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The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World Paperback – May 21 2013

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (May 21 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062245538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062245533
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'For a satire on America's modern day celebrity culture, The Bling Ring is hard to beat.' The Guardian 'With its depth of insight into extremes of shallowness, and its human scale, reads like a minor classic of our times.' The Observer 'Jaw-dropping' **** Star --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The true story that inspired the Sofia Coppola film

Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson: robbed. More than $3 million in stolen clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags reported missing. Who is behind one of the most brazen string of crimes in recent Hollywood history? Meet the Bling Ring: a band of club-hopping teenagers from the Valley with everything to lose.

Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A "perfect" crime— celebrities already had so much, why shouldn't the Bling Ring take their share?

As the unprecedented case unfolded in the news, the world asked: How did our obsession with celebrities get so out of hand? Why would a group of teens who already had so much, take such a risk?

Acclaimed Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: they did it because each stolen T-shirt or watch brought them closer to living the Hollywood dream . . . and because it was terrifyingly easy. For the Bling Ring the motivation was something deeper than money—they were compelled by a compulsion to be famous. Gaining unprecedented access to the group of teens, Sales traces the crimes minute by minute and details the key players' stories in a shocking look at the seedy, and troubling, world of the real young Hollywood.

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This was a good light read, but I found it confusing at times with all the players in the game. The best part of the book was the explanation as to how our society led these teenagers to do what they did.
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This book talks about fame, teenagers, and society in as many ways possible.
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HASH(0xa680dd44) out of 5 stars Rather straight forward, but perhaps a bit dense. May 22 2013
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I pre-ordered this book as, like the other reviewer, I've been fascinated by this case for a while. I, too, watched the Lifetime movie, read the Nancy Jo Sales article in "Vanity Fair," and watched "Pretty Wild" (the reality series focusing on one, possibly two, members of the "Bling Ring") in addition to having followed news of Sofia Coppola's upcoming film very closely. I read this book yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Several things are taken from the Vanity Fair article, making this feel at times like an elaboration on such, which is what I had expected upon seeing this book was being released.

In the book, there are additional facts from police reports and references to things discovered by TMZ. Unfortunately, that means there is not a lot that's new here for people who followed this case as closely as I have. That said, the interviews with some of the members are worth the price of the book, in addition to a few things second-in-command Nick Prugo told to police about the involvement of other individuals not charged with any crimes that I had not read elsewhere, such as the possible involvement of "Pretty Wild" star Tess Taylor.

The only caution I have to give in regards to this book is that Sales spends a fair amount of time referencing sociological studies about fame & going on small tangents comparing mastermind Rachel Lee & Prugo to people like Bonnie & Clyde, using historical evidence to support her thought process. This could be a bit dense for some readers, who might expect more sensationalism from such a tabloid-friendly case. It's worthy information and it certainly helps with context, but it does make the book a bit deeper than the case appears to be from a cursory look.
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HASH(0xa680df90) out of 5 stars Good not Great June 13 2013
By MK - Published on
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Extended version of the author's interesting article for Vanity Fair. Book is less successful when the author tries to give deeper meaning to the specifics of this story. Although I have no doubt they exist, the author's attempts to explain them come off as contrived and reaching. Nevertheless an interesting quick read.
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HASH(0xa680f1ec) out of 5 stars It stinks Jan. 18 2014
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I heard about this book when it was the question to a Jeopardy! answer. I thought it sounded interesting. It isn't. It's a magazine article extended to book length with slapdash and boring references to pop psychology and sociology. The author comes off as being as vapid as her subjects. Don't waste your time and money.
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HASH(0xa680f390) out of 5 stars Close To Home Sept. 13 2013
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It was my turn to select a book for our book club to read/discuss. I chose Nancy Jo Sales's book "Bling Ring" because it hit close to home--literally. The criminal teens lived in surrounding neighborhoods and attended local schools. Initially, that is what drew me to the book. However, the way Nancy Jo wrote it helped us understand that this was not just a story about a few local teens gone bad. She connected the dots to illustrate her point that these kids are somewhat a product of a families gone bad and society gone bad. I don't think Nancy Jo excuses the teens from their actions by doing so, but she helps us to understand the role that dysfunctional families, drugs, reality TV, social media, and the music of the period played in the lives of the teens during that time. By writing the book in that way, Nancy Jo prompts us to think about what we can and should do, as parents and as members of society, to help our children and others avoid pitfalls that exist.

I hope Sofia Coppola is right about this just being a bad period of time that will soon be behind us. I appreciate Nancy Jo's efforts to help make that happen by writing this book in the way she did. It was not only entertaining, but came with a message. The book club members loved the book and the discussion it prompted.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa680f75c) out of 5 stars Fascinating, Engrossing, Intelligent July 6 2013
By Indica Wilde - Published on
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I couldn't put this book down and was fascinated by the author's ideas about our starstruck, reality show culture. My only complaint is that sometimes the author's judgmental tone didn't seem warranted to me. For example, she bemoans the facts that Victoria's Secret sells a line underwear that children sometimes wear (really!?), and that a 20 year old girl might teach a pole dancing class (gasp!). Also, all of the "youth, and Los Angeles in general, are so embarrassingly fame-obsessed" talk seemed a little hypocritical coming from a Vanity Fair staff writer who opened the book by talking (bragging?) about how chatty and chummy she's been with Sofia Coppola lately. All that being said - totally engrossing and fascinating! I recommend it.