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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lauren Conrad: Sweet Little Lies

If you're a long-time reader, you'll remember my review of L.A. Candy and a revelation that "The Hills" was a guilty pleasure of mine. So, of course, I couldn't resist reading Sweet Little Lies, the second book in Lauren Conrad's series.

How Sweet it is?

Jane Roberts was the average girl next door until she and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, landed their own reality show, L.A. Candy. Now the girls have an all-access pass to Hollywood's hottest everything. But there's more to life on camera than just parties and shopping. . . .

When racy photos of Jane are leaked to the press, she finds herself at the center of a tabloid scandal. She turns to her co-star Madison Parker for help, unaware that Madison is scheming behind the scenes. She might be Jane's shoulder to cry on, but does Madison really have Jane's back?

Scarlett's working on a scandal of her own. She's fallen for someone who's strictly off-limits--which means Scarlett has a big secret to keep . . . from the L.A. Candy cameras, the paparazzi staking out her apartment, even from her best friend.

Of course, nothing stays secret for long for the stars of the newest hit TV series, and all this drama couldn't be better for ratings. But can Jane survive another season in the spotlight?

In television star Lauren Conrad's dishy, entertaining novel about young Hollywood, the lies are only as sweet as the people telling them.

What can I say? As is the case with all guilty pleasures, I'm inexplicably hooked.

I thought Sweet Little Lies was so much better than L.A. Candy.

The story moved at a fast pace, thanks to a plot filled with scandal, subterfuge, and spectacle.

The characters had more layers, especially Jane, who--thanks to a backstabbing, fame-starved co-star and a media scandal--transformed from a wide-eyed novice to a savvy TV star with an agent.

And the overall writing was better.

Like L.A.. Candy, I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at how reality shows are filmed and ultimately staged (texts and instant messages from the producers suggesting dialogue and topics of conversation played a big part in each "scene" and how the "characters" interacted). In fact, right after I read this book, I watched bits and pieces of a "Hills" marathon on MTV and found myself noticing that the "characters" seemed to have an obsession with text messages and looking at their computer screens. So funny! Why didn't I catch that before? It brought a whole new level of enjoyment to the show.

Even if you aren't a fan of "The Hills," I think you'd enjoy Sweet Little Lies. It's a fun, easy read filled with enough antics, rumors, and mud slinging to rival even the dishiest tabloid.

I know I'm definitely excited for Sugar and Spice (scheduled for publication on October 5) so I can find out what happens next!

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