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Product Details

  • Series: Upper Class
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060850825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060850821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,378,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lyrical language breathes life into this take on a classic culture clash story.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This book is fabulous! The Upper Class has substance and style, and it just screams, READ ME!” (Richie Rich, Fashion Designer, Heatherette)

“The Upper Class is a surprise. My 16-year-old daughter gulped it in one day with delicious familiarity.” (Raghida Dergham, NBC Political Correspondent)

“The Upper Class is not just a book—it is a wild and original reading adventure.” (Leslie Marshall, author of A Girl Could Stand Up)

“Sharp and clever… There is little that is left unexplored in this poignant and evocative coming-of-age novel.” (Alyson Richman, author of The Last Van Gogh)

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People & places feel real!
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Like a film with too many credited screenwriters, a novel with more than one author often feels like a committee creation rather than a single purposeful work of art.
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Read a review of this book in the NY Times' style section yesterday, got a copy and couldn't put it down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Many may think that being a part of the privileged, wealthy, upper class set is a piece of cake, filled with shopping sprees, non-stop parties, gorgeous guys, glamorous girls, and anything else you might happen to think up. For the select few who live this lifestyle, they'd be happy to set you straight. Sure, they have access to daddy's credit card, can vacation and party at a handful of luxury homes around the world, and drink themselves to sleep, but it's not always fun and games. Especially when you're forced to contend with being shipped off to boarding school.

Laine Hunt was bred for Wellington. Being born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Laine has taken on the role of a proper Greenwich girl. Not only does she spend much of her time at the local country club, surrounded by other rich and privileged teens like herself - along with an assortment of stuffy adults who leer at her like she's some sort of lobster special - but she's also a field hockey star who is destined for stardom. Not that she wants it. Laine may be gorgeous, with pale blonde hair, never-ending legs, and turquoise eyes; but she's also plagued by one very paralyzing fear: failure. Laine has been raised to please everyone around her - from her mother to her stepfather, and even her neighbors. But with so much pressure riding on her, she can't help but feel that heading off to Wellington may just set her up for her biggest fear, and leave her disappointing everyone.

Long Island-bred Nikki Olivetti, on the other hand, couldn't stick out more as a Wellington girl. First, Nikki is new-money, so no one knows her name, or cares to learn more about her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liv's Book Reviews on August 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Urgh. I think if I tried to write down all my thoughts in a single paragraph it would be both long, boring, and completely confusing. So for just this review I'm categorizing my thoughts into good and bad.

Good: TONS of description. For example, the first sentence reads as so; Outside the black window of the country club, moonlight glazes tiger lilies, dripping off the petals like cream. Doesn't that sound completely delicious? And their are many other sentences in the book that are as warm and sparkling as that one. I think I would've read the book just to be able to read nice sentences like that one. The story also has a nice and zippy plotline. Nothing ever stops for long and there's twist after twist to keep you coming back for more. There is also a character that I liked a lot who I think deserves a spot in the good category and that would be Nikki and Laine's woods instructor. I can't remember his name off the top of my head, but I liked him a lot.

Bad: And now we get to the juicy stuff. First of all, the characters were horrible. They were not developed at all and I really couldn't tell one person apart from the next, especially the boys and the parents. They just all blended together which makes a story completely suck. Also, Nikki and a guy supposedly had this relationship going on, but I really didn't see that. Sure they hook up in random scenes, but there was no dialog, no interaction, no chemistry, nothing to indicate that they actually liked each other. And characters without chemistry? Yuck. Also, the zippy plot was in the good category, but it should also be in the bad, because you could barely get your bearings before everything was mixed up again, making the whole entire book confusing and unorganized.

So I guess for the most part, Upper Class was a pretty bad book. I really liked the imagery, but other than that, it stunk. I don't think I'll be reading the next book. I have better things to do with my time.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Nestled in some perfect green world is a castle called Wellington. Well, it's not really a castle, but it looks like one. Inside, the chosen few --- an amalgamation of kids from all across the privileged sides of the world --- come together to learn and grow. Here is the place where unlikely friends are made.

When Nikki Olivetti from Long Island, New York, and Laine Hunt from Greenwich, Connecticut, are pushed together as roommates, they wonder how long they can last without ripping each other's hair out. Without their usual safety nets (mom and dad, loads of cash, familiar places), the girls find themselves castaways on an island of discovery. And when Laine sees Nikki's Facebook picture in a senior's "Who Won't Make It" betting book, she realizes how tough this place is really going to be.

THE UPPER CLASS, the first in what surely will be a successful series of teen reads about upper crusty boarding-school types and their misadventures, is written by three friends who graduated from the prestigious Hotchkiss School and know all too well the pitfalls and exciting propositions that come from being handed an opportunity like Laine and Nikki receive at the fictional Wellington. Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne and Caroline Says have found somehow to meld their three voices into one distinctive literary roar.

The characters muse about life with astonishing depth perception; they know what their parents' money has brought them, both at the mall and by way of intense social and economic expectations. Nikki, being the new money girl, is the person whose perspective is like that of most of the readers of this book.
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