Friends to Die For

Friends to Die For

by Jane Sughrue Giberga

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ISBN-13: 9780140385991
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/01/1999
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 7.18(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Friends to Die For 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Cristina Garcia-Vasquez and her friends live in fancy apartments, attend super-expensive private schools, and do and have everything else you'd associate with A-List teens in New York City. And that's got to include parties in these huge apartments when parents are away for weeks at a time, right?

When a girl is murdered in a subway station, and Cristina was at the party where this girl was last seen alive, life changes drastically for Cristina, her family, and her friends. Matters are not helped by the segment on TV about the Garcia-Vasquez family, focusing on Janine Billings, the murdered girl, and Cristina's stay-at-home mom.

This book has a lot of interesting elements: The funny hate messages from feminists about Cristina's mom, the mystery of Janine Billings' murder, the press stalking Cristina, her friends, and her family...

This book is interesting and amusing at times. It is not, however, a book that will stick with you forever. It'll keep you entertained, though, and that's good enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Cristina Garcia-Vasquez and her friends live in fancy apartments, attend super-expensive private schools, and do and have everything else you'd associate with A-List teens in New York City. And that's got to include parties in these huge apartments when parents are away for weeks at a time, right? When a girl is murdered in a subway station, and Cristina was at the party where this girl was last seen alive, life changes drastically for Cristina, her family, and her friends. Matters are not helped by the segment on TV about the Garcia-Vasquez family, focusing on Janine Billings, the murdered girl, and Cristina's stay-at-home mom. This book has a lot of interesting elements: The funny hate messages from feminists about Cristina's mom, the mystery of Janine Billings' murder, the press stalking Cristina, her friends, and her family... This book is interesting and amusing at times. It is not, however, a book that will stick with you forever. It'll keep you entertained, though, and that's good enough. **Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
Guest More than 1 year ago
A REALLY GREAT BOOK! I D0N'T LIKE MYSTERIES AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! IT HAS A GREAT STORY LINE AND ENDING! A MUST READ!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Friends to Die For is Jane Sughrue Gilberga¿s first novel. It was published by Dial Books in New York, New York in 1997. Crissy and her friends appear to have it all...a part of the A-List, luxurious Manhattan apartments, attendance in the most renowned private schools, good looks, and an invitation to all the best clubs and parties. However, when a peer of theirs is murdered after one of their parties, that all changes. In Friends to Die For, Jane Sughrue Gilberga writes an interesting story about the wealthy and influential, and what happens when controversy enters their realm. Crissy friend¿s parents are never at home. This enables the girls to have parties whenever they choose. After one of these parties, a girl that attended it is murdered in the subway. This turns all eyes of the news media and paparazzi to how these wealthy teenagers are raised and how they party. When the murderer is found to be closer to home than Crissy thought, everything becomes even more complicated. The novel Gilberga writes suggests that not everything is what it appears in the world of high society. Gilberga achieves this goal in the novel by having everything Crissy and her friends ever knew to slowly crash down. By the end of the novel, though, the girls are able to began to put the horror of murder behind them, and begin rebuilding their lives, but this time it is not quite as glamorous. The novel is extremely well-written, including details about what is going on in the novel, as well as background information on the characters involved. When Gilberga introduces a new character in the novel, Gilberga has Crissy speak of her impression of the new character and Crissy¿s connection to the character. This allows the reader to feel as if they personally know all the characters in the book. Gilberga also reaches her goal of describing the pros and cons of being on the A-List. In the beginning of the book, Crissy loves attention and loves being on the A-List. However, by the end of the book, Crissy has realized the downfall to being on the A-List and having too much attention. Any teenager looking to read an interesting novel about their peers involved in a murder mystery, Friends to Die For is an excellent choice. I would definitely suggest it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. IT COMPLETELY SHOWS THAT MURDER IS A VERY HARSH THING AND THAT IT IS NEVER TO BE EXCUSED. I ALSO LOVED THE WAY NOBODY HAD A COW OVER THE KIDS SMOKING AND DRINKING- I WON'T GO INTO DETAILS BUT I TOTALLY AGREE. CHRISSY AND FRANCESCA SHOW LOTS OF GUTS AT THE END BUT STILL KEEP IT SEMI-COOL. ALL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO CRY BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU GOTTA BE A BABY! I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK.