Book Reviews of L. A. Candy (L. A. Candy, Bk 1)

L. A. Candy (L. A. Candy, Bk 1)
L A Candy - L. A. Candy, Bk 1
Author: Lauren Conrad
ISBN-13: 9780061767586
ISBN-10: 0061767581
Publication Date: 7/1/2009
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 61 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Angela S. for TeensReadToo.com

This novel by reality TV starlet Lauren Conrad chronicles the lives of Jane Roberts and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, as they move to LA and become the stars of a reality TV show. The book, which is based loosely on Conrad's own life, is a little slow in the beginning, but picks up a bit once Jane and Scarlett are discovered at a club by a TV producer.

From that point on the two, though a little hesitant at first, decide to audition for the show and their lives change drastically.

While Jane takes to the cameras being around easily, Scarlett is not so excited and wonders what she got herself into. Throw into the mix two other cast members, Gaby, a total ditz, and Madison, a total witch with a nice girl facade, and things get even more complicated.

When Jane starts dating Jesse, who happens to be the best friend of her friend-slash-major crush, Braden, things spiral out of control quickly and the jealousy of someone Jane thought she could trust ruins her life in an instant.

With lots of run-of-the-mill Hollywood cliches (blondes, drugs, cosmetic surgery, etc), L.A. CANDY almost fails to deliver an original storyline. In addition, in pretty much every single chapter, Jane and her friends are drinking (usually vodka soda for Jane) making it seem to the unknowing person who has never been to LA that you can't have any fun in Tinseltown without being drunk.

It is a quick and light read that would be great for the beach or a day when you don't need any actual depth in what you're reading. However, the ending is a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting to know what happens to Jane next.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a very light read or a good beach read. I was actually expecting more by all the hype it's received. I own the second one in the series and I've been holding off reading it just because I don't think it's worth the time...
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Helpful Score: 1
I wanted to read this book because I'm a big fan of "The Hills." Out of three hundred and some pages, I wasn't interested until the last 40 pages or so. The ending left me wanting more, but it has a very slow and boring beginning. I'm hoping the second one is more interesting throughout the entire book.
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Helpful Score: 1
A good read. Lauren Conrad actually has a flair for writing. Chic Lit...but more for young adults.
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It's times like this that I really hate how popular book series have become. Why does no one just want to write a story anymore - one with a beginning, a middle, and an end? Why do even new authors have to come out with a series of books that promise absolutely no finality to a story?

This book, were I reading it at a library or a coffee shop, would have taken me no more than 2 hours to read. AND THERE WAS NOT AN ENDING. Because it's a series. But it absolutely did not have to be. The next two or three or however many of this trash there is could have been put together so the reader doesn't turn the page expecting the next chapter and seeing the "Acknowledgements" page. It's not the first time it's happened to me, but it is just as crappy.

It's not even a great story, I just like things to be wrapped up when I finish. The only joy I got out of this book was trying to figure out which character corresponded to which person in Conrad's real life. I probably could have read the wiki entry for that.
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silly book but I'm a fan of the Hills and couldn't resist.
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Loved the story line!
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Quick, fun and entertaining read. If you watched The Hills on MTV you'll love this book, it gives some behind the scenes looks at the making of a "reality" show. End of the book leaves you hanging fo more, can't wait til the next one in the series comes out!!
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L.A. Candy starts out excrutiatingly slow. Honestly, I never even cared about what was happening to any of the characters until the last 30 pages. Why did I stick with it? Because the e-book version was 209 pages. I can read 209 pages of anything. The negative points: 1.) The product placements scattered throughout the book. I swear Ms. Conrad must have scored some kind of an endorsement deal by meantioning clubs, restaurants, stores you name it. It's pretty common in the beginning of the book but drops off drastically after that. 2.) The use of internet/Text speech. I get that this book is catered to the 17+ age demographic but I actually found it annoying reading acronyms such as BFF & WTF in a book. 3.) The characters seem to do a 180 degree turn in personality about 1/4 of the way through. It was confusing to have them change that quickly, that soon in the book.

Other than the negative I did end up liking the book. I was on the fence of whether I would continue on with the series but I think I will give the next one a shot. I will say this in the positive side. I did watch a few episodes of "The Hills" and while you can tell that the show was setup and was toted as "Reality" this book gave an insight into how real a reality show is. The first rule of writing a book is "Write what you know" and clearly Ms. Conrad did that here.
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I read this book simply because I could not contain my curiousity. I was a fan of The Hills, but I could not imagine that Lauren Conrad would know how to be a New York Times best selling author. The story seemed to be derived from her own personal experience of being on a reality TV show and having her privacy instantly stripped away from her (she seems to have a lot in common with her character Jane). The beginning was a bit slow, but the end was much better. If L.C. really did write this book, then good for her!
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First off if you weren't into "The Hills" you will not like this book! If you were a fan, then it's pretty much like watching an episode with behind the scenes footage. Personally I found it more likeable to read about it than watch it. Quick, fun, beach read.
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Very quick read, and no depth to any of the characters, this book lacks a major component to a novela real plot. But oh wait, its loosely based on The Hills. Ok, ok. I tune into The Hills for my weekly dose of mindless television and guilty pleasure, but lets be honest, is the show really about anything? Not unless you consider who is dating who, what new trends are in the stores and where these people eat their meals substance. And that is about as much as you will get out of this novel from Lauren Conrad.

