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From internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comes a scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene.Welcome to a place where dreams are made.  And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the LoFrom internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comes a scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene.Welcome to a place where dreams are made.  And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite.  Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor.  But as they’re about to discover, the life they’ve always dreamed of comes with a cost.Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal.  Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other....

Title : Beneath the Glitter
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ISBN : 9781250006189
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Beneath the Glitter Reviews

  • Teresa
    2019-03-12 02:34

    Warning: Harsh. Let me preface this review by saying that I don’t fit into Elle and Blair’s target demographic, and I don’t typically read chick lit. I’m a senior in college who watches Elle and Blair’s videos if I’m looking for some light, brainless entertainment. In terms of books, I read a lot of YA, but I tend to choose books with depth and a larger, overarching meaning. I think that YA can be done really well, and that a lot of good quality books can come out of the teen genre. I don’t think Beneath the Glitter is one of those books. Also, I’m really hard on this book because generally, Elle tends to read quality books. It disappoints me that she might think her book is on par with hits such as Harry Potter because it so clearly is not. On a technical level, this book has a lot of mistakes. I really wonder who their editor is, because they let a book go to print that was filled with basic sentence structure issues. Sentences are not supposed to be connected by “and’s”, and they are not supposed to be a paragraph long. I would bet money that neither Elle nor Blair has taken a creative writing class in their lives. And that’s disappointing, because who the hell gives a book deal to someone who doesn’t even deserve it? Ugh. This book also lacks a building plot. You know that arc of action that you learn about in creative writing classes? Yeah. This book completely disregards that. They jam the ~twist~ into the last few pages, and they don’t even explain it well, so you’re left with a “WTF just happened?” face. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised with Sophia’s character, after you got below the “I’m a perfect girl who has everything she’s ever wanted” superficiality. I liked that she didn’t trust boys (although it was annoying that every boy she made eye contact with thought she was gorgeous). Ava’s character was a little more annoying; she lacked common sense and didn’t seem self-aware. I mean, a celebrity she’s been in love with for years all of a sudden wants to date her, and she’s not suspicious AT ALL. I think this book will have a whole lot of appeal to Elle and Blair’s main fanbase: girls in middle- and high-school who are trying to escape from the reality of their mundane lives. Girls who are drawn towards older, prettier, more charismatic girls. Girls who are looking for idols. Girls who don’t know what quality literature is. I get that. I used to be like that. But I outgrew that phase of my life, and so this book doesn’t really appeal to me. I gave it a shot because I like Elle and Blair as entertainers, and I figured I had nothing to lose. Beneath the Glitter would work a lot better as a memoir than a novel. I feel like it’s a cop out to write about their own lives. I mean, really? You didn’t have any more imagination than to glitz up your current lives and sell them? It’s actually laughable how it’s supposedly “loosely based on their lives”, yet Sophia, the older sister, has a deaf white cat that she can’t choose a name for. Ava, the younger sister, is bubbly and tends to think in all caps. On their list of “LonDOs and LonDON’Ts” at the end of each chapter, there are mentions of, MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow, and Elle and Blair’s Cellairis cell phone line. At one point, Ava and Sophia promote a shaving cream line; if I remember correctly, Elle and Blair took part in a similar event in real life. My point is that if Elle and Blair are going to choose to write about real events, I don’t understand why they had to do it under the guise of fiction. This is probably the book snob in me speaking, but there are a lot more important and interesting stories that are out there, and it feels like Elle and Blair stole a book deal from a more deserving story. It’s like when you hear an auto-tuned song that is widely popular because of its catchiness, and then you compare it to an a capella, original arrangement of the same song. The former version just feels empty, compared to the real talent exhibited in the a capella version. That’s what reading Beneath the Glitter feels like; filling my brain with empty words and a meaningless story that, in all honesty, just doesn’t matter. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys matters. Delirium by Lauren Oliver matters. Hell, even Divergent or Harry Potter matter more than Beneath the Glitter does. So no, I don’t think this is quality literature. I think that it accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to provide vapid entertainment to a younger crowd that’s looking for older girls to look up to. It’s not a meaningful story. It doesn’t have character development, strong writing, or a complex plot. And I think that’s my issue; I take it personally when books are a waste of words. It’s totally fine for me to have two sisters making money off of YouTube videos, because it’s not like you can get a whole lot of depth from a ten minute video, anyway. But I hate it when people mess with books. I hate it when there are really shitty books out there that get published because they’re going to sell, while there are really GOOD books out there that aren’t getting published, because maybe there’s less demand for them. It makes me sad. Books are supposed to be about stories that demand to be told. And Elle and Blair’s story (or Ava and Sophia’s, since this is ~fiction~) just doesn’t need to be told. It’s nothing special. It gets depicted on E! all the time. It just doesn’t matter.

  • Amanda Leon
    2019-02-25 02:17

    What an original novel *eyeroll* It's basically their lives fictionalized. Nothing really irritates me more than that. If you don't have a original idea, don't write a book about yourself and what you wish your life to be or what seems "cute" and "fun." As much as I enjoy both Elle and Blair's channels, this is a stupid attempt at being authors and making money. They're not authors, just bored, oblivious 20 year olds.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-14 01:31

    This looks horrible. It sounds just like the characters and plotline are over-glamourized versions of what these two sisters want their lives to be.

