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Beneath the Glitter (Sophia and Ava London #1)

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From internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comesa scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene.

Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.

After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Griffin (first published September 1st 2012)
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Teresa
Warning: Harsh.

Let me preface this review by saying that I don’t fit into Elle and Blair’s target demographic, and I don’t typically read chick lit. I’m a senior in college who watches Elle and Blair’s videos if I’m looking for some light, brainless entertainment. In terms of books, I read a lot of YA, but I tend to choose books with depth and a larger, overarching meaning. I think that YA can be done really well, and that a lot of good quality books can come out of the teen genre. I don’t thin...more
Amanda Leon
What an original novel *eyeroll* It's basically their lives fictionalized. Nothing really irritates me more than that. If you don't have a original idea, don't write a book about yourself and what you wish your life to be or what seems "cute" and "fun." As much as I enjoy both Elle and Blair's channels, this is a stupid attempt at being authors and making money. They're not authors, just bored, oblivious 20 year olds.
Nicole
This looks horrible. It sounds just like the characters and plotline are over-glamourized versions of what these two sisters want their lives to be.
Kelsey
*yawn* this book is written ether by people who are mediocre writers or ghost writers...probably the second choice. This is just another person with a little fame that is trying to get money from teen boppers by making an unoriginal book loosely revolved around there "glamorous life". These LA styled books are completely unoriginal. I used to love these girls but now they are money hungry and they just want to make an easy book to make money off of young teens. Please parents be aware of what yo...more
Megan
Warning: Another Review Saying the Book Is Average

Back-Story: I went ahead and purchased this when it was on pre-order. I don't watch many of either of the sister's videos but I do watch enough of Elle's obviously to know that they had written a book. Considering that Elle reads so many quality books, I figured it was worth shelling out the measly 12 or so dollars to give the book a chance.

A few days after I did the pre-buy, Elle read some pages from the book on one of her videos and instantly...more
Dar
Jul 25, 2012 Dar marked it as to-read
Shelves: craptastic-books
I'm not planning on reading this regardless of my shelf. I really don't want to sound mean since I watched Elle and Blair for years and I really do like them, but, this book sounds just horrible. It doesn't sound intelligent or deep and the characters sound shallow. It actually makes me mad. It's something my eleven-year old self might have picked up just because it was pink and I wanted to look cool reading from the YA section. It sounds like one of those same-old, been-done-before,nothing-new...more
Ali (alireadsbooks)
I won an advance reader's copy of this book and therefore had the chance to read it before it came out.

To be honest, I really didn't expect much from this book. I was glad that I won a copy of it, because I was curious but didn't want to buy it. This is my first time reading an advance reader's copy, so I'm not sure how much changes between it and the final published copy, but one of the first things I noticed was the Blair's name is spelled "Blaire" on the top of every page. I also noticed a lo...more
Annie
Really excited about this one, wonder why everyone is rating 1 star? Give them a chance!
Clover Donovan

Chick-lit is not for me, I can say that now.
The story was fun, simple, and cute but I'm not good at
these types of books. I still love Elle, but this just wasn't for me.
My friend is reading it now, she is liking it so far.

-R.D.
Ava
Jun 06, 2012 Ava marked it as to-read
Don't rate it before you read it!

I love Elle and Blair and I can't wait to read this! :)
Fatimah


OMGGGG!!!!Beneath the Glitter was far better than I expected!!! Taking place in LA the book is about sisters Ava and Sophia London who have a dream of establishing their makeup brand...In the mist of everything they become famous and problems between the sisters stir...Ava(Blair) is the naive,bubbly,and younger sister who loves taking risks and exploring all the joys in life. Sophia(Elle) is the older,mature,and wiser sister..

Ava meets her celebrity crush Liam Carlson and they soon begin dating(...more
Hayley
I was expecting to love this book, but I didn't LOVE it. I did really like it, if it was possible I would give this book four and a half star but since it's not it only gets four, not five. But that's still really good. :)

The book is about Sophia and Ava London and the book is very loosely based on Elle and Blair's lives. I do wish Elle and Blair would of included more of the girls filming and uploading videos into the story, but the story still got along okay. Of course it would of been better...more
Dawna
Is there a way to give less than a one star reviews?? I lost a few brain cells while I tried to read this. I've seen a few of the videos of these girls on YouTube so I thought this book might be fun. Nope. It was full of superficial fake drama. Its very poorly written and just plain boring. Don't bother wasting your time or money. If you do, you will be a few IQ points lower in the end.

**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review,...more
Passion Wretch
Warning: This is a harsh review!

I don’t fit into Elle and Blair’s targeted audience. I love YA but this went down hill. I'm an 18 year old student who has been watching Elle and Blair for quite a while, foe somewhat, pointless, brainless entertainment when I was bored on YouTube. I just couldn't relate this demographic, girly, fluffy book. Sorry I have to say this but this book sucked, Now I love their videos don't get me wrong but this book ruined them. Beneath the Glitter centers around two...more
Shane
An enthralling, lighthearted, irresistible, and romantic story surrounding two rising stars that are not only close sisters but best friends facing an adventurous journey together.

Beneath the Glitter was very enjoyable, not that I'm surprised. This novel has some similarities to the lives of the Fowler sisters and what it is they do, so fans of contemporary, chick lits, and quick paced funny reads will certainly find delight in this one.

