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Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
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Oct 14, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, borrowed-library, series, young-adult
Read in October, 2010

People, don't let the whole "This was written by a reality TV star" thing get you down on this series. I mean let's be real -- this was written by her "editorial assistant", i.e., ghostwriter, just like pretty much everything else any YA packager is putting out these days. Come on, do you think she designs her clothing lines, too? If you do, you probably need to sit down so we can have a tough talk about the Easter Bunny while we're at it. As someone who finished reading this on her 30th birthday I know the giant portraits of LC they insist on putting on the back covers are kind of stigmatizing (glad I'm not reading these in an on-the-subway type situation), but you've got to get past them.

Why? Because this series continues to be surprisingly good. Yes, there are some elements here that maybe I don't think are the smartest plot directions -- they're juicy, but they detract from the realism. Did I say realism? Yes I did. Because again, as I said in my review of the first one, a lot of what is really enjoyable about these books is the feeling of learning how the magician does the trick. Even if this isn't actually how MTV churns out its teen dramas, it really makes for a fun read.

Surprisingly enough too, the characters continue to be enjoyable. Jane and Scarlett are weirdly reminiscent of Anna and her New York best friend Cyn from the A-List books. In a good way though, in a good way! (Anyone who's read my reviews of any of the A-List novels knows I freakin' hated Anna Percy.) The key differences are that Jane is relatable and manages to stay just shy of insufferable with her insistence on trusting everyone (this is LA, sweetie! Come on!) and that Scarlett is almost realistic where Cyn just was a faux-bookish hipster's wet dream. Given the supernatural drecch that's getting pumped out everywhere else in YA these days (see my review of the most recent Private novel), I think I will take reality TV "authors", thanks.
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Monica I wish there was a 'love' button for this review :D


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