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My Own Worst Frenemy (Langdon Prep Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Reid
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Book Description

Chanti Evans is an undercover cop's daughter and an exclusive private school's newest student. But Chanti is learning fast that when it comes to con games, the streets have nothing on Langdon Prep.

With barely a foot in the door, fifteen-year-old Chanti gets on the bad side of school queen bee Lissa and snobbish Headmistress Smythe. They've made it their mission to take Chanti down and she needs to find out why, especially when stuff begins disappearing around campus, making her the most wanted girl in school, and not in a good way. But the last straw comes when she and her Langdon crush, the seriously hot Marco Ruiz, are set up to take the heat for a series of home burglaries--and worse. . . .

"Watch out Nancy Drew...Chanti Evans from the 'hood is the hot new sleuth in town!" -- Simone Elkeles, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Hot guy, lots of lies, and unbelievable secrets. . .." --Ni-Ni Simone, author of Upgrade U

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Kirkus Reviews
This new mystery series with a multicultural cast stars the canny teenage daughter of a vice cop. Chanti Evans, a 15-year-old high-school junior, is not exactly looking forward to the start of the new term. While all of her friends will be together at North High, she will be a scholarship student at exclusive Langdon Prep. Her mother, Lana, an undercover vice cop, is increasingly worried about issues in their community and wants Chanti in a better environment. At Langdon, she quickly becomes acquainted with two other new students: Marco Ruiz and Bethanie Larsen. Marco seems nice enough (and very attractive), but it is soon clear that Bethanie has a secret. Chanti can't dwell on that, because a rash of thefts begins in the school, and the unwelcome new additions are immediate suspects. She is a cop's daughter, so she applies the sleuthing skills she has learned from her mother. Just when Chanti thinks the case is solved, though, she becomes embroiled in something more complicated and dangerous than a missing tennis bracelet. Chanti is smart and funny, and this multicultural cast is a welcome addition to the world of teen mysteries. (Mystery. 14 & up) 

Publishers Weekly
In Reid's (No Place Safe) first book for teens, which launches the Chanti on the Case series, 15-year-old Chanti Evans is forced to switch from a Denver public school to a private one due to her overprotective mother, an undercover vice cop who insists that Chanti is always at the wrong place at the wrong time...When various items are stolen at school, Chanti and her crush, Marco, are prime suspects with little time to solve the case. The story is fast-paced with snappy dialogue and a solid urban setting. Ages 14-up.

Product Details

  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758267401
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; 1 Original edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CRY71O
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first novel in the Langdon Prep series. Chanti is a new scholarship student at the elite Landgon Prep, and while trying to make new friends and survive her new school, she stumbles upon several mysteries that jeopardize her school career and put her actual life at risk.

Chanti's detective skills both are a blessing and a curse. She learned how to observe and investigate from her police detective mother. But Chanti's natural curiosity and intelligence are what make her investigate the headmistress at her high school and some of her rich classmates. What she discovers is bigger than what she could have imagined.

Chanti is witty, sassy, funny, and smart. But she's also down to earth and likeable--she seems like a real person. And there's an innocence and kindness about her that make you root for her every time. And make you hope that she hooks up with Marco, another scholarhip student who is gorgeous and likes Chanti.

"My Own Worst Frenemy" is funny and well-written, and I love Chanti--plus the interesting secondary characters. Pick up this book, and you won't be able to put it down until the last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! December 27, 2011
I like these types of books. A good book of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. What can I say that made me love this book? The plot. I love me a good book with a great plot. The plot in this book really took off from page one. A trouble teen getting shipped off to a new school? A teen with a mom who identity we must keep secret? And the frenemy we love to hate but we can't get enough of.

I loved the flow of the book. The feeling that the reader gets when immersed of a world of money than what our main character Chanti is used too. Chanti grew up on the lower side of town and it is good to see Chanti point of view. I like that Chanti had to team up with her frenemy to clear her name. I snickered with the sarcastic comments and risking things.

The plot line of the book is simply yet it works. Prejudice against the new girl, thinking she is the one stealing things. I loved the tension in the book between the characters. And the love interest, woohoo! Marco is an amazing guy. I loved how he flirted with Chanti and even helped her. He put himself out there to prove himself to her and he didn't do such a bad job.

This is great book of mystery, change and cat fights. Mean girls galore! But it made the book much more fun to read. This is a great series with loads of potential for some major drama I am craving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new private school mystery series December 13, 2011
I liked this book. Chanti has quite a chip on her shoulder, but it's what I would expect. Her mom's a vice cop and she can't tell anyone. She lives on a street that is almost the bad part of town but not quite. She seems to have lost her best friend and a new friend over the summer. Her mom watches her like a hawk because of her job and cares who Chanti hangs out with and that is the reason that Chanti has ended up at Langdon Prep. And at Langdon Prep it seems that the Headmistress has it out for her as well. The only good thing in Chanti's life is fellow scholarship student Marco.

