Gr 7 Up
Among her group of friends known as the "Goldens," Lilah considers herself "Platinum." She is the head of the clique's female inner circle and is the girlfriend of the best-looking guy in school. Lately, however, she has been experiencing some less-than-platinum moments. Without warning, she drops into a trance where she is among three young women and three distinct and blazing rings of color. Even worse, she has started seeing the ghostly figure of a handsome boy who begs her to help him stop a cycle of murders of which he is part. Lilah calls on Lissy, introduced in Golden (Delacorte, 2006), and definitely a "Non," and her sister, Lexie, because of their mystical powers. Together, the three try to figure out the mystery of Lilah's trances and spectral visitor. Lilah's narrative bears the distinct influence of Buffy the Vampire Slayer , particularly in her heavy use of too-snappy dialogue. While the supernatural premise is intriguing, it is only one of two competing plots in Barnes's novel. The second involves Lilah's concern for her place as leader of the Goldens. Sudden spirit visitations and trances do seem to wreak havoc with one's ability to maintain popularity, particularly when at least one other person wants to be on top. The tension between the two plots is tenuous. When, at the novel's conclusion, readers discover that Lilah's haunting is related to the perpetual existence of an evil Helen of Troy spirit, the sudden mythology connection is too random to be satisfying.
Amy S. PatteeCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Platinumby Jennifer Lynn Barnes
LILAH KNOWS THE rules better than anyone, but between her newfound visions, an absolutely fatal attraction to a boy who isn't real, and the threat of a supernatural enemy with a sting deadlier than any Queen Bee, it's going to take everything she has to stay on top at Emory. And to prove once and for all that - highlights and high heels aside - those who make the
LILAH KNOWS THE rules better than anyone, but between her newfound visions, an absolutely fatal attraction to a boy who isn't real, and the threat of a supernatural enemy with a sting deadlier than any Queen Bee, it's going to take everything she has to stay on top at Emory. And to prove once and for all that - highlights and high heels aside - those who make the rules are the only ones who can break them.
Gr 7 Up
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Jennifer Lynn Barnes graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 2006 and was awarded a Fulbright to continue her studies at the University of Cambridge, in England. She wrote her first novel, Golden, when she was 19, and her next books, The Squad and The Squad: Killer Spirit are due out in January 2008. Visit her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com.
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