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The Fame Game

(Fame Game #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  6,263 ratings  ·  480 reviews
In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by HarperTeen (first published March 1st 2012)
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Hannah McBride
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I have never read Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy series. To be totally honest, I considered them somewhat autobiographical considering Conrad’s well-televised history and the concept matter. And, being brutally honest, I never cared much about either show she was on.

It was only after I saw my sister-in-law ravenously reading her books that I thought I would give them a try, and I feel like I owe Ms. Conrad an apology. I judged her books based on pre-conceived notions of who she was as a person, and
Apr 12, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: disappointing
I tried to read this book because I adored Lauren Conrad's L.A Candy Trilogy but I just could not actually do it with this book. ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, after reading the La Candy books, I enoyed this book out of all the ones she has written. I feel like its the best book she has written so far and her writing has improved a lot. I really liked the character of Carmen, and i enjoyed madison a lot more. She seemed a lot more human than just an evil villian who was out to get anyone who stole her limelight. While i did see the cliffhanger coming, I really enjoyed this book and I cant wait for the next one. These books a ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Fame Game is a wonderful story about 4 ladies who are cast to be in a "reality" TV show called The Fame Game. There are many characters, supporting actors if you will, helping to make the story believable.

There is Hollywood romance, the rich (and not so rich) and famous (and not so famous) in the story. The reader gets an inside view into what's real and what's not real in the world of "celebuspawns." Readers will find characters they love, some they'll hate, and some that will confuse the h
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)

The only thing worse than watching reality TV is reading about it.
Vacation reread and while I did enjoy it I think this one stayed with me more than the La candy read as I remembered most of the plot, which was a shame. Madison was a bit annoying in this one and she was also confusing at times with how she acted. Didn't like they added the dad already. Luke was meh. Also wasn't a fan of Carmen in the end. The ending.. Madison please.

I am normally not one to like Reality Tv Shows, mostly I find them idiotic and silly, but for some reason I love them when they
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

The Fame Game starts off with Madison Parker, a character also in Lauren Conrad's other books L.A. Candy. She gets offered a spot on a new reality show called The Fame Game about four girls trying to make it big in Hollywood. Her fellow cast-mates include Gaby, Kate and Carmen. Carmen is the daughter of celebrity A-listers, and Madison just can't handle t
Lucy Kay
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok, so i read this book because i have read the past three in the series and I had been a fan of the books when i was younger so when i saw this had been brought out I jumped at the opportunity. The book had a similar style of writing as the previous three and although i enjoyed the light read, the book didn't do it for me as apposed to the others in the series. I don't know whether this is to do with being older and having read more books in the meantime but i just didn't get into it as much as ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is truly embarrasing...but I love, absolutley love, Lauren Conrad's books, so far. All of them. The LA Candy series, and now this one. It must be because she knows so much about the world behind reality TV, or something, because I ate this book up. I read it in basically one day, loving the new characters and still hating Madison, and being annoyed by Gaby. I really do miss Jane and Scarlett, but I LOVE Kate, the singer-songwriter in the book. She's the most down-to-earth; the most likeable ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Fame Game series. I haven't read the LA Candy series so I met Madison for the first time here.
Although I think she was a very one dimensional character, she does develop throughout the book and even further in the rest of the series. I liked the idea of each character being quite stereotypical because I think we relate to them well under these circumstances. Watching MTV and other reality shows will present you with these four basic character types quic
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
What can I say. I did not like this book. I have read the L.A. Candy series. I liked those books but this one is a total failure in my opinion. Nothing really happens in the book and the story is pretty much the same as in L.A. Candy. Like I said nothing really happens, only at the 10 or 20 last pages something interesting happens but then the book is finished all of a sudden. I know that this is part one but still, this is not a good way to end a book. Furthermore I think the book is really uno ...more
Rachel Shields
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Starting this book off, i thought it would be more like the first book, L.A. Candy. I was a little bit disappointed to find out that Jane, the main character of the first series of books, wasn't even in it, but the villain, Madison,the most hated character in the first series, was one of the main characters. I don't think that it was a good idea to write out Jane because she was the most relatable. Though The Fame Game disappointed me a bit, it was a good book and full of entertainment. It was a ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Lauren Conrad since Laguna Beach and I loved The Hills--it was my guilty pleasure. I even went to her book signing for L.A. Candy in Austin, TX. Her books are entertaining fluff. It's much like watching Reality TV in that it doesn't require much thought and is entertaining. I love how she provides an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the world of "Reality" TV. I also like that she made Madison more human in this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series ...more
usagi ☆ミ
As I haven’t read the previous trilogy, “LA Candy”, I didn’t really have a baseline to work with in terms of how to handle/what to think of Conrad’s writing. I was pleasantly surprised – though I feel this might have needed one more draft to work on the “showing, not telling” part of the technical area of things, but otherwise I found this to be quite the readable little morsel of how things work in Hollywood. Though this departs from my usual fare, it was definitely a fun read, and for those wh ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
The Fame Game is not something I would usually pick up but I am so glad I did, it is an all round fun read. I loved all the bitching and backstabbing and also the love/hate characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Fame Game and I think most people will too.