Chanti was smart but still the typical teenager. She seems to have learned a lot from her mom. I like that her mom is involved in her life even if they have to keep what her mom does secret because of the nature of being a vice cop. I was intrigued by the mystery elements of the book and even though they really didn't pick up until half way through the book, the first half was still great with setting up the characters and learning the background. I never felt bogged down like you sometimes do in first books in a series. Ms. Reid was able to keep the book flowing from the information and getting-to-know the character stage to the trying to solve the mystery stage very well.

As I mentioned before Chanti still manages to be a typical teenager, she is caught up in liking Marco and it clouds her judgement. Also picking friends clouds her judgment. She doesn't always make the right decisions and sometimes there are consequences. I also like that the pieces didn't fall into perfect place for her. It did take some work and some effort and some help from others. She drew from what she learned from her mom and help from others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Smart Teen Detective Chanti Evans December 16, 2012
First of all, let me rave about THE COVER!

Dear Out of Touch New York Publishing,

I know you guys are probably living in some Mad Men-esque type universe (and you probably voted for Romney), but this country and the entire world has grown increasingly multicultural. There is a huge demographic of young readers who tired of seeing white kids on the covers of books and as the heroes/heroines of stories. They want to see themselves and their diverse lives reflected in a positive way and if you're too stupid (or too racist) to feed that need, there are a lot of other publishers willing to do it and take their money.

This cover is eye-catching and will definitely grab that demographic you're going to need in order to stay competitive. Not to mention, it is a reminder that even prep schools are integrated. Look, there's even a full-figured teen (who I think is really cute) and an Asian girl and the world didn't self-destruct. Oh there's even an interracial romance element since young people don't have those same hangups you guys in New York seem to. It's time for you guys to join the rest of the 21st century.

I wouldn't sully this book by likening it to the Pretty Little Liars series. Whereas I can't see anything like PLL ever happening in real life (especially how lily-white it is), the issues Chanti and her friends deal with in school and out if it are relatable though the author isn't (thankfully) preachy. I would say this is more like a prep school version of Nancy Drew and while some of the conflicts are solely in the teen-drama catagory, it's also engaging and positive. Add to that an interracial romance aspect and it worked. Of course this is only the first book of a series so some of the characters weren't fully fleshed out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mystery
I've read this book twice. It really is great but I gave it 4 stars only because the seemed really slow-paced. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Haleigh Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE
This was the most INCREDIBLE reading that I ever did WITH a book AND when that comes from me you've done a great job in producing a great book
Published 20 months ago by JANA ALLEYNE
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Fast Paced
This book did a great job of keeping my attention. I loved the little element of crime and mystery it had. Needless to say, I did not know who was trying to set up Chanti. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jasmine Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT.
When I read a review that mentioned Nancy Drew, I had to read this book. It is like reading a modern Nancy Drew book, but her name is Chanti instead, and she is the daughter of an... Read more
Published 22 months ago by sincerely happily ever after books
5.0 out of 5 stars Great YA Book
If you have a mystery loving, puzzle solving, friend-loving book-a-holic teen in your life, then this is the book for them. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Romancing the Book
3.0 out of 5 stars okaaaaay
I love mysteries and My Own Worst Frenemy brings the goods. At the heart of it all, though, there is something bigger going on behind the mystery. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by ReadingVacation
4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Sleuth
When children are young they like to imitate the things their parents do. Chanti is picking up the traits, habits, and instincts of her mother, Lana, who is an undercover cop. Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Jennifer Coissiere "The Tough Critic"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book Worth Reading
I was drawn to the book by it's title. I found it to be a very interesting and well written book. Even though it is about a teenage girl I was right into her story and I am over... Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by YFJ
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I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where I lived some of the same experiences Chanti Evans does in the Langdon Prep series: I attended a prep school where I didn't fit in, my mom was a police detective, and I always wanted to help her solve crimes. Like Chanti, I have lived most of my life around law enforcement types, including my husband, so I have no fear of running out of story ideas.

But that's about where the similarities end. I'm not fearless enough to be a detective, although I did give my two cents on some of my mother's cases whether she asked or not (she almost never did). Luckily, writing fiction gives me the chance to play a detective on paper and do one of my favorite things in the universe - tell stories.

Langdon Prep series order:
#1 My Own Worst Frenemy
#2 Creeping with the Enemy
#3 Sweet 16 to Life
#4 Guys, Lies & Alibis

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