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L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about what it's like to come of age in Enlarge Book Cover · Left hand banner -. L.A. Candy; Volume number 1. Not as bad as you might expect from a reality TV star. Read Common Sense Media's L.A. Candy review, age rating, and parents guide. I told myself I wasn't going to write about Lauren Conrad's new book, especially because it appears that HarperCollins did not take my three.
We suggest LC spend some quality time in front of SoapNet before penning the sequel.
Quality of Author Photo: Hilarious. Lauren looks tremendously serious in the full-size head shot plastered on the back of the book. Quality of Actual Writing: Better than anticipated. Should she be clearing any room off her mantle for the National Book Award? But words are spelled correctly, sentences are properly constructed, and the plot and structure hold together.
Overall Quality: Totally average. But it would have been more entertaining if it hewed to an extreme — incredibly terrible, bizarrely cracked-out, or, in the best-case scenario, wickedly witty and juicy. Jane moves to LA with her best friend, Scarlett.
Jane has an internship with an event planner and Scarlett is attending college. They happen to meet a reality tv producer at a club and he casts them, along with two more girls, for his newest reality show, called LA Candy.
Jane and Scarlett's lives are changed for good when the cameras start rolling. But it's not all fun and games when the cameras start intruding upon every aspect of their lives, school, work, and boys.
I found Jane to be annoying, and much too good to be true. I found myself wondering if the Jane character was supposed to mirror Lauren Conrad herself as a naive, goody goody thrust into the limelight, and so the author tried to make her look virtually flawless. Just to let you know, this book doesn't really end I finished it yesterday and it's still bothering me This book reinforced my view that it must be rather unpleasant to be on a reality tv show, no matter what it looks like or seems like; maybe that's why she left!
View 2 comments. May 14, Alaina rated it liked it Shelves: Okay so it has been six-ish days since I read this book.. Candy was kind of meh. Now I know about Lauren Conrad because my sister was obsessed with those crappy reality tv type shows. Anything on MTV was basically crack to her and being the younger sister that I am.. I saw through it with her. Of course I was reading a book or two then.. Just the first book though because I can't guarantee I'm going to want to finish this series.
Candy is about two best friends, Jane and Scarlett, moving to Los Angeles to pursue internship and school. From this little adventure, they actually end up being in the cast for a reality tv show with some other girls.
One is awful and the other is a bimbo. So, in a way, this is basically about her life? Because she was on a reality tv show or two and she was surrounded by these types of people. While reading this book, I was completely bored. It was super cliche and I didn't like any character at all. I'm very happy that I didn't spend money on this book and got it from the library.
I will definitely not be picking up the rest of this series. 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 L. 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. I'm sure nearly everyone recognizes the name Lauren Conrad - reality tv star, fashion designer, tween built celebrity.
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.
Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews downloadd a print copy for personal collection. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own. I love hearing from followers! Thank you so much for stopping by! Jun 03, Mackenzie added it. As Jane and Scarlett move to L. Jane and Scarlett move to L. All their lives they've felt comfortable and safe at home and wanted to change that. But something happens that wouldn't have happened in little Santa Barbra. Candy, a novel by Lauren Conrad is very admirable because the author makes me feel there right next to the main characters, a As Jane and Scarlett move to L.
Candy, a novel by Lauren Conrad is very admirable because the author makes me feel there right next to the main characters, and because all the characters are believable.
But what made me want to put down the book and take a break from the book was that a few of the parts of the book were predicable because they were like almost every other book. In the novel Jane and Scarlett move to L. But then, all in one night, everything changes. At one of the most popular clubs in L.
After talking with him, they got to be stars on their own T. When Scarlett shows up to school with a t. Will their lives ever be the same? One of the novel's strongest points is the reality of the characters. Jane and Scarlett might be on t. One part of the book that brings out the reality of the characters was when Scarlett didn't want to be around Madison and Gabby, and didn't want to go to the "girls' day" with them. When girls that star on the show, there's no way they're all going to be able to hang out and be best friends.
The part in the story which really made me think that they were real people was when at the stores, shopping to try and make their apartment look decent, Jane picked up two bath mats and asked which one she liked better. Scarlett's response was, what are you talking about? They are the exact same color. Not only does the shopping part bring out the reality of the characters, but also makes me feel right there, next to the characters laughing with them.
