacket vintage or vintage nouveau? I'm a stylist and have a client who would die for it." They spent the next hour chatting and made a shopping date for the next day. That's when they discovered he was not just a stylist but on his way to becoming the go-to stylist for young Hollywood after making a splash with what the blogs called his "boho-mod" look. As fashionistas themselves, he was a good person to know. But it was clear from day one that he was more than just a professional contact — he was an instant BFF.

Now he was eyeing Ava with a combination of surprise and fear. "I wouldn't have thought Little London had it in her. She's scary when she's like this."

Sophia nodded. "You think this is frightening, you should see her on her third cup of —"

"No talking!" Ava said sternly. "And you" — she looked hard at MM — "stop distracting her or I'll sick the guard dog on you." She held Popcorn up and made growling noises, but his menacing appearance was reduced by the way he started licking her face all over.

"I am unsure," Sven said to MM with a concerned frown. "Which one is it who we should be scared of?"

Sophia nearly choked on the coffee she was sipping, and everyone else cracked up too except Sven, who continued to look confused.

Which was pretty much his standard expression — whether because he didn't understand English well or because, as Lily thought, all the cells that should have gone to his brain went instead to making him godlike in his handsomeness, was unclear.

He and the super-outgoing MM were opposites not just socially but physically as well. MM was barely five and a half feet tall with cinnamon-colored skin, dark curly hair, and a wiry, lean physique, while Sven, a foot taller and blond, with the chiseled proportions of a bodybuilder, looked like he could hoist MM with one bicep. MM was always cleverly dressed with every detail attended to like the way the penny in his just-the-right-amount-beat-up loafers was tarnished the same color as the band on his coconut-husk fedora; Sven, on the other hand, wore only warm-up suits with the names of Eastern European countries on the back. And yet, somehow their relationship seemed to be working.

How, a tiny voice inside Sophia's head asked. How come they could do it and she couldn't?

Glancing across the table and seeing Ava's eyes on her, she quickly pushed the thought into a corner of her mind, stopped shredding the napkin she'd been destroying in her lap, tucked a stray strand of blond hair behind her ear, and broadened her smile. She really appreciated what Ava was trying to do and she wanted her to know that her sistervention had been a success.

She whispered, "Thank you," and was rewarded with a big grin from Ava. They spent the next twenty minutes being entertained by Lily, who launched into a guided tour of the plastic surgery on display at the tables around them.

Although Lily's thick, wavy blond hair, olive skin, light green eyes, and perfectly symmetrical features were natural, she'd been raised around so much plastic surgery that she was an expert and she prided herself on her ability to recognize different doctors' work. Or, as she called them, "market enhancements."

It was one of the legacies of growing up in LA as the great-granddaughter, granddaughter, daughter, and niece of movie stars. Despite having the looks and the storied van Alden name, she'd chosen not to follow in her ancestors' footsteps. When Ava, who had a secret fantasy about being in movies, asked her why, Lily said, "I want to watch movies, not live them. Like a normal person. That way I get all of the perks without the stint in rehab."

Lily's version of "normal" wasn't exactly, well, normal though. Like the way Sophia and Ava had met her when she'd knocked on the door of their apartment the day after they'd moved in, introduced herself as their neighbor, and asked if they had any lace doilies she could borrow because she had to go to a black-tie dinner that night and she had nothing to wear. They'd lent her a dress instead, which she'd worn backward and somehow landed on four Best Dressed of the Week lists, and they'd been friends ever since.

Now Lily was excitedly zooming in on a woman three tables away who was a prime example of the latest in nose jobs — "You see how the curve of her nose plays off the curve of her chin? That is true artistry!" — when Sophia's pocket started to buzz.

Sophia jumped. She'd been so distracted she'd forgotten to think about checking it but now her heart began to race. It won't be him, she told herself sternly.

Still her fingers were shaking with excitement as she reached into her pocket to pull it out and turned the screen toward her.

It wasn't him. You knew it wouldn't be, she reminded herself. And yet —

"Anyone exciting?" Lily asked.

Sophia swallowed hard and kept her eyes down, blinking back the tears that were burning at the corners. "Just my date from the other night," she said.

Lily lost interest in the nose and directed her green eyes to Sophia. "Wasn't that the doctor who started talking to you in line at Starbucks?" she asked, excited now. "The one who seemed nice? Spinner?"

"Skinner," Sophia corrected. "He was nice and smart. And he made me laugh, a lot. And he likes me."

"But ..." Ava prompted.

"But." Sophia flashed them a gorgeous smile. "He collects spiders."

