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THE LO-DOWN by Lo Bosworth


by Lo Bosworth

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 11th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-1200-2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Bosworth--late of Laguna Beach and The Hills, two MTV series that showcased the lives and loves of Southern California’s young and glamorous--is building a brand for herself: the sensible-yet-sexy older cousin. This book, which shares a title with her recently launched lifestyle website, expands on the romance-advice section of her site and ably offers an appealing mix of generic and specific relationship advice in a breezy, knowing tone. Using a mix of anecdotes from her own life and those of her friends, quizzes, recipes and straight-ahead advice in a post-feminist–meets-retro mashup that may make older readers occasionally gnash their teeth, the author counsels girls never to forget their intrinsic excellence and not to settle for bad relationships. Readers might expect a funny and wise young advisor to address sex more directly than she does here, but this is clearly a title intended to capitalize on a specific moment in its author’s life. Bosworth is focused on broad appeal, not breaking new ground. Overall, the positive aspects of her message outweigh the sigh-worthy bits. (Relationship advice. YA)