Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy, #1)” as Want to Read:
L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  22,910 Ratings  ·  2,044 Reviews
Hardcover L.A. Candy book
Read Once
Paperback, 326 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about L.A. Candy, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Apr 22, 2011 Aileen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-teens
Shelves: sigh
I almost forgot I read this book (call it self-preservation), but I remembered after a marathon of Laguna Beach. Also known as: Aileen Avoids Outlining, Part Deux.

It was summer, I believe. I had recently moved to Seattle and was flying back to Pittsburgh for a friend's bachelorette party. The book I was currently reading? Anna Karenina. The book I wanted to read? L.A. Candy.

Insert shameface here:

This is me pandering to MTV marketing

If you'd like to know what happens in the book, here is a guest
Sep 19, 2009 Angelc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"LA Candy" was recommended to me by a good friend, but she enjoyed the book a lot more than I did. One reason could be that she is a fan of Lauren Conrad's MTV shows and I don't watch them. I did think I would gain insight to the world of reality tv, but I was disappointed in the small amount of insider info in the book, which could have been summed up in a short magazine article.

The story focuses on Jane Roberts and her journey from average recent high school graduate to overnight Hollywood se
Aug 06, 2009 Roxanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My affection for LC knows no bounds. There is no other explanation for why I finished this. There were multiple times I almost gave up, but then I'd see her (gorgeous) photo on the back and think about how much I like her and keep keeping on.

The writing was not terrible. I don't want my one star to give the wrong impression. The problem wasn't the writing here; this book has one main flaw: it's fucking BORING. As all get out. BORING. I was BORED TO TEARS. There are other things about it that tu
Jul 15, 2010 Rissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the story line and plot had potential, the language of the book annoyed me. Text phrases like 'OMG', 'WTF', and what-not made the book look childish. I also hated how in front of almost every sentence was the word 'like'. Even the straight male characters used 'like' often. I truly believe that Conrad wrote this book herself because while she is suppose to be really smart, the idea and text of the book match her personality. This is honestly one of the worst books that I have ever read. I ...more
Jul 20, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lightfiction
This book is not as horrible as I expected, but not as good as I wished for it to be. It was only mildly entertaining. I haven't read very many other chick-lit type young adult novels, so I'm not sure how this compares. There are a couple things that annoyed me, which I realize may all be due to the fact that I'm an old codger.

The language contains a fair amount of "texting"-speak: e.g. BFF, OMG, WTF, etc. I realize that there are young adults out there that communicate like this, but is it nece
Jul 31, 2009 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2009
Well at least they got rid of Laruen's mustache for the photo on the back cover....

Ok after having actually finished the book (yes I read the damn thing) I have decided that this is just like The Hills---shallow, vapid, plotless, and yet I find myself coming back for more.
After the shitty week I have had I needed some brain-numbing escapism, and this fit the bill perfectly.
Jul 27, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I didn't hate this book! I definitely didn't buy it...I read it and am going to review it for the publisher (not like they're going to publish what I write about it!) so that I can add the book to my school library.
What I liked most about the book, insignificant as it is, is the chapter titles, which were sentences or phrases taken from the chapter.
I felt like this book was rather autobiographical, which does not imply that I know anything about the life of Lauren Conrad. Good w
Jan 04, 2017 Krissys rated it did not like it
L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy #1) by Lauren Conrad  
Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer...everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun.When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a "reality version of Sex and the City," they can hardly believe their luck

As Jane and Scarlett move to L.A. something happens. Jane and Scarlett move to L.A. to get out of their comfort zones. All their lives they've felt comfortable and safe at home and wanted to change that. In L.A. they get jobs and go to school just like they would have at home, or anywhere else. But something happens that wouldn't have happened in little Santa Barbra. L.A. Candy, a novel by Lauren Conrad is very admirable because the author makes me feel there right next to the main characters, a
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
OMG! I know most people don’t like Lauren Conrad. Remember MTV series The Hills? Yes, that’s where she came from. Along with other starlets, Heidi….. ugh, too many to mention! But take note, I never watched the series. Ever!

