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First in a projected series, this debut novel sticks to a tried-and-true formula: interwoven first-person narratives trace the hopes and fates, rivalries and secrets of four privileged teenagers. In this case, the privilege has to do with spending a year in Paris as part of a prestigious high school study-abroad program. Enter Alex, a poor-little-rich-girl with a jam-packed designer wardrobe and wanton ways; PJ, a Heidi Klum look-alike on the run from a murky (but unspecified) family history; Olivia, who combines the grueling academics with study at the Paris Opera Ballet School and still finds time to party and fall in love; and good-looking Zach, who uses his reprieve from the Bible-thumpers back in Memphis to come out of the closet-maybe. The Paris setting enters chiefly through clothing (Alex shops at Galeries Lafayette until AmEx cuts her off) and cliché (PJ's host "father," a politician, cheats on his wife, with his wife's knowledge). Genre fans can comfortably anticipate that the virtuous among these characters will be rewarded and the haughty brought low; the second installment will appear in fall 2009. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.