Review: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler
Title: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Author: Laura Stampler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publish Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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.
Alright, so I read this book called Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies and just had to talk about it because I loved it so much.
Funny story: I thought I requested this book on Netgalley. It was a beautiful cover so I HAD to read it. Well, I guess I never pressed request because it never showed up on my list. Cause you can see if you got rejected, but I never got rejected or approved. (So I had to read it on my own.) I guess there is no funny part of this story except maybe I got rejected because maybe Netgalley changed but I really don't know. I just wanted to share that experience with you all.
The only reason I requested this book was based off of the cover. (You all should already know that I'm a Basic Book Blogger by now.) It's gorgeous. It's so very modern. The typography is to die for. Like from an aspiring designer, it's just perfect. I love everything about. Can we just take a minute and applaud the YA covers because lately, damn, they've been looking on point.
I got this book from my library and before I opened it, I read the synopsis (because no I hadn't read it yet). It sounded like something right up my alley. I knew I was going to love it.
First off, these characters were just the bomb diggity. Harper reminded me so much of myself. She's an aspiring journalist (same), she loves writing (same). Since she's a fictional character I can say this (otherwise it would be rude), but she's my spirit animal. I connected with her on such a personal level. We shared a lot of the same characteristics.
Ben was one of my favorites (which is really saying something). He's such a nice and genuine person. I loved how his character added more dogs into the book. (Dogs in books always make off for a fantastic read.) (Just sayin'.)
I loved everyone at Shift. I really feel as if I've gotten to know them. Everyone is just incredibly well-written and well thought of. They're all three dimensional. I know their personalities and they really came off of the page for me.
The plot is just incredible. It tells a story that never fails about a girl trying to find herself and her way around New York for the summer. Everything felt completely natural and nothing seemed forced. I loved the storyline. I couldn't get enough of it.
With the way that it ended, I feel as if there will be a second book. I certainly hope so. I've said this a lot lately because I've been reading so many good books but this was one of my favorites. I liked everything about it. It was like a flawless book. It had everything I hoped for and more. And as a blogger, I feel as if I've really learned some tips.
It wasn't awesome and jam-packed but there was still a little bit of adventure. Harper is going new places, trying new things, being fierce af. It's nice subtle adventure, I think.
Dude, please please PLEASE read this book especially if your looking for a nice little contemporary. It's empowering. Harper's finding her own voice and finding out who she really wants to be. This is a book about putting yourself out there and seeing what happens. I loved it. I couldn't find a fault with it if I tried.
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.
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