L. A. Candy (L. A Candy Series #1)

L. A. Candy (L. A Candy Series #1)

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by Lauren Conrad
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about 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: Lauren Conrad.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this flawed but fun novel, 19-year-old Jane Roberts, new to Los Angeles, and her best friend Scarlett are discovered by a producer who wants to cast them in a “reality version of Sex and the City.” Jane (who is, in the producer’s eyes, “fresh, innocent, vulnerable. Perfect”) and Scarlett (“a gorgeous brainiac”) jump at the chance to star in L.A. Candy, alongside two other girls: “spoiled, rich heiress” Madison and “loveable ditz” Gaby. Immediately famous, they enjoy new apartments, designer clothes and easy access to L.A. hot spots. Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of a reality show, including how supposedly spontaneous scenes are set up and shot and reshot, presumably inspired by debut author Conrad’s own experiences on The Hills. Jane, who “no longer thought about an outfit as being complete without a mike under her clothes, taped to her skin,” predictably becomes the breakout star of the show and learns the high price of fame. The climactic cliffhanger ending and lack of resolution hurt the book’s ability to stand on its own, but this guilty pleasure should leave readers eager for more. Ages 14–up. (June)
VOYA - Robbie Johnston
Nineteen-year-old Jane and her BFF Scarlett have traveled to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams of fame, fortune, and hot guys. In no time at all, the two girls are rocketed to stardom when they land their own reality show. Jane soon learns, however, that behind the glittery lights and fancy parties lies a world she never imagined. When her new friends start backstabbing and riding on her fame, Jane will have to learn how to tell her friends from her enemies. Conrad is best known for the reality show The Hills, and she stays close to what she knows in her debut novel. The plot follows that show closely; some readers will relish the familiarity, whereas others will feel put-off. The writing is equally uninspired, riddled with cliches and purple prose. The sheer number of adjectives bogs down the story until it crawls at a snail's pace. This overwriting extends to the characters: every outfit is described in detail, including brand names, while what is going on in their heads is largely ignored. Jane is the only character not painted in overly broad strokes, but even she is not particularly memorable. The world in which she finds herself is one where sex, alcohol, and profane language run rampant, creating a novel that is not appropriate for all ages. Still, bestseller lists do not lie, and this book is flying off the shelves. Although this reviewer found it to lack substance, it may be a good fit for teen girls. Reviewer: Robbie Johnston
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After high school, two best friends move to Los Angeles hoping to start "a new and amazing life," but their existence is anything but glamorous. Jane is an intern for a famous event planner and Scarlett is a freshman at U.S.C. However, things change quickly when a TV producer asks them to be in a new reality series along with Madison and Gaby, following their lives as they try to make it in L.A. After signing on, the two friends move into a posh apartment and get into the hottest clubs. Scarlett is skeptical about all the attention, but Jane enjoys being in the limelight. When Jane becomes the show's star, Madison is jealous and plots to bring her down. By story's end, Jane learns that having cameras follow you everywhere isn't what it is cracked up to be. The cliff-hanger climax indicates that there will be more to come. Conrad writes from experience (she stars in MTV's The Hills) and the result is a light read that will leave readers wanting more. The novel contains underage drinking and sexual liaisons, activities that are realistic for the lifestyle of the young women portrayed.—Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Everyday girls find their lives are everyone else's business when they're picked to star in a Sex and the City-style reality show. Too-cool-for-school Scarlett and plain Jane have just moved to Los Angeles, where Scarlett will start as a freshman at USC and Jane will work for a demanding high-profile event planner. At a club, they're discovered by reality TV producer Trent Lord. As the show begins production and publicity, Jane is cast in the role of narrator and protagonist, much to the dismay of her pampered, two-faced castmate, Madison. The Hills "reality" show star Conrad uses an omniscient point of view to get inside the thoughts of major Hollywood players and the stars they shape. Despite an up-close view of their thoughts, all the characters except Jane are regrettably flat. Scarlett is smart and sarcastic, but those are her only defining personality traits. With little conflict until near the end of the book, there is not much here to keep readers interested unless they are fascinated by the minutiae of clothes and the hottest L.A. clubs. Completely unremarkable, with an unresolved ending. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061767586
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Series:
L. A. Candy Series, #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
359,956
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Lauren Conrad is an accomplished designer and entrepreneur, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and was the star of MTV’s hits Laguna Beach and The Hills. She has been featured on the covers of People StyleWatch, Elle, Glamour, Redbook, Lucky, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly, among many other publications. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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L. A. Candy 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 748 reviews.
littlelis19 More than 1 year ago
Seriously, I love Lauren and everything, but this book was just not good. The writing reminded me of stuff I had to peer-edit during my freshman year of high school. If you're a fan of "The Hills" just keep watching it. The only thing this book adds to the show is the behind the scenes stuff everyone already knows about. The edit things to seem like something happens even when stuff doesn't. They mike the girls before every scene (that happens a lot in the book, and after the first time - which is way too long to be even considered interesting to read - you really don't need to know about it). There is betrayal (No really?) Save yourself some time and invest in a better book.
