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As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn't enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson's the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad-turned-spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn't be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa's own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden ...

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Overview

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn't enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson's the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad-turned-spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn't be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa's own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa's sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

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Publishers Weekly
Tessa is leading a secret life. She's a typical head cheerleader by day, but by night she and her squad are SOS, the Society of Smitten Kittens, who investigate guys suspected of cheating on their girlfriends. In Tessa's two years with SOS, there has never been a single innocent suspect, a fact that is eroding Tessa's trust in her seemingly perfect relationship with basketball captain Aiden. Tessa's relationship faith, as well as her pep and eternally positive attitude, are tested when Christian and his twin, Chloe, move to town, with snooty Chloe hitting on Aiden and Christian following Tessa like a lovesick puppy—and eventually uncovering her secret. Though Aiden is too perfect to be real, Tessa's realizations about first love ring true. Peppered with Tessa's frequent squeaky-clean expletives (“Sugar plum fairies!”) and amusing SOS reports of cheaters caught in the act (“Note that the final photo confirms third base”), Young's frothy debut, first in a planned series, is an entertaining read despite the leap of faith required to believe Tessa and her crew capable of such Mission: Impossible–style operations. Ages 14–up. (Feb.)
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Gr 9 Up—Prompted by an incident in which the Washington High cheerleading captain was publicly humiliated by an "other woman," the squad, now led by Tessa Crimson, doubles as the Society of Smitten Kittens. At the request of girls who suspect their boyfriends of cheating, SOS will launch full-scale investigations, complete with surveillance equipment, and, if they find corroborating evidence, provide said evidence to their clients. So far all of the boys have been guilty. In the meantime, Tessa's relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden, is increasingly troubled because of her frequent absences on SOS business and her secrecy about it. Things are complicated further by the arrival of Christian Ferril, who begins a romantic pursuit of Tessa, and his sister Chloe, who has her eye on Aiden. This premise has great comic potential, and the Cheater Incident Reports from SOS to their clients, as well as the rules and guidelines detailed in its official handbook, are the most entertaining parts of the book. However, Tessa and the other cheerleaders aren't particularly sympathetic or likable characters. Tessa frowns upon use of profane or obscene language, preferring to use odd expletives such as "Jolly Green Giant!" and "Apple dippers!" to express her dismay. She and Aiden have an active sex life with no mention of birth control. Their relationship seems solely based on the fact that he's the captain of the basketball team and she's cheerleading captain. Likewise, Christian's motives in pursuing her are never fully explored. Additional, at best.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595142788
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Series: Naughty List Series , #1
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Young is an author, wife and mother of two. She earned a BA in creative writing before becoming a middle school language arts teacher. She currently lives in Oregon.
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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    S.O.S

    So far I've seen nothing but good reviews about this book. Praises for Suzanne Young, indeed it is. The plot revolves around cute cheerleaders by day spy at night. They call themselves S.O.S Society of Smitten Kittens, they decided to omit the K because it doesn't sound right. The S.O.S is lead by head cheer Tessa Crimson.

    What are they spying about?
    They are a non-profit organization that gathers data / evidence; visual, audio and written (Yes, they have sophisticated state of the art spy gear. Apparently their clients give generous donations) to prove if their client's beau is guilty or not of cheating. Sadly all cases came back as 100% cheater. Tesaa was so into this whole thing that when Chloe Ferril transferred to Washington High and openly flirts and prances her ware around her boyfriend Aiden, of course she got paranoid and suspicious.
    But I can't help but notice Chloe's brother, Christian. Intriguing, with a stalker like attitude that kind of creeps me out.

    But who is really right for Tessa, the boy that she's inlove with, who in return says he loves her or the boy who knows her secret?

