My rating: black4

Hello again, fellow bloggers! I’ve just read a really great book that I want to share with you all and it’s called Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies. It’s about a girl named Harper who becomes a summer intern for a teen magazine, only it’s not entirely on her own merit. Finding her personal experiences as boring and lacking the edge required for the application of summer intern, Harper uses the dating stories of her best friend, Kristina, and claims it as her own. Since she claims to be so experienced in dating, the magazine assigns her to be the dating blogger and teach people how to approach potential partners and all that… Something she has no experience in. Now, she has to figure out how to pass as a dating blogger before she gets caught.

So the story begins with our protagonist trying to compensate for something she doesn’t have- romantic experience. And the way she does this is so hilarious and delightful to read about. It’s like she’s following her dating advice at the same time as giving it, almost like a test subject. Harper herself is entertaining to read as a main character. A bit self-justifying, but that’s okay, since it’s offset by her immense guilt of lying to become an intern. She had a funny way of looking at the world and some serious writing chops, courtesy of the author! Even though she had no prior expertise in dating, I couldn’t wait to see what Harper would write, and I knew what she was going to write about. If that isn’t entertaining, I don’t know what is… As Harper starts to finally get used to New York and embracing a more confident side to her, she starts to succeed and it’s great to see! The only problem is that she gets a teensy (or a lot) overboard with pleasing people.

As for the plot, it was great! It was predictable in some ways, like the ending, but really engaging in others. Like when she’s exploring New York and learning funny concepts about the Upper East Side, like people giving their dogs bark mitzvahs… I also really liked how well Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies paired up with Gossip Girl, a show that was frequently mentioned by Harper and Kristina. In fact, I feel as if there are plenty of parallels between the show and the novel, so anyone who is a Gossip Girl fan would probably love reading this book! The only thing I didn’t like about the plot is the ending… not in its predictableness, but in the fact that it could have been expanded on a bit more. I felt as if a lot of the conclusion was oversimplified to enable a certain ending. Maybe if there were more pages in the book- not a lot but just under 10 pages- then the ending might have been as spectacular as the rest of the story.  😉

Well, that’s all I have to say about Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler. If you love The Devil Wears Prada or Gossip Girl, then this book is for you! Anyone who has a comment or question is more than welcome to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya