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The Aristobrats Paperback – September 1, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-7–Parker Bell has everything going for her as she begins eighth grade at the Wallingford Academy: a great tan, an impeccable Facebook page, designer clothing, perfect make-up, and the attention of an equally stunning boy. She and her three friends have earned their position at the top of the populadder with their long list of rules set to ensure perfection and admiration. Their status is jeopardized when the headmistress assigns Parker and her friends the task of producing the school's conservative webcasts, a job normally done by a group of nobodies. Spending hours in the basement production studio seriously cuts down on the four friends' glamorous life. Frustrated, they decide to produce an unusual webcast and must deal with the consequences. Despite the concluding positive message, which is not to care so much about status or what others think of you, the book may leave readers feeling disappointed. They get little opportunity to see the protagonists change for the better, giving the story an ultimately shallow resonance.–Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Parker, Ikea, Plum, and Kiki are second-generation students at prestigious Wallingford Academy. Their classmates call them Aristobrats, but they prefer to think of themselves as Lylas (Love you like a sister). Now eighth-graders who rule the school, they plan to use the principles of noblesse oblige to benefit the “Underpopular”: they will be nice, not nasty. With their Facebook updates as carefully tailored as their wardrobes, all goes according to plan until the girls are assigned the job of producing the school’s webcast, a show with “no understanding of image.” Once the four girls get past their considerable self-absorption, this novel develops into an enjoyable story with an ending that will satisfy even if it doesn’t surprise. The affection between the four girls is genuine, and it is refreshing to see an academy book in which the reigning clique is likable. By dropping brand names on every page and incorporating a liberal use of trendy language, this may date quickly. Meanwhile, though, it will appeal directly to its intended audience of middle-school girls. Grades 5-8. --Kara Dean
Top customer reviews
The Aristrobrats tells the story of four girls- Parker, Kiki, Plum, and Ikea- who've been inseparable since they began the exclusive Wallingford Academy all those years ago, and this year (the eighth grade for them) is going to be the best year yet and definitely establish them as true aristobrats (third, fourth, or even fifth generation wallys) as well as the ringleaders of the populadder. But soon enough everything tumbles down when they are assigned as producers of the school's lame webcast, and before they know it their popularity and social schedule have plummeted because of it. What are three Lylas to do? Will they stay friends through the tough and good times? Or will the webcast ruin their friendship for good? I guess you'll have to read The Aristobrats to find out!
The Aristobrats is definitely the anti-clique series, and one of the biggest ways you can tell this is through the main characters, Parker, Kiki, Plum, and Ikea, three girls who would go to end of the world for each other. They have such a rock solid friendship and truly care for each other. Further more, I love that while they are described as being extremely popular they are still nice to pretty much everyone. Plus, all the girls are ones that I can say I truly liked, because not only were they funny but they were sweet and just all around good souls. The only thing I would have liked more about them is if they were a bit more developed (Plum and Kiki in particular) but this is the first in a series so I'm sure they'll be plenty of time for that in future books.
I also really enjoyed the plot of this book. It was fun, unique, and it really made it a quick read for one afternoon. I especially adored reading all about Wallingford and the webcast the girls had to produce. Lastly Jennifer's writing was decent and carried the story in a nice way.
In all, The Aristobrats is a fun read, a book I definitely suggest to all my tween readers out there! I can't wait to read the next one!
The girls, Parker, Kiki, Ikea (pronounced I-kay-a), and Plum are uber popular but definitely not the stereotypical mean girl types. Of course they deal with all the drama of eighth grade, including the Fall Social and their place on the top rung of the "populadder" which may just take a serious hit when they are assigned to participate in the most unpopular Wallingford Academy activity, the seriously lame school webcast. How the girl's deal with everything is really cute and clever! Everything sort of backfires for them though and they learn that things don't always turn out as planned...sometimes it's better than expected! I definitely recommend this book for young readers and after they finish I'm sure they'll be wondering how the 4 friends will deal with the next crisis!
*Thanks to the author and Kay Mitchell from Sourcebooks, Inc. for my review copy in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book.*
I will say this – I am definitely not the target audience for this book. It held little crossover appeal to me as an adult reader. It does have a good message about friendship and what is important in life.
If you are interested, the first few chapters of this book are available on Jennifer Solow’s website. It will only take a couple minutes to read through them and see if this book is for you.
Content: I can’t remember anything that could be classified as objectionable.
Rating: 3 Stars
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