The Fame Game

The Fame GameTitle: The Fame Game
Author: Lauren Conrad
Series: Fame Game #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: April 3, 2012
Pages: 313
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review
4 Stars


In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town—aspiring actress Carmen Price, the daughter of Hollywood royalty—and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game... When the camera's start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?

Filled with characters both familiar and new, Lauren Conrad's series about the highs and lows of being famous delivers Hollywood gossip and drama at every turn.

The Fame Game was just awesome. Lauren Conrad has grown tremendously as a writer, but still maintains that light-hearted, dramatic quality that keeps the pages turning quickly. The Fame Game is a spin-off series from Conrad’s  L.A.Candy series, so you will probably want to read the L.A Candy books before diving into this novel.

The Fame Game is another reality show that follows Madison and Gaby from L.A. Candy, as well as two new characters—Kate and Carmen. While Kate was my favorite character because she is so down to earth and a genuinely nice character, I have to admit that Madison has grown on me. Conrad adds much more depth to Madison’s character, and you can’t help but sympathize with her.

The best part of The Fame Game is that it feels original. While reading L.A. Candy, I was constantly trying to figure out who was who on “The Hills.” The Fame Game feels more like a work of Conrad’s imagination. Of course, I imagine that the knowledge of fame-hungry up-and-comers and reality television comes directly from Conrad’s own experiences.

As with all thrilling novels, The Fame Game ends on a cliff-hanger that will have you rushing out to buy Starstruck, the next novel in the series (slated to be released November 2012). I know I can’t wait to find out what happens next—particularly for Madison and Kate. The Fame Game is the start of what is sure to be an amazing series!

One thought on “The Fame Game

  1. A. Knight says:

    I know this sounds so bad, but I didn’t know Conrad wrote actual YA books. I thought she just put together styling tips and whatnot.

    I like fun reads, and entertainment is great to lose yourself in, so maybe I’ll give this book a whirl at some point.

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