The final chapter of a story that mixes reality and fantasy…


Following the success of L.A. Candy and Sweet Little Lies, Lauren Conrad has returned with the final instalment of Hollywood juice in Sugar and Spice. The star of The Hills has created a stir with these novels; they seem painfully reminiscent of the tales that unfolded in her reality TV series but add extra dimensions and scandal to the stories we thought we knew so well.
Sugar and Spice continues to tell the tale of a group of girls that have found fame on a new reality TV show in L.A. The leading lady, Jane Roberts, appears to have been based on Lauren Conrad. Other characters, Scarlett, Gaby and Madison, could have been based upon lots of other starlets from the MTV reality show and so part of the fun of this novel is in attempting to work out which fictional storyline relates to which real life lady. The story resumes from the point at which Jane has discovered that the backstabbing Madison set up a tabloid scandal that almost ruined her career and explores the hardship that surrounds these bickering girls being contracted to work together still. With gossip, drama and an inability to decipher the true friends from the tinsel town snakes, Sugar and Spice is the perfect girlie indulgence and is easy to dip in and out of.
At a time when people are obsessed with celebrity culture and fascinated by the private lives of the rich and famous, Lauren’s novel is perfect. Not only is she able to hint at secrets from behind the scenes of her immensely popular reality show but she is also able to deny all knowledge of revealing such mysteries for she has concealed them in the words of a fictional book. This is an incredibly clever move for a girl who is notoriously diplomatic and careful of her words on The Hills. If you like the style of this almost confessional anecdote then I’m sure you’d like Nicole Richie’s almost autobiography The Truth about Diamonds.
Kindly observe the following checklist. Are you:
·         Female
·         A big gossip
·         The Hills addicted
·         Intrigued by the dog-eat-dog world that we live in
·         Partial to fashion and beauty
·         Generally one for reading something light for a few minutes before bed?
If any of these apply to you then Sugar and Spice is for you.
Lauren Conrad’s final L.A.Candy novel is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books and is yours with love from Lauren for £12.99.

Rosaleen Gallagher