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Monday, August 26, 2013

Preppy Murder: Books about Spoiled Socialites

On this day in 1986, Jennifer Levin was murdered. According to the History Channel, "the case shocked the city and raised questions about underage drinking, drug use and casual sex among New York’s privileged youth." These are themes that have since been well explored in YA Lit.

    

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. Serena has just gotten kicked out of boarding school and is looking forward to hanging out with her friends again, especially Blair, and returning to her snooty school, Constance Billiard. But Blair has kinda enjoyed the spotlight ever since her taller, thinner, blonder, prettier best friend has been away and doesn't want to give it up. The first in a series, follow it with You Know You Love Me.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. Three years after Alison has disappeared, her former best friends, still have secrets to hide. Then they begin to get text messages from "A" who threatens to tell everything. Can Alison possibly be back? The first in a series, follow it with Flawless.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. Henry and Elizabeth are about to be married, even though Elizabeth is in love with the stable boy, Elizabeth's little sister is in love with Henry, and Henry keep sleeping with Elizabeth's best frenemy. Plus, it's 1899, so the dresses are amazing. Follow it with Rumors.

    

Private by Kate Brian. Reed is the new student at an exclusive boarding school where she's in way over her head, both academically and socially. She longs to be part of the Billings group, but they have their own secrets to hide. The first in a series, follow it with Invitation Only.

The Clique by Lisi Harrison. Claire has just moved from Florida and is living in Massie's guest house while her parents find a house (their fathers are friends). But Massie's the Queen Bee at school and Claire's Gap jeans from 2 years ago and Ked shoes just will not cut it. Follow it with Best Friends for Never.

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. These vampires aren't just the rich children of New York's elite, but they're actually fallen angels-- those that left Heaven with Lucifer, but changed their minds before entering Hell. Plenty of mean girl politics, entangled romances, and an alternate explanation for large portions of history make this long-running series smart and fun. The second is Masquerade.

    

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Disgusted by certain aspects of her elite boarding school, Frankie infiltrates the all-male Order of the Basset Hounds. Despite the fact her father and boyfriend are members, Frankie's supposed to pretend she doesn't know it exists. Instead, she makes it do her bidding without their knowledge.

The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker. Last year, Grace died in a mysterious fire. When her best friend, Kate, gets an email from her, Kate starts investigating, trying to figure out which of the many secret societies at their elite school may have been responsible. Fans will want to read the sequel, The Lies That Bind.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. Lexington Larrabee has just crashed her $500,000 custom-built Mercedes into a convenience store. She's a spoiled brat and her father decides that if she wants that $25mil trust fund, it's time she got a job. He picks 52 different minimum wage jobs and she has to work each one for a week.

Who are your favorite rich, mean girls?

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