The Bling Ring (Nancy Jo Sales)

Rating: 1 Star

The very statistical analysis of a group of teenagers that burglarized some very famous celebrity houses (including Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson – among others), did very little to conceal their identity, bragged about to friends and on social media, and still managed to get away with their crimes for almost a year and a half.

I have to take responsibility for at least some of the bad review. I thought I was picking up the novel version of the movie (starring Emma Watson) that was made about this group of teenagers, when in actuality what it turns out I’d picked up was a much longer version of the transcript that Sales had previously published in Vanity Fair (I believe), when the group was first caught. She also added a ton of (most uninteresting) statistics about American youth, pop culture, and the world’s need to be constantly validated through social media, as well as everyone’s obsession with fame. Mind you, some of the information presented was legitimately interesting and valid (as I do agree that social media has created a new type of “famous” and that now, more than ever, we are becoming obsessed with being famous.

That being said, it seemed like most of the information (as well as the recount of the transcripts) were pretty much used over and over again until a full length book novel had been achieved.

And possibly my number one most likely reason to give a novel a low rating: horrible editing. Which is particularly unfortunate since the author was a journalist.

Anyway, it wasn’t what I was expecting and had I realized that before starting it, I wouldn’t have purchased it. If you’re very interested in highly statistical novels then this one’s your girl, though!

Bear model. Did not care for this book.

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are simply my own honest ones and I have not been asked to write this review. Not everyone may agree with my thoughts and that’s okay! I hope you enjoy reading about mine.

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