The A-List: A Novel

The A-List: A Novel

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by Zoey Dean
     
 

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Welcome to The A-List, a wickedly funny and risquT paperback original novel that takes readers behind the scenes of the intoxicating world of Hollywood glitterati. Seventeen-year-old Upper East Side blueblood Anna ("pronounced Aaaanah") Percy is on her way to Beverly Hills, California, where she'll live with her estranged dad for the rest of the school year while

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Welcome to The A-List, a wickedly funny and risquT paperback original novel that takes readers behind the scenes of the intoxicating world of Hollywood glitterati. Seventeen-year-old Upper East Side blueblood Anna ("pronounced Aaaanah") Percy is on her way to Beverly Hills, California, where she'll live with her estranged dad for the rest of the school year while her mother travels to Europe with a friend. On the plane, Anna drinks too much champagne and gets hit on by record producer Rick Resnick. Luckily Princeton student Ben Birnbaum is there to save her and he invites Anna to famous actor Jackson Sharpe's wedding, where Anna meets the cast of rich and famous characters who are soon to be her classmates at Beverly Hills High. The fast times of Beverly Hill's most beautiful and glamorous people drive the page-turning action of this juicy new novel.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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

Publishers Weekly
This debut novel may be just the ticket for Gossip Girls fans. Perennial good girl Anna Percy ("Anna had yet to do one truly nasty thing") moves from New York City to her father's mansion in Los Angeles determined to reinvent herself. Things seem to be going well when the 17-year-old meets and makes out with handsome Princeton student Ben Birnbaum on the plane. Even better, he invites her to the New Years Eve wedding that night of a famous actor, Jackson Sharpe. But when her father fails to pick her up at the airport, Anna's new glamorous life takes a downward turn, made much worse when she meets Ben's nasty friends at the wedding. Covering a four-day period, the author cycles through various perspectives, from Anna to Ben's friends, including Jackson Sharpe's insecure daughter Sam, and Sam's friends, cruel Cammie and ditsy Dee, all of whom secretly attempt to land Ben for their own. Readers will likely be caught up in the glamorous world created here, full of fancy cars, decadent parties and designer clothes (Sam has designer's assistants "to help [her] with the selection process"). But, while Dean raises some intriguing plot points (Why did Ben abandon Anna on his father's yacht? Why is a former child prodigy now driving Anna's father's car? Will Anna's sister check herself out of rehab?), the audience may be frustrated by all the loose ends that point strongly to a sequel, if only by way of explanation. Ages 15-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
One phrase seems to describe the genre of this book: beach read. This is an ideal book for a teen girl to read on her spring-break trip. The light read and romantic drama keeps you turning the pages and eager to know who ends up with who and where. The story follows Anna Percy's relocation from her stuffy New York life as she travels to Los Angeles where her father lives. Anna is sick of doing exactly what is correct, so she has decided to be a little wild. During her first few days Anna meets quite the crowd from Beverly Hills. From the first day she winds up on the arm of a hot older boy at an Oscar wedding. After just a few days, Anna realizes that the L. A. life is a lot to handle. The main problem with this book is the lack of a resolution. Anna has some problems with her father that do not seem to ever get resolved. Most of the characters are not very well developed, but they are the kind of people that let you pretty much guess their type. The story is not strong or enlightening, but it is quite entertaining to pick up while sitting in the sun. 2003, 17th Street Productions/Alloy, Ages 12 up.
— Caroline Haugen
VOYA
Hmmmm . . . what to take to the beach-dusty tome from recommended college lists or juicy paperback with passionate near-sex in a bathroom six miles up between New York and Los Angeles in chapter one? Tough decision. Fittingly, this reviewer chose Dean's novel the week that Fox's The O.C. debuted, a television series set in Orange County, California, where money apparently flows even faster than booze. The new book and show have something in common: a fascination with characters who own everything yet suffer typical disenchantments, addictions, uncertainties, and jealousies. Dean's book focuses on fabulously wealthy Anna, who travels to L.A. to live with her estranged father and spend her final high school semester in an upscale internship. Good girl Anna decides to step out of her role and walk on the wild side-easily done with Ben, Princeton playboy flying home to attend a celebrity wedding; not-so-easily done with clawing competition from three Ben-girlfriend-wannabes. Dean's style flows seamlessly from breezy or biting descriptions to melodramatic scenarios. Product identification pervades-no article of clothing or accessory is left unlabeled. Although the presence of four-letter words might require an "R" rating, sex is more talked about than executed in the plot. Anna remains a good girl, struggling to make friends in a superficial setting. The novel, first in a series, leaves many questions unanswered, with plenty of material for yet another day at the beach fantasizing about being good enough in whatever ways are required for inclusion on an elusive, exclusive "A-List." VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Little Brown, 245p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Patti Sylvester Spencer
