Synopsis (many thanks, Amazon):
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. Their own show? Yes, please!
Soon Jane is TV's hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara—free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres—and she's lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane's spotlight.
In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it's not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.
I'll be honest. I was a little wary to read this book. I'm not the biggest fan of reading books by celebrities- being a star doesn't mean you can write a great book. However, I'll admit I was pleasantly surprised with L.A Candy. While I do wish the novel went a little deeper than it did (the details were there- just in the wrong places), there was a good plot. I definitely consider this book a light read- I wouldn't consider myself engrossed in the novel enough to call it anything more. I will say, though, that this book could have gone deeper. There were definite relationship issues that were mentioned, but the details didn't go far- perhaps that's why there's a sequel. In all honesty I kind of felt like I was reading a behind-the-scenes novel version of The Hills. Being the tv-addict that I am, I didn't really mind that. I watched The Hills somewhat regularly in the past, so it was kind of fun trying to figure who the characters were based upon, and it also made me look at the show a little differently.
While this novel isn't what I would call a breakthrough, it is a nice, light, read that- if made into a series- I think could make a lot of fans. Given its potential and its bright spots, I feel comfortable with giving this novel: