I actually had to give up on this book half-way through. It's a great story but most of the letters are repetitive. In a span of a few days, absolutel...moreI actually had to give up on this book half-way through. It's a great story but most of the letters are repetitive. In a span of a few days, absolutely NOTHING happens, and yet there's a 4 page long letter explaining the lack of things happening. I was extremely excited to read this book and now I'm just sad that it wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped it would be. (less)
Legitimately the best book I have ever read. EVER. It was long and it took me a long while to read it with work and the play but it was epic. I can't...moreLegitimately the best book I have ever read. EVER. It was long and it took me a long while to read it with work and the play but it was epic. I can't even explain how amazing this book is. Seriously, go read it. Right now. I just ordered the second one online and I cannot WAIT for it to come in.(less)
I received this book free from goodreads. I wanted to push all the books that I had to read back so that I could read this and push out a review since...moreI received this book free from goodreads. I wanted to push all the books that I had to read back so that I could read this and push out a review since this is a book that has yet to be released. My problem with this book is the lack of originality. I am sick and tired of Young Adult books (from a female's perspective) that follow the same pattern: Narrator is a plain looking girl (or so she thinks) who is attracted to a guy who is so beautiful it should be illegal. This boy does not glance at ANY other girl EVER but only looks at the Narrator (who CONSTANTLY says things like, "Why would he be looking at me? A guy like him doesn't look at a girl who looks at me.") and I have to suffer through the constant pity the girl gives herself. To make matters worse, the boy is a bad boy of some sorts and warns her not to be with him. Most likely, said boy sacrifices something to be with this girl and probably pisses off a lot of people by doing so. Throw in the best friend who's beautiful and the best guy friend who is either in love with the Narrator or (most likely) in love with the Narrator's best friend... And you've got a Young Adult Novel. To make matters worse, the writing is TERRIBLE. The best friend constantly tries to make "Holy Hagaan-Das" an actual thing and the author is too scared to have her AMERICAN characters say "Bloody Hell" so they get to say "Bloody Heck" like good little teenagers. In the end it's not the WORST book I've ever read. I was at least able to keep interested enough to keep reading. I did skim most of it in hopes that the ending would come sooner, rather than later. Unfortunately, I'm sensing that this book is just the beginning of a few books. I definitely won't bother to read the following books.(less)
After reading through the reviews, I decided I needed to get a fair review out there. Would you go to a hair salon that specifically caters to women w...moreAfter reading through the reviews, I decided I needed to get a fair review out there. Would you go to a hair salon that specifically caters to women who have curly hair when you have stick straight hair that doesn't hold curl? (the answer is no, you would not) Then why would you pick up this book, with a girl who is famous for being famous and knows exactly how to dress to her tastes and style? While I believe that it would be cool for a Style book to come out where it crosses race, body types and so on, it's impossible. You would have to take into consideration not only specific races (not to mention us girls who are mixed), but you'd also have to include ALL body types (and not just the "normal" ones of hourglass, triangle and stick but ALL the combinations too) along with specific styles (jeans and a tee? Elegant? Heels all day, everyday? Tomboy? Boho? Alternative?) AND where you live. That's impossible. If you don't like Lauren Conrad and how she dresses, leave this book to those of us who do.
STYLE could be considered "common sense" but ladies... Look at pictures of you from when you were in 8th grade. TELL ME you had impeccable style. This, is the intended audience. Young Adults. I learned a lot from this book. Conrad includes the staples of what SHOULD be in every woman's closet (everything from a LBD to a well fitted heavy coat) and how to accessorize them to make them look like different outfits! She keeps everything to basics EVEN THOUGH the pictures show various things. Unfortunately, most people have the in ability to look at a picture of something (a dress, for example) and see what they like or do not like about it. No, you don't need a bright teal maxi dress with a flower print like Conrad wears on page 15 but you can see what kind of maxi dresses YOU like and look good in. The woman cannot buy and put together outfits for you. She is simply giving your mind the tools it needs to be able to put together a good, beautiful outfit that makes you feel good about yourself. Conrad also includes the best outfit to wear while on a plane (no, sweats are not the staple), different ways to wear your LBD, simple ways to style your hair and makeup and how to dress for your job interviews.
If you like the California style and want to learn the basics AND YOU HAVE AN IMAGINATION, you will like this book. You don't need to buy $700 dresses in order to be able to "get" this book, trust me. So the "spoiled rich girl" comments can take a hike.(less)