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Beautiful World (Beautiful World Series)
     

Beautiful World (Beautiful World Series)

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by Anastasia Hollings
 

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Amelia Warner will stop at nothing to get what she wants: everything.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Warner is always on the outside. Moving from boarding school to boarding school with her brother and their father, the untenured professor, doesn't help. Amelia lives inches from the sons and daughters of the elite, forever looking in on the beautiful people.

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Amelia Warner will stop at nothing to get what she wants: everything.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Warner is always on the outside. Moving from boarding school to boarding school with her brother and their father, the untenured professor, doesn't help. Amelia lives inches from the sons and daughters of the elite, forever looking in on the beautiful people. A natural-born charmer who doesn't lie so much as rework the truth to her advantage, Amelia is well-versed in the art of faking a high-society identity to get limited access to the luxe life, but she's never figured out how to truly belong. Then she meets Courtney Moore, the Upper East Side heiress who needs a friend as badly as Amelia wants to be that friend, and suddenly a world of opportunity opens up for her. Parties, shopping, her own wing in the Moore mansion—it's all hers for the taking, as long as she can keep her real life a secret, especially from the new acquaintance who's been asking way too many questions. Can Amelia stay one step ahead of the doubters to secure her place in the beautiful world?

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Publishers Weekly
In this debut YA, Hollings adds to the Mean Girls subgenre by introducing Amelia Warner, a master backstabber and experienced liar, whose academic father can't afford the A-list life she desperately wants. Chapters alternate between the viewpoints of conniving Amelia (actual name: Ann), nouveau riche Courtney Moore (Amelia's wealthy target) and Amelia's brother, Zach, whose main appeal appears to be his looks. The plot basically revolves around Amelia piling lie upon lie in order to further dupe and con sweet-natured Courtney into inviting Amelia to stay at her spacious Manhattan apartment and buying Amelia everything from a Cartier watch to cocktails at the Carlyle Hotel. None of the characters is especially sympathetic—not even Courtney who is frustratingly gullible—and Amelia's lies are haphazard rather than clever. Hollings's prose does the usual name-dropping for every article of clothing mentioned and top-tier restaurant and club visited, giving the book the air of a manual for social climbers like Amelia. It's easy to envision readers Googling everything from Harry's Bar in Rome to Cohiba cigars to polish their own repartee. Ages 14–up. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061435324
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
Beautiful World Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Beautiful World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This was a very different look at the privileged life that the Upper East Side lives in, and Amelia(Ann) is determined to make it her rightful place. Reality is that Ann is the daughter of a untenured professor who is struggling with various positions to make ends meet. Her brother Zach has his stunning good looks to keep the girls guessing if he was a younger version of Johnny Depp. But deep down Amelia is a con, a walking fraud who wants the best and brightest, but isn't going to pay for any of it. This book to me shows the lengths some people will go to break into the good life, and just how twisted the steps really are. Amelia latches onto the naive, but gorgeous Courtney Moore and gets her to buy Amelia everything from a Cartier tank watch, to drinks at The Carlyle. But how long can Amelia keep the con going before everyone knows that she is really poor plain Ann? Amelia is very bright, and very convincing, but I wonder just how long the house of cards can really stay going. Seems this book is going to be taking us along for the ride, and this first volume has all the name dropping you expect, and you get to see the glittering island of St. Barth, to the Upper East Side, and everything in between.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago