Art Geeks and Prom Queens Author:Alyson Noel Being the new girl is tough just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how shes going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't help make the first day any easier. Then, Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheer... more »leader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach. And, Kristi isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when shes invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique, a world of underage drinking, drug dabbling, and hooking-up. At first, Rio is having a great time. But, as she becomes more immersed in this jet set crowd, Rio figures out there is one unspoken rule that her new friends forgot to mention: don't cross Kristi.« less
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This book reminded me of the movie "mean girls". I think because both had main characters who arrive at a new school and are pretty enough to get into the "in" crowd and then aren't sure if that's where they want to be. In this case, Rio is the daughter of a famous model, so she has the genes to infiltrate the beautiful crowd, which is what her mother would love her to do, but initially she feels more comfortable with the art geeks. Soon she gets very popular but there are consequences (similiar again to the movie mean girls), and eventually Rio learns who are her real friends.
Halfway into the book and I must say, I'm highly disappointed at the amount of drug use, drinking, sexual suggestions, swearing and lack of morals!
I would not recommend this book for younger readers(I was pre-reading for my 10 year old who wanted to read it), as the content portrays giving in to peer pressure & inappropriate behaviors as something that everyone in high school is doing.