Fashionista (Bradford Series)

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Madison, Spencer, and Reagan have it all: the looks, the connections, the money, the boys. As the daughters of three of the most prestigious families on Philadelphia's Main Line (read: old money, and lots of it) and the ruling juniors at Bradford, nothing can stand in their way...except, perhaps, their own dark secrets.
Madison feels plenty guilty for sneaking around behind Spencer's back with Spencer's long-time boyfriend, Tyler. But what ...
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Overview

Madison, Spencer, and Reagan have it all: the looks, the connections, the money, the boys. As the daughters of three of the most prestigious families on Philadelphia's Main Line (read: old money, and lots of it) and the ruling juniors at Bradford, nothing can stand in their way...except, perhaps, their own dark secrets.
Madison feels plenty guilty for sneaking around behind Spencer's back with Spencer's long-time boyfriend, Tyler. But what Spencer doesn't know can't hurt her, right? Too bad nothing at Bradford stays secret for long...
As if you didn't know... bradfordprep.com
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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Madison Takahashi's life is unraveling a little. She has been hooking up with her best friend, Spencer's, boyfriend, Tyler. She feels guilty about it, but not enough to stop. She also has begun shoplifting for the thrill of it. Since her family is filthy rich, she has no, even remotely, legitimate reason for stealing. Her father's chef skills are keeping him away from home more than she would like, so she blames her behavior on that. Although Madison does have some redeeming qualities—she is an outstanding cellist and talented fashion designer—I found her and her buddies to be unpleasant, rich brats. Tyler is manipulative, Spencer boring, and the others insincere. With a background of sex, heavy drinking, and backbiting set in a private school called Bradford Prep, I am not sure most girls would relate to these characters. I wondered where parental control was in this book. I know there is more drinking and bad behavior in schools than I would hope, but I am not sure why authors need to pander to it. Spencer does find out about Madison and Tyler and, of course, puts all the blame on Madison. Madison realizes her friendship with Spencer is more important and eventually receives Spencer's forgiveness, but she never has to pay for her shoplifting. Turns out Daddy's been on to her all along and pays for her after the fact. The story is told through Madison's blog entries and texts amongst the characters. I certainly would not buy it for any teens I know. It is part of a series about the goings on at Bradford Prep. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Stylish socialites Madison, Spencer, and Regan are back in this fashion-packed sequel to GoldenGirl (S & S, 2009). With queen bee Paige in rehab, cello virtuoso and budding fashion designer Madison is filling the drama vacuum at exclusive Bradford Prep. She and Tyler, Spencer's boyfriend, have been sneaking around since the Hollywood Ball. The teen is also dealing with feelings of paternal neglect by indulging in shoplifting. It's only a matter of time before her extracurricular activities are discovered and she has to face the music. The novel is set in the wealthy Main Line region of Philadelphia, where Madison and her friends spend most of their time partying, shopping, and being pampered at spas. There is plenty of underage drinking, some sex (though not explicit), and mentions of drug use. The story is told through blog entries (mostly Madison's), emails, and IM conversations, and social network status updates. Fashionista's world extends beyond the book to the Internet. Though a fictional school, Bradford Prep has a Web site that includes student profiles and links to personal blogs, social networking and Twitter profiles, and email addresses. The story is straightforward and uninteresting; in the end, everything is wrapped up too neatly and the characters are back where they began. Madison's kleptomania is unconvincing, and the other characters have as much depth as her design sketches. This is a tamer alternative to the books in the Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series (Little, Brown), of which it is a pale imitation.—Erin Carrillo, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416961192
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Bradford Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Micol Ostow
is the author of Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa (an NYPL Book for the Teen Age selection), Popular Vote, and the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies 30 Guys in 30 Days, Gettin’ Lucky, and Crush du Jour. Learn more at micolostow.com.
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