  • Kelsey
    2019-03-11 02:08

    *yawn* this book is written ether by people who are mediocre writers or ghost writers...probably the second choice. This is just another person with a little fame that is trying to get money from teen boppers by making an unoriginal book loosely revolved around there "glamorous life". These LA styled books are completely unoriginal. I used to love these girls but now they are money hungry and they just want to make an easy book to make money off of young teens. Please parents be aware of what you want your kids to be influenced by. I am glad to be a hard worker and live my "unglamorous" life away from people that are only worried about being a "socialite" in a city. If you MUST read a book like this just go read lauren Conrad's book or I'm sure in your library you can read hundreds of books just like this for free.

  • Megan Pegasus
    2019-02-27 02:22

    Warning: Another Review Saying the Book Is AverageBack-Story: I went ahead and purchased this when it was on pre-order. I don't watch many of either of the sister's videos but I do watch enough of Elle's obviously to know that they had written a book. Considering that Elle reads so many quality books, I figured it was worth shelling out the measly 12 or so dollars to give the book a chance. A few days after I did the pre-buy, Elle read some pages from the book on one of her videos and instantly I was thinking, "Okay, maybe I didn't want to be so hasty and buy it already," because it didn't really sound like a well put-together, interesting book. Review: It took me about a week and a half to read it, mostly because I have a ton of chapters to read in college and didn't have much time to read it even though I am a fast reader. Finished it today. Looks- The cover is cute. I wouldn't expect anything less from them. The overall look is really nice, including the font.Content- First of all, something I really don't like in books is spelling errors. There are quite a few of grammar/spelling errors in the book, even some repeats such as saying "chose" instead of "choose" in at least two different cases. I didn't mind the sentence structure being poor sometimes because it isn't really a book geared towards higher thinking or anything. It's a pretty average book. That's really all I can say for it. It didn't wow me. It didn't fascinate me. It didn't make me think about anything. It's really just an average read that is nice to read when you want to keep your mind off of things. It's light and doesn't take much brain power to read. The plot was so-so. Nothing really exciting. I feel like the "fight" between Ava and Sophia was pointlessly drawn out and unrealistic. I don't know any sisters who are that close to start with who would not talk to each other for that long about what's bothering them, including me who is completely afraid of talking about my emotions.The plot kind of felt like it was just going nowhere. Characters randomly pop up without much character development. Instead of going on about how the kitten doesn't have a name (and still didn't after the entire book), they could've written about the different boys that the girls were having problems with since that was a major part of the book. In all, the last three chapters of the book are about the most exciting thing that happens. I think that last three chapters of the book is about the only redeeming part. I think anyone from around junior high to high school would probably like this book a lot. Their writing is definitely geared towards those who watch their videos which is the junior high to high schoolers. It's the type of stuff that they like to read in that age group.Likes: The fact that there isn't a lot of inappropriateness in it, meaning I liked that there wasn't crap like sex or needless language. Somewhat relatable, ex. Like when Ava was freaking out about talking to Liam and kept writing in all caps. It's a mindless, easy read which I like once in a while. Dislikes: Kind of boring. Plot didn't really go anywhere. Not much character development, meaning characters were flat and boring mostly. Spelling/grammar errors. Also, minor thing but I think it's deceiving to put it as "A Novel." A novel is pretty much synonymous with "one," when this is obviously going to be at least a trilogy. Overall:Recommend? No. Unless you like super-easy reads. Purchasing the Next Book? No. I'd much rather save my money and rent it from the library if I see the reviews are any good.

  • Ali (alireadsbooks)
    2019-03-13 03:10

    I won an advance reader's copy of this book and therefore had the chance to read it before it came out.To be honest, I really didn't expect much from this book. I was glad that I won a copy of it, because I was curious but didn't want to buy it. This is my first time reading an advance reader's copy, so I'm not sure how much changes between it and the final published copy, but one of the first things I noticed was the Blair's name is spelled "Blaire" on the top of every page. I also noticed a lot of grammatical errors, but I have a feeling that might just be the writing and not a mistake.As for the actual novel, I was really disappointed with the character development. I've watched enough of Elle and Blair's YouTube videos to know that Sophia and Ava London ARE Elle and Blair Fowler. I know they have said multiple times that the characters are only based on them, but there were details (one blonde and one brunette sister, the blonde sister being in a sorority and having a partially deaf cat) that are taken directly from their lives. Therefore, I couldn't help but read it with their faces in mind for the character, which kind of took away from the imaginative aspect of reading the book. I was also disappointed with the storyline, because there were major gaps that I couldn't help but notice. The whole relationship between Ava and Liam, for one, seemed like it was only thrown in there because it wouldn't have been a story about Hollywood without a main character dating a celebrity. Liam was an incredibly dry character. It was obvious that the authors didn't know if he should be a good guy who isn't right for Ava or a bad guy disguised as a good guy. Their relationship seemed forced and childish, and Liam seemed to disappear toward the end of the novel for the sake of a better storyline. Lastly, the story sets itself up for a sequel, but not in an interesting, cliff-hanging way. Frankly, I was left feeling confused and frustrated. Even if they plan on writing a sequel, there were plot points that needed to be cleared up before the end of this book. I didn't like or relate to the characters and I wasn't overly interested in the plot, so I'm not sure I would read a sequel if they were to write one.This book is acceptable if you want a light, fluffy beach read, but even with that in mind I wasn't impressed.

  • Annie
    2019-03-03 05:33

    Really excited about this one, wonder why everyone is rating 1 star? Give them a chance!

  • Ava
    2019-03-10 09:30

    Don't rate it before you read it! I love Elle and Blair and I can't wait to read this! :)

  • Richard Denney
    2019-02-28 07:06

    Chick-lit is not for me, I can say that now. The story was fun, simple, and cute but I'm not good atthese types of books. I still love Elle, but this just wasn't for me.My friend is reading it now, she is liking it so far. -R.D.

