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L.A. Candy

(L.A. Candy #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  25,547 ratings  ·  2,166 reviews
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 seri
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2009)
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Apr 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was ok
"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 rated it did not like it
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 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was ok
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
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
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Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 rated it liked it
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
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“Love...who needed love? As long as she had her books and her friends and an occasional hookup, she was perfectly content.

Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Okay so it has been six-ish days since I read this book.. and I'm honestly kind of confused why I gave this book 3 stars.. but I'm also super lazy and my brain is fried right now.

L.A. Candy was kind of meh. Now I know about Lauren Conrad because my sister was obsessed with those crappy reality tv type shows. Anything on MTV was basically crack to her and being the younger sister that I am.. I saw through it with her. Of course I was reading a book or two then.. but sitting through it and trying
Tylah Marie
A very easy read. It’s everything you expect and it’s been done probably hundreds of times before but it was enjoyable. It ended in a way that I want to read the rest of the stories just to find out what happens next!

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
Adele Goetz
Jul 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jan 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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. ...more
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When nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts is cast in a new reality show, she discovers that the fame and fortune of her new life come at a high price to herself and her friendships.

I'm a huge Lauren Conrad fan, so this book is just right for me, I LOVE anything with LC's name on it!

I felt as if Lauren wrote her own biography, but if you watched The Hills, you will be surprised to see that Jane is more like Heidi then Lauren, Baby face, wants to organize parties and events, and her BFF is so much hotte
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
i'm only a little ashamed.. ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up

I know almost nothing about Lauren Conrad other than she was on Laguna Beach and The Hills. From reviews I've read, this is basically her story of coming to L.A. and getting discovered for a tv show. It does seem pretty dramatic, even the behind the scenes parts and I can see it being an MTV show.

Jane is so naïve throughout the book and it's a bit much. It makes sense that she wouldn't know how a reality show works and be surprised when they embellished things, but she's tol
Jun 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't like chicklits at all, but since i've been in such a reading slump, I thought maybe a light, fluffy, no-need-to-think book was the way to get out of it.
I was wrong.

How these girls talked to each other made me think of a stereotype all-American mean girl. Especially the amount of times they use the word 'like' in a sentence.

I can see this is a book that (teenage) girls will enjoy if they are into YA and chicklits
But if you're like me, and don't enjoy that genre, don't think this time w
Jess Brown
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it
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
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 6hr and 50mins
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: Eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 6
Plot: 7
Characters: 7
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 6
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Eh, listening to Lauren's bitchy voice.
Worst Part: Naive people.
Thoughts Had: She sounds bored; i'm bored; How naive!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh

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