Hotlanta (Hotlanta Series)

Hotlanta (Hotlanta Series)

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by Denene Millner
     
 

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Designer clothes. Gorgeous boys. Family secrets. Major drama. Welcome to Atlanta and the lives of the Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren. They don't call it Hotlanta for nothing! The Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren, live the life: They attend the fanciest school in Atlanta, they live in Buckhead, the most exclusive neighborhood, and they only date the hottest guys.

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Designer clothes. Gorgeous boys. Family secrets. Major drama. Welcome to Atlanta and the lives of the Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren. They don't call it Hotlanta for nothing! The Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren, live the life: They attend the fanciest school in Atlanta, they live in Buckhead, the most exclusive neighborhood, and they only date the hottest guys. And their secrets? Are the darkest of all. When their estranged father is released from prison and a murder is committed, their lives are plunged into a whirlwind of tabloid scrutiny, vicious gossip, and shocking revelation. Lauren, always such a party girl, and Sydney, bent on perfection by way of the Ivy League, can't trust anyone. Not their mother, not their rich stepfather. Maybe not even each other.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This series debut alternates between the perspectives of African-American twin sisters, the overachieving Sydney and (per Sydney's description) "superficial, self-centered, scandalous drama queen" Lauren. The trappings of clique lit are all here: the twins wear designer clothes, attend "the premier, predominantly African-American private institution of learning in the Atlanta area" and are glued to an anonymous blog tracking all the school's gossip. The plot deepens when Sydney starts secretly spending time with the twins' father, recently released from jail, and when Lauren starts dating a cute boy from a bad neighborhood; it gets even fuller-if harder to believe-when the sisters realize their rich stepfather may not actually be a car dealer (Lauren's boyfriend, Jermaine, tells them that "he been running things in the hood Godfather-style for years"). Beyond some outrageous plotting, Millner (The Sistahs' Rules) and Miller (The Angry Black Woman's Guide to Life) offer challenges unique to their African-American characters (Sydney wishes her boyfriend would get off his "all-natural-beauty" soapbox so she could press her hair, while Jermaine tells Lauren he wears expensive sneakers to keep safe on his rough block). These insights earn the authors credibility with their audience, although the glamorous outfits and events-and the mystery surrounding the girls' stepfather-are probably what will keep readers burning through the pages. Ages 14-up. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 14 to 18.

Sydney and Lauren Duke are identical twins; similar in looks, night and day in personalities. Both girls go to a private, high-society high school where the elite of the elite African American Atlanta socialites go to school. When Sydney's boyfriend is caught cheating on her with Lauren's best friend, these two sisters begin lashing out at each other with sisterly revenge. Their problems are compounded by the fact that their biological father has just been released from jail. Now they must not only keep up with their rich-and-should-be-famous appearances, but they start to realize that their family is not the Brady Bunch. This scandal-filled high school drama will remind readers of an African American Gossip Girl novel gone Southern. However, readers will be anxiously waiting for the next book and some sort of resolution (seeing as how a murder and mysterious family identities and connections are introduced at the end of the novel but never cleared up). Hotlanta is a fast, high interest book for young adults. Reviewer: Joella Peterson

School Library Journal

Gr 7-10- Twins Sydney and Lauren lead charmed lives in Buckhead, a tony section of Atlanta. Their stepfather, Altimus, is wealthy, and they attend a posh private school for the city's wealthiest blacks. What could be better? They buy the fliest clothes, drive the most expensive cars, and are school leaders. Still, their lives are not idyllic. Their mother is a shrew, they constantly fight, and their birth father just got out of jail. This fast, fun read will delight fans of Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" and Lisi Harrison's "Clique" series (both Little, Brown). The plot is rather convoluted, with a number of story lines, none of which is truly resolved at the end. Yes, the twins do realize that they really only have one another, and Sydney jettisons her faithless boyfriend, but a brutal murder remains unsolved, their father is still odd man out, and Altimus still rules the hood. It would appear, however, that the loose ends will have to wait for the second book in the series.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545231633
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Hotlanta Series , #1
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
401 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Denene Millner is a columnist for Parenting magazine and has worked as an entertainment journalist for Honey and The Daily News. Her books include The Sistahs' Rules, the adaptation of Dreamgirls, and she coauthored The Vow with Mitzi Miller and Angela Burt-Murray. Denene lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.

Mitzi Miller is a freelance journalist and screenwriter and a former associate at Jane magazine. She's written for Elle (U.K.), Essence, Vibe and Honey magazines and is the coauthor of The Vow and The Angry Black Woman's Guide to Life. She resides in New York City.

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Hotlanta 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
vickibby More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I'm not that much of a reader but this book kept me interested the whole time. I kept wanting to read and read so i could figure out how it ended. The end was a little dissapointing but it only made me want to read the second book even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and engaging, you become connected to both twins very quickly, and in completely different ways. The overall plot is a bit on the predictable side, but the book itself is very good and I found it quite enjoyable and even suspenseful.
Talitha McQueen More than 1 year ago
Laurens life speak to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a really great book! i could not put it down. everything about the book was interesting: the story line, the romances and the characters. i want to finish reading the whole series and i plan to. i was not disappointed at all.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Atlanta just wouldn't be anything without the Duke twins.

First there is Sydney, the twin who knows exactly what she wants in life, which is to get out of high school at the top of her class, go to an Ivy League college, and develop the perfect family. Sydney's hobbies include planning social events, making sure she has enough extracurricular activities, and hanging out with her wonderful boyfriend.

Then there is Lauren, who wants to become the biggest super-model ever, trying to grab the attention of those who can take her places. Her hobbies include reckless driving and getting in the hottest music video ever made.

Even though they are totally different from one another, they both share the same story. Their biological father was sent away to prison but their mother married soon after that, making the girls' lives go from rags to riches.

Their lives were pretty sane after adapting to their new lifestyles. Then they receive a phone call that their father is finally out of prison, and chaos breaks loose. Sydney, who still cares for her father, doesn't mind seeing him again, but Lauren regrets ever knowing him. Soon enough the girls' worlds are turned upside down as crimes are committed and their new family name is in trouble. Everyone they know has a secret, and the only ones they can turn to are each other.

Thrilling and very entertaining, HOTLANTA gives another perspective on how the lives of the wealthy have major flaws. The best part is, the story of the Duke twins isn't over yet, since the sequel, IF ONLY YOU KNEW, will be releasing in the fall!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was good. The only problem was the end, i was like man are you serious its over!
Guest More than 1 year ago
dis book is hot lik fire i lov the it shows it from the girls piont of view . i hav yet 2 read the 2 one but im going 2 . i think its a great book because it shows lov , hate , pain ,and fear .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written really well. Very dramatic though. Easy to follow. But the only thing I didn't like was the ending. Yea I understand there will be a second book but the cliffhanger was just really crappy. Overall though it was a really good book. I'll be buying the second one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love the drama!!!!!!! the that boy lauren was dating he sounded hot!!!!! you should make a series of that i would buy all of it!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was unable to leave the book it caugth my interest from begining to end . easy to follow plot and very entertaining
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! A total must read.
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So far i have read the sample and i am already impress
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