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The Liar, the Bitch and the Wardrobe

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  468 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
If you’re going to step on people on your way to the top, you might as well do it in stilettos...

... Or so she’s been told. Lucy Butler, former wallflower, lands her dream job working for her idol, world-famous fashion photographer Stefano Lepres. But in a world where getting doused in coffee for not getting the order right is the new normal, she isn’t getting any closer
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley
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Apr 07, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe fell into my hands and I was immediately excited. I'd read some of Allie Kingsley's musings online, and I knew she just "gets it." The first several chapters made me fall in love with the Lucy character. She was so relatable, and even when she started making bad decisions, you understood why, and you never once felt like she was a bad person. To be swept up in the glamour of Hollywood is, at the very least, a secret dream of every girl (and most boys!), so to ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Chick lit on meth. It's rises high above it's genre. Loved the fun fantastic style.

However, this book should have a disclaimer: starts with irrelevant faux dream. Terrible terrible. The telling accessory of an insecure editor. The last dash of bright blue eyeshadow before running out the door that in some lights pushes the look from hot to whore. The only place I've seen it accepted is in 60% of made for Bollywood books. The beginning rambled for a bit, trying to jam a bunch of background detail
Sep 05, 2012 Lianna rated it did not like it
I knew this book would be classic 'chick-lit' (which I've strayed away from and only pick up on occasion now) from the title and cover image but I had high hopes that it would lean more towards the gems like "The Devil Wears Prada", however, most disappointingly, it seems closer to the bottom of the barrel. The story is disjointed and outrageous and while the main character, Lucy, is a heroine I could find myself rooting for in different circumstances; in this book I just find her annoying, cowa ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Lulufrances rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5
If you know one of my other blogs (cue shameless selfpromotion: ) you might know that I'm passionate about photography and indeed intend to become a (fashion) photographer.
So after reading that promising blurb and the book winning my personal award for the best title ever, I just had to get my hands on it!
And it is what it looks like - an easy, fast-paced read focussing on all the aspects that are mentioned in the blurb and no real surp
Tiffany (About to Read)
Sep 25, 2012 Tiffany (About to Read) rated it really liked it
The Liar, The Bitch, and the Wardrobe had an ok start, but man is it addicting! We start off with a very innocent, but determined and ambitious main character named Lucy. I liked Lucy from the very beginning. This girl knows exactly what she wants and she is going to get it—nothing will stand in her way.

As Lucy deals with her nightmare boss, I couldn’t help but think of Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada. As hard as it is to believe though, Stefano was probably worse. Much like Andy in
Oct 08, 2012 Briana rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
As a twenty-one year old that plans to move to Los Angeles soon, it wasn't hard to put myself in Lucy's shoes and relate to her instantly. She's your typical average girl that doesn't see herself as anything special, but is actually much more than she gives herself credit for. It only takes quite a few bad decisions and mistakes as she's swept up in the frenzy that is hollywood, for her to realize it.

This book was fun, as expected, but also had another layer to it so many other similar novels se
1.5 Rating

First, I just have to get something off of my chest. I like the cover. Correction I LOVE the cover. From the illustration of the girl to the title. Like come on, such a creative title, The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe ... Okay enough of my obsession with the cover. Sadly I didn't like this book at all (besides the cover of course). I felt that the plot was a copy cat of The Devils Wears Prada. Or maybe because I felt like I read this type of book a million times. Plot?? Lower
Oct 17, 2012 Amity rated it did not like it
It's chick lit, which I enjoy, but it's also bad. It follows the same pattern of The Devil Wears Prada and any number of books where the heroine wants to be a journalist/photographer/teacher/something noble and ends up sucked into the glamorous world of fashion/make-up/music. She'll lose her focus, until reality hits her in the face in a most dramatic way.

