Fans of Lauren Conrad'sL.A. Candyseries will love this YA novel by internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler, which offers a scintillating glimpse into the glitzy L.A. social sceneWhen Sophia and Ava London moved to Los Angeles to further their makeup and fashion line, London Calling, they expected to meet super stars, not become them. However, when their little business becomes a big deal with the help of an ever growing internet fan base, the sisters enter into the exclusive life of fabulous parties, air kisses, and scores of hot guys. Faster than you can say ""Now get out Mac brush #13 and blend,"" they have tie in deals with international jewelry companies, major clothing retailers, and one of their biggest dreams an offer from Lux Life makeup for their own London Calling line. But fame has a price, and when the sisters are betrayed by someone they trust, they find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could ruin everything they've worked for and send all their dreams crashing down.This
Gr 6-9-The Fowlers of YouTube's AllThatGlitters21 and juicystar07 have written their first novel, a seemingly fictionalized account of their own lives. Sisters Sophia and Ava London, young and beautiful, are Internet sensations due to their video blog makeup tips. In short order they meet a movie star, win the prestigious Best Webstars of the Year, and are offered their own cosmetic line, London Calling. Sophia, the serious older sister, is recovering from a bad break-up and goes on a hiatus from dating, aka a "boytox," until she finds two very different men attractive: Hunter, who appears too good to be true, and Giovanni, an artist/bartender. Ava, the impulsive younger sister, is torn between Liam Carlson, a movie star, and Dalton, a mysterious animal-shelter volunteer. In the sisters' alternating narratives, readers see the romantic entanglements and sibling misunderstandings that threaten their relationship and new business. Ultimately all is resolved, and the girls seem headed for a happy ending until they are arrested at a benefit they are throwing. The mystery involving their arrest is forced and poorly set up and the epilogue is even more baffling. The book makes a serious attempt to explore relationships between sisters, but the emphasis on clothes, parties, and makeup detracts from this effort and gives the book an air of frivolity.-Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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St. Martin's Griffin
September 04, 2012
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