The true story that inspired the Sofia Coppola film.
Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson: robbed. More than $3 million in stolen clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags reported missing. Who is behind one of the most brazen string of crimes in recent Hollywood history? Meet the Bling Ring: a band of club-hopping teenagers from the Valley with everything to lose.
Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A "perfect" crime - celebrities already had so much, why shouldn't the Bling Ring take their share?
As the unprecedented case unfolded in the news, the world asked: How did our obsession with celebrities get so out of hand? Why would a group of teens who already had so much, take such a risk?
Acclaimed Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: they did it because each stolen T-shirt or watch brought them closer to living the Hollywood dream... and because it was terrifyingly easy. For the Bling Ring the motivation was something deeper than money - they were compelled by a compulsion to be famous. Gaining unprecedented access to the group of teens, Sales traces the crimes minute by minute and details the key players' stories in a shocking look at the seedy, and troubling, world of the real young Hollywood.
©2013 Nancy Jo Sales (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
The story is fascinating, but not presented well in this book. There are tangents about drones and Columbine as she tries to make her point about narcissistic teenagers. Also, there is some pearl clutching about the case, she seems genuinely perplexed about why these kids felt entitled to steal from celebrities. She laments how obsessed the kids are with designer brands and then glorifies the luxurious lifestyles of the celebrity victims- like the biggest crime of all was not being able to afford Louboutins.
Likely the OITNB book from the real "Alex Vause."
This was presented like a book-length magazine article rather than a cohesive narrative of the actual crime, the culture that encouraged it, and the motivation behind committing the crime. I was expecting less procedure and more narrative. Not so much.
I don't usually critique writing, because I don't have a contract with a publisher, but this book is all over the place.
Huge distraction. Had clearly not pre-read the book. Frequent pronunciation errors, stumbles and zero flow to the reading.
Interesting story, but written with all the style and much of the content of a high school term paper. Incessant citation and date inserts nuked any narrative flow.
American mwf living in Australia.
I did not stay interested, my mind wandered while listening to it.
It seemed to repeat the same information over and over again.
She had the same voice for every character, I could not keep them straight.
I still can't keep them straight.
This may be a book you need to read instead of listening to, as I found it confusing.
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