The Elite [NOOK Book]

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From the top, you can see everything?except yourself.

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she's overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she's moved to New York's Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an ...
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Overview

From the top, you can see everything?except yourself.

When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she's overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she's moved to New York's Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one welltimed whisper. Better to be on her good side.

But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people?including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone.


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Editorial Reviews

Scott Bradfield
Banash is destined for great things. (Scott Bradfield, author of The History of Luminous Motion)
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

When her mother moves to London to do research, Casey finds herself living with her grandmother in a rent-stabilized apartment in a posh building on the Upper East Side of New York City. The Bram is the home to an assortment of the rich and fabulous, including Madison, Phoebe, and Sophie, three of Casey's new classmates at the exclusive Meadowlark Academy. Casey quickly finds that her clothes and her pocketbook are not in the same league with those of the Bram Girls, but they form a wary friendship that will be tested by her budding interest in Madison's on-again, off-again boyfriend Drew. Switching points of view among Casey, the Bram Girls, and Drew, Banash tries to cram too much into the pages, and her characters suffer. Solutions to Casey's boy and money problems magically appear when needed. Sophie's struggle to accept the news that she is adopted takes place largely off-page, and her cutting habit is mentioned only in passing. Phoebe's adulterous mother is forgettable. Madison's sob story of disastrous first sex actually makes her more interesting than most. Furthermore, Banash's research is lacking. Her school scenes are unrealistic (AP Algebra?), her grannies play bridge like it's poker, and her name-dropping of clothing labels with every new outfit (from exclusive designers to Target brands) is quickly annoying. Fans of "Gossip Girl" who can't get enough of rich kids might enjoy this first in a series, but there are better offerings to be had.-Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101220306
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 907,691
  • File size: 204 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Banash was born and raised in New York City. She currently lives with her beagle, Sigmund, and her vast designer shoe collection.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Best book ever

    I read this book in school and it was amazing just the was it keeps going on and on

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Wickedly Delish!

    Hmmm... Another series about a Midwestern beauty moving to NYC. Another series featuring more rich, beautiful, bratty teens.


    Excuse me, haven't we done this before? Yes! Unfortunately, many times over! Excessively!

    Enter Jennifer Banash. JB has skills. Ms. Banash extinguishes the competition w/ her Manolo's then struts down to Bergdorf's to pick up a pair of Corset Bootie 's (Dior), a Stella McCartney Piercing Tote & a Kooba Blake Leather Shoulder Bag (love)! Banash is clearly a rock star & the others pale in comparison screeching karaoke.

    Like movie theater popcorn w/ extra butta, a foot massage, a sundae w/ caramel, marshmallow & cherries ;P; a shopping spree @ Christian Louboutin, Victoria Secret & Sephora. Jennifer Banash has a sure fire hit w/ her fabulous Elite series.



    Banash's characters are authentic, unique & interesting. Every player has a tale to tell & it is not just filler... it's substance. Banash was brilliant crafting the chapters in alternating points of view. It brings all the characters front & center. No kibbles & bits for the secondary characters...

    Banash illuminates every cast member w/ a glow of their own. The Elite isn't just about "poor" Casey & snotty Madison doesn't overshadow the novel w/ her grandstanding & diva tantrums...

    Jennifer deftly displays every character's voice & allows them to be genuine characters not high society caricatures! Applause!


    Sophie & Phoebe aren't Madison's accessories they are three dimensional young adults w/ intriguing lives w/ secrets to confront, endure & disclose.

    Now, I'm not going to leave out the tidbit that the begining of The Elite was a bit slow going but once Banash sets the members up...away we go!

    Some may grouse @ the designer brands dripping off the pages, but it is a way of life in the world of big bucks! Eventually, Banash eases up on the labels & gives us the true grit.

    Drama, check! Scandal, of course! Fashionista's, come hither... The Elite is a must to toss into your tote!

    Kudos to Banash, she didn't wave a La Perla garment & make Casey uber pop. Nah, just wouldn't be believable. Double kudos to Banash for the way she piloted Drew ~ spot on!

    Jennifer's characters are extremely well developed. Madison is one of the nastiest something ~ somethings, but Banash writes w/ such emotion, you can't help but feel empathy for the bratty prima donna!

    Madison tells it like it is & remains true to form. Casey seems to lose herself once stepping foot in NYC. She is too easily manipulated & I wondered @ times if she left her smarts back home.