  • Hayley
    2019-03-16 06:22

    I was expecting to love this book, but I didn't LOVE it. I did really like it, if it was possible I would give this book four and a half star but since it's not it only gets four, not five. But that's still really good. :) The book is about Sophia and Ava London and the book is very loosely based on Elle and Blair's lives. I do wish Elle and Blair would of included more of the girls filming and uploading videos into the story, but the story still got along okay. Of course it would of been better if they said how their brand, London Calling, got started, but that's neither here nor there. It doesn't matter that much. I did love the story line between Ava and Liam and thought it was very fun to read about. (: I also loved how at the end of the chapter there was the LonDO's and the LonDON'TS. That was very neat. One thing I didn't like about the book though was how when Ava was thinking an ENTIRE SENTENCE WOULD BE IN CAPS. But then I understood why, because she was so excited. But at the time of reading it, I was annoyed. The only thing I can think of that I didn't like was how many guys there were involved in the book, Liam, Dalton, Hunter, Giovanni (I think that was a guy....) an it just made them all (except Liam because he was the first one) blend together, especially Hunter and Dalton, at least for me. Instead of a love triangle it felt like a love hexagon, or octagon, there was so many boys in it!I did really love how Elle and Blair incorporated makeup and fashion details into the book, girls who watch their videos are the most likely to read their book and so therefore they should include some stuff like that into the book, so they did a really good job at that.I want to thank Elle and Blair for doing their book tour, because otherwise I would of never been able to meet them, and I'm still in shock that I did. :) I cannot wait until Summer 2013, because then they will be releasing the second book in the London Sisters series, which I have no idea what it will be about! I really hope they'll do a book tour again because I loved getting a chance to meet them, so Elle and Blair if you're reading this please come to Mall Of America again, because I really loved meeting you girls and would love to meet you again! SUMMARY: I would recommend to friends and I adored this book. If you like Elle and Blair you will like this book.

  • Fatimah
    2019-03-27 07:30

    OMGGGG!!!!Beneath the Glitter was far better than I expected!!! Taking place in LA the book is about sisters Ava and Sophia London who have a dream of establishing their makeup brand...In the mist of everything they become famous and problems between the sisters stir...Ava(Blair) is the naive,bubbly,and younger sister who loves taking risks and exploring all the joys in life. Sophia(Elle) is the older,mature,and wiser sister..Ava meets her celebrity crush Liam Carlson and they soon begin dating(i personally think Liam was dating Ava for publicity reasons). Through the rush of it all, Ava is head over heels and is upset that Sophia doesn't feel the same way about Liam. Sophia on the other hand,has recently broken up with her college sweetheart Clay,but doesn't know the reason for the sudden break up. Sophia soon begins boytoxing with friend Lily(not wanting or looking for romantic relationships)and soon finds a line of guys swooning for her.With all the publicity of Liam and Ava's growing relationship, the London sisters are fastly becoming LA's eye candy and in front of gossip magazines.The sisters are soon offered a makeup line and rest opens up from there...In all, Beneath the Glitter was a light read,romance,ya,and chicklit. Perfect for any teen girl looking for a few chuckles and smiles :)))*Beneath the Glitter was sent to me through a Goodreads Giveaway*

  • Dawna
    2019-03-18 03:23

    Is there a way to give less than a one star reviews?? I lost a few brain cells while I tried to read this. I've seen a few of the videos of these girls on YouTube so I thought this book might be fun. Nope. It was full of superficial fake drama. Its very poorly written and just plain boring. Don't bother wasting your time or money. If you do, you will be a few IQ points lower in the end. **I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.**

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-16 05:25

    This book should have been titled "Gag Me With A Spoon." That sums it up. Just ridiculous and empty thoughts thrown together into a book (aka 80's Valley Girl all over again). I'm confused as to why these two are so popular on Youtube when there are far more intelligent and less shallow girls making videos, but I take it they're the type to milk it for all it's worth (or all they're worth).

  • Shane
    2019-02-28 07:35

    An enthralling, lighthearted, irresistible, and romantic story surrounding two rising stars that are not only close sisters but best friends facing an adventurous journey together. Beneath the Glitter was very enjoyable, not that I'm surprised. This novel has some similarities to the lives of the Fowler sisters and what it is they do, so fans of contemporary, chick lits, and quick paced funny reads will certainly find delight in this one. Sophia and Ava are far from each other but quite alike at the same time. Both share the same admiration and consideration for the other, and of course, the sister bond is something to always love in any story. The eldest London plays that role remarkably well. Her decisions are never made unless carefully thought out, while the youngest London, Ava, is more of the risk taker so to speak. What I love about the sisters is their protectiveness for each other and their need to motivate and encourage the other. Of course there were times when the relationship was tested but they managed to overcome their issues and not lose their focus on what's more important to them.I know plenty of people are saying this novel is all about fashion and beauty but not true. Sure there's reference to the aforementioned and going to hip parties around L.A, but that is apart of their brand. Aside from the cuteness, there are other aspects of the novel contributing to an interesting story and that I think helps to balance things out. I would say Beneath the Glitter is more about the relationship of the sisters, how becoming stars takes them into a world where they might trust the wrong people, love the wrong guys, but find some keepers along the way. Again, it focuses on the importance of family and friends, not to mention staying true to yourself. I've learned a great deal of that throughout the story, especially from one character in particular. Giovanni.Giovanni was kind of like the wise character offering good and meaningful advice to Sophia. Everything he said made sense, and along with the sisters', Giovanni's character had relevance in the story. I also enjoyed the romance side. I liked how both sisters ended up with guys they deemed as perfect in the beginning but towards the end realized perfection wasn't always right. But, I felt that the end was a bit rushed where Ava's part was concerned when her feelings were requited. That was my only issue with the book, other than that, I loved the fact that it's obviously going to continue, being that the ending wasn't exactly an ending to a story. So, can't wait to read the next and I do recommend YOU read this one.

