Friday, September 21, 2012

Private Review

Private by Kate Brian

Fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy—the golden ticket away from her pill-popping mother and run-of-the-mill suburban life. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she has been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her. She feels like she’s on the outside, looking in.

Until she meets the Billings Girls.

They are the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle.

Reed uses every part of herself—the good, the bad, the beautiful—to get closer to the Billings Girls. She quickly discovers that inside their secret parties and mountains of attitude, hanging in their designer clothing-packed closets the Billings Girls have skeletons. And they’ll do anything to keep their secrets private.

3 out of 5 stars

Private is the first book in the Private series.

Reed gets accepted to Easton Academy, but she doesn't really fit in at the ultra-rich school. Then she meets Noelle, Ariana, Kiran and Taylor- the girls of Billings House. They are everything that she wants to be and she'll do anything to be accepted by them.

 I got this a few years ago when it was a free book on the Kindle, but I forgot all about it. I remember seeing a few of the webisodes, but wasn't interested enough to read the books. I'm still not that interested in the series. I ended up reading the descriptions of the other books and that was really enough for me. I do have Book of Spells, the prequel, because my mom bought if and passed it on to me so I'll probably read that one eventually.

My biggest problem with this book was Reed. She was just so pathetic that it was painful. I had to skim parts because it was just so bad. I suffer from secondhand embarrassment, and this book was full of it. Everyone else was a typical character in this type of book and not really any better or worse than other books.

The story was mainly about what Reed would do to get noticed by these girls, including things that would get her expelled. And if it wasn't about the Billings Girls, it was about looking for her sorta-boyfriend Thomas. This book is the first in an exceptionally long series (14 books and 2 prequels), but it was just a whole lot of nothing. If I hadn't read about the other books, it wouldn't seem like anything was going to happen.

And, specific to the Kindle edition, it was so full of errors. They were obviously typos, but it wasn't just a few.

If you like books about mean girls, then this would be a good one for you. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't at the top of the pack for these kinds of books. Reed really ruined the book for me so, even with the promise of more interesting things coming, I just don't think I want to read more. Kate Brian's writing is decent, though, so I may give her spin-off series, Privilege, a shot. Based of the description, it sounds much better.

*Picture and description from Goodreads

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