L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts is guilty of one thing – never straying from her comfort zone. She refuses to tread unfamiliar waters; preferring to stay within the confines of a familiar safety net, and, though she’s an attractive natural blonde, thinks of herself as a tried and true “plain Jane.” But a new location is going to change all that.
Los Angeles is a place of bronzed beauties all vying for a shot at stardom, so it seems unlikely that the jittery Jane would select such a spot to call her new home; but she’s convinced that La-La Land is the perfect place to make a new name for her. And with her BFF Scarlett Harp by her side, she has the confidence to take the plunge.
Scarlett and Jane have been tight seemingly forever; so there’s no question in Scarlett’s mind that moving to Los Angeles from the quiet Santa Barbara is just the change the two of them need. She’ll have the opportunity to attend the University of Southern California, and finally experience city life firsthand. But LA isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be.
The dingy hole-in-a-wall apartment that the two girls call home is anything but charming – Jane’s term for the place – and the expense of living...well, it leaves a lot to be desired. So when Jane and Scarlett find themselves at celebrity hotspot Les Deux one night, hobnobbing with the rich, powerful, and beautiful, they can’t help but be thrilled. And when they meet TV producer Trevor Lord, they’re convinced that they’ve hit the jackpot. Especially when they’re offered the chance to star in L.A. CANDY, a reality TV show that follows their every move – no matter how embarrassing.
Jane takes to her new celebrity status much better than her red hot roommate Scarlett. As an intern to Fiona Chen, a demanding yet sought-after event planner to the elite, Jane finds herself tossed into a celebrity-fueled existence brimming with lavish parties, to-die-for clothes, and pretty prima donnas. As if that weren’t enough to have any girl floating on cloud nine, Jane is now occupying a luxurious apartment, and has snatched herself a cute new friend (and secret crush) in the handsome Braden – a relationship that leaves Scarlett feeling like a third wheel.
But not everything is peachy keen in the world of reality. The staged so-called spontaneous moments can be awkward, and being poked and prodded by a camera crew as they attempt to wire you up with mini microphones is less than glamorous. Of course, sometimes you have to take the good with the bad when you want to live the sweet life.
Lauren Conrad has worn many hats over the years...fashion designer, reality TV star, intern at Teen Vogue, cover girl. Perhaps none, however, have been as influential as her foray into fiction; or as long-awaited. I read the first tale in the expected trio (and loved every minute of it), now you can too.
Café Fashionista has two copies of L.A. Candy up for grabs courtesy of HarperTeen. One of them could be yours.
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I will randomly pick two names out of a hat (who knows, one may be yours!), and announce the winner on Friday, July 3, 2009. It’s the perfect guilty-pleasure, gossip-filled tale for a day at the beach; trust me. Good luck everyone!
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