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Capital Girls

A Novel

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Jackie Whitman, Washington DC's "It Girl." She's drop-dead gorgeous, brilliant and dating the President's son. Under 24/7 media scrutiny, she never makes a mistake…but there's a new guy on the scene with all the right moves. Suddenly, being bad has never looked so good.

Taylor Cane, blonde bombshell and wild child extraordinaire. She's the leader of the pack and the glue that binds the four of them together. Reckless adventure is her specialty, flirting with danger her drug of choice, no matter the consequences.

Lettie Velasquez, she's all brains and blind ambition. Her goal: Princeton. Though money and privilege elude her, she's counting on hard work to pay off one of these days. So long as her heart doesn't lead her astray.

Laura Beth Ballou, poor little rich girl and a real southern belle. She dreams of Julliard and the bright lights of Broadway. She's sweet as pie…until the new girl in town starts messing with her friends.

Capital Girls forever…But when one of them dies in a mysterious accident, their once impenetrable bond is shaken. And as secrets long kept rise to the surface, the future of their friendship hangs in the balance. One thing's for certain, though: Washington DC will never be the same again.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 20, 2012 – Writing under a pseudonym, Marilyn Rauber and Amy Reingold borrow heavily from the conventions of the Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars series in their glitzy, farfetched debut. Set against the backdrop of the White House and D.C. high society, the frenetic story takes place during the aftermath of thrill-seeking Taylor Cane's death. She was one of the Capital Girls: a group of best friends who supposedly had each other's backs in their scandal- and politics-immersed environment. Other members of the group include socialite Jackie, who is cheating on her boyfriend, the president's son; Southern belle Laura Beth; and Lettie, from Paraguay, the only Capital Girl whose family isn't privileged. With Taylor dead, secrets come out, and new girl Whitney, daughter of a prominent gossip columnist, steps in. The third-person narration with first-person snippets chops up the otherwise breakneck pace as the girls indulge in drugs, sex, and alcohol, all under the gaze of the media spotlight. Readers may feel that they're reading a rerun, but those seeking cocktail-soaked gossip, hypocrisy, and backstabbing won't likely mind. Ages 13 up.

Customer Reviews

Inaccurate and Vapid

As someone who has grown up in DC all of her life the fact that the authors have kids who live here is astounding. They write like they've been on a tour of DC for less than a month. The behaviors described in the book are not true of Washingtonian teenage girls, who are by far more outstanding and uninvolved in their parents lives with politics. At most they would be toted to and from events say smile and sit or they'd say something offensive. The hip spots they talk about are merely tourist destinations. I was excited for this book because it's the first time it examined Washingtonian teenagers but was throughly disappointed

Capital Girls
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 8-13
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Aug 07, 2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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