LA Candy by Lauren Conrad
Harper Collins Children's Books. ISBN 9780061905674.
(Age 15+) A disappointing novel, espousing all that older Australian parents abhor in the American style. Jane, from a small town American city, comes to LA with her more stable friend Scarlett (who thinks a quick night of fun is okay) to find excitement and love. The book follows many American TV themes. It's so disappointing to read of flaky young people who seem intent on having a good time regardless of anything and who think that finding a boyfriend is the ultimate success. Jane appears innocent about the people who frequent her world. I just hope young people in Australia look a little more carefully at potentially unhappy outcomes. Why write about situations to be avoided? Young people may find the book similar to their dreams, but it's potentially a very sad scene.