KLIATT
Boy troubles, popularity contests, and problem parents apparently aren't eased by first-class travel, Versace, and film star parties. Anna Percy-prim, genteel, beautiful, and in possession of an eight-digit trust fund-has a broken heart. Her wild and crazy best friend is dating Anna's secret crush, unaware of Anna's unrequited love. Anna decides to seize the day: she will spend the months before college with her estranged father in L.A., interning for a famous literary agency. Before her plane even lands, she's made a date with sexy Ben, who offers to take her to a movie star's wedding. But L.A. isn't all it's cracked up to be. Oh, the adventure's there, but Anna finds herself thrust into a social scene just as wealthy as hers, but very different in class. Three girls confront Anna, each with her own bizarre problems, and each willing to go to extreme lengths to get Ben for herself. Worse, Anna's father is drugged out and dating, and the promised internship has evaporated. Anna's adventures among the Hollywood rich are chock-full of name brands-Jack Kerouac needs to be defined as "a famous writer from the early sixties," but Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, and Cle de Peau Beaute are among the casually dropped names-but for those girls who are interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous, this is well written and a good read. KLIATT Codes: S-Recommended for senior high school students. 2003, 17th Street Publications, 245p., Ages 15 to 18.
— Deborah Kaplan
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Moving from Manhattan's elite world to "Hollyweird" presents Anna with quite a culture shock, but one that she's ready for. White gloves and tea give way to her drugged-out dad in the gazebo and a Hollywood celebrity's wedding where she is introduced to Ahi rolls. She discovers that all is not without controversy in LaLa land, and that beautiful girls are not always welcome in the inner circle, especially those who pick up the hunk whom all the insiders are lusting after. After surviving the evil competitors, bad yogurt, and a vengeful seatmate on the plane, Anna proves that gorgeous good girls can, and do, survive in L.A. All of those nasty, high-society types that populate the "Gossip Girl" series (Little, Brown) can be found here in bikinis and Oakleys instead of wool pashminas and Blahnik boots. Unfortunately, this book tries to be more than the others of its genre by making frequent use of words and phrases that don't fit the beach-baby scene, such as "-she wasn't one to snivel over the vagaries of her own existence." Fans of the series will flock to this book, but they may be a tad disappointed with the replay.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this fast-paced but uninspired soap opera, 17-year-old Anna Cabot Percy, an elegant, self-contained New York upper-crust WASP, goes to Los Angeles to visit her distant father and cast off her good-girl image. On the plane she meets a handsome, charming, rich Princeton freshman who invites her to be his guest at a movie star's opulent wedding. But what Anna doesn't know is that his invitation stirs the ire of the most powerful (and indeed selfish, unhappy, and unpleasant) teens at the wedding, the so-called A-List girls, who aren't about to let an interloper poach on their turf. As with the Gossip Girl books, adult readers will be struck by how alone these kids are-there is barely a caring adult in sight-while teens will get the thrill of seeing how the super-rich live, coupled with the heartening insight that money doesn't guarantee happiness. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316734356
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
08/27/2003
Series:
A-List Series, #1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Zoey Dean's A-List is a national bestselling series. She divides her time between Beverly Hills and several small islands in the Caribbean. She is currently working on her next juicy A-List novel, at an undisclosed location.

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A-List (The A-List Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 332 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Anna, Ben, Sam, Cammie, Dee, and Adam made readers fall in love with THE A-LIST. Now it's time for those A-Listers to take a bow and the next generation to take the stage.

First there is Amelie Adams, the Hollywood starlet. Famous for her role as the Fairy Princess, Amelie has little girls screaming, asking for her autograph. Unfortunately, starting out as an actress on a child's show never benefits you when you're trying to land a more mature role. Amelie is ready to grow up and break out of her good-girl shell. She is ready to show the world that she has more potential, but is the world ready for her?