Ava goggled at her. "You just made that up!"

"No," Sophia said brightly. "He claims they are the only ecological pet."

"This is a fact," Sven confirmed, nodding vigorously. "The spiders they are very good pets."

For a moment everyone just stared at Sven. MM patted him on the thigh, said, "Thanks for that, sweetie," and returning to Sophia asked, "So, how long did you last?"

Sophia's fingers picked at the edge of her napkin. "I made it through the main course but left before dessert." She looked at Ava. "I'm afraid you had an emergency."

"Always glad to help," Ava said. "Was it something gross?"

Sophia shook her head. "You locked yourself out of the house. In your pajamas."

"Nice detail. I like that better than the time I was lost in the Valley." Ava sighed.

"How come you never use me?" Lily wanted to know. "I'm dying to be locked in a Tijuana jail."

"That can be arranged," MM said. He ignored Lily sticking her tongue out at him and went back to Sophia. "Is that a new record? Making it through the main course is longer than your last date, right?"

"Yes." Sophia sighed, shredding another inch of her napkin. She had no problem getting dates, it was just getting through them could be a challenge. "I left that one before the food even came."

Lily leaned her chin on the palm of her hand and assumed a look of intense concentration. "Was he the agent who brought the fake bug so you could get your entrée free, or the screenwriter who interrogated the waitress about whether the pine nuts were harvested during the day or by moonlight and if she could ask the chef precisely where the striped bass was caught because he didn't eat fish from certain latitudes? Or was he the one who talked about himself like he wasn't there and in all caps?"

"BLAIN KNIGHT!" Ava yelled happily, then lowering her voice two octaves, "BLAIN KNIGHT! would like a double cappuccino!"

Sophia dumped a handful of shredded napkin snow onto the table. "None of those. It was that real estate developer who tried to convince me to go see his therapist because she'd really helped him and he could finally admit to his mother it was him that stole her lace underwear when he was twelve, not his sister."

"I can't believe you left that one so early," Lily said, meaning it. "Just think what else he could have shared. But I like the spider one best. He reminds me of the Buddhist guy who refused to exterminate his cockroach-infested apartment because the roaches might have been his reincarnated ancestors."

"Gross!" Ava and Sophia said in unison.

"Yeah, I totally bugged out," Lily said, grinning at MM's groan. "But that's why I decided to do a boytox."

"A what?" Sophia asked.

Lily's eyes got huge. She turned and grabbed Sophia's wrists and said, "You should do it with me. It will totally help with your dating block."

"I don't have a dating block." Sophia tried to gently pull away. "It's just that I think I attract weird men. Seriously ... who else here can say they have gone on dates with such strange guys? All of whom were perfect on paper and very good looking.

Lily kept hold of her wrists. "Uh, Spider-Man, BLAIN KNIGHT!, and lace underwear guy sound like a dating block to me. Something is out of balance about the romantic energy you're sending out, so you're attracting the wrong kind of person. I learned all about it in my 'use your energy to save the world' seminar."

Ava's dark ponytail slid over her shoulder as she tilted her head to one side and said, "But what is a boytox?"

Lily addressed the whole table. "A boytox is like a cleanse, but for your personal life. I read about it in a magazine." On her left MM began folding his napkin into a noose. Lily ignored him and went on. "It's a way to clear out stagnant dating energy. Like after you end a relationship. A lot of times after a breakup people distract themselves by taking 'manex,' which means having flings or going on dates with lots of different people. But that just leads to more negative energy. The way to heal is to stop going on dates entirely — do a total boytox. If someone asks you out, you automatically say no. It takes away the pressure of thinking you should be dating."

Sophia frowned. "I'm not sure that sounds fun."

Lily shook her head emphatically, sending a wave of thick golden hair swinging back and forth. "It's the complete opposite of that. I know someone who knows someone who did it and said it's the best way to meet men. It's like they can smell your unavailability. So while you're avoiding bad dates, you're meeting tons of guys and then when you're done with your boytox, you can choose the ones you connect with. Think of it like being at a fat-free buffet, all the choice and none of the downside."

Sometimes I go to buffets just to look at the food, but then I don't eat any of it. Is it like that?" MM asked.

Lily ignored him and stayed focused on her sales pitch. "If not for yourself, do it for me. In fact, let's all do it together in a spirit of sisterdarity."

"I don't know ..." Sophia said. She looked at Ava. "What do you think?"

Ava toyed with her fork for a minute, looking torn, then spent a little too much time straightening the napkin in her lap. But when she finally looked back up she gave a smile and said, "Sure. So, how long does a boytox last?"