  • Ashley16
    2019-03-08 04:13

    I have not read this book like some of you people on here so i won't judge it. I think it's the fact that these two sisters aren't someone super famous, so you think the book will be terrible and cliche. Well, all authors started somewhere. I would like to read this book. I also hope it's good. If it's not then we will see....

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-01 02:09

    I think more of a 4.5 I really liked this book. I went into it thinking I might not enjoy it.. but I was wrong. I loved it!! I follow Elle and Blair on Youtube and have been a fan of them for years. I finally picked up this book and i'm glad I did. I loved the relationship between Sophia and Ava. However, the reason I couldn't give this a 5 star was because I found their fighting immature. I know where they were both coming from but I just found the fighting kind of boring tbh. They both had their reasons for the fighting and the disagreements.. but I just didn't like it. Other then that I loved the bookThe relationships were my favourite too. I love Dalton!! He's perfect! I won't say anything else because spoilers. The ending tho.. Talk about cliffhanger.. Good thing I own the sequel. I need to read the sequel to see what's going to happen. Hopefully I can pick it up soon.

  • Isabella
    2019-03-03 08:06

    I havn't read this book yet because it hasn't been published but the summary sounds very good and both of the authors are amazing people. Elle loves to read and has very good judgement with books (check out her glitterature vlogs on youtube!) So I know this will be a fantastic book! So happy for Blair and Elle.

  • Marie
    2019-03-12 06:35

    Beneath The Glitter is about two sisters -- Ava and Sophia London (one blond, one brunette. One has a dog, one has a cat) who rise to fame thanks to their beauty and fashion videos going viral on YouTube. Sound familiar?I've been watching Elle and Blair's videos since 2009 when I was making videos for the beauty community and I've seen how much they've grown through out the years. But to be honest, I wasn't expecting much from their debut novel since it sounded extremely way too similar to their real lives. There's nothing wrong with that, but it sort of just put me off.The beginning to Beneath The Glitter really pulls you in. You want to know who framed the London sisters and why were they being arrested. But as the book went one, I felt like that expectation started to slope downwards. Maybe I should start with the things I liked: The really strong bond between Ava and Sophia was cute. I'm not super close to my sibling and sometimes I wish I was, the bond between the two sisters in this book make me feel like I'm really missing out on something special. There is a rift in the book where the two sisters start to bump heads (like sisters should at times) but the way they patch things up was really heartwarming. Another thing I really liked in this book was Gio, he was like Sophia's guide, if you will. He always said the right things at the right time and he was like a Mastercard, everywhere you wanted to be! I enjoyed scenes with him the most because he really seemed like the only sane and non superficial person in the book.Now the things I didn't like: within 27% of the book, there were multiple ENTIRE PARAGRAPHS that were in all caps. Then scattered through out the book were multiple sentences that were in all caps. Maybe it's just me, but it really annoyed me. Like that entire paragraph did not have to be in all caps. There's a lot of telling and not showing and the transition from not only scene to scene but from one sisters POV to the next was really choppy and confusing. I don't know if it's just because I was reading an ARC but I thought I would throw that in there.I was also under the impression that it would be a little bit about their beauty and fashion videos (or even tips) but it has nothing to do with that at all. The book starts off with them already in LA and their careers starting to take off. Then basically just their day to day life in LA. Networking, promoting, fighting, trusting people they probably shouldn't be trusting... maybe it's just me but if I had to pick someone from the cast of characters to figure out who would betray the sisters, it wouldn't take me long to figure it out. I guess there's a reason for his name!Overall, while I did really like the two points I did like about the book, the rest of it wasn't my cup of root beer. Rise to fame LA books aren't really my thing but I thought since I've been a long time YouTube follower of these girls I'd give it a go. The ending also ends in way that seems to set it up for a sequel though I'm not sure if there's going to be one or not.

  • Cassie
    2019-03-09 06:17

    I'll be honest, I wasn't too sure about this at first because I'm usually not into this kind of book, but it turned out to be pretty good. I really liked the sisters', Ava and Sophia London's, relationship. They're so good together and they make a great team. And the relationships? So much drama there! Both girls are juggling two men at once, though they don't really know it. I always had an idea of who they would end up with, it's obvious by the way the guys treat them, but it was still interesting to see them interact. But so many things are left hanging! I don't want to put in spoilers, but there are so many questions left unanswered. It's like the book was half-finished. Relationships are left in limbo. Ava kisses a guy who is not her boyfriend and she says she's going to break up with her boyfriend, but it's never shown or even hinted that it will happen. Sophia is sort of in a relationship with one guy, despite a "boytox" and a warning from another guy that he's bad news, but she's clearly in love with someone else. I was left hanging! Also, a name was never given to a certain little feline!And the ending was confusing. It was great and it's the only part that got my jaw to drop. There were warnings, but I never thought it would happen. The confusing part, though, was that the two people involved in it weren't named. I could easily guess the guy, but who was the girl? All of these things could certainly be dealt with once the book was over, but the point of writing a book is telling a whole story. Things would definitely be okay if the questions were answered in the sequel, but I'm not sure there is one. If there is one, though, I'd like to read it, but unless I get an Advanced Reader's copy again, I'm not sure I'll buy it because $17.99 is a lot to pay for a book. So, all in all, I did like this book. There's sweet romance, drama, and fashion. I'm sure someone who is more into this genre and sort of story than I am would really love it.