Lauren Weisberger did this well in Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing. Kingsley doesn't. I had to stop reading every few chapters because it ju
Samantha Plotkin
Jul 28, 2013 Samantha Plotkin rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A fun, lighthearted read ideal for a beach trip or weekend getaway. Yes, the plot is somewhat predictable (small town girl moves to big city, gets swept up in glamor, finds her true friends, lives happily ever after) but it's not like the book is trying to be the next great American classic. Kingsley's none-too-thinly veiled caricatures of the current A & B listers are deliciously juicy. (view spoiler) ...more
Jocelyn Elbaum
Jun 29, 2012 Jocelyn Elbaum rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I've read some of Allie Kingsley's posts on and was so excited to read this book. The book lived up to my expectations! After getting the dream job of a lifetime working for her mentor, Lucy quickly finds out that everything isn't always what it seems. She tries to find her way and do everything that is asked of her by her crazy bipolar boss (including hanging out with fabulous celebrities and doing drugs for the first time). Kingsley turned what could have been a sad and depres ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
I received this book through the goodreads firstreads giveaway program. This book is definitely light reading. Is there a book genre about materialism? Whatever it is called, this book fits in that category. Another fresh face gets a job in the biz and gets sucked in, tossing her friends and values aside, all for some coke and new wardrobe. Of course, she comes to her senses, and finally get recognized for her own talent. Fine for a light vacation read, not a lot of substance, lots of annoying p ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, chick-lit
I really enjoyed this book! I loved Lucy! You are really pulling for her during all her struggles in the book. You really come to love and relate to her. While most of us have never been that close to celebrities, we do tend to idolize them way too much. This book shows us that not all celebrities are what they seem to be!

What a great fist novel by this author. Cannot WAIT to read more by her!
Sep 19, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-won
I won this book from goodreads. I had a hard time putting it down, and really enjoyed the "real" side of Celebrity lifestyle. Lucy had a big dream and went for it, the only downside was she got caught up in all the crazy parties and drama. Not going into too many details i would recommend this book to anyone who likes fashion, celebrity gossip, or wants a FUN quick read. Totally held my interest throughout the whole book!
Laurie Davis
Oct 24, 2012 Laurie Davis rated it it was amazing
If you like chick lit, you'll adore this book. It's so much more addicting than the average novel in this genre -- the drama feels real and it shows the darker side of Hollywood (from an author who's been there) without losing the light entertainment factor. I'm still left thinking, "Oh my Dior!" and can't wait for Allie's next release.
Jan 20, 2013 cloudyskye rated it liked it
A fast and easy read. Reminded me a lot of "The devil wears Prada". Here comes a small spoiler: I'd have liked to read more about how she and James finally got together. They had parted with him totally humiliated (I felt so sorry for him!), and then "one year later" they are suddenly an item. Left me feeling a bit cheated because that should have been quite a delicious little scene.
Jul 08, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
Loved this book & author. Can't wait for her to release more books.
Tami Anthony
Aug 28, 2012 Tami Anthony rated it it was amazing
FIVE STARS! Loved it! Review to follow...
Dec 05, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
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“…if you’re going to step on people to reach the top, you might as well do it in stilettos!” (Bella, 128)

Lucy Butler has always been a wallflower. Shunned in middle school for her braces, befriended in high school only for her Photoshop and camera skills Lucy seems to have been made only to support the more popular people among us. Freshly graduated from college with a major in photography Lucy is ready to separate from the pack. She’s going to get an internship wi
Oct 15, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Fresh out of college and dead set on working for her fashion photographer idol, Lucy Butler sets off from Seattle and lands in Los Angeles with her best friend (who wants to live out her own acting dreams). After finding a way to get her foot in the door as an intern for the infamous Stefano Lepres, Lucy soon finds out just how unglamorous fetching coffee, corralling unruly celebrities for photo shoots, making sure Stefano is on time and doesn't blow off all of his responsibilities, and even pic ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Shane rated it it was amazing
Allie Kingsley's debut is tremendously hilarious, fashionable, and overall inspirational. A chick-lit like no other giving a realistic view of the lifestyle of the rich and aspiring to be famous. What more could a girl ask for?

