A bit of LA Candy

| 14 July , 2009 | 4 Replies

If you loved The Hills, you will love Lauren Conrad‘s debut novel LA Candy, the first in a series of three … the ending definitely left you hanging for book number two.

Sadly(?) I was really excited about the release of Lauren’s book and was ecstatic to be able to get my hands on an advance copy … I read it that weekend because it’s an easy read and I just love trashy novels, not that Lauren is trashy just so we’re clear, she’s not, I’m a fan!


Los Angeles (the City of Angels) is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer … everything.  Nineteen year old Jane Roberts and her BFF, Scarlett, can’t wait to start living it up.  And when a TV producer wants them to star in his new series, a ‘reality version fo Sex and the City’, they can hardly believe their luck.  Their own show?  Free designer clothes? Access to LA’s most exclusive clubs? Yes, please!

The heroine of the story is Jane Roberts, most notable for her sweet nature and innocence (sound familiar?).  It’s definitely a written version of The Hills but it’s from a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective, so we get to learn a bit more about the reality of being a ‘reality tv star’ – not that I could ever truly grasp the reality of that myself – such as having to think about what you’re going to wear so you can be miked up properly, waiting to walk into a room until the camera’s are set up, etc.  It certainly takes away any sense of spontaneity.

I think the book could have gone a little more extreme with it’s scenes; I guess you could say it was a ‘safe’ storyline – I wonder who the ghost writers were?  It will not win any literary prizes but it’s an enjoyable read and will be perfect on a winter escape or curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate.

Her author’s pic on the back jacket has her looking perfectly made up with not a hair out of place and very serious!


Lauren continues with her wholesome brand trajectory since leaving the Hills with a recent message on her website confirming that she is launching a brand new line for Kohl’s Department stores in October, the LC Lauren Conrad line.  She says it is chic Californian style.

Editor’s updated note: Lauren was quoted as saying On leaving The Hills: “My roommate went to Europe for two months, but I couldn’t take a vacation without clearing it months and months ahead of time. My friends all got to date guys who didn’t need to sign a release form. It literally affected the underwear I had to buy because I needed thicker underwear with a more sturdy band so it could hold up a microphone. I couldn’t wear whites or prints because they don’t look good on film. I had to consult a director of photography when I picked the paint for my walls because I had to have set lighting in my living room and kitchen. I had to have separate birthday parties for my filming and non-filming friends. It’s a closed book. I’m done. Against everyone else’s will, I’m trying to take a break.” [Source]

Available now.  Harper Collins:  RRP$19.99

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