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Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

352p. ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481459891.
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Gr 10 Up—Harper Anderson isn't looking forward to spending the summer making smoothies and going to boring backyard parties, so when she receives the call from the editor of a popular teen magazine offering her a summer internship as the magazine's dating blogger, Harper says yes, and she's on a plane to New York City 48 hours later. However, Harper forgot one tiny detail in her application—she knows nothing about dating. The protagonist is quickly thrown into the high fashion, calorie counting, and glamorous world of magazine publishing in the digital age. Under the watchful eye of her editor McKayla (who would give Miranda Priestly a run for her money), Harper writes whatever it takes to get the most clicks on the magazine's website. The teen has it all under control…until she doesn't. Debut author Stampler shows she knows her stuff in this first work that can be described only as The Devil Wears Prada for the teen set. She accurately depicts the glitz and glam of New York City while seamlessly creating a fun story where consequences are real and there is no such thing as perfection. Full of pop culture references, well-known landmarks, fleshed-out characters, and multiple well-crafted plotlines, this novel will be devoured by teens.
VERDICT A great addition for collections where contemporary teen fiction is popular.

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