    Grrr.... I hate when a intelligent female loses sight of herself for a guy or a clique. Weak! Casey needs to toughen up if she's going to make it in the big A. Casey has the backbone to make it... she is just finding her way in Gotham city.

    Banash has a hit on her hands & a mean pair of stilettos on her feet!

    Hurry, grab a copy of The Elite.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    Casey McCloy is new to New York. On her first day she meets Madison Macallister, the popular "perfect" girl, and her two best friends, Sophie and Phoebe. Later Casey meets Madison's maybe boyfriend who she immediately begins to have a crush on since he's so darn hot.
    Casey is just trying to fit in with this group of girls and the crazy rich infested and prestigious high school, Meadowlark Academy. Unfortunately things and people keep making her life there not so great.
    I really liked the ending to this novel and am looking forward to reading In Too Deep then the next book after that.
    I liked the fact that the five main characters talk in their own POV's because the reader really gets to know what each of them is thinking. Sophie and Phoebe were nothing like what I expected them to be, which I just loved.
    This novel is very entertaining and so realistic which is something else I was not expecting. Love it! :D

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Great Read!!!

    So overall I thought this book was a really good read. I loved how Jennifer Banash managed to incorporate real teenage problems into this book all about rich girls and the high life. So Casey McCloy is the new girl in town and on her first day she meets the three most popular girls in her new school, Madison, Phoebe, and Sophie. All she really wants to do is to fit in with them and Sophie and Phoebe seem like they have no problem with that, but Madison does. Madison is the mean girl of her school. She has to have what she wants, when she wants it. Casey seems to get in her way when Madison's sometimes boyfriend starts paying a little too much attention to Casey, and not enough to Madison.<BR/>Phoebe and Sophie are Madison's two best friends. They are gorgeous and rich, just like Madison but unlike Madison they seem to be truly nice people, even when they aren't exactly having very nice home lives. Phoebe is worried about her parents fighting all the time and the possibility that they might get divorced. Sophie feels like the outcast in her family, like she will never truly fit in with her tan, dark haired parents and brother, when she herself is pale and blonde. She takes out her frustration on herself in the form of self-mutilation.<BR/>Jennifer Banash has managed to create a great story about misfits, love, and high school drama. She has also managed to include some very real problems that are evident in today's teens. I loved this book and would recommend it for any fans of series such as Private or Gossip Girl.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadToo.com

    As soon as Casey McCloy steps into the luxurious Bramford apartment building, she knows that she has entered another world. <BR/><BR/>Everything seems so much more elegant and sophisticated then even the nice places in her hometown of Normal, Illinois. Casey has moved to Upper-East Side Manhattan to stay with her grandmother while her feminist mother travels to England to do research for her up-and-coming book. <BR/><BR/>Before Casey even steps foot inside her grandmother's apartment she is greeted by Madison MacAllister, the ultimate It Girl, and her posse. Even though the girls seem intimidating, Casey thinks that maybe, possibly, they could be her friends. They even invite her to the park with them after she has settled in. <BR/><BR/>When Casey finally makes it to the park she is thoroughly introduced to Madison's sidekicks, Sophie and Phoebe, who seem to be a lot nicer than Madison. Casey is also introduced to Drew, who just happens to have something going on with the Queen Bee herself, but definitely has eyes for Casey! <BR/><BR/>During the last few weeks of summer vacation, Casey finds herself hanging out with Madison, Phoebe, and Sofie quite a bit. They even give her some fashion advice for her first day of school outfit. Casey's stoked that she has found some friends, but when Casey starts talking with Drew, jealousy overcomes Madison and things aren't as bright for Casey anymore. Madison is determined to get Drew back, and she always gets what she wants. Will Casey's sweet demeanor trump Madison's nasty attitude? <BR/><BR/>This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down. Originally, I was a little skeptical because the book sounded a lot like the GOSSIP GIRL books, which I don't really care for -- but I made the completely wrong assumption. While there is drama in this book, it doesn't overpower the story; it actually makes the book even more devourable. The characters are extremely real and, in most cases, likeable. Yes, the girls were rich, but money wasn't the main focal point of the story. <BR/><BR/>Actually, I liked how Casey was able to lead a very interesting life without all the glitz and glamour that money provides. I also liked how two of the supporting characters, Sophie and Phoebe, got their chance to shine, too. I haven't read many books where this happens and I really liked how the reader got to take a little break from the main character(s) to see what else was going on in the story. <BR/><BR/>Another great thing about this book is the humor. I found myself laughing out loud a lot and just smiling at what Sophie would say, or how Casey would act. This was a great first novel from Jennifer Banash and I desperately wish that the sequel, IN TOO DEEP, was already on my bookshelf -- but I guess I'll have to wait until October...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Way Better Than Gossip Girl

