Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
By Laura Stampler
Genre: Chick Lit, YA
The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . . .
Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born 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?
Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.
There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job…right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?
Harper Anderson is Carrie Bradshaw for a new generation, and debut novelist Stampler writes from experience – she has been writing about dating in the Big Apple for years, most recently as a reporter for Time, where she wrote about the intersection of technology and culture, covering everything from apps to her Tinder mishaps. Inspired by Stampler’s first-hand experience not only on the dating scene, but also in the glamorous (and sometimes not-so-glamorous) world of New York City media, LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES is the perfect accessory for every girl’s summer beach bag.
Harper Anderson is a writer for her high school newspaper who decides to apply for a summer internship in New York for a fashion magazine. She doesn’t have much experience with dating (do spin the bottle games and a horrific prom experience count?) and is applying to be the arts writer, but gets invited to be the dating writer. She probably shouldn’t have stolen her more worldly best friend’s story for her application, but Harper is determined to cram in some dates so she has something to write about.
Harper lives with a very interesting character in New York and struggles to make friends with the other interns. Luckily, she has a friend in dog walker Ben and starts becoming more lucky in love. Can she keep the charade up forever?
I loved that this book was set in New York and really enjoyed reading about Harper as a “fish out of water.” There were a lot of interesting characters- from flashy Aunt Vee to extremely ambitious Makayla. This was almost a coming of age story with Harper making some mistakes and finding out who she really is. There was a lot of character development. This book had a lot of funny parts, like when Harper gets a fake ID and is furiously trying to memorize all the details about her “character” and the other girls are acting like she’s crazy. I must say that her intermittent blog posts throughout the book were also a really fun addition to the story. I have some friends who would love to play online dating bingo!
Overall, this is a really fun read for young adults. I would recommend it for older teens, since some of Harper’s escapades are too adult for pre-teens to be reading about (in my opinion). Fans of young adult chick lit will love it!