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Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,244 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take? That’s why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Simon Pulse
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May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny and relatable read filled with important themes and meaningful lessons. I very much enjoyed the NYC setting and the focus on friendship!
This is a biased review, because Laura is a very good friend (I mean, I may know something about the origin of the term Make-Out Bandit). However, I love Laura partially because she's so incredibly funny, and that comes through on every page. This book made me laugh out loud several times, and it would definitely be a five-star contemporary YA without the personal connection. It's SO much fun to read. The NYC setting is pitch-perfect ("this macaroni and cheese is gluten free, from Ban Bread"), t ...more
Jen Ryland
If you're a fan of chick lit and looking for a light summer read, you might want to give this a chance.

It's supposed to be YA, but felt to me very reminiscent of classic chick lit --normal girl lands an amazing internship at a Manhattan magazine, just happens to have a rich aunt who lives on Fifth Avenue and has a closet full of fabulous clothes and that rich aunt just happens to have a very cute dog walker. (Seriously, why don't these things actually happen to normal girls?) Girl learns how sup
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Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies really surprised me. I have never read any book about what it’s like to work for a magazine, and I was immediately intrigued when I heard about it. The book is also set in New York, which I absolutely loved. The main character is filled with determination and is the ideal journalist. Everything about this book amazed me and I would consider it a must-read!

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is so unlike anything I’ve eve
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book! GAH! Seriously guys, this book was THE perfect read for chilling by the pool or beach or just summer in general. It was lighthearted yet still  thought out enough to keep me reading non stop (which is actually something I don't do very often since I have the attention span of a ladybug. Harper was an adorable character whom I wanted to squish hug since I very first met her. Her exploits are adorable, hilarious but still have that kernel of truth and self discovery. It really was the p

Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it day...maybe.

And if it doesn't, all you need to know is that this was a quick, fun read I enjoyed very much.
Oh man! I don't even remember what day I put this on my TBR list but I was so happy when I finally was able to get the book and read it!

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies definitely gave me the vibe of The Devil Wears Prada; however, it was way better than that book!

Harper, the MC, was amazing and completely likable. She's hardworking and is constantly under stress at work. She has to make everything just right and completely perfect or she gets fired. Seems kind of unrealistic to me becaus
N.N. Light
I picked this up when it first came out and rediscovered it scanning through my e-reader this summer. The cover is just great and it turns out, so is this book. It's classic chick-lit where a small-town girl gets the internship of her dreams and moves to Manhattan. She learns about life and more importantly, men. A solid premise with a quick-witted heroine. It was predictable but I didn't mind. I liked it and would read more from this author.

My Rating: 4 stars
DJ Sakata
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya
Favorite Quotes:

I won't make any friends on your level. I'm just going to make a big bowl of cantaloupe friends... Everyone knows that cantaloupe is the ultimate filler fruit of the fruit salad. No one asks for it, it's just there. No one really craves hanging out with cantaloupe friends. It's how you make do so you don't, you know, socially starve to death.

Aunt Vee has the pained look of a woman on the second day of a juice cleanse.

I just start crying. And not cute crying. Ugly crying. The kind
Diana Prince
This book came out a while ago, but I'm so behind on these, I definitely want to make an effort to crank out some reviews soon. LBDLWL is the teenage version of The Devil Wears Prada meets Buzzfeed. Parts of this book were just as stressful as the chick lit inspiration behind it: Harper gets into some seriously sticky situations, with insane pressure on her to get everything done juuuust right - or else it's the boot for her and twice the work for everyone else. Mix in a delightfully flirty and ...more
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
**Short end of month review**

Eh. I needed some fluff so i read this. The cover is very pretty and drew me in. I kinda liked the MC, she had her moments. She did turn a bit slutty, but i understand she needed to for her stories, but then she flips out when a guy tries to get sex from her?! Like you went up to a random guy and made out with him, what message did you think that would give?! The ending really bothered me, first, it was too quick. The major "climax" of the story was thrown in at the
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this was actually super cute! It was a fun read, and also really quick to read, and while some things seemed a little farfetched (she's in HS and was able to apply for an internship where she would have to travel across the country to do it and she didn't even need parental permission to accept even though she's a minor) and some things were a little predictable, overall I found it to be really enjoyable read and I'm super glad that I decided to pick it up! I also loved all the references to ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was really fun!! Full length review will be up on my blog later:-)
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It was a fun, quick read and I really enjoyed the plot. I really liked Harper as a narrator and all the characters and interactions felt really real. Sometimes writers try to much to sound like teenagers, and the dialogue just sounds odd but this didn't. The dialogue felt super real. I enjoyed this a lot! Definitely reminded me of a shorter Morgan Matson book! 4 stars! ...more
Kathy - Books & Munches
Every once in a while, I crave an easy, quick read to simply entertain me. Sometimes I pick the right book, sometimes I disappoint myself by picking a novel that's.. well.. not what I expected at all.

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is definitely the right pick!

