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Dean, author of the popular A-List young adult series, graduates to big-girl chick lit with this hip remix of Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling and The Simple Life. Megan Smith, unable to cut it in New York's cutthroat world of magazine publishing, snatches a lucrative offer to transform two pampered and scholastically challenged 17-year-old twins into scholars. Sage and Rose Baker, known mostly for majoring in ennui and partying, are heiresses to an $84 million fortune, but the money isn't theirs until they pass the SATs. Their grandmother, the fortune's overseer, pays Megan $1,500 a week to get the Fabulous Baker Twins up to snuff, and an additional $75,000 if they are accepted at Duke, their late parents' alma mater. But the transformation works both ways, as Megan learns she'll have to earn the twins' respect before they accept her tutelage. Megan, meanwhile, secretly intends to segue her time with the high-profile twins into a writing career. Things work out for everyone, but not in an expected fashion. Dean's writing is swift and the book is consistently funny, though her twin terrors aren't as nasty as they could be. Regardless, this is a great one to take to the beach. (July)
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Chick-lit lovers take note: Dean, writer of the popular teen series the A-List, is dipping her toe into the swimming pool of adult fiction. Yale graduate Megan Smith has recently moved to Manhattan, but nothing is going as planned. When her job at a tabloid magazine turns sour, she accepts a position working for the infamous Baker twins, Sage and Rose: 17, filthy rich, and unmarketable as far as their grandmother and upper-echelon colleges are concerned. Her challenge? Get them into Duke University. Her reward? Ample pay, plus a significant check that will wipe out her hefty college loans. But in addition to brushing up on her SAT-tutoring skills, she needs to gain a little empathy for her charges and learn a thing or two from the drag-queen estate-chef, Marco, and his style-consultant partner. Thrust into the conservative, money-dripping world of Palm Beach, Florida, Megan quickly learns that not everybody is as she first appears. Predictable? Yes, but Megan is quirky enough to keep the pages flipping, and the love story has a nice, made-for-the-movies ending. Cook, Emily

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446697184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446697187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can't get enough of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicole Richie? HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS by Zoey Dean might be the key to your rich girl obsessions. But don't let me mislead you, the book's about Megan. And she's far from rich.

Megan graduated and wanted nothing but the publishing dream--move to New York City, find a job at a prestigious publishing company or magazine, and live her dream. What happened was a crummy job at a tabloid and a huge student load ($75,000 to be exact). And it turns even more sour--she loses her job at the tabloid. Kinda. In the same firing meeting, the editor-in-chief waves Megan a bone: tutor two of the richest heiresses on the Palm Beach, Florida scene so that their SAT scores literally score them a spot at Duke. With little other choice, Megan takes the job and our real story begins.

The twins? Seventeen-year-olds Rose and Sage Baker are known for drunken parties and flashing the paparazzi (sound familiar?) and aren't so keen on this "arrangement." Hell just arranging their social schedule to fit in a little school, isn't on their agenda. Especially when the teacher is a peer who looks like a [gasp!] struggling post-graduate wearing a bunch of thrift store finds. But don't fret, Megan's a fighter. The $1500 a week and the possibility of ridding herself of the school loan debt--has her determined if not plain old, scared to NOT make this plan work.

HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS was hilarious. Megan had me in stitches. She is sarcastic, fun, witty, and well... like an every day post-grad girl that is so broke the thought of being well dressed and fed is merely a daydream. There's a bit-o-Cinderella in the plot (as in happily ever after; ugly girl turns pretty), but don't let that turn you away. There's more than a few twists that definitely make it giggling fun.
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I've never read any books by Zoey Dean before, so this was my introduction to her. She tells a good story in a conversational way which makes it fun and easy to read. I liked her writing a lot, and while the story did seem a lot like "The Devil Wears Prada" it had enough different twists to keep me interested. Definitely one of the better chick-lit books out there this summer, and worth a read if you enjoy stories like this. I give it four stars rather than five because it sort of dragged on a bit towards the end and didn't keep me interested the entire time. Still a good book, though!
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How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls is Chick Lit with capital C and capital L which makes it one of the most delightful books I've read in a very long time. If it is ever turned into a movie, it will be the most delightful of its kind since Clueless--and one can only hope it will be.

Average-girl-wannabe-journalist Maggie Smith moves to Manhattan straight out of Yale, expecting to get a job at one of the big magazines and eliminating her $75,000 debt in no time at all. Unfortunately, real life doesn't work like that, and she is only just scraping by, working at a trashy tabloid, when in the span of two days she is robbed, fired and her apartment burns down. However, as a last favor, her ex-boss makes her an offer she can't refuse.

Seventeen-year-old twins Rose and Sage Baker are Palm Beach's version of Paris and Nicole--rich, superficial and never thinking beyond the next party. Maggie's challenge is to tutor these two girls and get them into Duke. If she manages this, her debts will be paid off.

Teaching girls who do not want to be taught is never easy, so if Maggie wants to pull this one off, she must be able to look the part and act the part. But can you act a part for so long without it becoming part of you?

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls is a lot more substantial than expected at first glance, and I read it in two hours straight, being utterly unable to put it down, and found myself laughing out loud at Zoey Dean's masterful plot and witty one-liners. She has a wonderful way with words and manages to create charming characters where you expect to find none. Rose and Sage's grandmother is a street-smart and sly elderly woman, willing to take risks for a good cause, and even Rose and Sage themselves--spoiled and bratty as they seem at first--are living proofs that looks can be deceptive.

Armchair Interviews says: Quick fun read that gives us hope for spoiled rich girls the world over (or at least in Hollywoodland).
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DUH! MARKETING: 99 Monstrous Missteps You Can Use to Learn, Laugh, and Grow Your Business!

Chick lit is usually as light and airy as a Vera Wang gown, but How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls weaves a much tighter and textured story. From the very first page, you start to understand and empathize with the struggling, underemployed, underutilized Megan Smith. And, just when she thinks she has hit rock bottom by hearing the dreaded "we have to let you go" from her meticulously dressed boss, she hits the jackpot by landing a lucrative job tutoring the Paris and Nicky Hilton twins of Palm Beach.

Oh, the book is rich with details about a society that most of us only dream about: The Season, The Gowns, and The Protocol (never eat!). Yet, underneath it all is a heroine and 2 struggling heiresses trying to find themselves. Strong characters are finely sketched, fashion details embellished, and the pitter patter of young hearts falling in and out of love beat strong. In all, it is a twirl around the dance floor of women, wealth, and wonder.
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