It’s all about the Attitude
Parker Bell knows the secret to beauty is pretty simple–wearing the right clothes isn’t as important as how you feel in them. Popularity is like that too. It’s all about attitude. You have to picture who you want to be and then just imagine that’s who you already are.
This year Parker and her three best friends have made their way to the top of the populadder at Wallingford Academy. And they’re ready to use their Aristobrat status to help spread positive vibes throughout the school. But when the girls are assigned to produce the seriously lame school webcast, their popularity plummets! Will this tragedy destroy the girls' status? Or their friendship? Or both?
I have to admit that I wasn't expecting too much from this one, but it ended up surprising me in some very good ways, because not only was it a cute and fun read but it also had some really great messages underneath it all; just an all around awesome addition to the tween reading list, in my opinion.
The Aristrobrats tells the story of four girls- Parker, Kiki, Plum, and Ikea- who've been inseparable since they began the exclusive Wallingford Academy all those years ago, and this year (the eighth grade for them) is going to be the best year yet and definitely establish them as true aristobrats (third, fourth, or even fifth generation wallys) as well as the ringleaders of the populadder. But soon enough everything tumbles down when they are assigned as producers of the school's lame webcast, and before they know it their popularity and social schedule have plummeted because of it. What are three Lylas to do? Will they stay friends through the tough and good times? Or will the webcast ruin their friendship for good? I guess you'll have to read The Aristobrats to find out!
The Aristobrats is definitely the anti-clique series, and one of the biggest ways you can tell this is through the main characters, Parker, Kiki, Plum, and Ikea, three girls who would go to end of the world for each other. They have such a rock solid friendship and truly care for each other. Further more, I love that while they are described as being extremely popular they are still nice to pretty much everyone. Plus, all the girls are ones that I can say I truly liked, because not only were they funny but they were sweet and just all around good souls. The only thing I would have liked more about them is if they were a bit more developed (Plum and Kiki in particular) but this is the first in a series so I'm sure they'll be plenty of time for that in future books.
I also really enjoyed the plot of this book. It was fun, unique, and it really made it a quick read for one afternoon. I especially adored reading all about Wallingford and the webcast the girls had to produce. Lastly Jennifer's writing was decent and carried the story in a nice way.
In all, The Aristobrats is a fun read, a book I definitely suggest to all my tween readers out there! I can't wait to read the next one!
The Aristobrats is now out!
Source: Publicist at Sourcebooks. Thanks, Kay!