    Here's what I don't like about the book. Too sweet for me. I am annoyed at Tessa's little Ms. Perfect attitude. She calls out her cheer peers, and her boyfriend everytime they cuss. And remains polite even though te insult was right in front of her face. I think after reading this I prefer the cheerleaders with rotten attitude. Maybe it's my choice of heroine too. I like them awfully independent and bad ass. The expressions used to substitute the cuss words: Strawberry Smoothie whipped cream!, Good Gravy! Peanut Butter Sandwiches! Butterscotch! Apple Dippers! Fudgesicle! - corny much?!

    Over all it was fun, adventurous, humorous, fast paced read with quirky characters and lots of sexy innuendos. Here's to hoping more character development and more sleuthing in the future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    It was okay.

    The book was just okay amd I found myself rushing to the end and skipping over broing parts. Aiden wasnt the tyoe of guy id want he was...perverted and Christian didnt do anything bad!! Ugh anyeayz the book was only okay

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

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    Enjoyable

    Tessa and Aiden were dazzling together. The only problem was Tessa was hiding something from Aiden. She almost lived a double life. That is until Christian came into the the picture. Even though the out come was kind of predictable. I still enjoyed it. There were some more adult-ish topics that were talked about. I would say it's for older teens. The Naughty List could have added 25 pages to give a more in depth look into the lives of the characters. It was fast paced and I never had the feeling to put the book down. So is it a reader? Of course who doesn't like this much fun in one book!

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    A Good Addiction Review- A Brilliant Debut

    Flirty and fun, The Naughty List is an entertaining read with plenty of drama and emotion. Young does an incredible job blending the various aspects of this book, investing the reader in the plot line early on. From the start, the reader is smoothly eased into the set up, falling into a well paced plot and wanting to know how things will play out.

    Tess is a lively character, full of pep and unique euphemisms. Though she's head cheerleader and certainly has her vanity and ditz type of moments, she is an intelligent, strong willed character. She has a very interesting outlook on life and Young does a fantastic job bringing this character to life. As with any good character, Tess holds her own flaws and as the story progresses, she finds certain aspects of her life falling more out of control. Her story is an engaging one, pulling the reader on the same emotional roller coaster she goes on and though there is certainly a "stereotypical" couple set up, this book is anything but cliché and mundane. She is easy to like for any reader, no matter what their high school experience had been like. Though she may be popular, she is far from cruel and holds herself to very high standards in her appearance, behaviors and treatment of others.

    Aiden is Tess' boyfriend and the captain of the basketball team. They are the perfect couple, having a long two year relationship under their belts. Lust and love are intermixed for them, playing off smoothly for their situation. Tess has her boyfriend and perfect social life, but hidden beneath it is her SOS related activities. Young casts a perfect blend between stereotypical jock and realistic character holding his own ability to think and experience a range of emotions. Aiden is a very likable character because of how well developed he is and many of the scenes with him and Tess are cute, fun and enjoyable.

    The plot is amusing, propelled easily by Young's strong writing and her innate ability to possess a very vivid YA voice. Tess' mentality comes through easily, with everything sliding along smoothly on the pages, even when her comments are airheaded or shallow. Although some aspects of the plot were predictable, it's to be expected with the story line and premise- and with the way Young chose to play things out. Although obviously and necessarily extreme in how many cheaters these girls found in their school, the number of cheaters and cases explored made for a great plot set up and the case reports were fantastic additions. The entire operation was well thought out and executed and it brought a certain spark to the book as a whole.

    With some incredibly intense and emotional scenes to break up the flirty, overall fun nature of this story, The Naughty List is a fantastic read. Tess and Aiden's relationship is a beautifully played out one, holding all the truth of teenage love and showing how two teens can be in a long relationship. Even when things start being turned upside down, Young continues to hold a teenage state of mind and responses. Everything leads up to a very fantastic ending, leaving the book open for the sequel but providing plenty of closure for the events of The Naughty List.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Funny and entertaining!