Afashionstyle More than 1 year ago
Its a easy read and made me forget about my stress!!! This is a girly romantic book. Like it!!! Cant wait until I get sweet little lies.
sabrinaNJ More than 1 year ago
Great for Lauren's first book! Fun read, especially if you love fashion... and The Hills. The end has me waiting for February for the next book, I am anticipating that it will be just as good, if not better.
ZooeyML More than 1 year ago
I've read Gossip Girls, The Clique series, The A-list series, and many more of the typical teenage girly books and to be honest, L.A. Candy did not impress me. I did watch The Hills but stopped by the third season because it was terrible. I'm embarrassed to admit that I was a BIG fan of LC and envied her job and party life. But then I realized that there was nothing about her that truly makes her stand out. Yes she was on TV, designed her own clothing line (which failed miserably), and had pretty hair and an okay personality (from what I could tell based on interviews and TV). But she's just like all the other reality TV stars. They want to be on TV and think it will give them exposure, and of course it does, but then they decide to quit because they cannot handle the cameras and fake acting (or whatnot). When I heard the book was coming out, I was surprised but I figured I should give the novel a chance and see if LC would actually be a good writer. I was wrong and the novel did not stand out in my mind. It was something I would write (I'm 17) in school for an extra credit assignment and the novel shows that LC needs to polish up her high school writing skills. LC's novel falls into the latter category of books that have similar plots and the voices of the authors are not the least bit original. I really do not recommend wasting money on this book, I read this in two hours at B&N because I could already predict what was going to happen and the descriptions did not even move me. If you are truly an avid reader and love books that deal with more than fame, money, and parties I would choose something else. I'm surprised, well not really, that LC was able to write this book-connections and money get one far- because it sounds exactly like other novels that are already out. The theme of her book and even the names-Jane and Scarlett- have been used and re-used again. Next time LC decides to write, I would say she needs to take some creative writing classes and dig deeper into her work as an "artist" rather than just writing about the superficial culture she has grown up in. Well, she can write about the superficialness of it all but please LC, at least do it with some ORIGINALITY and SPICE!!
Aya-Kay More than 1 year ago
This book was just ... horrible. I could barely finish the first chapter because it was just so bad. She shouldn't write another book. I give her kudos for trying, though.
Nose_in_Book More than 1 year ago
Im a huge Lauren Conrad fan,but I didnt think the book would be all that good. To my suprise it was! It was like watching the hills from the beginning all over again(mentally not visually of course)I cant wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I loved everything about this book, as well as the following books in the series. Lauren Conrad provides an excellent connection to the characters. By the time I was done, I felt very empathetic for certain characters in the book. Overall, a real page turner that leaves you wanting to know what's next. Highly recommended! :)
Janae More than 1 year ago
I read the first three pages and I could not handle how silly the writing was. They must let just about anyone with money publish a book. Do waste your money on this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of both 'The Hills' and Lauren Conrad i was convinced that 'LA Candy' would be an inciteful look into the glitz and glamour of the famous Los Angeles lifestyle. It was not. Although the story of "Jane Roberts" was something that teen girls can relate to (boy troubles, etc) her character bored me. There was lack of excitement, drama and of course, basic literacy. Lauren Conrad should stick to what she knows and leave the novels for those with the capability to keep the reader entertained. However, regardless of the storyline; she will continue to produce more money than sense. Congratulations on the success of the book, but "Sweet little lies" (second novel) will not be appearing on my shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very immaturely written. I think Lauren should keep her day job. I find it moving very fast and it is more for grade school level except she uses the word "pot" once. It lacks structure and the plot is similar to that of the hills only more annoying.
penname96 More than 1 year ago
Where's the second half of this book? It just ended midway through. I hope the second half is released soon. I wouldn't recommend this book, unless part 2 comes out. I'm not talking cliff hanger here, she just stopped writing mid story. Very odd.
love2read95 More than 1 year ago
I am sorry to say I did NOT like this book. I felt like the story was very superficial. The majority of the book is spent talking about which clubs the girls go to and deciding which taken guy to date. It was not well written, and quite unsatisfying. It was NOT believable, edgy, emotional, unforgettable, challenging, or any of the adjectives on the "detailed rating" section. This book kind of reminded me of the Clique series book I read, which had much of the same themes. I feel that Lauren Conrad should definatly stick to acting. ~Love2Read95
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a carbon copy of LC's life during the making of The Hills...not original reading material. Sorry LC, I still love you!
Anonymous 27 days ago
Pretty infantile
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Great read. So entertaining(:
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AllisonMM More than 1 year ago
This was good enough to read and good enough that I'll keep it on my shelf. I wouldn't say it's writing up there quite with Jenny Han or other teen chick lit authors, but it was good. It was entertaining and fun. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A special suspense that some authors can't pulll without seeming like they're dragging the story too long and stretching the plot
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I just finished reading this book and thought that it was amazing. It is a book that i would definatley recomend. Keep righting these books Lauren.
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I love Lauren Conrad I watched her on Laguna Beach and the hills and i loved them both. and i bought her book and i loved it i could not put it down i loved the story line. Lauren knows how to write a good book and keep her fans interested in the story line and what the story is about. I have all of Lauren's books. I recommend you go out and buy this book it was worth my time and money and once you start reading it you will be sucked in tip the very end of the book it was really good from the beginning to end. You wont be sorry on buying this book. Lauren you go girl and keep writing more books