  • Allie
    2019-03-18 07:05

    I picked up this book mostly out of pure curiosity, I had to know what the book was like and I wanted to be impressed by Elle and Blair's foray into writing -and of course, I was curious to know what their life is really like. In that sense, I was completely disappointed, despite a blurb at the beginning thanking their fans on YouTube for all the support, the sisters' making videos is barely even mentioned in the book. This books is really just a story about two girls living in LA and each of them being interested in two guys. I think I would have been a lot happier if they had just written an autobiography...maybe one day!I think I expected different things from the book, I expected a novel about Elle & Blair, and I got an incredibly predictable story aimed at tween girls. Obviously, I'm not the target audience! I found the "fights" to be pretty random and unfounded, and the best way to describe it was there was a lot of "telling, not showing". I'm not sure how old the girls are in the book but it just surprised me how immature they both are. It made me think that what was "beneath the glitter" didn't go very deep. However, I will give this book two stars, for a few reasons: 1. this book wasn't what I was expecting and I can't fault it for not living up to what I wanted the book to be and 2. Despite not being the next War and Peace, one section of the book made me really sympathize with Elle & Blair. The one line was during a photo shoot when Ava wonders what they even did to deserve being so successful, and that she feels like a fraud. That one tiny part made me feel for them immensely. The book itself though? A lot of telling, not showing, i.e. "Ava's mad (and we're not going to explain why or how she got this way, she's just mad!!)" What type of read is it? SimpleWould I recommend this book? No....Will I read it again/the sequels? Probably not...maybe if I see the paperbacks on a $5 special.What's "beneath the glitter"? Modpodge that the glitter was stuck to.Overall Review: 2/5 stars

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-03-12 08:11

    Have you read Lauren Conrad's series LA Candy and have enjoyed it ? Do you love watching the fame and fortune of Hollywood's socialities , the up and coming stars of the world. Now get ready with Elle and Blair's new series to meet the London Sisters - Ava and Sophie. Loosely based on their journey , The London sisters are two sisters who have started their own make-up and beauty tip videos on Youtube. Their fame and fortune will begin when they are chosen as this years Webstars , which will lead the London girls into being introduced to the opportunity to create their own line of make-up and beauty products. However with fame and fortune comes consequences as the two girls are about to learn as they meet hot guys , the world of paparazzi and jealous girls. Can Ava and Sophie prove to the world that they are more than airhead girls as they meet gorgeous guys Liam , Hunter and Dalton ? What will happen though when danger strikes and the girls will learn that one of these guys aren't what he seems and that trouble will be what the girls recieve if they continue down the path they are travelling?Beneath the Glitter was a fun and fast-paced novel with quirky and enjoyable titles for each chapter. I especially cannot wait to read Book #2 as this book did finish on a cliffhanger that in a way annoyed me as I found it quite sharp-ending almost like it finished with alot of questions needing to be answered.So if you are looking for a good Hollywood beneath the scenes type read, then why not check out Beneath the Glitter by Elle and Blair Fowler.

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-15 06:31

    I watch both Elle and Blair on YouTube and decided to give the book a try. It wasn't worth it. As much as I love them, they should really stick to making videos. The book just fell flat. The plot was boring. The character Ava was extremely annoying. They plugged so many brand names (many of which they work with) that it seemed petty. I think younger people will like it more than I did. But I'm still surprised it has as high of a rating as it does. I really wanted to like this book too.

  • Ari
    2019-03-27 02:13

    I can't wait for this book to come out!! I love Elle and Blair so much!!! Much love from the UK!! Reading delirium first, I saw Elle's Glitterature on it and I can't wait to read that too!

