Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fabulous by Simone Bryant

The Pacesetters are the hottest girls at Pace Academy, one of New York's most elite private schools. In a school filled with celebrity offspring, heiresses, and hot rising stars, three girls stand out. Starr is the daughter of a top record producer/mogul and a former singer, and she is determined to have the birthday party to end all birthday parties - even if she doesn't have a date to bring to it. Marisol's dad is a high-ranked baseball player, but her parents have been having problems lately and she's wondering if his lavish lifestyle is to blame. Dionne is new to the Pace world and is funded by her dad's music career, but no one knows that she still lives in a working-class neighbourhood - or that her father might be overextending himself financially. With all of this drama going on, it looks like it's going to be a very eventful year at Pace Academy.

I recently took in a School Library Journal Book Buzz webcast, where I saw some of Harlequin's upcoming titles, and I realized that I'm not that familiar with Kimani Tru titles. I love private school/boarding school stories, so this one was a natural one for me to pick up. There was a lot of celebrity/designer name-dropping in this book, but given the world the book took place in, it made sense. The three girls had their own identities and while there was guy/relationship drama, there were also deeper problems for the girls that gave the book emotional weight. I'm looking forward to checking out the next Pace Academy title.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Zigesar
Chasing Romeo by A.J. Byrd
Patterson Heights by Felicia Pride
Face Value by Taryn Bell
Step Up by Monica McKayhan

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