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Poseur (Poseur Series #1)
     

Poseur (Poseur Series #1)

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by Rachel Maude
 

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po·seur (noun): a person who pretends to be what he or she is not.





Charlotte Beverwil, Janie Farrish, Melissa Moon, and Petra Greene attend exclusive Winston Prep in the Hollywood Hills. And that's all they have in common. But hang out together? They'd rather be hanged. Borrow one another's clothes? They'd sooner

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po·seur (noun): a person who pretends to be what he or she is not.





Charlotte Beverwil, Janie Farrish, Melissa Moon, and Petra Greene attend exclusive Winston Prep in the Hollywood Hills. And that's all they have in common. But hang out together? They'd rather be hanged. Borrow one another's clothes? They'd sooner borrow a zit. So when these four sophomores are forced into a class to create their own fashion label, they Clash with a capital C. Janie thinks Melissa and Charlotte are Beverly Hills brats. They dismiss Janie as a Valley rat in sheep's clothing. And Petra, well . . . Petra couldn't care less. Can a cool coquette, a shy punk, a hippie goddess, and a ghettoglam egomaniac make beautiful couture together? At Winston Prep, survival of the fittest comes down to who fits in-and what fits.





Introducing a juicy new series from the publisher of the national bestselling series Gossip Girl, The Clique, The It Girl, and The A-List.





Includes Do-It-Yourself instructions by NYC fashion label Compai and fashion sketches throughout by the author

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Maude enthusiastically embraces obvious stereotypes in her debut novel, taking them so far over the top that she delivers a very amusing read. Choosing an exclusive private school in Los Angeles as a backdrop, the author dresses the mega-wealthy youth of Beverly Hills and Bel Air in Dior, Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Choo, and has them roar to school in Porsches and Jaguars, while fish-out-of-water twins Janie and Jake Farrish, scholarship students from the Valley, shop at Goodwill and share ownership of a 16-year-old Volvo. The same gleeful exaggeration applies to Janie's three classmates in a special studies course focusing on fashion design: there's Charlotte, bored after a week of a summer intensive embroidery studies at a convent in Bruges, who arranges a midnight escape by chopper; Melissa, daughter of the rap producer Seedy, who announces, "In the grand tradition of Jennifer Lopez and Oprah, I dream to be more than just a person. I dream to be a brand"; and Petra, the ridiculously beautiful daughter of the most sought-after plastic surgeon in Hollywood, who tendentiously deplores vanity and wants to create an anti-fashion clothing line called Moral Fiber. Though the plot is predictable and the pacing uneven, the novel dishes up outsize amounts of humor, mostly at the expense of Maude's narcissistic characters. Juicy, stylish fun. Ages 13-up. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Appearance is everything at Wilson Prep. The halls are filled with designer-clothes-clad students. Porsches and Jaguars fill the parking lot. Against this backdrop, we meet four girls. There is Janie, a scholarship student from the Valley who shops at Goodwill and drives an old Volvo. Petra, is the beautiful daughter of a Hollywood plastic surgeon, who does everything in her power to hide her beauty. There is Charlotte, the popular self-centered rich girl. Melissa is the half African-American, half Asian-American narcissistic daughter of a rap singer. Saying these girls are not friends is an understatement. When they are thrown together in a special studies class and given the task of creating their own fashion label, fireworks ensue. Their story is told in alternating points of view, each girl's chapter starts with a description of what she is wearing and it does not get much deeper than that. The traditional teen issues of family, peers, popularity, and boys are present, but glossed over in favor of the fashion aspect. In fact, the special studies class that forms the core around which the story revolves is not even introduced until about a third of the way through the book. While the plot is flimsy at best, Maude's over-exaggeration of stereotypical characters and the crazy situations they find themselves in leads to a humorous read. The first in a series, it will appeal to fans of other chick lit series such as The Gossip Girl, The A-List, and The Clique. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
KLIATT - KLIATT Review
Perfect for fans of Gossip Girl or The O.C. Maude creates a world of wealth in which the rotating narrators thrive. In this story set in a California high school, three girls deal with the traditional issues of family, fitting in, and boys. What sets them apart, though, is their passion for fashion. The three girls have unique personalities and readers will most likely relate to one more than the others. Despite their differences, they unite to start a fashion label. The girls have more than their fair share of drama and fights, The book includes sketches and DIY tips for the extremely enthusiastic reader. Mild mature situations include love interests, but nothing too detailed or explicit. Age Range: Ages 15 to 18. REVIEWER: Joanna Solomon (Vol. 42, No. 1)
School Library Journal