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Besides the admirable parts that really made me enjoy the book, there was one thing that didn't make it perfect, the predictability. Even though the "girls' day" part brought out the reality of the group, it was also predicable. Obviously, there was going to be one person that didn't like the others. There's no way that they were going to be best friends forever, because that's just not the way life is. The parts of the storyline that I could tell were going to happen was when they got the t.
Even though I couldn't tell exactly that they would be on t. Anyone living in L. But they were definitely going to have an event occur that changed anything normal about their few weeks living there. Yet, even though being on a t. They're realistic but predictable.
Candy by Lauren Conrad is definitely a book you'd want to read. It's an outstanding book as long as you can stand the predictability.
Especially with the reality of the character, with Jane and Scarlett and their so called "friends". View 1 comment. Apr 04, Becca rated it it was ok.
They say to write what you know. Candy opens one week after sweet, good-natured Jane a thinly veiled version of Conrad moves to L. As Jane pines for her ex-boyfriend and struggles through an internship with event planner Fiona Chen, Scarlett runs academic circles around her USC classmates and brings home a string of nameless boys to their cramped apartment.
And then, in one night, everything changes. Out at an L. Two weeks later they find themselves being miked, coiffed, followed and filmed as they go about their everyday lives. But those lives are no longer the same: But when the fabulous foursome hits the town, and serious love interests are thrown into the mix, the smooth sailing starts getting bumpy.
Most problematically, the first pages have zero plot, no conflict, no antagonist, and absolutely nothing at stake. So why do I want them to hurry up and publish the sequel? The answer: Candy is reality television in book form. Where do they hide the mic? How do they decide what to film? How much of it is natural and how much is staged? Do people in the background have to sign waivers?
Is nudity in the contract? Is it going to win a Pulitzer?
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Am I itching to read the second installment? Am I embarrassed about that? This Candy does little more than meet your cravings, but it certainly is addictive.
Jul 19, Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm rated it liked it. Along with other starlets, Heidi….. But take note, I never watched the series. Actually, I bought her book thinking that I might gain insight to the world of reality tv, since that is what her book is all about. So, ok.. The story line and plot had potential — true… The behind-the-scenes were as realistic as I imagined it to be, the staged fights and ca OMG! The story line and plot had potential — true… The behind-the-scenes were as realistic as I imagined it to be, the staged fights and cameras rolling and recording their every move.
I hated abbreviated text messages.. Believe it or not, the characters here reminded me a lot of her and her squad. Spoiled brats, superstar wannabes, starlets.
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There were Jane, Scarlett, Madison and Gaby. Then there were boys, boys, and boys. Plus overdramatic sequences, camera rolling, pedicures oh, I love the pedicures! Jul 04, Adele Goetz rated it liked it.
I know, I know, I am a grown woman who should not be reading young adult novels, let alone ones "written" by Lauren Conrad. But it was a fun read! If you watch "The Hills", this book is worth reading to try and figure out which one of LC's co-stars the characters are based on. And it's incredibly short, so you can read it in 2 hours and then go back to reading Proust or whatever age appropriate book you prefer to try and get some of your dignity back.
Jan 20, Susan rated it did not like it Shelves: I don't think anyone has any aspirations to be the next Great American Novel, but I can think of at least a dozen more entertaining alternatives for a purely frivolous light read. There's not enough drama, scandal, or even romance to really tantalize, and the plot point the most likely to spark an interest when the heroine and her best friend get involved in the reality show doesn't even really get going into much further into the book than you would think.
If Lauren Conrad has the inside scoo I don't think anyone has any aspirations to be the next Great American Novel, but I can think of at least a dozen more entertaining alternatives for a purely frivolous light read. If Lauren Conrad has the inside scoop on the behind-the-scenes machinations of these reality shows, or even the inside scoop on being an L.
It Girl, she's keeping her secrets close stashed in an outrageously priced designer clutch? You won't get any new revelations here that you couldn't have picked up from watching a Real World casting episode or heck--watching an episode of Entourage or picking up an US Weekly. Unfortunately, the one-note characters Jane, the blonde It Girl-to be with the heart of gold and Scarlett, the promiscuous, bad girl best friend don't do much to hook the reader any more.