  • Heather
    2019-03-10 01:15

    Read more reviews here!The story starts at the end, with the London sisters being arrested at a party, then goes back five months earlier. We don't actually see them moving to LA or how they decided to start London Calling.... they already have all that. It would have been interesting, though. Instead, we see them get an award that makes them even more popular. Because of this and an accidental run-in with an old lady who owns a cosmetics company, they are offered a chance to create a London Calling makeup line.Really, though, the book is a lot less about their brand than their personal lives. Sophia was recently dumped by her college sweetheart for no reason and is on a boytox.... however is just so amazingly beautiful that guys can't help falling for her and she is torn between the rich guy and a witty bartender. Ava meets the movie star of her teenage dreams and they start dating because, in the only part that's not focused on Ava or Sophia, Liam tells us that Ava is just so refreshingly innocent. Liam has a bad rep, though, and Sophia is wary. This leads to a lot of misunderstanding and hard feelings between the girls, almost ruining their makeup launch, but they make up in time to be arrested.Honestly, if the arrest hadn't been at the beginning too, it would have come out of nowhere. The blurb makes it sound like someone trying to take them down is a huge part of the book, but it's not. There is not a hint that someone is out to get them until the last chapter and epilogue. I also have a little spoiler rant about this so...(view spoiler)[They decide to have a benefit for the animal shelter, but the money for the shelter is stolen from the account set up for it. This is why Ava and Sophia are arrested. They didn't do it, of course, and is blamed on Dalton. They say that checks made out to CASH were cashed with Sophia's signature. What bothers me is that someone was able to cash checks made out to CASH on an account they were not on. I've worked at a bank, but even if you've only been to a bank you know that they require ID to withdraw money, which is essentially what writing a check out to CASH is. You'd also think that the police would be checking the bank security cameras to see who was there, because they do have those pointed right at the teller windows. It's just not a good crime. (hide spoiler)]The characters are based on Elle and Blair, but seem to be based more on their Youtube personas. They didn't seem like real people at all. They were just too perfect, even when they were not supposed to be. I did get a little tired of the characters, Ava more than anyone. I know that Ava is supposed to be based on Blair, but I could only picture Amanda Bynes from What a Girl Wants in this role because that's who Ava reminded me of. There were even some scenes that remind me of that movie, especially the mean old lady who has a dog that doesn't like anyone, but immediately loves the girl. Still, I liked Ava less than Daphne.The interaction with the girls didn't feel real to me. The dialogue felt contrived, especially when there was banter back and forth. Maybe the only time there seemed to be a real moment was when the girls were fighting. There was also a lot of telling, such as "Ava mimed turning a key on her lips and locking them down tight.", that made the book's flow falter.There was one scene in particular that I liked. Ava and Dalton saved a dog and her puppies. It might have been unrealistic, but I like that dogs were saved. I always get nervous when dogs are in books... I guess I can't get horror books or Where the Red Fern Grows out of my head.I watched the videos where Elle and Blair talked about how excited they were for their book and it makes me wish I liked it more than I did. Still, it was an okay book. It reminds me a little of Spoiled or the A-list books, but without a bitch main character or as much name-dropping. You can tell, though, that Elle and Blair are into fashion because every single item of every single outfit was described. There is actually little makeup description, which surprised me a little. There is going to be another book next year and I may get the next one to see which of the few characters introduced is out to get Sophia and Ava, but it's not at the top of the list.This book has also put London Calling by The Clash in my head for days.

  • Brittany Pickett
    2019-03-24 04:28

    I really liked this book a lot! I know a lot of people were skeptical about this book because it wasn't written by actual authors. Many are saying Elle and Blair were just trying to get more money. They are saying that the girls think of themselves as stars and just a ton of other rude things. I like watching the girls videos. I have to agree I was skeptical when I first found out about it and I didn't think I would like it. Not because it wasn't a good book and the girls aren't authors, but because it isn't the type of book a normally like. I hadn't originally planned on buying it, but I saw it in the store a few days ago and thought I would give it a try since it was only 10 dollars. The best way for me to read the book was to completely erase the fact that the girls wrote it and pretend it was just a book I picked up by an author I don't know because I thought it sounded interesting.Ok so the book centers ago Sophia and Ava London who make YouTube videos and live in LA together. They are trying to start their makeup line London Calling. They have lots of friends and a nice lifestyle because of YouTube. The book is basically about the sisters relationship and the toll Hollywood takes on it. They start to drift apart and it ends up disastrously. Many peoples problem with the book was that the 2 characters completely resemble Elle and Blair themselves. Yes, many of the basic things in this story resemble the girls. Their hair color, their jobs, the videos, their pets. You can also tell that some of the personality traits are the same. However, I can still tell a difference between the fictional charaters and Elle and Blair. Sophia and Ava seem much more immature than Elle and Blair. The circumstances that make Sophia and Ava drift apart don't seem like something that would happen to Elle and Blair. I look at it this way. They only thing I get to see of Elle and Blair is what they let me see. I don't begin to think I know anything about their relationship as sisters and the way they live their lives. So I don't understand why other think they know everything about them and that this book is exactly the way their lives are. We have no clue so everyone just needs to chill. It was actually very easy to separate the characters while I was reading them because it is not Elle and Blair at all it is fiction. The one thing I would say is that I thought the book was going to be a little different than it was. The prologue made it sounds like the arresting was going to happen sooner, but that part of the story didn't come until the last chapter. It was basically like it wasn't even a part of this book. The scandal story is just a peek into the next book in the series. So if you think that is what this story is going to be about it is not. I still really liked it though and am excited for the next book.I didn't have a problem with the writing style some say the all Caps in some places was annoying, but I didn't mind. I though the LonDO's and LonDONT's was cute at the end of each chapter. I don't think we really know what guys we can trust at the end of this book. It seems as if the bad people are Liam and Whitney or Hunter and Whitney. I don't think Dalton is bad. I also didn't really care for Giovanni. I know he was supposed to be this really hot foreigner guy that Sophia likes but he was just too creepy for me. The way he spoke he sounded like a father figure to me not boyfriend material. So hopefully Sophia doesn't end up with him although that's where the story seems to be heading for book 2. It is a really easy book to read. It is a great summer of beach read. If you like Elle and Blair I think you will definitely like the story and if you don't I would still give it a try. Oh and I forgot to say that I think the girls wrote this book. On the inside it says that they had a co-writer. I believe that they came up with many of the story ideas and may have even wrote some, but I don't think it was completely ghost written. If you read the book you can tell the ideas came from the girls. It is kinda like when a music artist co-writes an album or a song, they work on it together.