Cinnamon rolls

Lacy blouses

Bright blazers

A nail polish collection the size of a nail salon


Being forced to eat an entire large cinnamon roll yourself. Rude.

Boys who collect spiders

People who talk about themselves in all caps

Puppies who don't act menacing when you need them to

Ava after more than one cup of coffee

Sophia before one cup of coffee


haute dog!

Watching Popcorn bounce down the sidewalk happily, stopping every now and then to sniff a sprinkler or a crack in the pavement, Ava wished she felt the same kind of freedom.

As soon as she'd heard Lily invoke the word "sisterdarity," Ava had known she was in trouble. After all, she wanted to support Sophia. But she was still a growing girl, and she wasn't sure a boytox was a good idea for her —


Excerpted from Beneath the Glitter by Elle Fowler, Blair Fowler. Copyright © 2012 Elle and Blair Fowler. Excerpted by permission of St. Martin's Press.
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Meet the Author

ELLE and BLAIR FOWLER began filming makeup and fashion tutorials for YouTube in the summer of 2008. Their videos quickly garnered millions of views and national media attention. They live in Los Angeles and are currently launching a makeup line scheduled to release in Fall 2012.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard elle do a reading of the prologue of the book on her youtube channel and it sounds amazing! i cant wait to read it and i heard from blair on her channel that there will be a sequal that they are already working on it. I wanna buy them all! I mean who doesnt need a little glitter in their life? Im not subscribed to them on their channels but that just because im not allowed to make an account. So elle and blair, if ur reading this add one more person to ur subscribers total because i watch all ur videos and u have my full support. Best of luck! Love, Kayla
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 13 and I LOVE this book it was amazing I have watched every video elle has ever made this book was so good I hope elle never stops making videos. If elle and blair are reading this never ever stop making videos. you both inspire me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was pretty good! Yes it is a typical teen love/hollywood 'popular' girls story...but what else did you expect?! Especially with the picture on the cover and the description on the back...thats what the book was supposed to be...a fun easy read you cant tell me you looked at thatand said "wow this is going to be such an inspirattional and amazingly written story". What did you expect for their first novel an epic romance novel or a masterpiece that will forever remain a "classic"...no. they are just dipping their toes into the writing field and getting the hang of it. And i thought they did a pretty good job for their first book, when this isnt their main profession. And i feel like all the people saying mean things on this are the same ones who comment on their videos or gossip websites hating on them...and to be quite honest i would like to see all of you tell me that if you had the opportunities they have had and the amazing things they get to do that you wouldnt want to do them or be in their position...just because someone is successful doesn't mean you need to leave nasty comments about them or about things like this that they are so proud of unless you REALLY didnt like the book and wouldnt recommend it not because you hate elle and blair. Its just another outlet for all the haters which makes me sad. But anyways i thought it was a pretty good first novel. Congrats on the book elle and blair (:
okCassie More than 1 year ago
As a nineteen year old girl who has a love for literature, I found Beneath the Glitter to be another cookie-cutter story about impossible romances and how difficult the climb to the top can be. There's nothing new or overly interesting to be found in this book. Pull any other novel off of the shelf in the teen section and I am willing to bet that the plot will be mostly the same. After hearing Elle and Blair talk about Beneath the Glitter and read a bit from it, I knew enough not to expect much. It does have it's merits, though they are few. But the cold, hard truth is that most novels geared toward this age range are unimaginative and repetitive. If you're looking for a book that you can easily breeze through and not have to think too much about, this is the one for you. If you're looking for a well written story that will captivate you, I just can't suggest this novel.
SugarrySweett More than 1 year ago
Okay so I just finished reading the book and I must say that this book is AMAZING!! I mean its a light young adult read but it's really good and if you have ever watched any one of their youtube videos then you can automatically picture the scenario they are describing. I really felt as though i was watching a movie... even the dialogue was so precise especially Ava London's who is loosely based on Blair Fowler. From the first chapter to the last It was as though I was watching one of her youtube videos and she was talking to me!! This was beautifully written and if you enjoy their youtube videos then I'm POSITIVE you will love this book!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The synopsis sounded intriguing, smart and clever with adventure, but the book disappointed. It was confusing in certain parts because of an overuse of pronouns and poorly constructed paragraphs. It resembled a college freshman term paper that needed another round of revisions. I was so excited to read this book when I first heard of it that I even pre-ordered it. Unfortunately, it was quite the let down. It was highly predictable and I expected more from the story and it's character development. There was hardly had any depth to the characters. I'm a big fan of Elle's YouTube videos, but I'm not a big fan of this book. I hope the next one is much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole plot is just completely unoriginal.. really reminds me of every other book about there that I regret reading about fame or 'making it into hollywood' and whatever. If you like LA Candy by Lauren Conrad I guess you will like this.. but it is basically just a replica, just different characters and story, pretty much the same plot though. Didn't captivate me or catch my interest really either and I got quite bored of it really quickly. I honestly do not recommend it, and feel this is just another way for Elle and Blair to make money. Personally, I think they should just stick to there makeup videos, and I am hoping that their makeup line isn't as horrible as this book.