    Suzanne Young's debut novel is the first in a trilogy of books about Tessa Crimson, the head of a secret organization of cheerleaders dedicated to catching cheating boyfriends red-handed and gathering proof of their indiscretions to present to their wronged girlfriends. As a reader who tends to gravitate toward paranormal & fantasy novels, this book is well outside of my typical genre preferences, but I still found it entertaining. The Naughty List is a quick read that manages to be funnier & more heart-wrenching than you might expect from the title & summary.

    What I Liked:
    - The idea of a group of somewhat stereotypical cheerleaders running an extremely organized non-profit service like the SOS is funny & clever. I like the concept of girls helping other girls, enjoyed the SOS's memos & letters to their clients, and admired Tessa's dedication to keeping the team both professional & perky.
    - Tessa doesn't approve of cussing and using common slang, so she replaces curse words and exclamations of surprise with her very own terms like: "Strawberry smoothie!", "Sugarplum fairies!", and "Gingersnap!" That aspect of her personality is consistently amusing and helps make her a memorable character.
    - The tension between Tessa and her boyfriend's mom is believable. It added to the complexity of Tessa's relationship with Aiden and made my heart go out to her.
    - The Smitten Kittens' high-tech investigative missions are very entertaining!
    - Tessa's parents' history added depth to her character and explained a lot about her intense commitment to maintaining her perky cheerleader persona all the time.
    - There are lots of northwest-inspired references in this book, from Washington High's rival basketball teams including the Ducks and the Beavers to the Birkenstock-clad new kid. As a northwest native myself, those references were fun to see!
    - I liked and respected Tessa & Aiden's relationship choice at the end of the book, & I look forward to seeing where the second novel in this series leads them both.
    - The book is conclusive enough not to drive readers crazy with suspense, but there are still several sub-plots to be resolved and lots of character development to be explored in the two sequels, So Many Boys and A Good Boy is Hard to Find.

    What I Wished:
    - I really enjoyed SOS's investigative adventures, and I would like to have seen more of those scenes featured in the book.
    - Knowing that this novel is about an organization of high school girls who spy on cheating boyfriends, I was not particularly surprised by the frequent sexual references, but the constant innuendo was still my least favorite aspect of the book. All the actual hook ups take place off the page so The Naughty List is not explicit in a romance-novel-ish way, but it does seem that everyone at Washington High is sexually-active and that 99% of the guys are unfaithful and/or unscrupulous. Those statistics seem a bit too depressing for the light and humorous tone of this book.
    - While chemistry is great, I wished that Tessa and Aiden's relationship was not so centered on their physical attraction to one another. After two or three scenes of them finding each other irresistible, their relationship began to seem a bit one-dimensional to me.

    The Naughty List is a fun & quick read with an entertaining & memorable protagonist.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    hilarious and adorable debut

    What a hilarious and adorable debut!


    Suzanne Young's creative idea of a cheerleading squad turned cheater investigators was brilliant. I mean, who would ever suspect that a group of cheerleaders are the masterminds behind a secret society focused solely on taking down cheaters. I sure wouldn't have! But it was so entertaining to read the crazy, and sometimes awkward, situations the girls got themselves into during their "investigations".


    Each character was unique and their own way. Tess Crimson - head cheerleader of the Smitten Kittens and leader of the SOS (Society of the Smitten Kittens) - was a likable and fierce character and definitely the kind of person I would want to be friends with. I loved all the characters, buy my favorite was Kira. She just made the book so much more fun with the crazy things she said and did.


    Another element of The Naughty List I enjoyed were Tessa's adorable phrases like: "sugarplum fairies" and "strawberry smoothie" that she would use instead of bad language. Normally, I would find those phrases to be annoying, but they worked really well in The Naughty List and with Tessa's character.


    A great debut and an excellent start to a new series! Can't wait to read more!

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Fantastic Read by a Great New Author

    What do cheerleaders do after dark?

    Hook up with their secret society of spies and chase down cheating boyfriends, of course. What were YOU thinking?

    This book is hands down one of the funniest things I've ever read. The main character has a fantastic and highly original voice and the plot is fast-paced and fun! A must-read--over and over again!

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