Title: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Author: Laura Stampler
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: July 19th, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Confession time, I’ve always wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw. Okay maybe less disastrous in my love life—but in the sense of wanting to take the city by storm and have a kick ass writing career. It’s because of that reason that I fall sucker to stories like these.
Harper has gotten offered a summer dating blogger position at the teen magazine—sure she wasn’t their first choice, and she has essentially zero dating experience, besides a few less than memorable kisses, and she used her best friend’s personal and disastrous story for her submission. No big deal right?
Dating in the big city should be easy, except for mansplainers, free-loaders, a totally not her type dog walker, and possibly her type hipster boy. Add in overly competitive interns, an “aunt” that acts way younger than her age, and an on-deadline magazine and the crazy begins.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is the perfect mix of Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. As someone with big city dreams, reading it felt like having stars in my eyes. The fashion, the fun, the hustle, the bustle, the drama; all of it is New York in a nutshell.
Harper was so relatable for me, I totally adored her. I feel like she’s a very modern and millennial—in a good way—girl. This whole book felt very millennial, and on trend with our currently culture. I loved the whole situation of her being not all that great at fashion and dating, but kind of faking it until you make it. It ends up leading to some very awkward and stick situations—that while were funny and outlandish—I could still totally see happening. But it also definitely led to her growing and gaining more confidence, the only downside is she did begin to lose herself and lose sight of what was important to her along the way.
I loved the blogger girl gang dynamic that builds the more time she spends at the magazine—you have the entertainment blogger, health and wellness blogger, and the fashion blogger, etc.—everyone’s personalities and passions really shine through, and like I said, a total millennial and industry feel. As a (magazine/digital) writer these girls felt familiar to me. But also it shows the competitive atmosphere, where like you are friends but you are all still trying to be better than each other for the job.
I’m going to try to keep spoiler free about the boys, although it’s pretty implied in the description, but anyway, I liked Ben. I feel like he’s your typical kind of goofy but still good looking jock, that appeals to me, kind of in the Peter K way. And I love that he loves dogs. But I definitely wanted to see more of him and get to know him better, he becomes Harper’s closest friend in the city and I don’t feel the depth in that relationship like I want to.
Then there’s Carter. He bothered me. He is such a hipster wanna-be pretentious boy. Again another archetype of our culture nowadays (I feel like I’m a grandma saying like ‘kids nowadays’). But X is so blind to it, which I guess we all are sometimes with guys with think we like.
Well that’s all she wrote, but really, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is the perfect book for any girl that’s a New York-dreamer. It’s like watching city-set romantic comedy, and truly oozes the experience. You can find Dresses, Little White Lies on Amazon and the author here.