Title: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Author: Laura Stampler
Genre: Contemporary fiction/romance
Synopsis: Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take? That’s why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper’s totally in.
There’s just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a lot of—or, really, any—dating expertise. In fact, she might have sort of stolen her best friend’s experiences as her own on her Shift application. But she can learn on the job…right?
From awkward run-ins with the cute neighborhood dog walker to terrifying encounters with her crazed editor, from Brooklyn gallery openings to weekends in the Hamptons, Harper finds out what it takes to make it in the Big City—and as the writer of her own destiny.
This is totally not something I’d normally read just on a whim. But a few days ago I was at a bookstore and they have this “recently acquired used books shelf”, and this was on it, totally brand new, hardcover…and eight dollars. AND it’s about a blogger, so I pounced. I may have startled the woman browsing one isle over, but I don’t care!
(It also may have been being I accidentally slammed my elbow into the corner of the shelf and yelped in pain, but whatever).
This novel starts out with Harper, the MC, getting a call that she has gotten an internship at a teen magazine. This is fantastic, but then she finds out she’s been hired as the dating blogger, because of the sample post she sent in when she applied.
The problem? The story wasn’t hers. Instead, she wrote one of her friend Katrina’s stories as if it had happened to her. And…she knows pretty much nothing about dating.
Harper was…an interesting MC. She was awkward and clumsy and prone to blurting out random stuff when she got nervous, but at the same time, she all but abandoned Katrina when she moved to New York, while she was profiting off of Katrina’s stories.
BUT! While poor Katrina was somewhat left in the dust, there were other awesome girl friendships! And they were never overshadowed by the romance, which I’m super glad about.
And Harper’s attempt to learn how to flirt were hysterical. The entire book was funny in a very dry way, because Harper is funny without intending to be funny. And the writing style? It was fantastic. Witty and clever and sharp, it never got boring, nor did it have any draggy bits.
But I think the funniest part about the books were the little things about current trends (there’s one scene where a character eats gluten free mac ‘n’ cheese from a new hot restaurant called BanBread).
The ending felt a bit rushed and unrealistic, but that’s really my only major complaint about this book. It’s a cute, fluffy, and a pretty perfect “I’m denying that summer is over” read.
In other news, Staples responded to one of my Tweets.
I’m finding it waaaaay funnier than I should.