Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com
Victoria Lee is living every teenager's dream: she's beautiful, rich, and she has a whole mansion to herself while she attends Manderley Prep in San Francisco and her parents run the family business back in her home city of Hong Kong.
Gabe Thomas's mom's employers are moving across the country, and, unwilling to uproot him, she accepts a job as housekeeper for an absentee couple and their teenage daughter. For eco-conscience Gabe, this means a new house next door to a snotty rich girl and a new school full of snotty rich and wasteful kids.
And when Victoria and Gabe are thrown together, there are sure to be sparks...
Don't be fooled by the title. RICH GIRL is not your run-of-the-mill young adult novel. Victoria's values are true, and her honesty and her lack of an egotistical and materialistic nature will make her an instant favorite. Readers will eagerly devour Victoria's valiant attempts at being a normal American teenager, while at the same time sympathizing with her with her and her many blunders. Gabe is also a wonderfully unique character, a cool relief from the many of stale male leads.
RICH GIRL contains all of the essentials for this brand of young adult story: hot guys, mean girls (and guys!), best friends, and one big party. This exciting second BFF book is a fun break from the norm in what looks to be a promising series.