Then there is Myla Everhart. Famous just for being adopted by Hollywood's golden couple, Barbar (short for Barley) Everhart and Lailah Barton, Myla has the paparazzi tracking her every move. Every time she turns around, not only is a picture taken, but it seems like her parents adopt another child to be her sibling. However, that really doesn't matter to Myla, since the only thing she cares about right now is her longtime boyfriend, Ash.

Ash Gilmour, the son of record producer Gordon Gilmour, has everything going for him, but his laid-back exterior gives no sign of it. Together, Ash and Myla are Hollywood's next golden couple. Of course, this is Hollywood, and relationships always take a turn for the worst. Are they any different?

Next is Jacob Porter-Goldsmith. With a mom as a publicist, Jacob knows who is falling and who is rising in Hollywood. Jacob has always been the geek, the one who never has had a girlfriend, the one who has never had a girl even look his way. But that has all changed. Back from math camp, Jacob has an entirely new look, going from looking like a dork to being transformed into a complete hottie. He knows now he can get any girl he wants, but will a certain starlet he has an eye for look his way?

Last but certainly not least is Jojo. Nowhere near the other A-Listers, literally, Jojo has managed to adapt to her normal life with two dads and a wardrobe that isn't fit for a celebrity. Her life takes a major turn when she discovers who her biological parents are. With that kind of connection she just entered into the A-List world by default. But is the A-List that welcoming? It's not going to be easy, but Jojo is determined to be accepted, even if she has to play a little dirty.

