Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

July 14, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 9 Comments

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

*squeals* Welcome to my tour stop!! I’ve been so excited for this book and now I finally get to share with you my thoughts! They may get jumbled so read at your own risk 😉 Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway at the end of the post to win a hardcover of this gorgeous book!

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies | Blog Tour ARC Review + GiveawayLittle Black Dresses, Little White Lies
by Laura Stampler
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 19th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Guys guys guys! *jumps up and down* You need this book!! Seriously, it’s a must! It’s so much fun! It was oh-so-enjoyable.

Harper sent in an application to be an intern at Shift magazine, but she kind of lied. You see, the position available was for the journalist to have dating experience—the good and the bad—so she could give advises to the readers. Sadly, Harper barely has any experience in this department so she gets in by lying. Moving to New York and being an intern is Harper’s dream come true. In order to write great columns, she needs to experiment the dating aspects of life and so she embarks on a journey of dating, but in the process she learns about herself as well.

I was drawn to Harper’s personality from the get-go. I don’t know why, but I could see her as my friend, as a next door neighbor—basically, as someone real. When she moved to New York, I feared she was going to change drastically, and in a way she did, but in a positive way. I felt like being in NY lead her to discover who she really was and experience new things in her life. She got to make friends, she got to be independent for a while and see how that was like. She also had to really learn how much being responsible means, especially when being on her own.

Nothing came easy for Harper. I could feel her struggle and even relate to it when it came to coming up with blog posts. Sometimes, I get so blocked when writing a review and it’s really frustrating. Reading about Harper having the same difficulties made me realize that people who work at magazines go through the same struggle, and it’s possibly worse, since they also have to experiment things.

Even though Harper is a dating blogger, you’d think this book would focus a lot on guys. And while there are guys, especially one who has the spotlight, this story focus wasn’t Harper’s relationship. The focus was more on her experience at Shift magazine and her interactions with the other interns/friends. 

The supporting characters (and other stuff):

  • I loved that the story included the blogs that were being talked about and it works in the readers favor to get tips 😉
  • I also loved a few secondary characters like Aunt Vee, who’s not Harper’s blood-related aunt, but is Harper’s mom’s best friend. Aunt Vee and her fashion sense were great! Her personality was hilarious and her fashion advises had me writing down a few tips for myself.
  • And I cannot forget about Princess the pug. She’s a character all on her own and after reading this book, I WANT A PUG!!
  • There’s another character, Gigi, who’s an intern as Harper. I wasn’t so sure about her in the beginning since she didn’t take a liking to Harper, but their friendship blossomed and I just loved how great these two girls meshed.
  • Another thing I loved was the author’s writing. It was very eloquent! Not only that, I felt like I was in New York, walking through the streets, going to parties, and hanging out.

What didn’t work for me, but didn’t completely bother me:

The ending wasn’t entirely realistic. Harper did something she shouldn’t have done, and while she paid the consequences, she got a second chance. I feel like if the ending had been different, this would have been perfect for me. I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed. Aside from the ending, the rest of the story felt very realistic.

Overall

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is the perfect Young Adult story for readers who are looking for a story that has that chick-lit feel to it. It’s a fun, light, hilarious, quick-read that makes you feel good and empowered to go after what you want (just don’t lie to get there).

About Laura Stampler

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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  • This sounds awesome, Genesis. I love books like this about discovering who you are in a new city/country. I love everything NY, so I definitely want to check this one out. And the writing sounds terrific too.
    Lovely review, Gen! 🙂

    • Thank you! I haven’t been to NY since I was 8 years old. I can’t wait to go back!

  • Ah I want to read this one so bad! I am so glad you loved it. I love NYC and books set there. Also glad to see it is more than just about a relationship. Great review!!

    • You would enjoy this so much, Grace!

  • Great review! Ever since I saw your GR updates on this one when you were reading it, I have wanted to read it so bad! Sadly, I didn’t get an ARC but I’m still determined to read it! I love how you said it focuses on her self-discovery and working at the magazine!! ♥

    • Aww! Yes, it’s a great story. I really enjoyed it a lot 🙂

  • I’m really curious about this one! I hear good things and it sounds good. 😀

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