Overview

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? ...
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Poseur (Poseur Series #1)

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Overview

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
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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

Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316029278
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Poseur Series , #1
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 321,025
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Poseur

    This book was very good to me and i got it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    liked alot!

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Help

    Should a 12 year old read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

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    FAB-ulous!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    A Hit

    Wow. Such a good boolove the idea can not wait to read the rest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Great book! :)

    This is definately one of my favs!

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    better than pie!

    luv it!

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Good read.

    I really enjoyed the book a bit confusing i thought, but in overall it was good.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    i am lost

    i am confused and lost where this book is headed to. i dont get it.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    humm

    didnt like it that much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2010

    Great Book!!

    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!!

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