Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad

So here we go again with the third and final exciting installment of L.A. Candy which is Lauren Conrad's foray into fictional writing. The first book, L.A. Candy introduces us to Jane Roberts who has just moved to LA with her best friend, Scarlett Harp and ends up landing her own reality show called L.A. Candy. Pretty soon the girls are plastered all over the media as LA. Candy becomes one of the hottest shows on TV. The second title is called Sweet Little Lies and it shows Jane and Scarlett dealing with celebrity and the pressures of living their lives in a goldfish bowl. Jane is holding down a demanding job as an event planner while Scarlett is undertaking a degree at USC and this takes its toll and the two girls find themselves drifting apart. After a huge row with Scarlett, Jane moves in with L.A. Candy co-star Madison Parker but Jane is shocked to find out that Madison is not all she seems and has actually been selling stories about Jane's life to a gossip magazine in a bid to oust her from the show. Disgusted by Madison's scheming ways, Jane confronts her and moves out of her apartment. Sugar and Spice kicks off with Jane back living with Scarlett and the two friends are now closer than ever. Scarlett is embarking on her second year at college and is happy in her relationship with Liam despite the fact that they have to keep their romance under wraps. She has also decided to take a positive approach to the show and be more co-operative with the producers. Jane on the other hand is busy at work with lots of exciting projects to get stuck into but her love life is getting very complicated. Also there are more surprises in store as it turns out that Madison has a dark secret from her past which is set to impact all of the ladies on the show.

I read this book in two sittings which says a lot as my concentration has ruined thanks to Twitter and once again LC has pulled it out of the bag. This book is just as enjoyable as its predecessors and although it is not as eventful and as dramatic as the first two books it is nonetheless still captivating. I found Sugar and Spice very engrossing as it focuses on the mind set of all the characters, even Trevor who produces the show. We get to see how he systematically crafts each episodes and manipulates Jane into acting the way he wants. Also remember how I said in a review of Sweet Little Lies how I was beginning to find Scarlett more interesting? Well all her dirty washing comes out in this book and we get to see a more vulnerable side to her. Sugar and Spice is a really great read and exposes how 'reality' shows like The Hills and The City are constructed. These characters really seem real and you totally buy into it. I was quite sad when I put it down. It has been a good ride and the idea to create a three part series was ingenious and the branding of L.A. Candy is very cute. I have also just heard that there are plans for a spinoff series on Madison which should be very interesting.

Sugar and Spice is out now and available to buy from Amazon.

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