Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: February 5th, 2007
Grade rating: B/B+
When Reed Brennan arrives at Easton Academy, she discovers that everyone is more sophisticated, more gorgeous and a whole lot wealthier than she is. She feels like an outsider, looking in... until she meets the Billings Girls, the most beautiful, intelligent and powerful girls on campus. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle. But once she's in, she discovers there's more to the girls' closets than designer clothes - they're hiding skeletons too, and secrets which must be kept PRIVATE. Whatever the cost.
Regular readers of my blog will probably know that I love books like the Private series. Bitchy rich girls with more secrets than MI5 never fail to hook me. There's something about that lifestyle that appeals to me -- can you imagine being that rich and privileged at such a young age? I certainly can't!
Like a lot of YA boarding school fiction, Private instantly reminded me of something like Mean Girls. Reed Brennan is the new girl at an elite boarding school, and finds herself drawn to a clique of girls who rule the school. Sound familiar? Noelle, Ariana, Kiran and Taylor are an odd mix, yet they seem to fit like they've known each other all their lives. They're mean, intolerant and stuck-up, and rule Billings House like Gossip Girl's Serena and Blair rule the Met steps.
Not much happens in this book on the scandal side of things, but it's a great start to the series and sets things up nicely. Love interests are introduced, loyalties are tested, and Reed realises her happiness at Easton Academy lies in the hands of the over-privileged.
Kate Brian may not have a prize winning book on her hands, but what she does have is a very entertaining, addictive series that fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars will fall in love with. If you're looking for a light, easy read that will leave you intrigued, put this book on your list. It's well worth a try!