In Too Deep

In Too Deep

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by Jennifer Banash
     
 

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If you don't belong here- you just don't belong...

The Bramford building's newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She's got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she's starting to have second thoughts as to whether the "New York" Casey is the real Casey.

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If you don't belong here- you just don't belong...

The Bramford building's newest resident and small-town transplant Casey McCloy is adapting to life in the Big Apple and loving it. She's got the look, the attitude, and a delish new boyfriend, Drew Van Allen. But she's starting to have second thoughts as to whether the "New York" Casey is the real Casey. And she's not so sure she likes herself much anymore. She's not the only one.

Madison Macallister has always had her Manolo Blahniks firmly planted on the top rung of the social ladder-until that corn-fed cow Casey stole Drew away from her and made her look the fool. So what if Madison wasn't exactly dating Drew at the time? She wanted him. And everyone knows that Madison gets what she wants, like Drew-and a little revenge.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Elite is Pretty in Pink for the millennium generation."
-Romance Reviews Today

"Banash is destined for great things."
-Scott Bradfield, author

"In Too Deep is a seductive read."
-Innovative: A Word for the WriTeen Blog

"Fans of the drama, romance, gossip, and privileged lifestyle depicted in Gossip Girl and Blue Bloods will be drawn to In Too Deep... In Too Deep continues to showcase the glitzy and glamorous lifestyle of New York City's privileged teens...Banash's Elite series continues to rock above the rest."
-The Compulsive Reader Blog

"As you know, life in the posh and drama-filled Upper East Side is never easy! Hold onto your Hermes scarves and Coach handbags, the Bram Clan is back for more action and drama!"
-The Book Vault Blog

"Banash is fabulous at creating relatable characters in over-the-top situations."
-In Bed With Books Blog

"Drama, check! Scandal, of course! Fashionistas, come hither... The Elite is a must to toss into your tote! ...Banash has a hit on her hands and a mean pair of stilettos on her feet!"
- The Book Resort Blog

"These books are a delicious dip into the privileged Manhattan teen world you love to dream about."
- Justine magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425223536
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Acknowledgements

 

the spanish inquisition

welcome to the real world

hello, sailor

tea and caviar

meet your new mommy

a model life

poison ivy

secrets revealed

lights, camera, distraction

strike a pose

get the party started

bad hair day

skyrockets and flight

female bonding

model behavior

girls on film

secrets and lies

grandmotherly advice

needles and pins

my london, london bridge wanna go down . . .

that’s entertainment

shake your groove thing

it’s like thunder . . . and lightning

mommie dearest

change partners

baby i’m a star

one big happy family

there’s got to be a morning after . . .

 

plaza suite

about the author

Berkley JAM titles by Jennifer Banash

THE ELITE

 

IN TOO DEEP

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

 

Copyright © 2009 by Jennifer Banash.

 

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PRINTING HISTORY

Berkley JAM trade paperback edition / January 2009

 

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

 

Banash, Jennifer.

In too deep / Jennifer Banash.—Berkley JAM trade paperback ed.
p. cm.
“An Elite Novel.”
Summary: While Madison ponders revenge and a possible modeling career, Casey fears she has lost herself by adapting fully to luxurious New York City life, and Phoebe keeps a secret, Sophie seeks to bring her birth mother to her sixteenth-birthday party.

eISBN : 978-1-101-01454-7

[1. Interpersonal relations—Fiction. 2. Wealth—Fiction. 3. Mothers and daughters—Fiction.
4. Identity—Fiction. 5. Dating (Social customs)—Fiction. 6. New York (N.Y.)—Fiction.]
I. Title.
PZ7.B2176In 2009
[Fic]—dc22
2008039858

 

 

acknowledgments

I’d like to thank Kate Seaver, my wonderful editor at Berkley, who took a chance on an unknown kid; my agent, Jennifer Jackson, who always has my back; and Willy Blackmore, who read every draft and kept me sane through the entire process. To all the YA bloggers and teen reviewers everywhere—thanks for getting the word out and making my books matter—I am eternally grateful. And, most of all, I’d like to give a huge shout-out to all the readers of The Elite series—you are the reason I sit in front of a computer for hours at a time, dreaming up what comes next.