Gr 9-11- Charlotte, Janie, Melissa, and Petra are not friends, so when the new director of Special Study at their hoity-toity Los Angeles private school pairs them up on a group project, it is no surprise that high drama ensues. The girls are supposed to work on developing a fashion label. They bring a variety of talents and ideas to the table-Charlotte is an accomplished seamstress, Janie can bring the amazing creations she imagines to life on paper, Melissa is interested in marketing, and Petra wants to design environmentally friendly clothes-so the main challenge is combining these ideas into something viable. Can they agree to disagree or will their differences tear them apart? This book has all of the same elements that made Lisi Harrison's "The Clique," Zoey Dean's "The A-List," and Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series (all Little, Brown) so popular, and they have the added attraction of being about fashion, which will attract a broader audience. The back of the book contains DIY instructions for making some of the fashions contained within.-Robyn Zaneski, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316029278
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Poseur Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,191,005
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Maude grew up in Hollywood, California, where she studied illustration at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She attended UCLA and received a Masters in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

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Poseur (Poseur Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is waaaaaay better than those wastes of our natural resources. They're in the same genre, but not in the same league! No joke: Goss Girls #1 made me feel nauseated after I read it ... like I'd just eaten a greasy circus hot dog topped with all manner of rank carny garnishes. (No offense to carnies) This book, on the other hand, is yummtastic, a treat from start to finish. It's smart, sharp and funny and when you're done with it, you'll feel like you just ate a delicious (but low-cal) meal. Like a greek salad or a turkey burger, no bun. It's for people (like moi) who like fashion AND (moi again) have more than half a brain in their heads. Does that even remotely describe you? Then get this book and you'll love it bunches. And if -- God forbid! -- you put it down halfway through, it's probably because your arm's getting tired. In which case, you probs just need to eat some lean protein.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
This is waaaaaay better than those wastes of our natural resources. They're in the same genre, but not in the same league! No joke: Goss Girls #1 made me feel nauseated after I read it ... like I'd just eaten a greasy circus hot dog topped with all manner of rank carny garnishes. (No offense to carnies) This book, on the other hand, is yummtastic, a treat from start to finish. It's smart, sharp and funny and when you're done with it, you'll feel like you just ate a delicious (but low-cal) meal. Like a greek salad or a turkey burger, no bun. It's for people (like moi) who like fashion AND (moi again) have more than half a brain in their heads. Does that even remotely describe you? Then get this book and you'll love it bunches. And if -- God forbid! -- you put it down halfway through, it's probably because your arm's getting tired. In which case, you probs just need to eat some lean protein.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Four girls, four dilemmas, one mindset: fashion.

On the first day of her freshman year, Janie Farrish was already criticized, all because of her horrible acne. Now that all of it is gone, Janie wants everyone to see her new look as she enters her sophomore year. But the more she thinks about it, the more she feels like she is just trying too hard. With wanting to become just a tad bit popular, it doesn't help that her twin brother, Jake, is joining the in crowd, making his way toward Janie's enemy, Charlotte. At least she has her drawings to keep her mind off things. Even though she may not think that she is attractive, others do, especially the senior who just transferred back to Winston Prep, Evan.

Charlotte will always be the popular trendsetter. She can have any clothes she wants and any guy she wants. Unfortunately, trying to get Jake as her boyfriend is harder than she thought, mainly because she thinks Janie is in her way. The only way for her to get Jake is for Charlotte to play nice, which is easier said then done, since she is the one that gave Janie that terrible nickname, Pompidou.

