- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (July 18 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481459902
- ISBN-13: 978-1481459907
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
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Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies Paperback – Jul 18 2017
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"Stampler flavors her writing with a nice ironic wit... for lovers of The Devil Wears Prada." (Kirkus Reviews)
"If you've ever been an intern or even just stressed about your future, you'll breeze right through this funny novel about a girl who lands an internship at a major teen magazine... A super entertaining read" (Seventeen)
"A sweet romantic comedy perfect for stowing in a beach bag." (Teen Vogue)
"Captivating and cringe-worthy, this book rarely affords the reader an excuse to put the exciting tale down" (Romantic Times)
"This book is like a glass of lemonade on a hot day: sweet, refreshing, and with just the right amount of zing. Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is more than a Little Bit Perfect." (Jessica Brody, bestselling author of A WEEK OF MONDAYS and BOYS OF SUMMER)
"Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is a fun romp of a read...This book will definitely work for the celebrity obsessed/internet driven teen set." (VOYA) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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.See all Product description
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Harper Anderson is Swift magazine's newest Teen Dating Expert. There's only one problem. Harper has never dated. Like, ever. She stole stories from her best friend's scandalous dating escapades to get the job. Now, she's going to have to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to meet guys, flirt, date kiss… and she's going to have to tell it all.
Little Black Dresses is the cutest book I've read in a long time. I seriously could not stop smiling as I read. Quirky, clever, and full of fresh ideas and Miss Stampler's quick wit - and cute boys… did I mention cute boys? - this is the perfect read, not only for the aspiring writer, but for anyone who knows what it's like to be single and utterly clueless.
For the record, yes, that would be me.
One thing I really appreciated is that there is a lot of actual discussion in this book about how mean people can be online without it feeling forced. Everything about the Shift world feels genuine, from McKayla yelling at everyone about "clickiness" to the different outfits coming into the Bosh building on the elevator ("you must be going to Shift or Iconic"). And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the best character in this book: the pug! PRINCESS FOREVER
Harper is a sympathetic protagonist who becomes a symbol for all of our insecurities about our own high school years. She is a fresh character who is flawed in the best ways. The language is fun and pithy, and the references are all spot on. The dialogue feels authentic to the girls working for Shift, a fictional online magazine geared toward teens, and the awkwardness between the girls and guys feels so true to adolescent love. The conflict between Harper's new life and the one she left behind in California is gracefully explored and nurtured. As YA book, I find the portrayal of teenage guys to be spot on. Harper's dating life in the city forces her to learn many harsh lessons with dealing with guys and relationships.
Laura also effective introduces the world of internet bullying in an organic manner, along with utilizing texting, snapchap, and instagram as a means for the characters to communicate.
The only question I'm left with, is what is Laura going to write next!
Stampler gives her book a winning teen narrator in Harper, who is smart enough to assess the world she's entering, but not smart enough to navigate it without causing some wreckage on the way. The tone is witty and breezy, completely tuned in to today's teen culture and removed enough to say something meaningful about it.
One unexpected pleasure: the author clearly understands how the modern newsroom works. Harper and her friends struggle against the daily indignities of writing "clicky" articles, of fighting to stay on the leader board, of an editor's egotistical demands.
I would say it's the perfect summer, but it's now almost fall. So let's say it's the perfect fall read, too.
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