Who’s your best friend? Who’s your worst enemy?

 

 

 

“One can never really know . . . Enemy? Who cares?”

—KARL LAGERFELD,

Elle MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2007

hot lunch

Madison Macallister straightened the silken sleeve of her floral-patterned black and crimson wrap dress, and stabbed her fork into the desiccated remains of her smoked salmon salad, bringing a mouthful of baby greens up to her matte ruby-red lips. If she kept on eating this way, she was definitely going to blow up—and not in a good way. She was already changing into her baggy sweats the second she got home from school every day, and the waistband of her favorite new Citizens of Humanity jeans was decidedly snugger than when she bought them in a depression-fueled shopping incident a few weeks ago—a binge of Posh and Becks-worthy proportions that resulted in Edie storming into her room and cutting up her Amex Black card right in front of her. Madison exhaled deeply, spearing the last hunk of salty smoked fish and popping it into her mouth while checking out the six-carat square-cut emerald ring that shone brilliantly on her ring finger, winking in the fluorescent lighting. It had been worth it.

Besides, now that she was more miserable than ever, it seemed crucial to have a few things in her life that actually gave her pleasure—and shopping was definitely one of them. Drew may have been history, but at least she had her new black leather Furla tote trimmed in the softest gray fox fur ever to console her. Madison was beginning to see that boyfriends came and went with alarming speed, and friends were clearly not to be trusted. But clothes? Clothes never let you down. And accessories were forever . . .

It had been three weeks since Drew’s party—three long, agonizing weeks as the leaves in Central Park began turning orange, then red; the nights growing progressively cooler. More often than not, Madison found herself reaching for a sweater to throw over her shoulders in the early mornings, and pulling her caramel-colored Hermès riding gloves over cold hands that felt more like icicles than fingers. And even though the weather was definitely changing, things between her and Drew were not. Much like the first chilly days of winter—which were definitely now on the way—their relationship had completely frosted over. When they passed each other in the hall, Drew dipped his eyes away from her gaze and stared at the floor—especially if he happened to be walking with Casey. It had gone on for so long now that even if for some bizarre reason they did end up talking again she wouldn’t have the faintest idea what to say. Somehow—at least for her anyway—it was easier this way. Out of sight, out of mind—just like her credit card bills.

And if she wasn’t thinking about the way he’d clearly dumped her for Casey, she didn’t have to deal with the fact that he might just prefer someone else to her. But, no matter how hard she tried, Madison just couldn’t wrap her head around the idea. How was that even possible? And the only thing that even remotely put a crimp in her plans to pretend they’d both been inexplicably eaten by dinosaurs was the fact that she had to see the both of them every fucking day at school. And, worse yet, Drew didn’t even seem to care—it was as if their entire past had been wiped out with the arrival of one frizzy Midwestern freak with absolutely zero sex appeal, and who, despite her town of origin, was anything but “normal.” Did the last two years mean nothing to him? Not only was this turn of events totally inconceivable, it was ruining her reputation! Everyone south of Park Avenue knew that Madison Macallister was the girl who got what she wanted—when she wanted it—and boys were no exception. Until now.