The Fame Game is going to be a new reality show on POP T.V. It will bring together four girls that are trying to make it big in Hollywood. On the show will be: Madison Parker, who has been seen on L.A. Candy & Madison's Makeovers. Carmen C
Colleen (Colleensreadingadventures) Scidmore
I've never watched Lauren Conrad on either of her reality shows and I really don't even like reality TV that much, only a select few choices. But I've been mildly curious about her books, and it was available through the library, no I would not buy this, so I decided to check it out. And I actually kind of liked it.

From the very first chapter I realized The Fame Game was full of drama, but what else can you expect from a book about reality TV right?
This story is about 4 girls, and yes they are g
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay i will admit that Lauren Conrad's book were my guilty pleasure. In my defense, with the mid term exam coming up and my unsuccessful attempt to digest the first chapter of Foucault's Pendulum, The Fame Game is a total thirst quencher.

So, Madison, the arch enemy and the antagonist villain from the previous installment of L.A Candy is back with a new show. Her antagonistic nature brings her worst side when POP TV wants her in a new reality TV, the Fame Game which was more 'realistic' than its
Akhmal Aiman
Just like the L.A. Candy trilogy, I think it is an OK book.

Rating: 3/5 stars

This series is a spin-off to Conrad's previous trilogy, having Madison Parker (L.A. Candy's bitchiest villain) as the main pro(?)tagonist. Just like the rest, it bears a strong resemblance to Laguna Beach or The Hills. Nothing so dramatic throughout this first book, just the same as the previous ones. Slightly disappointed on how the book promised a "more devious" plot and it did not happen. It's more of an introductory
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody who read the L.A Candy series, who likes stuff about reality tv
Recommended to Amber (The Book Bratz) by: Goodread Giveaway
I won the Uncorrected proof version of this book, and it just came in the mail. I can't wait til I have the chance to read it!

After reading -

This work was written beautifully. The characters were very well developed as well as the setting. I was nervous reading this because I didn't read "L.A. Candy" But this was really easy to follow and I enjoyed it.

I only gave this book three stars based on:

1. Writing Style
2. Idea
3. Character development

Other then that I didn't have much to say. I like the
Sakura Sandra
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, thanks for listing it for $1.99 so I could read it HarperCollins, but it was as I expected, just Lauren Hill rehashing The Hills in a "fictional" way. The characters were flat and the plotline was boring as well as predictable. The foreshadowing was so heavy that it left nothing up to the imagination. About half the book is all place names and product names and designer clothes and descriptions of clothes... like we get it. You like fashion, but this is a book, it's supposed to be about pe ...more
Inês Gueifão
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This book started off fun but halfway through it was clear this is basically a rip off of L.A. Candy. I also thought this would follow Madison's life in more detail but then again, it follows the 'nice girl' Kate (our new Jane). Not that I would like to know more about Madison, because she is truly stupid, dumb and too full of herself.
I'll probably finish the trilogy, but I'm not that eager to do it right now.
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Initially I thought I would not be into this series as much as LA Candy because I couldn't stand Madison. Surprise, surprise, I'm hooked again. Nobody is too deep, we have no rocket scientists here but come on, it's a book about life on a reality tv show. Anyone bashing the book obviously didn't read the dust jacket. Another fun, easy read. And who knew? I actually don't totally hate Madison anymore. Nice job, Lauren. ...more
Sierra Dean
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
These books are silly but oddly enjoyable. I read the entire LA Candy trilogy so I picked the first book in this series up on an Audible sale. It's fluffy but very readable. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting book to read. Not my cup of tea tho. Will finish off the series as it might change my mind. Who knows?
Mahoghani 23
Reality or not? There's so much to say about how far you're willing to go for FAME. This story situates around four women; Madison, Carmen, Kate, & Gabby. They each are seeking to be famous but at what cost? Throughout the story, you'll see how each thing we take for granted; relationships, love, family, privacy, & forgiveness, are lost to each character. ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-audiobooks
A fun, light read, perfect for a summer by the poolside or beach.
Miranda Peterson
Oct 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF I was just bored and sitting on this one at 1/2 way for a month. Time to move on!
Adora Herveaux
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked this up at a charity book fair as I was curious whether reality star Lauren Conrad had any writing talent. It started off fine but went nowhere. Nothing of any substance happens. The characters felt like they were in high school rather than adults. Felt like an extremely long background story for book two.
Julia Concepcion
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nova-first-year
A fellow Goodreads reviewer summed my feelings of Lauren Conrad's books perfectly: "Pure trash, and I loved it." I must admit, however, this series is a vast improvement from the previous one and seems more promising. There is no more text-slang dialogue or overuse of calling people "sweetie," two flaws that had wrecked the satirical potential of the "L.A. Candy" series. (It does still bother me that the characters, who are all clearly under 21, are easily able to go out to bars and purchase alc ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, quick read. Seems like more of an autobiography of LC but who knows?? On to the next book in the trilogy.
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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

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