Lauren Conrad’s debut novel, “L.A. Candy,” will hit shelves in June. The plot revolves around a girl named Jane Roberts who moves to Hollywood and eventually gets her own reality show, which bears the same name as the book. Teen Vogue, Conrad’s former place of employment, has published an excerpt of it.
“Some of the characters may symbolize people in my life,” Conrad said. “But it is in no way calling anyone out.”
In the excerpt, readers see Jane working at an events company for a woman named Fiona, where she is being followed by the TV crew for the show. “She’d spent most of the morning running errands for Fiona,” the excerpt reads. “They had intercepted her in the parking lot, miked her, and filmed her getting out of her car and walking to the lobby of the building. Five times. …
” ’Hi, Jane. Fiona wants to see you in her office right away,’ [Naomi] whispered. Jane felt her blood freeze. Fiona never called Jane into her office unless she was in trouble. … Jane’s jaw dropped. Was she serious? Fiona was offering her … a promotion?”
In addition to showing Jane’s work life and her life as a reality-TV star, the excerpt also shows a little bit of Jane’s romantic life.
“Paolo smiled at her. He had the cutest smile. ’Hey, this may be a little forward, but … could I call you sometime? Maybe we could go out for coffee or something?’ … Jane was taken aback by his boldness. They had met all of 60 seconds ago. Still, he did kinda look like a young Brad Pitt. Besides, when was the last time she’d been on a date? … Jane blinked. Oh, yeah. The cameras were still rolling. Paolo was being filmed. But he didn’t seem fazed by it.”
When MTV News caught up with Conrad last fall to talk about the book, she shared that although she’s been working hard on it, she’s aware of the expectations for it. “I think because I have a reality show, they have low expectations,” she said. “These aren’t meant to be very serious books. They’re very fun. They’re a light read, so hopefully people will just enjoy them.”