30 books finished in 2013: The Bling Ring

30 books finished in 2013

Why are you reading this book?
I thought it would be a fascinating beach read!

What is the first line?
In 2007, Paris Hilton bought a house in the Mulholland Estates, a gated community in what is technically Sherman Oaks, California.

Describe the book in haiku form:
a sordid tale of
celebrity obsession
gone a bit too far

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
x keep and loan out to friends x
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away

Anything else you’d like to say?
This book started with an article in Vanity Fair, and grew into a thorough train-wreck of a story. The facts make it a train-wreck, not the writing – it’s very engaging and well-paced. In the introduction, Sofia Coppola sits down with Nancy Jo Sales (the movie and book were created at the same time, and they seem to have respect for each other, while telling slightly varied stories from the same source material) to talk about what drew her to this story.

“To me it’s the whole idea of the narcissism and the reality TV and the social media obsession of kids of this generation,” she said, “and the entitlement – that they,” the Bling Ring kids,” thought it was O.K. to just go into these homes and take whatever they wanted. I think all these themes are in this story and this was what I was connecting to without being aware of it as first. I think it’s about what our culture is all about right now – it’s just so different from when I was growing up…”

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