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Posted March 3, 2009
Way better than the first one!
Ooooh this sequel to The Elite was soo much better. It keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for Simply Irresistible (July 2009)!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
****I wouldn't recommend reading this next paragraph if you still haven't read The Elite, I wouldn't want to spoil things for you****
In this book Sophie (one of my favorite characters) has her sweet sixteen coming up and she is going all out. That night is going to be HUGE, especially since her biological mother is making an appearance (!!).
There seems to be a bit of trouble in paradise for Drew and Casey, will they work it out?
****It's safe to read from here****
There's of course more drama here and there including some new problems for Drew, Phoebe, Sophie, Casey, well everyone actually. Some of those problems are HUGE.
The writing of course continues to get better. I liked learning more about the characters and seeing how realistic they keep getting, it's nice to read something not so fictional. The problems these characters go through are real, they happen often as sadly and entertaining as that is.
I loved the ending! There is a very interesting thing that will happen with the characters in the next novel and I can't wait to find out how everything will work out for everyone involved.
Posted February 16, 2009
In this second book in The Elite series, we continue with the young residents of the most exclusive building in the New York Upper East Side: the Bramford.<BR/>Madison, Casey, Sophie, Phoebe, and Drew are living the live of privileged New Yorkers. Expensive clothes, the best parties..<BR/>Madison is not amused when her ex-boyfriend is now the boyfriend of newcomer Casey.<BR/>Sophie has discovered that she is adopted, and she wants to meet her biological mother, who is a famous actress.<BR/>Phoebe sees her mom with another man in a hotel lobby and is furious. Drew has enough of the wealthy self absorbed New York girls. Will Casey be different from them? Or is she turning in a spoiled girl now, now she has that kind of friends...<BR/>If you like books like Gossip Girl and The Clique books. You will also like In Too Deep. It is written in the same kind of style, and it has the same kind of characters. It is fun to read, not the most original YA book, but hey, then it still is a cool read! Looking forward to the sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2009
A Story To Fall In Love With...
I have to say I liked this book better than the first one. I don't really know why but it was probably because I felt like I already knew the characters and could share their feelings a little better.<BR/>In this sequel to The Elite all the members of the Bram Clan a back with a couple new secrets. Casey has finally managed to snag Drew and even though she is putting on a good front for the public, Madison is not happy. Casey, on the other hand, couldn't be happier. She has never really had a boyfriend like Drew and she loves spending time with him. Not only do they hang out after school at some of their favorite spots, Casey is helping Drew create a documentary about all the spoiled rich kids of their school. Things seem to be going great until Madison becomes one of the interviewees.<BR/>Madison decides to think of a way to make Drew jealous and ruin his relationship with Casey by finding a new boyfriend to rub in his face. She is helped along in her quest when she meets Antonio who is not only a super sexy Italian, but also a manager for Verve Modeling Agency and he thinks that Madison Macallister may just be the perfect new model. <BR/>Madison is not the only one that is going to be famous, though. Sophie's sweet sixteen is coming up and she has decided that it would be the perfect event to meet her biological mom, movie star Melissa Von Norton, at. Also, as it turns out, her adoptive mother has decided to have the party taped and aired on the TV show, My Spoiled Sweet Sixteen. So, now not only does Sophie have to worry about meeting her real mom, she has to worry about doing it on TV.<BR/>As it turns out though, Sophie's adoptive family aren't the only ones keeping secrets from her. Phoebe is secretly seeing Sophie's annoying older brother, Jared. Phoebe knows that Sophie would throw a fit if she found out so she decides to break it off but every time she tries she loses her nerve. Finally, she decides that she can't keep the secret any longer and tries to break it off at Sophie's party but things don't exactly go as planned.<BR/>New family secrets and relationships are exposed in this book and they are some that I was shocked to find out about. But I won't spoil all the fun. Read the series for yourself and you will find out all the juicy details.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2008
Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadToo.com
Step back into the super privileged world of THE ELITE. The infamous girls living in one of New York's classiest apartment buildings, the Bramford, are back. While they may look absolutely perfect and dazzling, dark secrets are hiding behind their all-too-perfect appearance. <BR/><BR/>Casey McCloy is finally starting to fit in. Her hair's not as unruly as it used to be, she's learning the ins and outs of a good fashion sense, and she's dating Drew, one of the hottest guys in all of Manhattan. As she becomes the "New York Casey," though, she feels like she's losing herself. <BR/><BR/>Then there is Madison MacAllister, the reigning queen of the Upper East Side, who just so happens to believe that Casey stole Drew from her. Even though Madison and Drew weren't officially dating, Madison was majorly crushing on him, and still can't believe that a Midwestern freak like Casey could steal him away from her. Determined to get Drew back, Madison all but wages a silent war on Casey in order to exact her revenge. <BR/><BR/>Will the Queen Bee get what she wants, or will the new girl suddenly find herself a lot more powerful then she ever thought possible? <BR/><BR/>These books are splendid! IN TOO DEEP picks up right where THE ELITE left off, not missing a beat. All the gossip and drama that occurs in Gossip Girl is present in these books, except these girls actually have moral standards. <BR/><BR/>All of the characters in the book were excellently developed. Each had their own unique story and personality. I really love how Jennifer Banash had two supporting characters who each had their own thing going on. They were separate from Madison and Casey and really had their own lives, dealing with their own problems. What's also really great about the characters is that even though they are spoiled socialites, any girl could easily relate to them. Even Madison, who appears to be untouchable, has many insecurities that are present in your everyday teenage girl. <BR/><BR/>The pages were definitely drama-filled, and I found it hard to tear myself away from the book, eagerly anticipating what would happen next. There were many twists and turns that I would never have been able to guess, and I found many of the plot aspects to be really creative. <BR/><BR/>Jennifer Banash has definitely created a great sequel to THE ELITE, and while she answered many questions from the first book, she has created even more in this one. All the better, though, as it promises a great third book in the series, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, which hits shelves in Summer 2009. <BR/><BR/>In the meantime, go out and enjoy yourself as you read this deliciously guilty book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2008
fans of teen high society will relish the latest civil war between the forces of THE ELITE
With her mom traveling in Europe, Casey McCloy left Normal, Illinois to attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy in New York. She will live with her Nanna in the affluent Bramford Building in the Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan¿s Upper East Side. She has come a long way from her initial shock at the elegance of her new digs and school as she loves living in the Big Apple. <BR/><BR/>She has the urbane teen look and a boyfriend Drew Van Allen, but lately is concerned that the real small-town Midwesterner has vanished underneath a sophisticated phony veneer and that if Drew peeled away the surface he would detest what he sees. The top gun of the social set at Bramford Madison MacAlister is irate that the farmer¿s daughter is dating her Drew, whom she actually was not seeing when he turned to the country bumpkin. She wants Drew and plots to steal him while bringing normal back to the social stratosphere by humiliating and driving her rival back to Illinois.<BR/><BR/>The sequel to THE ELITE continues the adventures of the teenage country bumpkin navigating the shark infested waters of the east River¿s upper class. The key cast characters are fully developed hyperbolically representing a ¿good vs. bad¿ High Noon showdown on Fifth Avenue and a few other elite Manhattan locales (this crowd thinks the boroughs are foreign nations) with Drew going to the victor. Although there are too many subplots occurring with several not resolved, fans of teen high society will relish the latest civil war between the forces of THE ELITE.<BR/><BR/>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2009
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