The fact that the author has experienced fashion and entertainment, and continues to live in both worlds, is just perfect for this novel. Throughout it all I kept wondering if such characters were inspired by an actual person, if so, who. It was just an interesting story a
Sep 19, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it
Let me start off by saying The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe is a perfect beach read. If you live somewhere in the country where it's still warm, you're going to want to pick up this book and head out to the beach this weekend. Sit on the sand and read this baby cover to cover - you won't regret it.*

Allie Kingsley writes an intriguing tale about Lucy, a young woman fresh out of college who wants one thing and one thing only - to be a professional (and famous!) photographer. So at the encourag
So this book I actually saw someone else reading on the subway and since it was a play on the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, I thought hey, might be a cute chick lit book. I may reconsider picking up a book I see someone reading on the subway now (although kudos to the people reading the classics). So it had an interesting premise: a girl out of college, moving to la and getting an internship with a famous photographer. First off, since she discusses her guidance counselor whom she has a cru ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it
After the first chapter of this book I was immediately reminded of The Devil Wears Prada. Lucy is thrown into the fashion/photography world in order to follow her dream and is in turn working under a boss who is horrible! This book gives readers a wonderful insight into the world of Hollywood and all that it consists of. It seems to me that the author, Allie Kingsley, writes from experience because this story takes readers to the front lines of show biz! I was so into the drama and the chaos tha ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Buho rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was such an interesting read. This book follows Lucy on her rise and fall into the hollywood scene. She comes to Tinsel Town straight out of college with a flimsy promise of a pain internship with her favorite photographer.

What I initially loved was Lucy’s determination. She showed up at her idol’s, Stefano Lepres, studio every day for three weeks, in hope of getting an internship. She was trying really hard to climb the ranks to be a photography assistant. However, a long the way she mets
Jul 01, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book in the bargain section at Barnes and Noble so my expectations were pretty much non-existent when I started to read. I WANTED a nice guilty pleasure read, a story that I could sink my teeth into. I didn't even care that the story was predictable, I figured that would happen, what irritated me so much was how little time the author spent on character development. The main character had zero likable qualities and her friends had no backstori ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Jenna rated it liked it
The rawness of the image of hollywood depicted in the book is so very honest and believable. The story is a typical geek girl turned fabulous when she stepped into hollywood. Reminds me of the Devil wearsprada actually. What's nice in these kinds of stories are the turn around life they held and as a result of the experience, they wind up not really going back to their old selves but an improved version of theirselves. One who hasbeen through battle and was never the same.

I was happy Lucy got h
Sep 20, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
I received this book thru the Goodreads First Reads program. It took me a while to get around to reading as I'm recovering from shoulder surgery and have been relying on my e-reader during recovery. The books I had read prior were much heavier non-fiction subject matter so this was a welcome breezy change.

I read the book in the course of a day (unless you count the 4 chapters semi-drunkenly consumed on the subway ride home last night) and while not disappointed wasn't blown away either. The book
Sep 13, 2012 Taylor rated it really liked it
Honestly this was not a bad little book. I read the majority of it at work between calls and it was a bit idealistic but still pretty good. It was kind of a standard "Hero/heroine goes off in to the world, reinvents themselves, looses sight of previous goals and then gets a harsh reality check that reminds them of how and who they were before" type thing but I think Allie Kingsley did a good job. She got the peer pressure spot on but as far as her friends completely forgetting how they were trea ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
This is an easy, fast-paced read focusing on all the aspects that are mentioned in the blurb and no real surprises. I was not let down by this book. The Liar, the Bitch and the Wardrobe is well written and interesting. I did get frustrated with Lucy every now and then, because she was just so naïve. I loved the world Allie Kingsley created. It was nice to read about the celebrity world not being all it's cracked up to be. This is a fun, light read, but it speaks to dreams and self-growth, and I ...more
Nancy Kaplan
Sep 14, 2012 Nancy Kaplan rated it it was amazing
Allie Kingsley's debut novel is a clever, fun read with an inspirational message. Transforming from small-town girl to big city fashionista, I rooted for the novel's main character Lucy to succeed while she navigates her way through the cutthroat world of fashion photography. After completing her geek-to-chic transformation, Kingsley says it best, "Lost in the luxury, she loses sight of the things that once mattered most." This witty and fast-paced book skillfully balances the fun of fashion and ...more
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Allie Kingsley has earned her reputation as a funny-girl fashionista. This author has close to ten years experience working alongside legends in the fashion and entertainment industries. Respected for her creative insight and attention to detail during production, Allie also is known for her comedic timing and ability to make others laugh whether in person or in print.

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