  • Chrissy
    2019-03-27 02:29

    A few years back, I had a habit of playing one of Elle or Blair's YouTube makeup videos every morning while applying my own makeup before work. Now, this was back in the day where these videos felt more quirky and relateable than their current overly plastic informercial feel that seems to hprave become the trend instead. I do still enjoy watching Elle's Glitterature videos, though, and I half expected her to be writing a dystopian -- at least based on her prominent reviews of some of the more heavy hitters in that genre. And actually, I think she may have been better off going this route instead. Or perhaps, the girls should have collaborated on some type of how-to-guide for makeup application or fashion choices or how to live life on the lap of luxury.It's just that BENEATH THE GLITTER fell into the same pattern of so many of those other celebrity novels that we all love to hate. I mean, it's great to write about what you know, right? But, if you're in the public eye enough that you've shared your interests, details, and quirks to the world on a semi-regular basis, then you've given us enough information to tell when you're merely regurgitating your life onto paper rather than giving us a genuine creative experience.But beyond this, when you decide to create your characters to be modelled SO closely on yourselves that they're instantaneously recognized as your literary clones, you run the risk of having readers believe that you are attributing all of your character's qualities to yourselves as well.Like, in BENEATH THE GLITTER -- we are instantly slammed with two sisters, one blonde and the other brunette, who rose to fame after creating makeup videos on YouTube. They live together in California, where one has a puppy and the other a kitten. They like Cellairis phone cases and they're in the process of creating their own makeup line. Yeah, we get it. You're Elle and Blair. In your face.So, then, when these new authors write these characters to be indescribably beautiful, to the point that every man seems to want to stop and strike up a conversation and a relationship -- to the point that they're forced to hide or fake language barries, do they really think this of themselves? It's hard not to make this assumption.But, beyond the characters -- when it comes to the plot of this novel -- there just wasn't much here. Two girls become famous and gain the attention of tons of different men, including a psychic bartender, a celebrity heart throb, and a bunch of other characters who just became muddled together over time to the point that I barely remembered them by the end. The girls went to parties, did successful things, and mingled a lot with the rich and famous. Then one of them volunteered at an animal shelter and somehow ended up saving puppies from the rapids. These different men may or may not want one or the other of them, then someone uninteresting betrays them, and then the cops come. If you're going to write an autobiographic story of your fabulous lives, why take it down this disjointed path of weirdness? Perhaps the girls were trying to stand out from the other celeb novels that showcase little more plot than self-proclamations of fame and beauty, but this was just so all over the place that it was boring. Sure, there *were* actually parts that were spectacular and glamorous -- but there were many, many more that left me just wanting to flip ahead to the end to see if things were going somewhere or not.This book *may* actually end up appealing to the more hardcore Elle and Blair fans from YouTube, but for the general YA population of readers I think that most people wanting to read this type of story of young women becoming famous and getting betrayed should just pick up the Lauren Conrad novels intead. They felt a bit more cohesive and entertaining, although I probably would not even recommend those to anyone but a reader specifically seeking a book of that very description.On the upside, though, at least the cover on this one is beautiful!

  • AJ
    2019-03-20 07:20

    (Originally posted on Pretty Bookmarks)This is not an intellectual book. From the title and the overwhelmingly pink cover, you could tell this is going to be a chick lit type of book. I am not the book’s target audience – but I’ve watched Elle & Blair on YouTube. If you don’t know who Elle & Blair are, they’re beauty gurus who essentially found fame through YouTube. Like with most things celebrity I tend to be a bit more skeptical about the books they write but Elle seems to be a reader that enjoys good books so I took a gamble.Beneath the Glitter follows a pair of sisters Sophia and Ava London and their journey to starting their make up collection London Calling. The book read more like a memoir rather than a work of fiction, mainly because a vast majority of the plot relates closely to Elle & Blair’s own life. The London sisters also found fame through YouTubing and are interested in fashion and make up and wants to built a make up empire. The story itself wasn’t anything new if you already knew who the Fowler sisters are from watching them on YouTube.There are many technical aspects of the writing that I didn’t enjoy, particularly the overuse of capslock. At the end of every chapter there is a small LonDOs and LonDON’Ts section, which is a list of things you should and shouldn’t do but really its just a summary of the entire chapter in bullet points. There is a lot of name dropping in this book. Things that the sisters themselves have done with Cellaris and JustFab is included in the LonDOs section of the different chapters. I don’t know if it’s part of the sponsorship deal or whatever but it’s all so blatantly there.I really hated the ending, considering that was the “highlight” from the preface. It was very rushed and not well put together. I think they spent more time writing on what they believed was the “meat” of the book rather than what is the only climax of the book.In terms of character, there wasn’t much development from either Sophia or Ava. Sophia was slightly more like-able than Ava. Sophia seemed more intelligent (albeit she was still annoying) than Ava who came off as this vapid lovesick teenager the entire book. The other characters weren’t that interesting either nor did they develop much at all.I’m really glad I didn’t buy this book and ended up borrowing it from my local library instead. It wasn’t a good read at all. There were a lot of technical writing issues and character issues; a big portion of the issues I had with this book seems to come from the lack of thought being put into this book. This book would probably be more for younger girls than myself, perhaps girls in middle grade who are interested in this kind of things or people who are fans of them on YouTube.I’m not sure if I’ll read the sequel to this book that was recently released. Perhaps if I found it in the library, I’d consider giving it a shot but I highly doubt it’ll be any better though I would still want to see how it pans out.

  • Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
    2019-03-18 07:35

    Beneath the Glitter is your typical Chick Lit book. A lot of glitz and glam, fun yet superficial characters, with just a touch of whimsical romance. It’s very light and fluffy. You kind of just read this for the heck of it, without expecting anything real to come from it. Not much happens, plot-wise, and the characters aren’t all that interesting, but they’re still fun to read about.Sophia and Ava were cute characters. I really appreciated their relationship as sisters and it was interesting seeing them go through the struggle of instant fame coupled with self-doubt. Granted, there wasn’t much substance to the book in general, but that’s what you expect from books of this genre. I think because I’m actually a fan of Elle and Blair, that when I read about Sophia and Ava, I kept picturing them, which I didn’t mind at all. I liked their sister dynamic and even when there’s a misunderstanding along the way, it was nice seeing them work it out and see the strength of their relationship shine through.Anyways, probably the one thing that bugged me about the book was the romance. I didn’t care for any of the guys. When it came to Ava, she was a bit immature and lovestruck with her love interest, and I could understand that to a certain extent, but it felt too childish for my taste. And when another interest comes up, I couldn’t get over the fact of how he treated her and yet she fell for him so easily. I just didn’t like him at all. With Sophia, both of the guys she was interested in were so bland and commonplace to me, I didn’t seeing anything appealing about either of them.The plot itself wasn’t anything unique or all that entertaining. There was a tiny bit of drama thrown in there, but everything was really superficial and easy. It wasn’t hard to tell who was really behind the drama of sabotaging the sisters, although you don’t get to know exactly the “who” or “why” in this book. I didn’t like how the book ended at all and I’m curious to see how it all plays out in Book 2. You really don’t get much character development or plot progression in this book and I have to reiterate the fact that this book has a lot of fluff in it.Overall, I thought Beneath the Glitter was a decent read, certainly not the best, but also not a waste of time. I’d say it’s more of a mindless read that you pick up when you’re bored and want something to pass the time. If you’re looking for something light, fun, and cute, then you might want to give this a try.

  • Dorottya
    2019-03-08 09:10

    I really wanted to like this book, I mean, really. I really like Elle. But... this book has lots of flaws. At least for me.-it may be just me, but I expected a bit more pages about their actual beauty vlogging activities - they are only mentioned in some instances, for a second-I always felt as if the whole book would be a lot more credible if the characters were younger... I mean, Ava certainly does not act like a 18/19 year old - her behaviour was wayyyy too juvenile for a 15 or 16 year old, either - talking without thinking to THIS extent, wearing rainbow printed tees with denim short shorts, calling someone Judgy McJudgypants... not even the most immature 19 year old I know would do that; also, I know Ava's character was created to be really bubbly and outlandish - but she was really annoying to me; Sophia, on the other hand, was okay, but too middle of the road for me, in any sense - even in her flirting and humourBtw, this whole boytox sh.t was really annoying - definitely something airheaded 14-year olds would follow after reading about it in Cosmo-the story did not have an arch - I mean, you definitely need cliffhangers if you want to make the whole thing a series, but it would need some tied ends in order not to create that feeling in the reader "what the heck I was reading about?" or "this isn't a proper ending"...(although it is genial in that sense that you keep guessing who the bad guy is)-I felt as if most characters, especially the males, were really bland and stock-ish... except for Giovanni, who was created to be whimsical, but for me, for most of the part, he was a pretentious and annoying figure; oh, and Dalton started out as a pretty great character, but he had to get butchered by the end...-the story was going everywhere in loads of directions - it felt like they wanted it to be so actionpacked that they put everything in it, which made it feel non-consistent, forced and rushed-I'm not sure about other editions, but in mine, it was written Lily had a RAZORback dress! I mean, if you are fashion anmd beauty gurus writing a novel, at least get your terms right. That is RACERback.-and overall, I felt this novel was kind of wishful thinking for them :DPositives:-I thought Sophia trying to find a name for the cat was funny-I enjoyed the LonDo's/LonDont's-the sisterly bond and fight (I thought that was done really realistically)

  • Kelli
    2019-03-06 08:22

    Let me start off by saying I had no idea this book was the 1st of a series that has yet to be completed. Throughout this book, I saw the thickness of the pages I had left getting smaller and smaller and wondering what exactly the plot to this book was. I mean, they start out by talking about this lady, some evil lady, Liam Carlson's "ex" obviously, watching them with evil glee. Throughout the entire rest of the book it's about them fixing their friendship and the boys they spend their time with. In my opinion, it's quite obvious from the last chapter that it was Liam Carlson and the woman speaking. I wasn't sure if that was Fowler's intentions, or if she was trying to keep us guessing. If that was the case, she probably shouldn't have added in the last chapter. But anyways, other than a few grammar mistakes, this book was pretty good. I mean, I watch Elle and Blair Fowler on youtube, and I actually won this book in a giveaway so I didn't pick it up because I was interested in it, I just entered the giveaway and won it. I can't say I wasn't interested, however, as it did seem like an "ok" book, and it was an ok book! Maybe even a little better. I didn't picture Elle Fowler being a writer, but I guess she is! She just needs to make her plot a bit clearer in my opinion--I couldn't figure out what that evil lady in the beginning was going to take action.This book was obviously just about the start of relationships, I guess. It's a bit boring but not bad, not bad at all. You may get headache's from all the "LIAM CARLSON IS TALKING TO ME!!!!!"'s...but other than that this was not a bad book, and I actually sort of like the ending with the "LonDO's and LonDONT's". They're pretty neat, and they remind me of "The Clique" series as that was what Harrison would do as well. Other than that all I can say about this book is it was pretty good for a beginner! I mean, it wasn't AMAZING, and I don't recommend it if you just read an amazing novel/series as it won't seem quite so good, but it's not bad, not bad at all. I just wasn't sure if she was trying to make it obvious who the thieves were or if she didn't mean to? Either way, it's very obvious unless Fowler somehow puts a twist to it (unless her intentions are to make it obvious).