American Girls, by Alison UmmingerRead about another entry on the list.
Anna needs to get away from home, and there’s no better place to run for the summer than to her half sister in LA. But all is not golden sunshine on the left coast, and Anna finds herself slipping further into darkness when a research project takes her deeper into the lives of the Manson girls. Umminger’s debut is an artful homage to sisterhood and a nuanced look at teenage girldom—different kinds of emotional abuse, complicated relationships between all sorts of family members, the dark side of Hollywood and celebrity, the lack of sympathy and humanization we have for girls we deem to be stronger than us, and the all-important question of who’s worthy/capable of redemption and what it takes to get it.
Also see Becky Ferreira's list of seven of the best books set in Los Angeles.