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Beautiful World by Anastasia Hollings

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Cover art: Beautiful World Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Beautiful World - 1st in the Beautiful World series
Author: Anastasia Hollings
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-143532-4
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA//Fiction/Contemporary
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14+; Grades 9 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14+; Grades 9 and up
Year/Setting: Present Day/New York City
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Anastasia's Website: www.anastasiahollings.com


Dear Readers:

Hmmm. How to begin... This is a book for teens who absolutely love 90210; The OC; even Gossip Girl, I suppose. I should tell you, I'm not a fan of any of them. This book is basically about how to tell lies in order to get you into a world where money, clothes, and stupid teenagers who only care about botox, are the only things that matter.

Ann Warner was born Ann Warner. However, she calls herself Amelia because, apparently, that sounds fancier. She has a brother named Zach (who actually has some redeeming qualities). Their mother left when they were young because she wanted to live in a rich world, and all their father could seem to do was get thrown out of teaching jobs. We begin in St. Bart's, where the father has a two week job tutoring some rich guy's spoiled brat. While their father is working, Amelia and Zach leave their poor, run-down hotel to sit and eat with the wealthiest people in the world. They lie and charge all their meals and "extras" to a room number that they simply make up. This one morning, a young girl named Courtney sits down with her family on the patio, and Amelia begins to plan her next scam. Soon, she has Courtney and her rich family's attention and love. We proceed to walk through life with her as she points out the horrors of being poor versus the happiness of being a spoiled little snot. We feel bad for the actual rich girl, Courtney, because she wasn't always rich. She doesn't even care about money - she simply wants friends.

This book proves, page after page, that if you're one of the elite, you will get served alcohol when you're only eighteen. You will do nothing all day long but go clothes shopping and spend thousands of dollars on shoes every five minutes because A) you can and, B) because there's nothing else in your pathetic little life to do. Don't get me wrong, I gave this book a 3 because there are many teenagers who will LOVE this world. There are many girls who would KILL to live this life, and all I can do is hope that there are no real Amelia's out there in the world who would step all over someone simply for the latest Prada creation.

Unfortunately....there are.

Until Next Time, Amy

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