Everyday girls find their lives are everyone else's business when
they're picked to star in a Sex and the City - style reality show.
Too-cool-for-school Scarlett and plain Jane have just moved to Los
Angeles, where Scarlett will start as a freshman at USC and Jane
will work for a demanding high-profile event planner. At a club,
they're discovered by reality TV producer Trent Lord. As the show
begins production and publicity, Jane is cast in the role of
narrator and protagonist, much to the dismay of her pampered,
two-faced castmate, Madison. The Hills "reality" show star Conrad
uses an omniscient point of view to get inside the thoughts of
major Hollywood players and the stars they shape. Despite an
up-close view of their thoughts, all the characters except Jane are
regrettably flat. Scarlett is smart and sarcastic, but those are
her only defining personality traits. With little conflict until
near the end of the book, there is not much here to keep readers
interested unless they are fascinated by the minutiae of clothes
and the hottest L.A. clubs. Completely unremarkable, with an
unresolved ending. (Fiction. 14 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
In this flawed but fun novel, 19-year-old Jane Roberts, new to Los
Angeles, and her best friend Scarlett are discovered by a producer
who wants to cast them in a reality version of "Sex and the City".
Jane (who is, in the producers eyes, fresh, innocent, vulnerable.
"Perfect") and Scarlett (a gorgeous brainiac) jump at the chance to
star in "L.A. Candy", alongside two other girls: spoiled, rich
heiress Madison and loveable ditz Gaby. Immediately famous, they
enjoy new apartments, designer clothes and easy access to L.A. hot
spots. Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of a
reality show, including how supposedly spontaneous scenes are set
up and shot and reshot, presumably inspired by debut author Conrads
own experiences on "The Hills". Jane, who no longer thought about
an outfit as being complete without a mike under her clothes, taped
to her skin, predictably becomes the breakout star of the show and
learns the high price of fame. The climactic cliffhanger ending and
lack of resolution hurt the books ability to stand on its own, but
this guilty pleasure should leave readers eager for more. Ages
14up. "(June)" Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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