Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Sloane Sisters
Author: Anna Carey
Release Date: April 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14+
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14+
Year/Setting: Present Day, New York City
Overall Rating: 2.5 (For anyone who Loves Gossip Girl: 4)
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Sloane Sisters's Website: www.sloanesisters.com
Letís be fair, here. This book is basically a teenage Melrose Place with none of the fun characters or fire that came from that well-known address.
Iíve noticed the trends that have been happening with Gossip Girl, etc. And Iím beginning to blame the CW and Bravo TV for conspiring to turn the next generation into airheads who only care about makeup and boys. Now, wait a minute, go back and read that one word before getting angry. Teenagers are supposed to care about make-up and boys. I know that. Thatís why I wrote ONLY.
The basic story here is that Cate and Andie Sloaneís wealthy father is going to marry Emma, a British model who is now the new "face" of Ralph Lauren. Emma and her two girls, Stella and Lola, are flying to the United States to live with their brand new family.
I know, you already see where this is going. The antics ensue. The girls try to out-do each other to be top of the heap. The only remotely intelligent girl seems to be Stella Ė who has the charm and ability to make a whole team of basketball players help her win queen-bee status.
Gossip Girl is a New York Times bestselling series of books which means, frankly, no one needs this review or any other. I was a huge fan of Beverly Hills 90210. They, too, were catty, annoying, rich, beautiful pains. But, thankfully, they also had writers who wrote poignant episodes about the completely hideous things that happen in the life of a teenager. Sometimes it was fun, sometimes disturbing. This book, however, is drivel. I canít even compare it to a teenage Jackie Collins book. All it makes me wish is that Judy Blume was still on top in the Young Adult world.
Until Next Time, Amy
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