What it might have going for it, it's underwhelming enough that I'm actually inclined that this one may actually have been written by the actual celebrity attributed. If not, let's hope Miss Conrad wrangled herself a more enterprising ghost writer for the follow-up.
Dec 26, Bookishrealm rated it liked it Shelves: Okay so this wasn't the best piece of literature in the world however I really think the drama of the story kept me going. I was interested in how the characters were going to handle their new fame and fortune and it definitely proved to be a great insight to what reality tv is like behind the scenes. Sep 06, Gemma rated it it was ok. Sometimes you need good zero substance reads for pastimes such as, say, exercising on a stationary bicycle for extended periods of time when there's nothing good on TV.
And for those times, LA Candy is highly, highly recommended. It's an excellent zero-substance read because there really is zero substance. LA Candy is like whipped egg whites; it looks oh-so pretty until you bite down and realize that it has a good enough texture, but really tastes like nothing.
There really isn't a lot going on he Sometimes you need good zero substance reads for pastimes such as, say, exercising on a stationary bicycle for extended periods of time when there's nothing good on TV. There really isn't a lot going on here. Backstabbing and cheating and other such twists are promised, and yeah, it's all there, but it's so painfully obvious that it classifies as more of a natural way of proceeding with the plot than an actual twist.
For the first hundred pages or so, it's tedious stuff. Jane starts work with Fiona Chen, a high-end event planner, and is consequently yelled at, which causes her a lot of stress. She also flirts with cutie Braden, but, like, he kinda sorta has a girlfriend, so she doesn't know where to go with the relationship.
Meanwhile, Scarlet goes to college USC , and begins to realize that, like, all the professors are dumber than her, which is why she keeps getting B's.
And then--plot twist! Gabby and Madison.
Gabby's a ditz and Madison is desperate for the spotlight she can't seem to find, but she bullies all the other girls, because, like, we need an antagonist.
And then Jane and Scarlet's lives proceed as they did before, except there's a few dozen descriptions of their every move being filmed and a lot of complaining about how fame is soooo hard. Despite being a bit dull at times and painfully obvious throughout, LA Candy wasn't as tedious as it could have been, though perhaps under certain circumstances, it would have been.
Like I said, I was exercising on a stationary bicycle and nothing good was on TV, so reading this fizz was a nice way to pass the time.
I was engaged throughout, and, other than a few painful attempts to sound all hip and happenin', Lauren Conrad's writing was fairly smooth, if flavorless. That being said, there are a lot of things that need improvement. In my opinion, Conrad needs some help when it comes to selling the story. There were a lot of times when the whole thing felt overtly fake, like she wasn't sure whether the reader would believe it and didn't have the confidence to try and pass it off all the way.
A lot of the conversations and interactions felt forced, as did a lot of the characters. Oh, the characters. My favorite fluff series so far has been Kate Brian's Private books, about a bunch of unbelievably rich girls at a filthy pampered boarding school. There are times when it's painfully contrived and over-the-top convoluted, but it's a wild ride and I honestly enjoyed it.
What made the books were the girls; sometimes they were just so mean. Sometimes they were even okay. The characters were obvious, but they owned it. Here, not so much. Conrad has a very hard time making me believe these girls. Scarlet's the brainiac of the group, and every once in a while, we're reminded of her glowing SAT scores or how she's so fluent in Spanish that she corrects the professors, or how she's just this deep thinker.
But she's no different than the rest of the girls, just shallow and judgmental, stumbling meaninglessly through life without a main purpose. Jane was just as bad. I have no idea who Conrad intended for her to be. Sometimes she gives us the smart, sensible vibe; other times I'm unsure of whether or not she's supposed to be a ditz.
The author clearly wasn't sure what to make of her, and it showed; Jane never gave off a consistent vibe.Backstabbing and cheating and other such twists are promised, and yeah, it's all there, but it's so painfully obvious that it classifies as more of a natural way of proceeding with the plot than an actual twist.
Along with other starlets, Heidi….. And then--plot twist! The girls remember how they swiped a bottle of Ketel One from a liquor cabinet. Home Reviews L. Your download helps us remain independent and ad-free. Scarlett is the opposite of Jane.