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"The Elite is Pretty in Pink for the millennium generation."
-Romance Reviews Today

"Banash is destined for great things."
-Scott Bradfield, author

"In Too Deep is a seductive read."
-Innovative: A Word for the WriTeen Blog

"Fans of the drama, romance, gossip, and privileged lifestyle depicted in Gossip Girl and Blue Bloods will be drawn to In Too Deep... In Too Deep continues to showcase the glitzy and glamorous lifestyle of New York City's privileged teens...Banash's Elite series continues to rock above the rest."
-The Compulsive Reader Blog

"As you know, life in the posh and drama-filled Upper East Side is never easy! Hold onto your Hermes scarves and Coach handbags, the Bram Clan is back for more action and drama!"
-The Book Vault Blog

"Banash is fabulous at creating relatable characters in over-the-top situations."
-In Bed With Books Blog

"Drama, check! Scandal, of course! Fashionistas, come hither... The Elite is a must to toss into your tote! ...Banash has a hit on her hands and a mean pair of stilettos on her feet!"
- The Book Resort Blog

"These books are a delicious dip into the privileged Manhattan teen world you love to dream about."
- Justine magazine

Meet the Author

Jennifer Banash attended high school on Manhattan's Upper East Side. She lives with her beagle, Sigmund, and her vast designer shoe collection.

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In Too Deep 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
robin_titan More than 1 year ago
Ooooh this sequel to The Elite was soo much better. It keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for Simply Irresistible (July 2009)!! ****I wouldn't recommend reading this next paragraph if you still haven't read The Elite, I wouldn't want to spoil things for you**** In this book Sophie (one of my favorite characters) has her sweet sixteen coming up and she is going all out. That night is going to be HUGE, especially since her biological mother is making an appearance (!!). There seems to be a bit of trouble in paradise for Drew and Casey, will they work it out? ****It's safe to read from here**** There's of course more drama here and there including some new problems for Drew, Phoebe, Sophie, Casey, well everyone actually. Some of those problems are HUGE. The writing of course continues to get better. I liked learning more about the characters and seeing how realistic they keep getting, it's nice to read something not so fictional. The problems these characters go through are real, they happen often as sadly and entertaining as that is. I loved the ending! There is a very interesting thing that will happen with the characters in the next novel and I can't wait to find out how everything will work out for everyone involved. -tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com
princessmar More than 1 year ago
In this second book in The Elite series, we continue with the young residents of the most exclusive building in the New York Upper East Side: the Bramford.
Madison, Casey, Sophie, Phoebe, and Drew are living the live of privileged New Yorkers. Expensive clothes, the best parties..
Madison is not amused when her ex-boyfriend is now the boyfriend of newcomer Casey.
Sophie has discovered that she is adopted, and she wants to meet her biological mother, who is a famous actress.
Phoebe sees her mom with another man in a hotel lobby and is furious. Drew has enough of the wealthy self absorbed New York girls. Will Casey be different from them? Or is she turning in a spoiled girl now, now she has that kind of friends...
If you like books like Gossip Girl and The Clique books. You will also like In Too Deep. It is written in the same kind of style, and it has the same kind of characters. It is fun to read, not the most original YA book, but hey, then it still is a cool read! Looking forward to the sequel!
katiesbookblog More than 1 year ago
I have to say I liked this book better than the first one. I don't really know why but it was probably because I felt like I already knew the characters and could share their feelings a little better.
In this sequel to The Elite all the members of the Bram Clan a back with a couple new secrets. Casey has finally managed to snag Drew and even though she is putting on a good front for the public, Madison is not happy. Casey, on the other hand, couldn't be happier. She has never really had a boyfriend like Drew and she loves spending time with him. Not only do they hang out after school at some of their favorite spots, Casey is helping Drew create a documentary about all the spoiled rich kids of their school. Things seem to be going great until Madison becomes one of the interviewees.
Madison decides to think of a way to make Drew jealous and ruin his relationship with Casey by finding a new boyfriend to rub in his face. She is helped along in her quest when she meets Antonio who is not only a super sexy Italian, but also a manager for Verve Modeling Agency and he thinks that Madison Macallister may just be the perfect new model.
Madison is not the only one that is going to be famous, though. Sophie's sweet sixteen is coming up and she has decided that it would be the perfect event to meet her biological mom, movie star Melissa Von Norton, at. Also, as it turns out, her adoptive mother has decided to have the party taped and aired on the TV show, My Spoiled Sweet Sixteen. So, now not only does Sophie have to worry about meeting her real mom, she has to worry about doing it on TV.
As it turns out though, Sophie's adoptive family aren't the only ones keeping secrets from her. Phoebe is secretly seeing Sophie's annoying older brother, Jared. Phoebe knows that Sophie would throw a fit if she found out so she decides to break it off but every time she tries she loses her nerve. Finally, she decides that she can't keep the secret any longer and tries to break it off at Sophie's party but things don't exactly go as planned.
New family secrets and relationships are exposed in this book and they are some that I was shocked to find out about. But I won't spoil all the fun. Read the series for yourself and you will find out all the juicy details.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Step back into the super privileged world of THE ELITE. The infamous girls living in one of New York's classiest apartment buildings, the Bramford, are back. While they may look absolutely perfect and dazzling, dark secrets are hiding behind their all-too-perfect appearance.

