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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.

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Overview

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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385733953
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    PLATINUM picks up weeks after GOLDEN left off. <BR/><BR/>Lilah's not sure exactly what's happening to her. She's seeing people that no one else can see, but she's not sure if it's the past or the future. All she knows is that someone wants to kill her boyfriend and she's got to figure out why. In looking at old yearbooks, she discovers that Brock's not the first boy who could end up dying. <BR/><BR/>Not only does she have to deal with her new visions, but also her social life, which could be falling apart. Her best friend makes a play for her boyfriend. Even though she's now having lukewarm feelings for him, it's against the girl code. She's taking down her best friend if that's the last thing she does. Lilah hasn't gotten to the top without hiccups, but she's determined to have Lissy help her with the visions and remain the Queen Bee. <BR/><BR/>Jennifer Lynn Barnes takes a normal high school drama of best friends vs. boys and adds a paranormal twist. Give this one to fans of vampire books looking for something similar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2007

    A Great Book!

    As a fan of the author's previous books, Golden, and Tattoo, my expectations were very high for the sequel to Golden. Let me say, I was not disappointed! Platinum is a wonderfully entertaining book full of mystery, magic, and even a little romance. The mix of high school drama with magical folklore reminds me of Buffy: the Vampire Slayer. I love the pop culture references the author uses and the dialogue is very well written with each character having a unique voice that I could practically hear in my head while I read the book. Writing the sequel from Lilah's point of view is genius and I had to go back and reread Golden after getting this new insight into the character. Although this book is categorized as teen fiction, I highly recommend it for readers of all ages. I hope to read more about Lilah, Lissy, and Lexie soon!

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