(August 26, 2008)
So, this is the book I've been trying to 'review' for Harper Teen's First Look since the 20-somethingth of June, but the site still refuses to let me submit anything, so you get it first. Whoever the collective 'you' happens to be right now.
I'll admit, when I got this book I was still a little bummed about not getting The Summoning, but that disappointment ended up being for nothing.
The summary (which at this moment is still not up on Amazon) is what I blame for my initial so-so ness of the book. (In fact if it were in a bookstore at $17 or even Amazon's current $11.55, I don't think I would buy it with the summary Harper gave).
Lucy Peterson is a military brat, but she's tired of the schools, new towns (and countries), and new best friends that never seem to last very long. It's high school now and she has a plan--she's going to get into boarding school and get herself into a great university.
Except the boarding school she gets into is the prestigious Van Pelt where princesses, heiresses, and rock stars sons go. And she's on scholarship. And knows nothing about the fashion designers offering goods at the 'school store'.
There is of course the Lucy making a fool of herself that almost has to be there, the 'It' girls making her life Hell...but then Jet Set has something more that makes it not your typical Normal-Girl-Goes-to-Boarding-School-with-Paris-Hilton-&-Co. In a way that's in the summary currently provided by Harper, but in a way that made it seem like that typical book. That summary doesn't seem to be anywhere though so maybe (hopefully) someone that can affect things agreed with me?
I don't know how to say anything about it without giving a lot away (and maybe that was the problem) but let's just say that this book is fantastic because it has the richy richy girls, the school store selling Chanel, a million other things about the school I'm leaving for when you read the book, a handsome prince who walks his Golden Retrievers, but it also actually has a story and a character with a brain who makes choices that make sense.
There are glamorous parties, but it's not everyone only going out and getting drunk and having sex...Karasyov and Kargman have balanced the life you could only live in your fantasies, with real life which only makes the entire thing that much more amazing and that much more realistic.
This is one of the few books that I think those who love the books like the Gossip Girl ones and those who only like more serious books, will both enjoy.
I give this book 9/10 and that's mostly because some random harping on Britney Spears bugged me and seemed unnecessary and unneeded.