Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Book Review: Sugar and Spice

Have you ever wondered what's going on behind the camera during The Hills? Scrap that, have you ever wondered what's really going on in front of the camera? Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy series portrays this and more through the trials and tribulations of Jane Roberts and her friends/frenemies. This is the final in that trilogy, which picks up the story after the revelation that Jane's friend and co-star Madison was the one who leaked compromising photos of Jane to the press.

Sneer all you like at the concept of a celebrity author, but I've been stuck trying to read various long books for a while and I needed a break. I devoured this book about 100 pages at a time, and it was delicious. Overlook, if you can, the slight overuse of the characters' names and general annoyingness that the naivete of Jane Roberts brings, this story is fun. Something which I think is looked down on in the world of literature, but really - why read a book if it's more fun not to?

Overall, this has its flaws, but is a sweet, summery, dramatic romp through the streets of L.A. The ending is satisfactory and leaves the door open for a follow-up series for Madison, and the whole series reveals some interesting truths about reality TV, or should I say its lack of reality?

Read it if you like: The Hills, Gossip Girl (book or series), 90210 or if you just love L.A. and like to read things which name-drop its biggest attractions.

Marks out of 5: 3.9

4 comments:

throughtintedglass said...

I absolutely LOVE to read. I am a bookworm and can go on reading hours together. And yes, I love Gossip Girl too so this book automatically goes on my top priority reading list. Looking forward to more reviews...

Hollie douglas said...

Sounds good :D

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alisha said...

I love Lauren Conrad, I know I shouldn't because she is a self made unnecessary celebrity, but I can't help it! I really want to read her book too, so i'm glad you gave it a good review, as I might go and check it out.

Sofi Stellar said...

I've never watched the hills, but I do love Gossip Girl, so I wonder if I would like this!