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The Vanderpump Rules breakout star and provocateur brings her signature sharp wit to the page with this collection of humorous and brutally honest essays exploring her rocky road to fame, sobriety, and beyond.

What does “Give them Lala” mean? It means giving the truest, most honest version of yourself to the world. It means being authentic, bold, adventurous, and having an unapologetic approach to life.

Hollywood is where Lauren Burningham, aspiring actress from Utah, fully embraced her alter-ego Lala Kent, entrepreneur, entertainer, and film and television star. Some say she’s rude; Lala says she claps back. Some say she’s spontaneous; Lala says “eat up the drama”. Some say she’s too bold; Lala knows she’s reality TV gold. Truth is without giving them Lala, Lauren could never have become the woman she is today.

In her debut collection of essays, Lala shares how you, too, can embrace the best version of yourself and never feel guilty for deserving more. As she leads us on her bumpy journey from suburban boredom to Hollywood glamour, she’ll explain how women can - and should - feel just as free as men when it comes to sex, how sobriety saved her life and relationship, and how we should treasure every day we have with those we love.

©2021 Pitty Pablo, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Exhausting and forgettable


Nothing the viewers of VPR didn’t already know. Egomaniac and narcissist
Lala Kent makes a weak attempt to save face by writing this book but will always be known as the vulgar bully from Vanderpump Rules, who’s biggest accomplishments were becoming sober and bagging a rich man.

Lauren Burningham claims to have written a book. Or did “Lauryn Kent” write it? Or was it “Lala”? And if it was Lala, what version of her was it? The “beast” or the “sweet” Lala? Trust me, you will eventually give up on trying to guess what version of Lala you are getting. Whoever it was, this is the story of her life.

Rich, spoiled, white privileged girl, “Lauren” from Utah accepts no responsibility for her bad behavior and actions, casually blaming her alter ego “Lala” for any and all of her stomach churning antics. She admits she doesn’t like to blame herself for her own actions and that is evident throughout the entire book. There are many
inconsistencies involving her drinking and the reason she changed her name; all part of the blame game.

Lala grew up in an upper/middle class family with little structure or rules resulting in her erratic, attention seeking behavior. She was a rebel that was never given boundaries and never told “no.” Her mother even allowed her to have sex in the family home.

The beginning of the book is extremely exhausting, sexual encounters with numerous men. Two of the men have names that start with the letter “C,” making it easy for the reader/ listener to loose track. She also changes the names of anyone well known or famous, which is aggravating yet understandable.

Lala had things handed to her her entire life, yet claims to be a hustler and credits no one but herself for her mediocre success. An agent saw her sitting eating lunch and approached her. Lisa Vanderpump approached her to work at Sur. Randall Emmett’s assistant approached her, and so on. If she should credit herself for anything, it should be for her approachability, not her hustle skills.

All meaningful life stories consist of struggles and successes. It is evident that Lala has reached deep to find relatable hardships her fans can empathize with. The obstacles Lala is faced with and overcomes are minimal at best, (or could have been prevented) excluding the death of her father. We all know how she handles this... as she blames his death and her alcoholism for treating others like trash. Again taking no responsibility.

Eventually, Randall comes along and changes her life... kind of. Apparently, she had already tasted the good life and been on a private jet. She earns and deserves everything simply because she is “Lala.”When she meets Randall, the reader assumes everything just comes her way and that’s ok. You want to be happy for her, but on many levels, Lala disappoints. With Randall, she acts like an entitled, spoiled child. How she treats him is heartbreaking.

Lala tries to convince the reader that she is and has always been an empath from a young age. Her attempt to gain empathy from the reader? Not so fast. What kind of empath bully’s people they feel are weak. What kind of empath see’s her fiancé Randall as “sweet and angelic”, gets annoyed by the sound of his breath, goes in the bathroom and shoves his toothbrush into her “asshole,”then stands by to wait for him to brush his teeth, only to laugh at him. This is so disgusting and disturbing. To prey on and bully people who seem innocent and angelic (like Raquel) who was never mentioned in the book by the way.

Overall “Give Them Lala,” lacks intelligence,inspiration and empowerment. The authors tone is arrogant throughout most of the book. Some parts are repetitive and rant-like, probably just filler for word count. She also speaks in the third person numerous times, which by the end, makes the reader wonder if she will claim multiple personalities are responsible for her sickening behavior.