Melissa Moon is ghetto fabulous. Being half Korean and half African-American, and the daughter of a very famous rapper, Melissa has one thing on her mind: starting her own industry. She wants to start it quick so it can be powerful and successful. And her main goal is for everyone to breathe Melissa Moon.

Petra Green is just naturally beautiful. All the stuff she does to make herself look ugly, from wearing mismatched clothes to having not-so-perfect hair; nothing keeps Petra from being gorgeous. It also doesn't help when her plastic surgeon dad uses Petra to try and get more customers, by claiming that she was all his doing. All Petra wants to do is take care of her adopted sisters, and survive her messed up home life.

All four girls propose their own special studies group, only to have them morph into one, whether they like it or not. Even though each girl is extremely different, they have one thing in common -- their passion for fashion.

Witty, artsy, and hilarious, POSEUR is a great start for this new series. Fashionistas look out because Janie, Charlotte, Melissa, and Petra are ready to conquer the fashion industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good to me and i got it.
Cliquegrl More than 1 year ago
Okay i L-O-V-E the clique series and I wanted another book like that because I read all of them and the next one wasn't coming for like a couple months so I picked Posuer and the second in the series and let me tell you it was wayy GOOD!!! I loved these books alot because it shows all these people grouping together to make a fashion label when they are soo not alike! However, they aren't better than the clique. But its more grown up than the clique and in way different. okay okay read it to get wat i mean by this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maude's characters are fun and relatable, and her combination of fashion and music leave the reader town between wanting to get up and dance, and host their very own runway show. Janie is a girl you'll fall in love with instantly. Her low-key ways, and thrift store shopping sprees are adventurous and fun; while her best friend Amelia is an aspiring rock star whom you can't help but root for. Charlotte's passion for all things French, and desire to have a romance that makes her knees buckle make her seem more human than she appears while at school when she's tormenting others, and her constant insecurities prove that she's truly a nice girl on the inside. Petra is fun in a lazy, offbeat way. Her bizarre choice of clothing, and constant fights with her mother are humorous, but lend a sense of difficulty into her privileged life. And Melissa Moon is a crazy character whose boisterous personality bursts right off the page. Maude's knowledge of the fashion and music scenes are spectacular, and her inclusion of sketch illustrations by Compai, and DIY projects for the reader cause the characters to live on in your mind long after the last page is turned. Witty, artsy, and hilarious, POSEUR is a great start for this new series. Fashionistas look out because Janie, Charlotte, Melissa, and Petra are ready to conquer the fashion industry.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this story in about a week( but i read it a little slow). This is a fun book for any girl who loves fashion, and wants to read a story about girls who overcome their differences ro make a fashion line work...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should a 12 year old read this.
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FAB-ulous!!
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Wow. Such a good boolove the idea can not wait to read the rest!
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This is definately one of my favs!
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Madison Ann Holt More than 1 year ago
luv it!
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Emily Arvin More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book a bit confusing i thought, but in overall it was good.
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I really enjoyed the book once I knew each character's personality. I didn't like the beginning though, because they just tell you what each girl was wearing and describe their first day of school. It doesn't explain their personalties though. Also their is an on/off relationship going on through the book that I didn't really get at first but their is a really surprising twist at the end about the relationship. Overall it was a great book about fashionistas trying to get along!!
roxyswift More than 1 year ago
the characters in this book are so realalistic and am a pre teen and i fell in love with it. BUt some parts were inaproppate so be careful of that. But over all i absalotly loved it. I am starting a book club to read this book. I recommended this book to everyone of my friends. it is a book for people who love fashion and every thing about it. hope you love this book. it is the ultimate girl book. this book will inspire you to go with your dream and never give up. You will love this book. xoxoxoxoxoxo roxyswift
Angeline_Walsh More than 1 year ago
I started reading "Posuer" with low expectations and ended the book with a positive reading experience. The story is great, the characters each have a distinct personality and style, and who doesn't love the cute sketches and drawings throughout the book? But what captured me the most was the writing. Rachel Maude's writing style is unique from many modern writers. She writes with simplicity, sarcasm, and humor which really adds charm to the novel. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and recommend the Posuer series to anyone who loves a wild and witty plot.