Review: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

Laura Stampler - Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Expected publication: July 19, 2016 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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Rating: 4/5

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.

This book is #goals.

Harper Anderson is tired of living a basic life. So when she's fortunate enough to land the dream internship, working for Shift Magazine as their resident dating blogger, there's only one problem. She has absolutely zero dating experience.

Harper's parents let her move to New York for the summer to stay with a fashionable family-friend and her overweight pug, Princess. Thus, she meets a residential dog-walker and Princess's weight-loss coach, Ben. They don't exactly hit it off until later.

In lieu of formulating her own dating experience, Harper picks tips from her best friend, Kristina, who is more promiscuous. Though Harper has enjoyed the occasional makeout, she has never gone any further while her best friend, Kristina, has partaken in something more.

I enjoyed a lot of this book. The blog posts, the other Shift Girls (especially Gigi!), the food, Princess the Pug. Carter, at first. I didn't like Ben. He was too open to the object of cheating. And as fun as it was to have Harper as the MC, she was a horrible friend. As soon as she moved to New York, she was like: "bish bye" to Kristina. But when it came to the blog, she basically profited off the poor girl. And whenever she needed to rant over something, Kristina was immediately around to listen. She only apologized when everyone begun ditching her.

I was going to consider this unrealistic fiction, but according to Lauren Weisberger, this is a thing. There are also routine binge-sessions of Gossip Girl. I mean, obviously, I loved this.