Casey McCloy is finally starting to fit in. Her hair's not as unruly as it used to be, she's learning the ins and outs of a good fashion sense, and she's dating Drew, one of the hottest guys in all of Manhattan. As she becomes the "New York Casey," though, she feels like she's losing herself.

Then there is Madison MacAllister, the reigning queen of the Upper East Side, who just so happens to believe that Casey stole Drew from her. Even though Madison and Drew weren't officially dating, Madison was majorly crushing on him, and still can't believe that a Midwestern freak like Casey could steal him away from her. Determined to get Drew back, Madison all but wages a silent war on Casey in order to exact her revenge.

Will the Queen Bee get what she wants, or will the new girl suddenly find herself a lot more powerful then she ever thought possible?

These books are splendid! IN TOO DEEP picks up right where THE ELITE left off, not missing a beat. All the gossip and drama that occurs in Gossip Girl is present in these books, except these girls actually have moral standards.

All of the characters in the book were excellently developed. Each had their own unique story and personality. I really love how Jennifer Banash had two supporting characters who each had their own thing going on. They were separate from Madison and Casey and really had their own lives, dealing with their own problems. What's also really great about the characters is that even though they are spoiled socialites, any girl could easily relate to them. Even Madison, who appears to be untouchable, has many insecurities that are present in your everyday teenage girl.

The pages were definitely drama-filled, and I found it hard to tear myself away from the book, eagerly anticipating what would happen next. There were many twists and turns that I would never have been able to guess, and I found many of the plot aspects to be really creative.

Jennifer Banash has definitely created a great sequel to THE ELITE, and while she answered many questions from the first book, she has created even more in this one. All the better, though, as it promises a great third book in the series, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, which hits shelves in Summer 2009.

In the meantime, go out and enjoy yourself as you read this deliciously guilty book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. She has come a long way from her initial shock at the elegance of her new digs and school as she loves living in the Big Apple.

She has the urbane teen look and a boyfriend Drew Van Allen, but lately is concerned that the real small-town Midwesterner has vanished underneath a sophisticated phony veneer and that if Drew peeled away the surface he would detest what he sees. The top gun of the social set at Bramford Madison MacAlister is irate that the farmer¿s daughter is dating her Drew, whom she actually was not seeing when he turned to the country bumpkin. She wants Drew and plots to steal him while bringing normal back to the social stratosphere by humiliating and driving her rival back to Illinois.

The sequel to THE ELITE continues the adventures of the teenage country bumpkin navigating the shark infested waters of the east River¿s upper class. The key cast characters are fully developed hyperbolically representing a ¿good vs. bad¿ High Noon showdown on Fifth Avenue and a few other elite Manhattan locales (this crowd thinks the boroughs are foreign nations) with Drew going to the victor. Although there are too many subplots occurring with several not resolved, fans of teen high society will relish the latest civil war between the forces of THE ELITE.

Harriet Klausner