Parents' Guide to

L.A. Candy

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Not as bad as you might expect from a reality TV star.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Excellent, well-written read for 6th grade and up

L.A. Candy is a well-written guilty pleasure novel that is an enjoyable and entertaining read for 6th grade and up. I definitely allow my 11-year-old sixth-grader to read this. Kids will enjoy the fun details of the wealthy and privileged. Your children should be smart enough to realize that this is guilty pleasure fiction and should not be taken seriously. A+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

first page

i only read the first page in a bookstore and i loved it. i will definatly buy it and read the whole thing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (10):

The draw here -- as the book jacket with the author's name twice as big as the title suggests -- is author Lauren Conrad's fame as a star of MTV's reality show The Hills. The entire back cover is a photo of her looking like a model. The book, "loosely inspired by her own experience," highlights the staging of "reality" shots but doesn't dish much insider gossip.

Conrad falls into common new author traps (telling rather than showing, lack of character motivation, caricatured secondary characters), but she's not bad with dialogue. Readers will trust her authenticity in portraying the lives of young adults testing their new independence.

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