Review : The Fame Game, Lauren Conrad

Which one of us never dreamed of being a celebrity? Under the spotlight, even just for a day, to see what that does to us, and to our lives? You all know -and if you didn’t, well you do now-, that I really enjoy having a little insight on celebrities’ lives. Behind the curtain. What really happens? The Fame Game gives us some answers. Despite its lack of character development, this light beach read is still very distracting.

In Hollywood, everyone should get their turn under the spotlight…especially Madison Parker. The former co-star of an Hollywood reality show, L.A Candy,  will stop at nothing to get her time on camera. When she gets offered a spot on The Fame Game, she thinks it’s finally her time to shine. A reality show about making it big in Hollywood? Why not. Sharing this with three other girls? How about, no?! Between Carmen, daughter of celebrities, Katie, the musician, and Gaby, one of her friends, Madison will have to struggle to shine brighter than anyone else… even when producers are sending in all the drama they can imagine, and messing up their lives on the way. For anyone loving a little insight on the celebrities world, this is definitely a book you should pick up. Right from the synopsis, you know it’s going to be all about drama, girls fights, backstabbing and everything that goes with it. Add a little spicy touch with all the cameras and set-ups, and you’re good to go. In this kind of story, you can’t expect very much from the plot, the world building, nor can you take time to figure out all the strings of the mysterious intrigue. The Fame Game is a light contemporary read, even perfect for the beach, because it allows you to let your mind wander to little dramas and get away from your everyday life without so much trouble. Despite the lack of complications, I can say that I really enjoyed reading this story.

Told in three different point of views (Madison, Carmen, Katy), The Fame Game attempts to makes us discover three completely different characters from the inside. Each chapter gets its own character, and its own story. If this was interesting to follow, because yes, Carmen, Madison and Katy were nothing like each other, at all, each of them would have needed a little more back stories. We understand where they are from, where they want to go, and what they do about it. We get those three main axes to start off with the story, but that’s it. I was craving for more. Details, flashbacks of their lives before, after…anything would have made me feel a little closer to those characters and their stories. And feeling closer to them, means getting attached. I’m a little disappointed to say that I didn’t get that attached to any of the characters in this story. Carmen, Madison, Katy…the three of them have their qualities and faults (some have more faults than others…Madison, I’m sorry to say that there are times when I couldn’t bare you!). They all have potential. I wanted to get to know them better.

With The Fame Game, Lauren Conrad knows what she’s talking about. Her writing isn’t filled with metaphors or artistic prose, it’s simple and quick to read. The plotting, scheming, the drama, secrecy… everything is as I could imagine is happening in this Hollywood world, and I was really glad to read about it, and to feel like an insider, as they say. Despite its predictability, and some annoying characters, The Fame Game is perfect if you’re looking for a light beach read.

Did you read The Fame Game? What did you think about it? If not, are you planning to read it? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments!

Lauren Conrad, The Fame Game,  Published by Harper Teen, March 1st 2012.


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.

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4 thoughts on “Review : The Fame Game, Lauren Conrad

  1. I always see this book when I go to bookstores or the library but I’ve never gone so far as to pick it up.

    I’m a little intrigued after your review, but I feel like I have to make sure I am in the right mood to read this or else it will be a pretty quick DNF!

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    1. I understand, I think you have to be in the right mood to enjoy this read. It’s light, and even if it doesn’t hold many surprises, it’s still an entertaining read if you’re looking to relax. It’d be pretty easy to DNF if you’re not in that right mood! 🙂
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 😀

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