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I was really hoping that Elle and Blair would have something really interesting in their first book, but I wasnt really that impressed with it. I think their videos are really great and they are the first class really of YouTube beauty gurus who has branched out away from the cameras. But too many times I felt as if I was reading Lauren Conrad's first book, and not the Fowlers. It had some redeeming moments and I did really like the fact that it showed the sisters being true sisters, fighting, making up and bonding together when it was really needed. It was just really hard for me to overlook the parallels between their book and LC's. If it had something more original, i might have enjoyed it more. With that said, it is still good for a weekend curled in bed with the rain falling outside. A fast and easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to read this book especially because its written by elle and blair themselves!!!!!! They have read parts of it in their videos and it sound amazing!!!!!! And im soooo happy they have it for nook!!!!!!
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
For the most part. I liked Ava and Sophie, they seemed really down to earth and were just trying to make it big in a city notorious eating up people and spitting them out. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow through the tribulation that comes with success. I even enjoyed watching them each interact with the different men in their lives, admittedly I liked a couple more than others. (Team Dalton all the way!!) My issue comes from the end of the book. While I do not regret having read the book, the ending left me angry and seriously confused rather than eagerly awaiting the sequel (if that was what they were going for)
believeinfantasy More than 1 year ago
horrible. it was just the way it was written that really irked me. the whole book revolves around the sisterhood which is totally unrelatable because of the scenes that they were in: hollywood, photoshoots, parties. Like really? there isn't much about this book that is actually a plotline. it does NOT have a plotline at all. LITERALLY the last TWO pages were like the only interesting part of the story. and that does not matter because you can't just write about police arresting you when the rest of the story is about your sister's relationship just to setup the book for the sequel. If you are trying to give your book the feel of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (because that is exactly how it felt those last two irrelevant pages of the book) you failed. A story has to link the storyline from the very beginning, not throw something COMPLETELY NEW at the very end of the book. overall a total waste of money & if i had to recommend it, i would say LA Candy is way better... this isn't worth it. they are not writers, they do not have a literary degree, they just like making money sadly.
Kelsey123 More than 1 year ago
A horrible book. Book was written by ghost writers first of all...not elle and blair. Secound, this book is unoriginal and boring dont waste your money. If your that curious about the book get it used or at the library or wait a few months then im sure it will be in the discount bin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good, i couldnt put it down. I finished it in 3 1/2 days. I would defintly reccomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was horrible! It was nothing but random to me I was never sure of what was happening in the book. It just had so much going on. There were way to many characters. Horrible grammar mistakes. The book was not practical in any way...I had no way to even compare this to real life. If you are a true reader DO NOT get this book! This is nothing against elle and blaire. I am fans of theirs but PLEASE stick to videos....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Id really recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys its blair thank you so much for your feedback!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read and i enjoyed taking the time to read it... I have watched all of blaire's videos on YouTube. I would love one day to meet Elle and Blaire and have a chance to talk to them about their book and all the fashion advice they give in their videos... My name is Caitlen Arnett and i would love it if i could meet you guys if you ever read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love elle and blair. I have watched every one of their videos.and they both are amazayn. Beneath the Glitter is just the kind of book i would have expected it to be..Great job Elle abd Blair!!!
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I love Elle and Blair and I love this book too. I think they really captured the ups-and-downs of Hollywood and being sisters. I can relate to this book and it makes me want to repair my relationship with my sister. I'm four years older than her, so we fight a lot. I'm going to read this to her, and hopefully do a lot of stuff with her to repair it. If you like The Clique, Canterwood Crest, Elle and Blair, or have a sister, I think you will relate to and like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beneath the Glitter is a fabulas book. It fowlows the life of two sisters who are youtube stars. I think its a good book for teens and young adults i give it two tbums up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only read about 5 pages then closed the book because it was so awful. No story line.
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I Really did love it! I can't wait for the next one to come out this summer!!!