It's funny, quirky and even has a bit of sass. I laughed, facepalmed and felt embarrassed all because of a book. I honestly had a good time reading this.

It's written in an easy, straightforward way which makes it so tempting to ke
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for a mindless read. Just try not to think too much into the logic. Which is typical of even the best chick-lit. Why do interns have so much prestige in a magazine company? They're supposed to be getting coffee and doing menial tasks for the higher-ups like in The Devil Wears Prada! Not writing important articles for the company. And the ending was super unbelievable too. But the story was still pretty cute and enjoyable. ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
full review up here!

thanks to netgalley and simon pulse for letting me read this arc!

there's only one word for a book like this: addictive. for 300 pages, I was totally engrossed in Harper's world, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. there were some parts where I wanted to strangle her, there were some parts where I wanted to be her, but all of the parts made me want more. it was like an amazing mix of the devil wears prada, 13 going on 30, mean girls, and gossip girl, all rolled into one. and I love
Emily Mead
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is ALMOST as good as The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer (almost). It's like the best rom-coms combined with lots of social media references, friendship and bark mitzvahs (they're for dogs).

Harper did get a little hard to like but she does learn a lot throughout the book. Definitely worth reading!
Mariah Smith (Vibin With Books)

Cute and fluffy, but I thought the ending was wrapped up too quickly and too perfectly.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m always hesitant to start a YA book...I’ve read my share of YA disasters.... But I’ve also read some amazing ones as well! Little Black Dress Little White Lies was fresh and oh so fun! I am a HUGE sucker for anything NYC so that’s probably why this one caught my attention. Harper Anderson a 17 year old aspiring journalist from Northern California, just received the opportunity of a lifetime. A summer internship in NYC, at one of the hottest teen magazines in the country. Seriously at that age ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

This book was one of my most anticipated reads this year, so I was super excited when I picked it up at TLA. Harper has just landed her dream job--a summer internship in NYC being a relationship blogger for a teen magazine. Only problem is, she knows nothing about relationships because she has pretty much no experience. So, she uses her friend's trials and tribulations in the love world as source material.

First, let's take a look at that cover. It's beautiful. I cannot stop staring at it
Kelly Hager
Oh, guys, this book. This book just begs to be read on a beach or by a pool or on a plane. This is the vacation book I have waited for.

Like her namesake, Harper is a writer. Unfortunately, she's the dating blogger (and intern) for the biggest, most influential teen magazine. Why unfortunately? She doesn't actually date. Not for religious reasons or anything; she's just the most awkward girl known to man.

So she fakes it. She cribs a story from her best friend and works to get everything else ri
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Utterly hilarious and delightful and also very true. It's rare to see the business of becoming a writer -and a young adult - so realistically depicted. I felt as though I've met every single character in real life - for better and worse. (I'm looking at YOU, guy-who-will-remain-unnamed-to-avoid-spoilers.) As much as I adored all the characters, human and animal, it really all comes down to Harper, one of the most charming heroines whose company I've been privileged to enjoy in a long time. Smart ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
A fun and smart book. Perfect summer read. I read it almost two months ago and forgot to post a proper review. Now I don't know what to say about it. Oh, right! I remember not being impressed with the friends to lovers scenario. The pair didn't have that spark, in my opinion. ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok

Once again, we have a damn near insufferable protagonist—Harper. Harper is phony and not charming. She's a liar. She's kind of fucking rude (but thinks it's quirky and OMG embarrassing!). Her life is swimming in privilege that she ignores. The "love triangle" sort of situation was predictable and aggravating. Harper is so damn oblivious to the point where it just isn't charming.

As someone who has been an editorial intern NYC multiple times, the concept of a high school high-profile magazine
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perfect mood-lifter. It's been a while since I read a book in one sitting, and Harper's hilarious adventure just did that for me. We all need a New York crazy adventure stories once in a while. This isn't an "Omg, wow" book but more of a "no, shit, hahaha" kind of story which just is what I needed. I surely had fun. ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Carpe your effing diem!
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

Guys guys guys! *jumps up and down* You need this book!! Seriously, it's a must! It's so much fun! It was oh-so-enjoyable.

Harper sent in an application to be an intern at Shift magazine, but she kind of lied. You see, the position available was for the journalist to have dating experience—the good and the bad—so she could give advises to the readers. Sadly, Harper barely has any experience in this department so she gets in by lying. Movin
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was fun and entertaining overall, I just with the side characters had a bit more depth. Still, I had fun with it, it's a perfect beach read if you're looking for this kind of distracting, quick read :)

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May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES is everything you could want in a summer read and more. It’s clever and sweet and fun. It’s a little bit romantic. It’s totally hilarious. It will make you smile and laugh and cringe and sigh and snort. It’s addictive. It’s all too easy to devour in one sitting. It has an absolutely adorable main character, Harper Anderson, who you will love getting to know and want to both root for and chastise. It is filled with disastrous but laugh-out-loud funny dates, ...more
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Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greate ...more

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