The Bling RingTitle : The Bling Ring : How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

Author : Nancy Jo Sales

ISBN-10:  0062245538

ISBN-13 : 978-0062245533

Paperback : 288 pages

The Plot :

The Bling Ring, by Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales is an in-depth true story of the famous burglary ring that targeted young Hollywood. The group named ‘The Burglar Bunch’, ‘Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch’, ‘Hollywood Hills Burglars’ and later ‘The Bling Ring’ was made up of a band of seven privileged teenagers from Calabasas California.

The alleged members of the group are Rachel Lee, Nick Prugo, Alexis Neiers, Diana Tamayo, Courteney Ames, Johnny Ajar and Roy Lopez Jr. In a span of less than a year, October 2008 to August 2009, they were accused of stealing almost $3 million in cash, clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, art work etc. Their victims were always celebrities, particularly Young Hollywood. Their famous victims include the like of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr, Brian Austin Green, Megan Fox etc. The group also had allegedly identified other targets including Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Hillary Duff, Vanessa Hudgens etc.

The members of the bling ring targeted people who were considered fashion icons, whose style the members of the group envied. The group obtained information about their targets from the internet using sites like, Google Earth and their schedules using Twitter and Facebook. They planed their ‘missions’ based on various bits of news and information they could gather online and , in the words of some of its members, ‘went shopping’ in their celebrity victims’ homes.

The police were tipped by an unidentified person of the involvement of Nick Prugo and Rachel lee. They were also allegedly captured on the surveillance cameras at their victims’ homes. Nick Prugo was soon arrested and he confessed to the police about his and his friends’ involvement in the burglaries. The LAPD soon issues search warrants for the homes of the other members of the bling ring and some were found to be in possession of the stolen goods. Criminal charges were leveed against the members of the group and most of them did not contest the leveed charges.

Nancy Jo Sales wrote about the bling ring in 2010 for Vanity Fair in an article titled ‘The Suspects Wore Louboutins’.  The Bling Ring is an extended version of the article and gives in depth details of the case. Over all I loved this book with its details and the amazing questions raised about how and what brought these kids to commit these crimes. It talks about the changing perceptions about celebrities, the Hollywood lifestyle and increasing narcissism amongst the newer generations. A beautiful and fast read. Definitely worth giving it a shot.


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