    Casey McCloy is the new girl in town, New York City that is. From the first moment she steps into her new home, the Bramford, she realizes how out of place she is. So when she finds out that the girl to know is Madison Macallister, she tries to become friends with her. But being recently transplanted from Normal, Illinois to the Big Apple isn't helping her at all, and neither are her frizzy hair and not-expensive-enough wardrobe. Madison, the it girl who gets anything and everything she wants, in a rare act of kindness, helps Casey out a bit. Madison's two closest friends, Sophie and Phoebe, are slightly more welcoming. But they've all got problems of their own. Sophie has always felt like an outsider ever since she skipped a grade, and because she looks nothing like the rest of her family. Phoebe yearns for her mother to stop being so jealous of Phoebe's beauty. And Madison's got problems too when her ex Drew shows interest in newcomer Casey. At first glance, The Elite seems like another Gossip Girl book, but as the story progressed, it turned into so much more. The Elite is told from alternating points-of-view of the different characters, and that helps provide much insight into their lives. I enjoyed how Jennifer Banash developed all five main characters instead of just focusing on one. What I appreciated the most was how the characters seemed real. Instead of being just stereotyped and/or ruthless, these girls and guy each had a conscience and feelings I could relate to (most of the time). Many times, I felt sympathy for the characters, but at the same time, I didn't because I felt kind of removed from them which is probably because most of us don't experience the lavish life of the wealthy and beautiful as these characters do. The Elite is definitely a step up from the Gossip Girl series. I recommend it is you liked the It Girl series by Cecily con Ziegesar, the A-List series by Zoey Dean, and also the Fast Girls, Hot Boys series by Kylie Adams. Be prepared for a slightly more meaningful story than the ones presented in the series mentioned above though. Jennifer Banash's novel was certainly a worthwhile read, and I look forward to the continuation of The Elite series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    Deeper than all those other gossipy books!

    Casey McCloy was tired with her life in Normal, Illinois, so naturally she jumped at the chance to move to New York to live with her grandma. The exciting drama and the fashion filled world of the city is enough to pull anyone in, but once Casey gets there she realizes that she may just be out of her league. Making friends with the queen bee of the social scene, Madison Macallister seems like the right move, but when Casey starts crushing on Madison's on-again, off-again boyfriend Drew, things are bound to get a little tense. Can Casey survive New York and do it while keeping her measly reputation in tact? ~ ~ ~ So, I never really liked the Clique or the Gossip Girl series, and now I think that the Elite may just be my guilty pleasure series of choice. It seems to have a little more depth than the other series, but still has the same scandal and romance that every good gossip-style book needs to have. The characters are well thought out and each have their own personalities and quirks, which was great. I also liked that the plot, although semi predictable, had enough in it to keep you fully engaged and flipping pages. You really start to relate to the small town girl who moves to the big city and is swept away by it all. I love reading about characters that I can relate to, and this book definitely did that for me. So as I said before, I think that this is going to be my guilty pleasure series of choice from now on. I really did like this book, and I'm excited for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    The Story Siren Reviews