Actually, I bought her book thinking that I might gain insight to the world of reality tv, since that is what her book is all about. So, ok.. The story line and plot had potential – true… The behind-the-scenes were as realistic as I imagined it to be, the staged fights and ca
Apr 04, 2011 Becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
They say to write what you know. That being said, it should come as no shock that Lauren Conrad—blonde girl-next-door, self-proclaimed fashionista, and star of the first six seasons of MTV’s reality series The Hills—opens her literary career with a novel about (you’ll never guess) a blonde girl-next-door who is selected to be on a reality show.

L.A. Candy opens one week after sweet, good-natured Jane (a thinly veiled version of Conrad) moves to L.A. with her best friend from kindergarten, the dro
Okay so this wasn't the best piece of literature in the world however I really think the drama of the story kept me going. I was interested in how the characters were going to handle their new fame and fortune and it definitely proved to be a great insight to what reality tv is like behind the scenes.
Jan 20, 2010 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I don't think anyone has any aspirations to be the next Great American Novel, but I can think of at least a dozen more entertaining alternatives for a purely frivolous light read. There's not enough drama, scandal, or even romance to really tantalize, and the plot point the most likely to spark an interest (when the heroine and her best friend get involved in the reality show) doesn't even really get going into much further into the book than you would think. If Lauren Conrad has the inside scoo ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Emerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-young-adult
“Love...who needed love? As long as she had her books and her friends and an occasional hookup, she was perfectly content.

Overall Thoughts
The definition of a light, easy read. This series was fun for me cause I'm a big fan of "The Hills" so I found it interesting to see read this series, even tho fiction, it kind of gave me a feel for how things really went down behind the scenes of "The Hills". It was silly but fun and I really enjoyed it. :)

Until Next Time,
Emerald BookWorm
Jun 24, 2009 Dawnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i'm only a little ashamed..
Sep 06, 2012 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you need good zero substance reads for pastimes such as, say, exercising on a stationary bicycle for extended periods of time when there's nothing good on TV. And for those times, LA Candy is highly, highly recommended.

It's an excellent zero-substance read because there really is zero substance. LA Candy is like whipped egg whites; it looks oh-so pretty until you bite down and realize that it has a good enough texture, but really tastes like nothing.

There really isn't a lot going on he
Jun 22, 2010 Serena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Shamefully, I admit I read this book. I also have to admit that The Hills is my guilty pleasure. I always found Lauren to be a rather smart, sensible girl (at least in comparison the the scenery around her). But BOY was I disappointed with this. I guess I didn't really have an expectation coming into it but even having no expectation, I still managed to find myself cringe at each cliche, and boy were there a lot. Thank goodness I just read this from the library and did not actually purchase it. ...more
Adele Goetz
I know, I know, I am a grown woman who should not be reading young adult novels, let alone ones "written" by Lauren Conrad. But it was a fun read! If you watch "The Hills", this book is worth reading to try and figure out which one of LC's co-stars the characters are based on. And it's incredibly short, so you can read it in 2 hours and then go back to reading Proust or whatever age appropriate book you prefer to try and get some of your dignity back.
May 01, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first started this series because I'm a fan of Lauren Conrad/The Hills. Even though they're simple and aren't that deep, they're a good read because they're interesting (if you're into reality tv). I personally love the series because it's just light and fun, a really good beach read.
Jess Brown
May 11, 2009 Jess Brown rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Angela S. for

This novel by reality TV starlet Lauren Conrad chronicles the lives of Jane Roberts and her best friend, Scarlett Harp, as they move to LA and become the stars of a reality TV show. The book, which is based loosely on Conrad's own life, is a little slow in the beginning, but picks up a bit once Jane and Scarlett are discovered at a club by a TV producer.

From that point on the two, though a little hesitant at first, decide to audition for the show and the
No offense to Lauren Conrad, but I expected this book to be super lame. I was, thankfully, pleasantly surprised.

This book tells the story of Jane and Scarlett, best friends since childhood, who move to LA to become an event planner, and a student, respectively. Almost immediately after arriving, these unusually pretty girls are cast in a new reality show, and drama and excitement ensues from there.

Clearly, this book has a lot of basis in Conrad's own employment history with Laguna Beach and the
Apr 29, 2010 Katrine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LA Candy is a story about to girls that move to LA to get a start on their life. They experience hate, love, and tons of drama. The main characters in LA Candy are Jane and Scarlett. Jane is your typical good girl. She is kind and sweet. Jane works at an event planning office with her crazy boss. Scarlett is the opposite of Jane. She just doesn’t care about what people think of her. She wears t shirts and jeans. Scarlett will currently be attending a college in California. In LA Candy Jane and S ...more
While I didn't think this was the worst book I've ever read, I didn't think it was the best either. I did enjoy it alot more than I thought I would, but there were just parts that left me scratching my head. I wasn't a fan of Madison(but then again, who would be) and I wasn't too crazy about Scarlett, but at the same time I liked her because she was trying to be a good friend and watching out for Jane, but Jane couldn't realize that. I thought that it was a little too loosely based on her own li ...more
Dec 02, 2010 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Groundbreaking! A tour de force! Just kidding, I mean it's Lauren Conrad's teen novel... It starts off kinda slow and ho hum for a while, but once the characters in the book begin the filming of the reality show that they're on, it gets very interesting for any fan of The Hills. Although the accounts are "fictional," it definitely gives great insight and potential knowledge about how the producers impacted the storyline and the characters, how the characters interacted with each other, and what ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Ellis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek geeft me een nosralgisch gevoel. Het doet me terugdenken aan de tinatoppers en aanverwanten. Ik vond het best vermakelijk. Maar het is ook ernstig oppervlakkig ;).
Caitlin Mosterd


Snel door in Sweet Little Lies!
I will admit that I did buy this book was because I am a fan of Lauren Conrad and the Hills. I didnt expect high hopes for the novel because I didn't know how good of writer she was. Going back to the novel...I seriously loved it.

You started out with these 2 best friends who are complete opposites and obvious combinations of characters from the "real life" show. Jane aka Lauren, is a sad but sweet all-american girl whose had her heart broken from her high school boyfriend (like someone we know?)
Abbey Schneider
Apr 03, 2012 Abbey Schneider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I definitely thought that this was an amazing book! It had a really good plot, and kept me changing the pages quickly. I think that people would like this book because it is always a dream of people to go someplace new and create something for themselves. This book is about two girls named Jane and Scarlet who do just that. Jane is the quit girl next door character, and Scarlet is the exotic looking and out spoken character. The two of them make a great story because they are so different from e ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
YA Buddy Readers'...: L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy #1) by Lauren Conrad - Starting February 1st 2016 21 18 Feb 08, 2016 04:07PM  
2nd Period Langua...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Mide's book 3 2 2 May 11, 2014 08:09PM  
Who has read this Book? 15 65 Sep 28, 2013 11:12PM  
the f**king sleaze! 6 57 Jun 07, 2013 07:33PM  
2 words... YA BOO...: L.A. Candy 1 6 Jan 09, 2013 04:26PM  
  • Priceless
  • The Opposite of Invisible
  • Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances
  • Sun-Kissed
  • Love the One You're With (Gossip Girl: The Carlyles, #4)
  • California Schemin' (Nancy Drew: Girl Detective, #45; Malibu Mayhem Trilogy, #1)
  • Beneath the Glitter (Sophie and Ava London, #1)
  • Petty in Pink (Poseur, #3)
  • Tall Cool One (A-List, #4)
  • Gorgeous (Avery Sisters Trilogy, #2)
  • 86'd
  • Inner Circle (Private, #5)
  • Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation
  • Massie (Clique Summer Collection, #1)
  • The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion
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
More about Lauren Conrad...

Other Books in the Series

L.A. Candy (3 books)
  • Sweet Little Lies (L.A. Candy, #2)
  • Sugar and Spice (L.A. Candy, #3)

Share This Book

“The only way to belong is to act like you belong. Or to not give a shit whether you belong or not.” 75 likes
“Love...who needed love? As long as she had her books and her friends and an occasional hookup, she was perfectly content.” 56 likes
More quotes…