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This book has elements of Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada (Doubleday, 2003) and Linda Francis Lee's The Devil in the Junior League (St. Martin's, 2006), but is geared to teens. There is mention of every popular, up-to-date brand name, movie, and store. There is advice on how to identify each clique in high school by fashion alone. The author gives dating advice, fashion advice, and advice on how to handle oneself in public. All of this "advice" is there to support the social climbers' quest to the A-List. Many of Schneider's comments are definitely New York specific, but she does succeed in creating an environment that is recognizable on almost any high school campus. Done in interesting and eye-catching fonts, the book will attract readers, but unless they're really interested in becoming A-Listers, it all becomes a bit much. Schneider does talk about the importance of fashion reflecting who you are-she encourages readers to figure that out independently and not be followers. Though parts of the book are entertaining, it's unlikely that it will be read cover to cover.
—Emily GarrettCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.