Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler
Published July 19, 2016 by Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover, Ebook
The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . .
Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born 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?
Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.
There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job...right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?
About the Author
Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.
All of My Thoughts
*This ARC was provided by Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
So here's the thing. The HBO classic Sex and the City is like my holy grail. And Devil Wears Prada is the kind of movie I never skip when I catch it on television. I can spend hours watching and rewatching them both. So when I read that this book was those two mushed together, well, it sounded like something I'd adore. Then it went and mentioned Gossip Girl in the first few pages and, holy balls, my little city-obsessed heart took a nose drive into an ocean of feels. Harper stands in front of the Met steps recalling a reel of Blair Waldorf scenes with fondness, and at that moment, I knew, we were infinite - I mean, identical. Because it's not like my life's desire is to be some hybrid fab-monster of equal parts Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf with an apartment overlooking the Park, or anything. (Patience, Kari. It's coming.)
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies (Little Black Dresses) strikes a great balance between cute summer read and coming of age story. Stampler's plot and pacing are so well done, I feel as though I'm reading a movie. Harper, a pratically dateless Californian, gets a call that sends her across the country for a once-in-a-lifetime internship in New York City as a dating blogger. Of course, she accepts the opportunity - it could change her life! And from that moment on, the story is such a fun ride of Harper finding herself as well as material on which to write said dating blog posts. The characters have a somewhat cliché quality for the subject matter I think -- the 'bitch boss', typical mean girl coworker, best friend who's far more outgoing and pushes her out of her comfort zone, and sweet unassuming guy -- but that didn't really hinder my enjoyment of the story. It fact, it kinda made me feel nostalgic. What I love most is how, in a way, the city is a character. As a native New Yorker, I really enjoyed seeing the city through a transplant's eyes. Yet, I still saw my New York, the city I walk out into everyday, not some caricature of it. Everything was mentioned with such astonishing accuracy. As Stampler is a New Yorker herself my surprise is unfounded, but I'm just so use to writers setting their stories here and making up the details entirely.
At times, the story rang a little too youthful, which I find very common in young adult written from the first person point of view. But then again, I'm a crappy reader in her twenties and have been binge reading sexy, stabby fantasy recently (compared to which anything reads young) so my view is a little skewed. Despite the moments of eye-rolling induced by the cynic in me who has somehow forgotten what it's like to be a teen, I know for certain that Little Black Dresses is exactly the sort of book I would've devoured and loved a handful of years ago. (And for the record, I did devour it. In one damn sitting. And not just because I wanted to review it.) So on that front, as a book written for young adults and a bit reminiscent of The Princess Diaries, it does it's job. It's punchy and fun and lightweight without floating away, ya know?
Getting to the Point
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