    Casey is a simple girl, when she moves to New York to live with her grandmother, she has no idea what she is getting herself into. The Bramford is the most exclusive luxury apartment building in New York¿s Upper east side, and Casey feels like a country bumpkin in the midst of all the glamour. Madison is the queen, if you will, of Bramford, she gets what she wants when she wants. Her two leading ladies always by her side are Sophie and Phoebe. Casey puts her best effort into fitting in, but Madison avidly puts her in her rightful place, especially when it comes to her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Drew. When I finally got the chance to sit down and read this book, I couldn¿t put it down! Seriously though, I like my share of drama, but I can only take so much of the exaggerated drama that is in so many books now a days, and must I bring up reality t.v. The Elite while it had it¿s dramatic moments, only made the story that much better! One thing I really loved about this story is that is seemed realistic. The characters, the situations they were in and they way they handle things, were very true to life, teenage life. Casey doesn¿t instantly turn popular and she wouldn¿t in real life, let¿s face it. And there is so much more going on in the story besides just Casey, I almost enjoyed Phoebe and Sophie¿s times in the spotlight more than Casey¿s or Madison¿s. It's true that most of the characters are insanley rich, but they don't lack for their share of problems.I have to admit I totally have a crush on Drew. I mean after you read it you will understand, entirely. I think the fact that I completely meshed with Jennifer Banash¿s writing style, helped me enjoy the book even more. She is descriptive and eloquent but not over the top! And she is funny too! Her sense of humor must be close to mine, because I couldn¿t help but grin throughout the entire book.The only complaint I have is that I don¿t have the next book In Too Deep to read right away! The Elite was captivating and fun to read! I absolutely recommend this book. Isn't the cover awesome as well, btw!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong high school character study

    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. Her first impression of her new abode is shock at is elegance starting with the doorman. --- Although the sophistication level is stratospherically hirer than Illinois, Casey quickly grasps the basic rule of teenage survival in New York is not that different from Normal who you knows pay dividends in the social bank account. The it girl is extremely popular Madison Macallister Casey met her in the lobby of the Bramford before she even made it to Nanna's apartment the first time. Madison can destroy any other student with just a look. Casey soon meets Madison's posse Sophie and Phoebe and soon afterward Drew, who may be the ruler¿s boyfriend. Casey spends time with the Madison trio who seem to have adopted the rube until Madison sees her talking with Drew. The welcoming committee turn into the queen of mean and her court as Madison wants Drew back anyway she can. --- The cast makes this a strong high school character study as Jennifer Banash hones in deeply at the social caste system. Interestingly, the support players like Madison¿s retinue seem fully developed while the lead triangle is each strong individuals though the battling females are somewhat stereotyped like professional wrestlers. Fans will enjoy the tug of war with Drew as the rope between the mean queen of THE ELITE and the sweet not quite country bumpkin. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    A great book for any girl!

    As soon as Casey McCloy steps into the luxurious Bramford apartment building she knows that she has entered another world. Everything seems so much more elegant and sophisticated then even the nice places in her hometown of Normal, Illinois. Casey has moved to Upper-East Side Manhattan to stay with her grandmother while her feministic mother travels to England to do research for her up and coming book. Before Casey even steps foot in her grandmother's apartment she is greeted by Madison MacAllister, the ultimate It Girl, and her possey. Even though the girls seem intimidating, Casey thinks that maybe, possibly they could be her friends. They even invite her to the park with them after she has settled in. When Casey finally makes it to the park she is thoroughly introduced to Madison's sidekicks, Sophie and Phoebe, who seem to be a lot nicer than Madison. Casey is also introduced to Drew, who just happens to have something going on with the Queen bee herself, but definitely has eyes for Casey! During the last few weeks of summer vacation Casey finds herself hanging out with Madison, Phoebe, and Sofie quite a bit. They even give her some fashion advice for her first day of school outfit. Casey's stoked that she has found some friends, but when Casey starts talking with Drew jealousy overcomes Madison and things aren't as bright for Casey anymore. Madison is determined to get Drew back, and she always gets what she wants. Will Casey's sweet demeanor trump Madison's nasty attitutude? This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down. Originally I was a little skeptical because the book sounded a lot like the Gossip Girl books which I don't really care for, but I made the completely wrong assumption. While there is drama in this book it doesn't overpower the story, it actually makes the book even more devourable. The characters are extremely real and in most cases likeable. Yes, the girls were rich, but money wasn't the main focal point of the story. Actually, I liked how Casey was able to lead a very interesting life without all the glitz and glamor that money provides. I also liked how two of the supporting characters, Sophie and Phoebe, got their chance to shine too. I haven't read many books where this happens and I really liked how the reader got to take a little break from the main character(s) to see what else was going on in the story. Another great thing about this book is the humor. I found myself laughing out loud a lot and just smiling at what Sophie would say, or how Casey would act. This was a great first novel from Jennifer Banash and I desperately wish that the sequel, In Too Deep, was already on my bookshelf but I guess I'll have to wait until October...! In the meantime, The Elite comes out on June 3 -- I highly suggest that you all pre-order it as it was such a good book.

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