One more thing! I’m horrified that she can’t wait for her daughter to read this book! Mind-blowing! Not worth the read.




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Boring

I don’t know what I expected, but this is terribly boring. I’ve read other celebrity autobiographies and have liked them. But this one sounds more like a middle school teen novel. Meh

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BEAUTIFUL

Lala,
I have watched you on VR and I was obsessed! Knowing your story behind your fiesty just made me love you even more. I am thankful for you for sharing your story and your life with us! Thank you for making me feel a little less cray with my anxiety! You are an amazing human! Your book is a million out of million recommend!!!!

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Great book

I’ve always been a fan of Lala over the years through the good and the bad. I was excited to hear she came out with a book wanting to learn more of her life. As the book went on I understood more and more of her actions as shown on the show. It all came together. Her book will definitely make someone feel more connect to her.

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The best!

Thank you Lala, this book was so well written & real. Thank you for sharing your story! Love you ♥️♥️♥️

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  • 05-14-21

Loved the book but have some comments

Really good book, but still contains the usual ignorant Lala comments. People who get married to a local guy aren’t below you Lala, high school sweethearts make great relationships, and probably even better than the shallow money driven relationships found in LA. And Andy doesn’t give Trump the jackhole because he’s being Trump, it’s because Andy hates republicans, and uses his show as his own personal liberal party platform. Book sounded more like a school book report than a mature book, at times, especially the chapter about her childhood (ch.3). No new stories about the cast of vanderpump, everything has previously been discussed on lalas podcast or was on an episode of vpr. Seems to want to preserve her relationships with the cast members over having a controversial/interesting book. I am inspired by Lala’s sober journey though, and how she makes being sober “cool”. I also have had my issues with drinking and her being so strong with her sobriety has been very helpful to me. I bought this book mostly as sober inspo, so I’m happy with the book. I still am a fan of Lala, I just wish she would be more respectful to small towns and conservatives, since they make up a lot of her fan base. Loved hearing the story about how Lala and Randall met, so exciting. But than she ruins it by criticizing the capitalist country that has given her the opportunities she enjoys so much, back to ignorance. I still think Lala was treating people very poorly the season her father passed, and can’t use the loss as an excuse. I also lost parents young, and know the way you treat others is separate from the grieving process. Lashing out at others for something they had nothing to do with is never ok. And I still agree with Ariana that Lala was being immature at the time. All and all I enjoyed the book especially hearing about Lala and Randall’s love story. I also loved hearing Lala’s journey to sobriety and recommend this book to anyone who is newly sober or just loves hearing about exciting LA success stories.

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Interesting ideas

The book was her life using her lense of being in a privileged life but feel the lack of guidance in her upbringing caused a lot of her struggles. Kids need the structure as they cannot see the consequences in true light when young. But it is what it is, her life and story to tell and that is what makes us grow.

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Very enjoyable and insightful

I really enjoyed getting to know Lala through this book. Although I loved her before, I feel like I have a better understanding of who she is. I think most of us could use a lesson with owning our flaws like she does!

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Pleasantly surprised

Memoir-style book with stories that take you through Lala's life, including childhood, moving to LA, her time on VPR, relationships and her journey to sobriety. I was impressed with the writing and Lala does a great job narrating. Other VPR cast members have written books, but none have been the memoir-style I've been craving. Lala certainly delivers with this one. I'd recommend to any fan of celeb memoirs, esp VPR fans, you won't be disappointed.

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I LaLa Loved it!!

But for real! I’m so glad LaLa decided to write this book and be so vulnerable and open. It helps me understand and know her more. I already loved her from Vanderpump but I love her even more now! She should be so proud of who she’s become.

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  • 05-14-21

Lala is tooting her own horn

Lala is rolling around in self pity and has apparently not learned anything from her 'struggles'. She has a habit of repeating herself throughout the book which was annoying.

Her reading lacks the appropriate tact and pace, at times she was painful to listen at.

As a fan of VPR I did appreciate the parts in the book when she told us more about what was going on behind the scenes of the show, thats why I'm giving this a 2. Everything else falls short and flat, and I'm finding myself caring less and less.

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  • 05-07-21

Checks all the boxes

Enjoyed it from start to finish. I may be a little bias as I do enjoy VPR and have shared interest in Lala’s story over the years, however I don’t think you have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book. Throughout the book there are little (big) life lessons that no matter who you are, you can take something from it.
It checks all the boxes for me, laughter, tears and sadness.