Sophia and Ava are far from each other but quite alike at...more
Rebecca
This book should have been titled "Gag Me With A Spoon." That sums it up. Just ridiculous and empty thoughts thrown together into a book (aka 80's Valley Girl all over again). I'm confused as to why these two are so popular on Youtube when there are far more intelligent and less shallow girls making videos, but I take it they're the type to milk it for all it's worth (or all they're worth).
Ashley16
Jun 20, 2012 Ashley16 marked it as to-read
I have not read this book like some of you people on here so i won't judge it. I think it's the fact that these two sisters aren't someone super famous, so you think the book will be terrible and cliche. Well, all authors started somewhere. I would like to read this book. I also hope it's good. If it's not then we will see....
Isabella
I havn't read this book yet because it hasn't been published but the summary sounds very good and both of the authors are amazing people. Elle loves to read and has very good judgement with books (check out her glitterature vlogs on youtube!) So I know this will be a fantastic book! So happy for Blair and Elle.
Kristina Farney
I heard this book is horrible!!!!
Paula  Phillips
Have you read Lauren Conrad's series LA Candy and have enjoyed it ? Do you love watching the fame and fortune of Hollywood's socialities , the up and coming stars of the world. Now get ready with Elle and Blair's new series to meet the London Sisters - Ava and Sophie. Loosely based on their journey , The London sisters are two sisters who have started their own make-up and beauty tip videos on Youtube. Their fame and fortune will begin when they are chosen as this years Webstars , which will lea...more
Marie
Beneath The Glitter is about two sisters -- Ava and Sophia London (one blond, one brunette. One has a dog, one has a cat) who rise to fame thanks to their beauty and fashion videos going viral on YouTube. Sound familiar?

I've been watching Elle and Blair's videos since 2009 when I was making videos for the beauty community and I've seen how much they've grown through out the years. But to be honest, I wasn't expecting much from their debut novel since it sounded extremely way too similar to their...more
Cassie
I'll be honest, I wasn't too sure about this at first because I'm usually not into this kind of book, but it turned out to be pretty good.

I really liked the sisters', Ava and Sophia London's, relationship. They're so good together and they make a great team.

And the relationships? So much drama there! Both girls are juggling two men at once, though they don't really know it. I always had an idea of who they would end up with, it's obvious by the way the guys treat them, but it was still interes...more
Allie
I picked up this book mostly out of pure curiosity, I had to know what the book was like and I wanted to be impressed by Elle and Blair's foray into writing -and of course, I was curious to know what their life is really like. In that sense, I was completely disappointed, despite a blurb at the beginning thanking their fans on YouTube for all the support, the sisters' making videos is barely even mentioned in the book. This books is really just a story about two girls living in LA and each of th...more
Alexandra
I watch both Elle and Blair on YouTube and decided to give the book a try. It wasn't worth it. As much as I love them, they should really stick to making videos. The book just fell flat. The plot was boring. The character Ava was extremely annoying. They plugged so many brand names (many of which they work with) that it seemed petty. I think younger people will like it more than I did. But I'm still surprised it has as high of a rating as it does. I really wanted to like this book too.
Ari
May 09, 2012 Ari marked it as to-read
I can't wait for this book to come out!! I love Elle and Blair so much!!! Much love from the UK!! Reading delirium first, I saw Elle's Glitterature on it and I can't wait to read that too!
Brittany Pickett
I really liked this book a lot! I know a lot of people were skeptical about this book because it wasn't written by actual authors. Many are saying Elle and Blair were just trying to get more money. They are saying that the girls think of themselves as stars and just a ton of other rude things. I like watching the girls videos. I have to agree I was skeptical when I first found out about it and I didn't think I would like it. Not because it wasn't a good book and the girls aren't authors, but bec...more
Kelli
Let me start off by saying I had no idea this book was the 1st of a series that has yet to be completed. Throughout this book, I saw the thickness of the pages I had left getting smaller and smaller and wondering what exactly the plot to this book was. I mean, they start out by talking about this lady, some evil lady, Liam Carlson's "ex" obviously, watching them with evil glee. Throughout the entire rest of the book it's about them fixing their friendship and the boys they spend their time with...more
Heather
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The story starts at the end, with the London sisters being arrested at a party, then goes back five months earlier. We don't actually see them moving to LA or how they decided to start London Calling.... they already have all that. It would have been interesting, though. Instead, we see them get an award that makes them even more popular. Because of this and an accidental run-in with an old lady who owns a cosmetics company, they are offered a chance to create a London Cal...more
Chrissy
A few years back, I had a habit of playing one of Elle or Blair's YouTube makeup videos every morning while applying my own makeup before work. Now, this was back in the day where these videos felt more quirky and relateable than their current overly plastic informercial feel that seems to hprave become the trend instead.

I do still enjoy watching Elle's Glitterature videos, though, and I half expected her to be writing a dystopian -- at least based on her prominent reviews of some of the more h...more
AJ
(Originally posted on Pretty Bookmarks)

This is not an intellectual book. From the title and the overwhelmingly pink cover, you could tell this is going to be a chick lit type of book. I am not the book’s target audience – but I’ve watched Elle & Blair on YouTube. If you don’t know who Elle & Blair are, they’re beauty gurus who essentially found fame through YouTube. Like with most things celebrity I tend to be a bit more skeptical about the books they write but Elle seems to be a reader...more
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