The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

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The true story that inspired the Sofia Coppola film

Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson: robbed. More than $3 million in stolen clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags reported missing. Who is behind one of the most brazen string of crimes in recent Hollywood history? Meet the Bling Ring: a band of club-hopping teenagers from the Valley with everything to lose.

Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous ...

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Overview

The true story that inspired the Sofia Coppola film

Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson: robbed. More than $3 million in stolen clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags reported missing. Who is behind one of the most brazen string of crimes in recent Hollywood history? Meet the Bling Ring: a band of club-hopping teenagers from the Valley with everything to lose.

Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A "perfect" crime— celebrities already had so much, why shouldn't the Bling Ring take their share?

As the unprecedented case unfolded in the news, the world asked: How did our obsession with celebrities get so out of hand? Why would a group of teens who already had so much, take such a risk?

Acclaimed Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: they did it because each stolen T-shirt or watch brought them closer to living the Hollywood dream . . . and because it was terrifyingly easy. For the Bling Ring the motivation was something deeper than money—they were compelled by a compulsion to be famous. Gaining unprecedented access to the group of teens, Sales traces the crimes minute by minute and details the key players' stories in a shocking look at the seedy, and troubling, world of the real young Hollywood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062245533
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 376,580
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Jo Sales is an award-winning journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper's Bazaar, and many other publications. She has written profiles of Damien Hirst, Hugh Hefner, Russell Simmons, Donald Trump, Tyra Banks, Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Taylor Swift. Her acclaimed 2010 Vanity Fair piece "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" is the basis for the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring. Sales lives in New York City with her daughter.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

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    I'm not going to deny for one second that I love Nancy Jo Sales'

    I'm not going to deny for one second that I love Nancy Jo Sales' writing. Despite my general contempt for today's celebrity culture, I still spent actual money on a Vanity Fair subscription because I enjoy Nancy Jo's gift for making my skin crawl from the loathsome people she frequently profiles. Accordingly, this book was no disappointment to me. In my sad, sadistic way, I enjoyed many opportunities to sneer at the incredibly stupid, if not ballsy perpetrators who oftentimes paraded their ill-gotten booty around without considering possible repercussions and who lied despite an abundance very obvious incriminating evidence. I was absolutely confounded by the paradoxical (or perhaps equally stupid) nature of the victims - rich celebrities with homes featuring expensive security systems that they either don't use properly or completely defeat the purpose of by doing moronic things like leaving keys under welcome mats. And no celebrity crime story is complete without a doofus detective who thinks he's smarter than he likely is, a couple of lawyers who feign attempts to protect their already self-implicated clients even though it's very clear they're simply grandstanding for attention, and, yes, a meddling mother who repeatedly martyrs herself to her daughter's vicious reprimands for no other reason than to remind us that she exists. All of these things are deftly brought to life by Sales' reportage in her smart, charming, engaging voice. Yes, hard as it is to believe given this repulsive ensemble of players, this is a smart book as Sales makes sure to provide not just a straight narrative but also a sociological treatment, not in the dry academic sense mind you, but a noble effort to help the reader understand the motivations that drove these kids to pull the stunts they did.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    I win an ARC copy of The Bling Ring from Epic Reads and was kind

    I win an ARC copy of The Bling Ring from Epic Reads and was kinda iffy about celeb life.
     The movie looks really good, so when I saw there was a book I wanted to check it out. It was interesting to read about how
    dumb the celebrities are (unlocked doors, alarms turned off, keys under doormats). When you set up your house like that,
     you almost deserve to get robbed.
    The book had some dry parts, as it was basically just a really long magazine story pretty much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Insightful & Entertaining

    It's scary to think that a lot of us do have this yearning for fame within us, and the extent that these kids went to achieve that status is remarkable in my eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Yuk

    The author should stick to writing magazine articles. Dont waste your money. I could only handle a few chapters. I gave up since it wasnt getting any better. It could have been an interesting book.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Waste of money dont read this junk

    I only read the first few chapters but this book is a joke. The author writes about how far gone our society is when it comes to young women acting lude. She wonders why girls are giving their bodies away while at the same time the author is glorifying liberalism . If she only could put two and two together she would realize that feminism and the liberal mentality that glorifies sexual promiscuity breeds the very thing she is complaining of.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    So so

    It was alright

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Read this!

    This is by an article publisher on Vity fair

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Ok

    The book is written like a long magazine article Not much depth Where were the interviews with the celebrities they robbed. Wish

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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