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Beverly Hills: 90210 gets a fabulous face-lift for the Gossip Girl crowd in Zoey Dean's first sassy, sun-tanned installment of her Hollywood-centric The A-List.
Cover to cover with personalities you'll love (and love to loathe), Dean's West Coast adventure tells the tale of Anna Cabot Percy, a well-to-do New Yorker who heads to L.A. for an internship -- and learns about Tinsel Town the hard way. Out to revamp her good-girl image while she's there, Anna gets sloshed on the L.A.-bound plane and winds up meeting Princeton-going hunk Ben Birnbaum, who almost makes Anna a member of the Mile-High Club (thank goodness for federal regulations). Ben also asks Anna to celeb Jackson Sharpe's New Year's Eve wedding, and when Anna finds herself arm-in-arm with him before Hollywood's glitterati, she learns that being with Ben means fierce competition from Samantha Sharpe -- Jackson's label-loving, snappy daughter -- and her vicious friend, Cammie Sheppard. Over the course of a few days, Anna discovers plenty about these two vixens and even gets an unpleasant surprise from Ben himself, but with plenty of "new-and-improved Anna" defenses up her sleeve, this girl is set to be the next star on the A-List.
More deliciously sinful than the strudel at Spago and as marvelous as a Stella McCartney frock, Dean's A-List is a trashy treat that will keep you glued to your lounge. The sharp-tongued characters are definitely on a par with Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl, but their L.A. demeanor and knack for late-night partygoing will remind you that this brat pack is another, slightly groovier breed. If you're looking for feel-good California dreamin', you'd better take something first with this one. Shana Taylor