- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co.; 1st edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316010928
- ISBN-13: 978-0316010924
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Back in Black: An A-List Novel Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Zoey Dean's A-List is a national bestselling series. She divides her time between Beverly Hills and several small islands in the Caribbean. She is currently working on her next juicy A-List novel, at an undisclosed location.
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The book starts out with Sam and Anna attending the Oscars with all the lavishly dressed stars and ammusing reporters. They preceed to go to various night clubs and parties. Nothing of great importance happens for the first hundred pages, really. The start of this book strikes me as kind of slow and unexciting. The blurb on the back cover hardly does justice to it because the Vegas trip really doesn't start until a good third of the book in. But, we're getting there...
Now, the senior class trip this year for Beverley Hills High is to Washington DC. However, it's been a lasting tradition that the "cool kids" (namely Anna, Sam, Dee, Cammie, Adam, and Parker) go to Las Vegas to party it up. All goes according to plan and the juicy part comes with their wild adventures in Vegas. There are too many subplots to cover, but they include a runway contest where we see a whole lotta Cammie...an amazing hypnotist who puts everyone at each others' throats...and a few surprise cameos from a few VERY important people...
There is huge character development in all of our favorites. Anna learns how to be honest instead of using the "art of discretion" taught to her by her mother. Sam realizes how nice of a person she really is and takes pride in keeping a very important secret. Cammie lets herself jump into the scary vulnerability of love, actually showing real human emotion. And Dee, well...Dee struggles with some mental issues in this book.
Looking back, this was an amazing, quick read that brought me sqeals of joy and expressions of shock (and i rarely physically react to books.) I actually found myself jumping up and down screaming at one point...= )
So in conclusion, yes, PLEASE, buy this book. It's slow at first but it's all worth it in the end. I don't want to give anything away but a number of old favorites reappear in the book...
You won't want to miss it!!!
Anna and the rest of Sam's clique leave for Las Vegas, after ditching their senior class trip. When they arrive at the Las Vegas Airport, Parker commits an act that leads into a big fiasco that involves fakes ID's and gambling. On the drive over to the Palms Hotel, Cammie comes up with an idea for a tacky Vegas show-girl competition; everybody agrees to it except Dee. The competition takes place that night and Cammie pulls her 'outrageous stunt'. At the club where the competition is taking place, two shocker characters arrive, taking Anna by surprise. Over the next day, minor events that are very important to the plot take place. Dee becomes very attached to Ruby Hummingbird (Sam's baby sister) and her new interest in Kabbalah starts to take over her mind. Cammie starts to contemplate her relationship with Adam and disappears a few times with a mystery man. The next night, the gang goes to a hypnotist and many secrets are revealed while they are hypnotized, but no one will remember them when they wake up. After the show was over, everyone decided to buy the DVD that shows what they said. That night, they pop it into a DVD player and watch it. By the time the video ends, the group is outraged and many relationships are torn. While all of this is going on, Dee is struggling with her own issues at the Palms hotel. By the end of the story, Zoey Dean ties all of the loose ends together and leaves you with a cliffhanger.
Their own little private "senior" trip turns out to be more raucous, funny and astoundingly truth-packed than they ever imagined. From Parker Pinelli winning a much-needed $20,000 that he ends up having to forfeit because he's underage, to the girls' stint in a Vegas showgirl contest, this is a never-ending whirlwind. Joined by Anna's New York friends, Cyn and her boyfriend Scott, things get a little sticky when they all become participants in a Las Vegas revue featuring a famous hypnotist. Everyone has gone bananas --- that is, except Samantha, who has to witness the entire, horrific event.
Things go from bad to worse as they all settle down to watch the DVD, and shocking truths about who they really are begin to surface. Can their friendships outlast the reality of how they all feel?
Zoey Dean does it again in the fifth installment of this New York Times bestselling series. From beginning to end, readers will be swept away into the world of the A-List, realizing that although these characters are filthy rich with loads of money to expend, they are also human --- breathing, living, and having the same issues as "regular" folks. BACK IN BLACK is a great addition to this hilariously funny series.
--- Reviewed by Belinda Williams