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The Fame Game (Fame Game #1)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  4,371 ratings  ·  394 reviews
In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by HarperTeen (first published March 1st 2012)
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Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
I have never read Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy series. To be totally honest, I considered them somewhat autobiographical considering Conrad’s well-televised history and the concept matter. And, being brutally honest, I never cared much about either show she was on.

It was only after I saw my sister-in-law ravenously reading her books that I thought I would give them a try, and I feel like I owe Ms. Conrad an apology. I judged her books based on pre-conceived notions of who she was as a person, and
Hayden Casey
Jul 10, 2012 Hayden Casey marked it as want-plz
I really enjoyed this book, after reading the La Candy books, I enoyed this book out of all the ones she has written. I feel like its the best book she has written so far and her writing has improved a lot. I really liked the character of Carmen, and i enjoyed madison a lot more. She seemed a lot more human than just an evil villian who was out to get anyone who stole her limelight. While i did see the cliffhanger coming, I really enjoyed this book and I cant wait for the next one. These books a ...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)

The only thing worse than watching reality TV is reading about it.
The Fame Game is a wonderful story about 4 ladies who are cast to be in a "reality" TV show called The Fame Game. There are many characters, supporting actors if you will, helping to make the story believable.

There is Hollywood romance, the rich (and not so rich) and famous (and not so famous) in the story. The reader gets an inside view into what's real and what's not real in the world of "celebuspawns." Readers will find characters they love, some they'll hate, and some that will confuse the h
Akhmal Aiman
Just like the L.A. Candy trilogy, I think it is an OK book.

Rating: 3/5 stars

This series is a spin-off to Conrad's previous trilogy, having Madison Parker (L.A. Candy's bitchiest villain) as the main pro(?)tagonist. Just like the rest, it bears a strong resemblance to Laguna Beach or The Hills. Nothing so dramatic throughout this first book, just the same as the previous ones. Slightly disappointed on how the book promised a "more devious" plot and it did not happen. It's more of an introductory
I am normally not one to like Reality Tv Shows, mostly I find them idiotic and silly, but for some reason I love them when they are a setting in a book. :)

We got 4 girls, but only 3 POVs (which I found too bad, because I would have loved our fourth girl to also get a chance to shine). All girls have something special. We got 2 girls who want to be actresses and one who wants to be a singer. I am not sure what Gaby wanted, but it seems to involve stuff like interviewing celebrities and talking to
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
The Fame Game starts off with Madison Parker, a character also in Lauren Conrad's other books L.A. Candy. She gets offered a spot on a new reality show called The Fame Game about four girls trying to make it big in Hollywood. Her fellow cast-mates include Gaby, Kate and Carmen. Carmen is the daughter of celebrity A-listers, and Madison just can't handle the fact that she is up against a star whose star burns brighter than her own.

So I haven't read L. A. Candy and I don't plan to. I'm not one to
The Fame Game is not something I would usually pick up but I am so glad I did, it is an all round fun read. I loved all the bitching and backstabbing and also the love/hate characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Fame Game and I think most people will too.

The Fame Game is going to be a new reality show on POP T.V. It will bring together four girls that are trying to make it big in Hollywood. On the show will be: Madison Parker, who has been seen on L.A. Candy & Madison's Makeovers. Carm
the golden witch.
As I haven’t read the previous trilogy, “LA Candy”, I didn’t really have a baseline to work with in terms of how to handle/what to think of Conrad’s writing. I was pleasantly surprised – though I feel this might have needed one more draft to work on the “showing, not telling” part of the technical area of things, but otherwise I found this to be quite the readable little morsel of how things work in Hollywood. Though this departs from my usual fare, it was definitely a fun read, and for those wh ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Fame Game series. I haven't read the LA Candy series so I met Madison for the first time here.
Although I think she was a very one dimensional character, she does develop throughout the book and even further in the rest of the series. I liked the idea of each character being quite stereotypical because I think we relate to them well under these circumstances. Watching MTV and other reality shows will present you with these four basic character types quic
Lucy Kay
Ok, so i read this book because i have read the past three in the series and I had been a fan of the books when i was younger so when i saw this had been brought out I jumped at the opportunity. The book had a similar style of writing as the previous three and although i enjoyed the light read, the book didn't do it for me as apposed to the others in the series. I don't know whether this is to do with being older and having read more books in the meantime but i just didn't get into it as much as ...more
This is truly embarrasing...but I love, absolutley love, Lauren Conrad's books, so far. All of them. The LA Candy series, and now this one. It must be because she knows so much about the world behind reality TV, or something, because I ate this book up. I read it in basically one day, loving the new characters and still hating Madison, and being annoyed by Gaby. I really do miss Jane and Scarlett, but I LOVE Kate, the singer-songwriter in the book. She's the most down-to-earth; the most likeable ...more
Sandra the Nook Worm
Well, thanks for listing it for $1.99 so I could read it HarperCollins, but it was as I expected, just Lauren Hill rehashing The Hills in a "fictional" way. The characters were flat and the plotline was boring as well as predictable. The foreshadowing was so heavy that it left nothing up to the imagination. About half the book is all place names and product names and designer clothes and descriptions of clothes... like we get it. You like fashion, but this is a book, it's supposed to be about pe ...more
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Jan 17, 2015 Amber (The Book Bratz) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody who read the L.A Candy series, who likes stuff about reality tv
Recommended to Amber (The Book Bratz) by: Goodread Giveaway
I won the Uncorrected proof version of this book, and it just came in the mail. I can't wait til I have the chance to read it!

After reading -

This work was written beautifully. The characters were very well developed as well as the setting. I was nervous reading this because I didn't read "L.A. Candy" But this was really easy to follow and I enjoyed it.