This new cast of A-Listers are just as devious, scandalous, and gorgeous as the first, something fans of the first generation have grown accustomed to. Fans of the original series will not be disappointed. It will be good to see how this series progresses - can it possibly outlast the original?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, so i'm not typically a very fast reader or frequent reader. But when I picked up the A-list and started reading it, I literally could not stop reading it! It's really suspenseful from cover-to-cover, and it's really addicting as well. Fans of the Clique Series and Gossip Girl would absolutely love this book. So I totally recommend buying this book if you are thinking about it.
Bellle More than 1 year ago
This book was fun to read. the characters ranged anywhere from sweet and innocent to mean and vicious. It kept you wondering what these hollywood starlets were going to do and if they'd succeed.
GatorWorm More than 1 year ago
This book was a fast read, and pretty much had my attention from the very beginning. Her writing style is just like the original series, so it is easy to jump right into, and pretty much get hooked. I loved the plot. The characters brought plenty of drama and romance, just what everyone wants to read! I would reccomend this book to anyone who liked the original series. It's a fun book,perfect filler for in between reading your series'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it. It was a face paced fun-book. I read it in the car in one sitting! I hope there's a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a quick easy and entertaining book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summary: Anna Percy a seventeen year old prep school New Yorker is tired of living in the shadow of her best friend Cyn, so Anna decides to fly to Las Angeles and stay there with her dad for six months. Anna is ready to jump out of her sheltered life and become a different person in Las Angeles. On Anna's plane ride to L.A she meets a cute boy from Princeton, Ben Birnbaum. Ben invites Anna to Jackson Sharpe's wedding (a famous director) on New Years and Anna agrees to go with him. Anna's plane lands in L.A; she is so excited to see her father she has not seen him in years since her parents got divorced. Unfortunately, her father is not very reliable; he did not pick her up from the airport or meet her for lunch like he promised to. Anna goes to the wedding with Ben and meets his friends, Sam Dee, and Cammie, there. Sam, Dee, and Cammie all have a crush on Ben, so they are very jealous that Anna is on a date with Ben. The three girls do all they can to make this New Year's Eve the worst day of Anna's life, but Anna is not affected by their shenanigans and has a great night with Ben. Ben and Anna then leave the party to go have their own party on a yacht. The night was very romantic for the both of them, but Ben left early and left Anna stranded all alone on the yacht. Anna was very upset with him, so two days later when Ben tried to apologize to her Anna told him that he lost his chance with her and she never talked to Ben Birnbaum again. Major Messages/Themes: The major message or theme of The A-List is to be yourself, but to have confidence and strength within yourself. Anna wanted to go to Las Angeles to be reborn and not be the same old boring person, but when she goes to L.A she realizes she does not need to change who she is she just needs to be proud and confident about herself. In the past Anna would have forgiven Ben and given him a second chance, because she was afraid to express what she truly feels, but for the first time in her life she has the confidence and strength to tell Ben that he has lost his chance with her. Likes and Dislikes: the things I liked about, The A-List, are the overall theme of the book and the cliffhangers in the book. I personally love the theme of the book; it is an inspiring theme that makes the book seem so realistic. The book maybe fiction, but what happens in it is something that can happen in real life, which makes it easier to relate to. I also like how the author left some cliffhangers at the end of each chapter; they always made me want to read more. The only thing I dislike about The A-List is how the story ends; Dean (the author) ends the book by Anna walking away from Ben, but Dean does not tell how the rest of Anna's time went in L.A I found the end of the book almost frustrating, because I wanted to know what happened in the rest of the time Anna was in L.A. Why Someone Should Read This: I recommend The A-List by Zoey Dean to anyone who wants to read a romantic and mysterious book with a solid story line and theme. The book is packed with interesting dialogue and events that keeps the reader on their toes. This book is great, but is not for any readers under the age of 14, because it has many suggestive language and events. Overall Rating: My overall rating for The A-List by Zoey Dean is a seven. The book is filled with exciting twist and turns that I enjoyed, but the disappointing end was frustrating, so I had to give the book a mediocre score.
theegb More than 1 year ago
Basically this series is the best series i have EVER read! You guys HAVE to read these books! They literally changed my life! As strange as that sounds...I learned to love all the characters! It was so hard when i finished the last book California Dreaming but like they say,..its not how they died, but how they lived. Or something like that... x] Anyways! Please read these books! You deffiently will NOT regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll fall in love with your first time meeting the characters. Anna, the sophisticated girl from New York who goes to California to live with her dad and find adventure, Ben, the boy she meets on the plane and makes her wonder about love at first sight, Cammie, the hot bad girl of LA, Sam, her best friend who is insecure about her looks and daughter of Hollywood's favorite movie star, and Dee, the innocent girl who has some troubles. The chapters showing the views and points of views of the different characters will be refreshing, and give you a new view on them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW. These books were just amazing, who would've thought. I didn't, that's for sure. The cover of the 1st book didn't look that inviting but as soon as I started reading, I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! It was just really refreshing to finally read something, that wasn't just about the same old high school love stories, I mean come on, ZzZzZzZ. These books had more than that. They had intrigue, glamour, & romance. You really get the essence of life in Hollywood! Trust me, once you read this 1st book, you'll want to rush to any bookstore to get the rest of the series! GREAATT SERIES, I definitely recommend it to girls 14-up.I'm definitely going to read the 2nd set of this series! :) ENJOY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in the middle of heart of glass and am sooo perplexed i reccomend this to anyone looking for a good read
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book for teens. I can honestly see how some girls can be so nasty- they are rich and therefore think the world should shine down specifically on them! Anyway, this book is a quick read, cute for teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ahmazing.
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Give me your Nook names. Idk mine so yeah.
garland2011 More than 1 year ago
Great Series!!
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Wat do i so i love supernatural teen romance like c.c hunters books the shadow falls novels???????????? ;) LOVE guys in these type of books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Love the series! Very funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the A-list series, which are a quickand fluffy YA read. Worth your beach time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVA!!! Ps. I dint think they NEEDED the jojos parents to be barbar and those rwo dads really what about a middle class male female coupe.
JessicaJAS More than 1 year ago
Being totally honest, this novel has many twists in it, but they can be over dramatic most of the time. For a story such as this one, which is meant to be a story which you can relate to at times, is hard to relate to. Everything is high class and elegant, and it seems like a normal teen drama television series. The book if fun to read at times, but it gets too dramatic to the point where you actually want to put it down sometimes. But if you have free time and not much on your mind, I would recommend this book to you because it will keep you entertained since so much goes on in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this series in middle school and I really liked it! It was fast paced and fun. I would recommend this to young girls who like to read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel ia amazing because there is drama, jealousy, love, sorta friendship, and hateride... everything that a teenager might have in there life, i think that its neat how in every or every two chapters the persons persective changes. I love the varity of the charecters and their backgrounds and their different ways of seeing different things. I love this book i read this book in less than two days! Its so addicting to read it! I highly... no not highly very very highly recommend this book, The A-list
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it.