LC’s book is pretty much what you’d expect: a story of a girl plucked from obscurity to reality-tv stardom and the friends and boyfriends along the way. What I didn’t expect was for the book to be so anti-celebrity culture. Sure, she gets glammed up and goes to the hottest clubs, but she’s totally uncomfortable in the spotlight. The Lauren character discovers everyone is a big old faker; gossip magazines are full of lies; friendships and romances go awry; the reality of these shows is revealed to be scripted.
It’s not a great book, or even a good book, but for this kind of YA fiction it totally stands up. And for a book written by someone who is only being published because she was on The Hills, it’s surprisingly honest and kinda depressing. Two thumbs up! (You can read an excerpt here.)