I only gave this book three stars based on:

1. Writing Style
2. Idea
3. Character development

Other then that I didn't have much to say. I like the
Rachel Shields
Starting this book off, i thought it would be more like the first book, L.A. Candy. I was a little bit disappointed to find out that Jane, the main character of the first series of books, wasn't even in it, but the villain, Madison,the most hated character in the first series, was one of the main characters. I don't think that it was a good idea to write out Jane because she was the most relatable. Though The Fame Game disappointed me a bit, it was a good book and full of entertainment. It was a ...more
What can I say. I did not like this book. I have read the L.A. Candy series. I liked those books but this one is a total failure in my opinion. Nothing really happens in the book and the story is pretty much the same as in L.A. Candy. Like I said nothing really happens, only at the 10 or 20 last pages something interesting happens but then the book is finished all of a sudden. I know that this is part one but still, this is not a good way to end a book. Furthermore I think the book is really uno ...more
eh. mixed emotions..this book was pretty much boring the whole way through, with SOME interesting parts, but honestly i found myself reading it just because i'd already started and its pointless to have a half read book on my shelf, ya know? i kept waiting for it to get interesting never really did. it wasn't lifeless or completely dull, but the way it was written or maybe the high expectations Keeping Up With the Kardash's has given us, made it seem until th ...more
So, uh, surprise. I actually finished this book about a week ago, but was hesitant to post it because if I was going to have a guilty pleasure, these would be it. But you know what, screw the idea of guilty pleasures! Here is the thing, guys. I had to read the first two books of LA CANDY for class. And I could use the excuse of just finishing up the series when I read the third one, for closure purposes. But I have no excuse for starting the spin off series, THE FAME GAME, outside of the fact th ...more
I've been a fan of Lauren Conrad since Laguna Beach and I loved The Hills--it was my guilty pleasure. I even went to her book signing for L.A. Candy in Austin, TX. Her books are entertaining fluff. It's much like watching Reality TV in that it doesn't require much thought and is entertaining. I love how she provides an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the world of "Reality" TV. I also like that she made Madison more human in this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series
Trevor Lord, the producer of LA Candy, comes up with a new reality TV show called "The Fame Game". The show follows four young girls, who want to make it in Hollywood. A musician, an actress and Madison and Gaby from LA Candy.

The cover of this book is similar to the ones of the LA Candy Trilogy. An all black background with dark pink and white lettering. In the center is a crushed starshaped lollipop. Again a real classy cover.

The writing style of Lauren Conrad is again fun and easy but sadly t
Marie Su
I enjoyed reading this book, but I don't exactly love it.

To be quite honest, from reading the summary on the back of the book, and knowing that a television personality wrote this book somewhat based on her own experiences, I didn't have very high expectations of The Fame Game when I picked it up. But I was actually pleasantly surprised by it.

I enjoy Lauren Conrad's writing style. I think it's straightforward and to the point. I didn't think the book was particularly poetic, but it had its mom
It's been a while since I read something chill. I have been reading a lot of novels that are full of excitement and action.

At first, I considered The Fame Game a dull read. Seriously, it was unbearable to read Hollywood rants, fashion crises, and family drama. I can't even believe that I managed to finish this. I must have been bored.

I'm stuck between giving this 2 or 3 stars, because I couldn't pinpoint whether I liked the book or not. Reading The Fame Game reminded me of Blue Bloods but, this
Okay i will admit that Lauren Conrad's book were my guilty pleasure. In my defense, with the mid term exam coming up and my unsuccessful attempt to digest the first chapter of Foucault's Pendulum, The Fame Game is a total thirst quencher.

So, Madison, the arch enemy and the antagonist villain from the previous installment of L.A Candy is back with a new show. Her antagonistic nature brings her worst side when POP TV wants her in a new reality TV, the Fame Game which was more 'realistic' than its
I enjoyed this book and think Lauren Conrad is a pretty good author. I like getting the perspective of the rich and famous. My favorite character is Kate and Carmen because they both seem very down to earth. Especially since Carmen's parents are famous as well and she has been in the lime light for a while too.
I am completely and totally in love with the Fame Game. Being a huge fan of Chick-lit, i adored it. I ate up the gossip and betrayal. I feel in love with Kate, Madison, and Gaby. Carmen, not so much. I mean i liked her but Shes kinda boring. But still: The book? 5 stars!
The Fame Game
Lauren Conrad; Harp Collins Children's Books, 313 pages

Madison Parker, Kate Hayes, Carmen Curtis, and Gaby Garcia are the four teenage stars of PopTv's new reality show The Fame Game.

Madison was once a lonesome, poop, nobody with an alcoholic mother and a runaway father who had to bring herself to the statues she is at now. She has previously starred in PopTv's L.A. Candy and Madison's Makeovers. She also loves to be in the spotlight.

Kate is a singer from Columbus Ohio who moves to
I know I shouldn't care. I read her other 3 books/series and even though they were just so-so I can't help but be curious.

UPDATE: Listened to it via audio book. Yeah, just as I suspected... but nothing to get excited about
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I can't say I didn't enjoy this book, but honestly, the L.A Candy trilogy was better. By far. The characters, I believe, were more relateable, to me at least, and I just think that the plot was more thought through.

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Oksana  *Bookaholic*
This was a really good book, although I keep having mixed thoughts about Madison. Is she really a bad girl, or a nice girl with feelings? Can't wait to read next book!
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Lauren Katherine Conrad, often referred to as "L.C.", is an American television personality and an aspiring fashion designer. She is best known for being featured in the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and for her spin-off show, The Hills, which follows her personal and professional life as she pursues a career in the fashion industry. She earns an estimated $1.5 million an ...more
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