by Laura Stampler
To be published on July 12, 2016
by Simon Pulse
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My take: To me, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies felt very reminiscent of classic chick lit --normal girl lands an amazing internship at a Manhattan magazine, just happens to have a rich aunt who lives on Fifth Avenue and has a closet full of fabulous clothes and also a super-cute dog walker. (Seriously, why don't these things actually happen to normal girls?) Girl learns how superficial everyone in New York/the magazine industry is. She is shocked, SHOCKED to find out that Clickbait Rules the Internet. She then comes to appreciate her dull normal life. And, of course, finds love. Think Devil Wears Prada lite with a touch of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.
My favorite part of the book was by far the female friendships, which had their dicey moments (true to life!) but came through in the end. One the less positive side, I think this would have worked better with a twenty-something protagonist. The main character is a high school intern who's given major responsibilities at a major magazine. This might be realistic, but I remained skeptical. Even college grad Andy Sachs in TDWP had to fetch coffee and hang up coats when she started out.
Since I've read a TON of chick lit and watched a ton of chick flicks, this felt a little "been there, read that" for me. But that said, if you're a fan of those kinds of stories and are looking for a fluffy beach read, give this a go!