Dont get me wrong, I like Lauren Conrad, but this book is clearly written for girls under the age of 18. After the age of 18, one can consider this book fluff reading for those looking for a quick poolside read. If you arent a teenage girl, I dont recommend this book for you. Entertaining? Sure, about as much as The Hills. Great novel that keeps you turning the pages anxiously awaiting what will happen? Not so much.
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I read this book in the course of several hours. Conrad has first hand knowledge of being a reality tv star and with her insight combined with the with realistic plot makes one eager to tear through this book. I began reading as soon i got home from work yesterday and finished at about 1AM. The resolution of the book leaves you with a cliffhanger that I had to buy the next book earlier today. I was surprised at how much I liked this book. As i know that i personally never read a book twice and will just collect dust on my shelf, I almost feel saddened that I am to part with this book and post it for someone else to enjoy.
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Reviewed by Angela S. for TeensReadToo.com

This novel by reality TV starlet Lauren Conrad chronicles the lives of Jane Roberts and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, as they move to LA and become the stars of a reality TV show. The book, which is based loosely on Conrad's own life, is a little slow in the beginning, but picks up a bit once Jane and Scarlett are discovered at a club by a TV producer.

From that point on the two, though a little hesitant at first, decide to audition for the show and their lives change drastically.

While Jane takes to the cameras being around easily, Scarlett is not so excited and wonders what she got herself into. Throw into the mix two other cast members, Gaby, a total ditz, and Madison, a total witch with a nice girl facade, and things get even more complicated.

When Jane starts dating Jesse, who happens to be the best friend of her friend-slash-major crush, Braden, things spiral out of control quickly and the jealousy of someone Jane thought she could trust ruins her life in an instant.

With lots of run-of-the-mill Hollywood cliches (blondes, drugs, cosmetic surgery, etc), L.A. CANDY almost fails to deliver an original storyline. In addition, in pretty much every single chapter, Jane and her friends are drinking (usually vodka soda for Jane) making it seem to the unknowing person who has never been to LA that you can't have any fun in Tinseltown without being drunk.

It is a quick and light read that would be great for the beach or a day when you don't need any actual depth in what you're reading. However, the ending is a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting to know what happens to Jane next.
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I was very disappointed in this book. I read it quite quickly to "get it over with" since I spent $15.00 on it. I thought the story went fast because of the super short chapters (which helped greatly). When I read the first 100 pages I kept wondering if this book was going anywhere. I thought it was quite boring and the verbiage annoying. The characters and plot could have been developed with more detail and depth. I was really upset and don't want anyone else to waste their money. I really wanted it to be a lot better than it was. It left a cliff hanger and an ending that was rushed. I definitely won't read anymore Lauren Conrad books. It would be a great book for young adults except for the language.
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hated this book - love the show "the hills" - thought i would give the book a try. she should stick to reality tv.
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I noticed this book is highly WL'd so I thought I'd get it from the library. When I received it I noticed the book is marked from the Youth Adult section. I still decided to read it to find out what all the hype is about. Let's just say now I know why it was tagged YA. But the end of the story left me hanging so guess I'll have to reserve book 2 in the series from the library.
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LA Candy by reality TV starlet Lauren Conrad chronicles the lives of Jane
Roberts and her best friend Scarlett Harp as they move to LA and become
the stars of a reality TV show. The book, which is based loosely on
Conrad's own life, is a little slow in the beginning but picks up a little
once Jane and Scarlett are discovered at a club by a TV producer. From
that point on the two, though a little hesitant at first, decide to
audition for the show and their lives change drastically. While Jane takes
to the cameras being around easily, Scarlett is not so excited and wonders
what she got herself into. Throw into the mix two other cast members,
Gaby,a total ditz and Madison, a toal bitch with a nice girl facade, and
things get even more complicated. When Jane starts dating Jesse, who
happens to be the best friend of her friend-slash-major crush, Braden,
things spiral out of control quickly and the jealously of someone Jane
thought she could trust ruins her life in an instant. With lots of run of
the mill Hollywood cliches (blonds, drugs, comestic surgery etc) LA Candy
almost fails to deliver an original storyline. In addition, in pretty much
every single chapter Jane and her friends are drinking (usually vodka soda
for Jane) making it seem to the unknowing person who has never been to LA,
that you can't have any fun in Tinsletown without being drunk. LA Candy is
a quick and light read that would be great for the beach or a day when you
don't need any actual depth in what you're reading.
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Cannot even get through one chapter. Just go watch The Hills.
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Really enjoyed this book!
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This book was fun a young but very closely based on the reality TV series The Hills.