Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies - Laura Stampler

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Laura Stampler
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to Simon Pulse for the eARC I received via NetGalley!

When Harper gets the chance of a lifetime to intern at Shift magazine in New York City for the summer, she couldn't be more excited; however, there's a catch: she's going to be the dating expert. This wouldn't be a problem if Harper actually knew something about dating, but she doesn't - that was always more of her best friend Christina's expertise. But now, Harper is off to the city to fake her way through this internship.

Harper is a shy girl who has never really stood out, but now, thrown completely out of her comfort zone, Harper has to try to find the confidence to show how extraordinary she really is. Fortunately for Harper, being in a new city surrounded by new people allows her to reinvent herself with the help of "Aunt" Vee, her mother's college roommate with whom she's staying for the summer. Aunt Vee helps Harper learn what's what when it comes to fashion so she can survive at Shift. Aunt Vee also has an overweight pug named Princess, who is the main reason Harper connects with her first friend in New York.

Ben is the boy who walks Princess in an attempt to get her into shape for the pug prom at the end of the summer. Harper and Ben almost immediately hit it off and his friendship is invaluable in helping her figure out what she's doing while Christina's busy working back home.

At Shift, Harper doesn't get along well with the other interns at first, but she gradually becomes very close with them, helping her with her dating conquests. Harper is finally starting to find her place after always feeling like a misfit.

I really enjoyed all the characters of Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies - there were so many different personalities in play, but something about all of them made sense for the city and their internships at Shift. Even their boss was amusing, always coming through with a Miranda-Priestly-esque critique.

The entirety of Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies was a fun ride. There was never a dull moment, sticking with the fast pace of New York City. It reminded me a lot of the TV shows Jane by Design and The Carrie Diaries, which I absolutely loved. It was such an adorable coming of age story!

If you're looking for a fun, quick read this summer, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is a great choice. I loved reading Harper's blog posts and going along with her on her crazy adventures. This book is full of great humor and sweet moments. I highly recommend this incredible debut, and I can't wait to read more from Laura Stampler!

- Kiersten

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