Just finished reading Lauren Conrads new book. It's about a girl named Jane, who I imagine is the fictional version of Lauren, who moves to L.A. with her BFF Scarlett -- physically described to look like Audrina, but actually very brainy (HA HA). Anyways, Lauren... I mean, JANE (actual typing error, that I decided not to correct) moves to L.A. to work for high-profile event planner, Fiona Chen, who is a straight-up b&tch (perhaps a hybrid he-woman version of Lisa Love+Kelly Cutrone); and Scarlett starts attending her classes at U.S.C. -- both girls unassumingly living their lives and ready to take on all the excitement and challenges that L.A. has to offer. Then, while out clubbing at Les Deux they get scouted by a producer from PopTV who wants to film their everyday "boring" lives for a new reality-tv show!
The characters are way too simple/predictable: Jane twirling her hair on her finger when she's nervous, Scarlett being frustrated at how idiotic everyone is because we can't all be as smart as her, Fiona Chen the difficult boss lady who pretends to be nice to Jane in front of the cameras, Jesse the bad boy who has a repuation for being Hollywood's resident womanizer but wants to change his ways and be a one woman man, blah blah. You get the point.
Plot and characters aside, you can't help but wonder if that's how The Hills was actually filmed. Actually, the main reason I wanted to read the book was to get a "behind the scenes" process of what it's like the film a "REALITY" TV show. Pretty interesting. OVERALL, this novel stayed mainly on the surface, making it a really easy read. There were lots of parts that lend themselves to further development. I mean, it was no "Devil Wears Prada", but I'll likely go & read the rest of upcoming books in what is supposedly a 3-part series. Maybe even watch the movie too just cuz (and consequently lose all my street cred, but whatev.)