Take It Off: An Insiders Novel

Take It Off: An Insiders Novel

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by J. Minter

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The Insiders are the guys to watch. But if you fall in love with them, get in line, right behind ME! - Zoey Dean, author of the A-List novels.See more details below


The Insiders are the guys to watch. But if you fall in love with them, get in line, right behind ME! - Zoey Dean, author of the A-List novels.

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Publishers Weekly
PW called The Insiders, the launch title of the series by the same name, an "enticingly trashy entrant into the yearly teen beach read sweepstakes." Take It Off by J. Minter, the third in the series, finds Jonathan and his buds in a school-at-sea program on a luxury yacht. However, Jonathan pines for Flan, Mickey and Arno have their sights set on the same gal, and there's plenty more angst onboard. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Manhattan's most elite boys are back for more action in the latest installments of The Insiders series. In Take It Off, the crew is spending two weeks participating in a semester-at-sea program, ostensibly to get in some pre-college character building and a little extra education. But leave it to Mickey, David, Arno, Patch, and Jonathan to make the trip be all about girls, drama, and trouble. In Break Every Rule, it is spring break and time for New York magazine to name its Hottest Private School Boy. The vain and self-obsessed Jonathan is convinced that it will be him, when in reality it is Patch whom the magazine wants. But the unassuming Patch would never allow such an egotistical title to be bestowed upon him, so the honor ends up going to Arno. Arno's confidence predictably swells, and it unsettles the whole balance of the group. Although at first glance these books will appeal to many readers, the content leaves much to be desired. The writing feels hurried and characters are one dimensional and often overbearingly annoying. Set up to read like a male version of the Gossip Girl series, it is missing all of the elements that make that series a successful and fun, salacious read. These plots plod tediously along, laboriously covering short periods of time in which little seems to actually happen. For allegedly being the hottest and hippest of New York's private school set, these boys are surprisingly dull and uninteresting. VOYA CODES: 2Q 4P S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Bloomsbury, 300p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Amanda MacGregor

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Meet the Author

J. Minter grew up in New York City and attended Columbia University. He lives in TriBeCa, in New York City.
J. MINTER is the pen-name of Ben Schrank. He is the author of the adult titles Miracle Man and Consent, published in the U.S. He was also the guy columnist in Seventeen magazine.

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